Ex-Packer Forester dies after long illness

Updated: April 30, 2007, 12:12 PM ET
Associated Press

GREEN BAY, Wis. -- Former Green Bay Packers linebacker Bill Forester died after a long illness. He was 74.

Ron Burke, a funeral director for the Eastgate Funeral Home in Dallas, said a graveside service was held there Monday for Forester, who died on Friday.

The Dallas native spent his entire 11-year NFL career from 1953 to 1963 with the Packers. After playing as a defensive tackle at SMU, Forester became a starter in the Green Bay linebacking corps that also included Ray Nitschke ...

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