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ESPN: Forrest Gregg dies at 85

Postby dcpony » Fri Apr 12, 2019 9:32 am

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Re: ESPN: Forrest Gregg dies at 85

Postby DanFreibergerForHeisman » Fri Apr 12, 2019 10:06 am

Truly one of the greatest and he loved SMU.

Sad day for all Mustangs.
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Re: ESPN: Forrest Gregg dies at 85

Postby dcpony » Fri Apr 12, 2019 10:33 am

Revisit this piece by Joe Drape, who is also an SMU alum.

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Coach Who Revived S.M.U. Looks Back With Pride
By JOE DRAPE
JULY 31, 2012

Forrest Gregg has a tremor in his hand, his once granite shoulders are stooped and his booming baritone is now a halting whisper. His memory comes and goes, but the N.F.L. Hall of Famer doesn’t blame it on the Parkinson’s disease he is battling and expects is the product of too many concussions.

“I’m old,” Gregg, 78, said with a chuckle.

Vince Lombardi wrote that Gregg “was the finest player I ever coached.” Gregg was reminded of that the other day on a phone call after the N.C.A.A. levied a stiff penalty on Penn State’s football program in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky sexual abuse scandal.

Gregg was eager to speak about the finest bunch of players he said he had ever been around. He could tick off most their names, but no one outside the most die-hard Southern Methodist University football fans would ever recognize them.

They were small and not all that talented and most of them did not have scholarships or really any business playing major college football on autumn Saturdays.

https://www.nytimes.com/2012/08/01/spor ... pride.html
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Re: ESPN: Forrest Gregg dies at 85

Postby Water Pony » Fri Apr 12, 2019 12:13 pm

The entire SMU family should take a moment to remember and acknowledge this Mustang great. At one of our darkest hours, he stepped up and always took pride in SMU and its football tradition.

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Re: ESPN: Forrest Gregg dies at 85

Postby well travelled pony » Fri Apr 12, 2019 12:44 pm

Water Pony wrote:The entire SMU family should take a moment to remember and acknowledge this Mustang great. At one of our darkest hours, he stepped up and always took pride in SMU and its football tradition.

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+1. I was fortunate enough to have met Coach Gregg while at SMU going to school with his son and daughter. Terrifically humble and kind man. A true great in every sense.

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Re: ESPN: Forrest Gregg dies at 85

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Re: ESPN: Forrest Gregg dies at 85

Postby Mustangsabu » Fri Apr 12, 2019 2:13 pm

On to his eternal reward.

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Re: ESPN: Forrest Gregg dies at 85

Postby BUS » Fri Apr 12, 2019 4:49 pm

Lord God.. love and hugs him as he is a good man.
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Re: ESPN: Forrest Gregg dies at 85

Postby BleedingRed+Blue » Fri Apr 12, 2019 8:37 pm

Great player.
Great coach.
Better man.
RIP.
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Re: ESPN: Forrest Gregg dies at 85

Postby ponyboy » Fri Apr 12, 2019 10:14 pm

Last of a breed. He’s suiting up for a Lombardi practice right now
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Re: ESPN: Forrest Gregg dies at 85

Postby PonyPride » Sat Apr 13, 2019 12:01 am

ponyboy wrote:Last of a breed. He’s suiting up for a Lombardi practice right now

Makes sense, since Lombardi called Gregg the greatest player he ever coached.
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Re: ESPN: Forrest Gregg dies at 85

Postby 78pony » Sat Apr 13, 2019 10:49 pm

Blessed to know coach, Barbara, Forrest Jr. And Karen. A humble, gentle, giant of a man, husband and father.
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Re: ESPN: Forrest Gregg dies at 85

Postby Maryland78 » Sun Apr 14, 2019 2:26 pm

Way back when, when Forrest was athletic director and the athletic offices were at Moody, I was at the ticket office for something. Forrest happened to be in the concourse and made a point to come over and approach me with a warm welcome and friendly conversation.

Could you imagine Hart ever doing something like that? Another time I was in town I tried to make an appointment with Hart to share some ideas I had to increase football attendance. He refused to see me and sent out some staff member who went through the motions of blowing me off.

Love me some Forrest Gregg...peace be with you!!
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Re: ESPN: Forrest Gregg dies at 85

Postby peruna81 » Mon Apr 15, 2019 10:01 pm

Praying for the Gregg family this evening...he chose to come to the aid of a school he loved at its darkest hour.
We won't see the likes of him pass this way again.

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