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  posted on 10/21/2007 at 04:19 PM
MINNEAPOLIS (Oct. 21) - Max McGee, the former Green Bay receiver who scored the first touchdown in Super Bowl history in an unexpected starring role , died Saturday after falling from the roof of his Deephaven home, police confirmed. He was 75.

Police were called to McGee's suburban home around 5:20 p.m., Sgt. Chris Whiteside said. Efforts to resuscitate McGee were unsuccessful.

McGee was blowing leaves off the roof when the accident happened, local news reports said.

"I just lost my best friend," former teammate Paul Hornung told the St. Paul Pioneer Press from his home in Louisville, Ky. "(His wife) Denise was away from the house, she'd warned him not to get up there. He shouldn't have been up there. He knew better than that."

A phone message at a number listed for an M. McGee in Deephaven wasn't immediately returned.

McGee played on Green Bay's 1967 and 1968 Super Bowl championship teams, scoring the first touchdown in on a pass from Bart Starr in the Packers' 35-10 victory over Kansas City in the inaugural game.

After catching only four passes all season before the Super Bowl, he caught seven passes for 138 yards - a record that stood for 10 years.

He played for the Packers from 1954 to 1967, with an interruption for military service, helping them win five NFL championships. After his playing days, he became a Packers radio broadcaster, co-founded the Chi-Chi's chain of Mexican restaurants and founded a diabetes research center.

McGee is survived by his wife, four children and several grandchildren.

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  posted on 10/21/2007 at 08:02 PM
Great story about the first Superbowl. Allegedly, and according to an interview I saw with Max, he knew that he didn't have a chance at playing the next day since he was strictly a backup player. With this knowledge, he went out the night before and got CLOCKED!!! Then, game time comes around and Max ends up in the game playing hung over as crap. Really neat story.


RIP, Max.




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  posted on 10/21/2007 at 11:00 PM
Sad -- feel badly for his family
Yep, Max was a key guy of that Packer dynasty, backing up Boyd Dowler & Carroll Dale
RIP Max McGee

 

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  posted on 10/22/2007 at 06:11 AM
Back in the day he and Paul Horning were not nice guys. It is common knowledge around Green Bay that Horning would hit on married women right in front of their husbands and if the husband took offense McGee would block the bathroom door while Horning beat the crap out of the husband.

 

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  posted on 10/22/2007 at 06:14 AM
Wow!

 

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  posted on 10/22/2007 at 08:16 AM
It wasn't the fall, it was the sudden stop at the bottom.

 

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  posted on 10/22/2007 at 03:11 PM
and when is tom brady cleaning his roof????? [yep. that was bad]
 

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  posted on 10/22/2007 at 06:16 PM
Why is a 75 yr. old man on the roof to begin with..........
 

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  posted on 10/22/2007 at 06:32 PM
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Why is a 75 yr. old man on the roof to begin with..........


My dad is 74 and he makes me tired just watching him. The man can go!

He and my step-monster work for a campground assoc. and he does all the maintenance.


LOL.... yeah I know a carpenter I work around & he's 74 .....

I was up painting trim about 3 storys up & heard someone above me.....it was him putting an end piece on the ridge cap .....out there walkin' along like.............

He's done it for 60 years....... But he's not the norm......

 

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Why is a 75 yr. old man on the roof to begin with..........


My dad is 74 and he makes me tired just watching him. The man can go!

He and my step-monster work for a campground assoc. and he does all the maintenance.


LOL.... yeah I know a carpenter I work around & he's 74 .....

I was up painting trim about 3 storys up & heard someone above me.....it was him putting an end piece on the ridge cap .....out there walkin' along like.............

He's done it for 60 years....... But he's not the norm......



We had a neighbor who at 94 slipped and broke his hip while washing his car. Everybody questioned why at his age would he be washing a car ? My thought was men from his generation would never dream of paying someone to do it for him. tough old dude.

 

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  posted on 10/22/2007 at 09:25 PM
I'm working on the roof these days, but it's just the carport and attached shed, with almost no pitch. I stepped through the rotten shed roof with my left leg; we'll see whether that's the worst that happens.

John, big Pats fan, are you?

Pete, that's a nasty story about Max and Paul Hornung--shame on them ; sadly, it's in keeping with things I've read about some of the Packers of that dynasty . I became a Packer fan back in those days because in Rockford, IL, we got the Madison, WI, CBS station, which carried Packers games every week. I know I watched those first two Super Bowls, but I can't remember any details, like what Max did:
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After catching only 4 passes all season before the Super Bowl, he caught 7 passes for 138 yards - a record that stood for 10 years.
That's pretty amazing! I just remember during one of those Super Bowls, we had guests over that Sunday afternoon. I was watching the game by myself and whined about being called down to dinner and very soon had to insist on being excused early from the table to go back up to the TV. Don't remember the game--just my unusually bad manners, like who cares about the family guests!

Well, rest in peace, Max.

 

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  posted on 10/22/2007 at 09:47 PM
Peter, you're from Rockford? So is my wife.

 

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  posted on 10/22/2007 at 10:37 PM
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Peter, you're from Rockford? So is my wife.
Dave, I haven't seen her pic or anything, but I feel confident in saying your wife's definitely a babe. Highland School and Lincoln Junior High girls were awesome! Well, there were some older girls in our church who were dazzling, too! That was First Lutheran.

When I was 13, my family moved to Moline. They let me come with them. So, I wasn't at Lincoln Jr. High long, but I had attended Highland School from grades 1 through 6.

Do those Rockford school and church names ring a bell with your wife, Dave?

 

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  posted on 10/23/2007 at 07:22 AM
Peter I went to the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point and met several people from the Green Bay area. I heard stories like that on numerous occasions. In fact one guy I actually still keep in pretty close contact with. His dad owned the largest plumbing contractor business in the Green Bay area and he did a lot of work for various Packers of that era. He also said the Green Bay cops were always covering for them to keep them out of the slammer on game day. So in one regard today's professional athletes aren't all that much different. Maybe one main difference is they didn't get caught with unregistered guns or packing heat back then.

 

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Dave, I haven't seen her pic or anything, but I feel confident in saying your wife's definitely a babe. Highland School and Lincoln Junior High girls were awesome! Well, there were some older girls in our church who were dazzling, too! That was First Lutheran.

When I was 13, my family moved to Moline. They let me come with them. So, I wasn't at Lincoln Jr. High long, but I had attended Highland School from grades 1 through 6.

Do those Rockford school and church names ring a bell with your wife, Dave?
Peter, my wife went to parochial school from K-6 grades in Rockford, then they moved to and lived in Indianapolis for 6 or 7 months (this was around 1970,) and then they moved to Augusta, GA.

 

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  posted on 10/23/2007 at 09:56 AM
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I agree with this 100%.

that's why i avoid all household projects.

 

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  posted on 10/23/2007 at 05:59 PM
Pete, you're right about the worst of the pro athletes being the same from era to era. It goes to some of those guys' heads if they're pampered by the principal and teachers through high school and by the deans and athletic director through college. By the time they're pros, many feel entitled to relying on the police, even, to get their way. Well, up to a point--as long as their misdeeds don't involve shootings, I guess.

It's amazing here in a Big Ten town how so many sports boosters this past winter wanted to give a certain star basketball player a virtual pass after he got drunk and
1. crashed his car into a tree
2. drove the car home
3. left his teammate for dead in the passenger seat!
4. did not call for an ambulance
5. wouldn't come outside when somebody finally did call an ambalance

In this case, the court system did punish him a little, but he did get off kinda lightly. I guess that's because the severely injured teammate he abandoned was not a starter.

 

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  posted on 10/23/2007 at 06:00 PM
Dave, unless your wife's maiden name was Sara or Becky Nielsen (no known relation to Rick!), I wouldn't have known her. The only parochial schoolgirls I really knew all that time were those two, our next-door neighbors. They were babes, too!

Actually, now that I think about it, we had a couple older parochial schoolgirls, sisters, as babysitters for a couple years. Mary and Ann (?) McSomething. Bonnie Irish lasses!

Good old Rockford! Well, if your wife isn't one of those four, at least you could tell her my neighborhood: East side, NW of the intersection of State St. and Prospect. Within easy bike-riding range of Five Points (intersection of Prospect and Rural, plus the starting point of Guilford) and Sinissippi Park--bicycle-riding range, that is.

 

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I agree with this 100%.

that's why i avoid all household projects.

LOL! Cute!

 

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  posted on 10/30/2007 at 08:56 AM
Dave, a quick follow-up: I think I've recalled that those two Irish Catholic babysitters were named Connolly, not "McSomething." Of course, they were already older than the age your future wife was when her family moved to Indy.

Also, Dave, I just found myself writing about Rockford in a thread about Cleveland. Like me, your wife is fortunate to have enjoyed a hugely booming Rockford and moving away well before the devastatiing economic slump it experienced. Do you two ever make it past Indy all the way back up to Rockford? Like, you've seen her girlhood home and school and favorite parks and church and stuff? I love those trips down Memory Lane.

Here's most of the Rockford stuff from that other post:

Cleveland is a classic example of what happened to many of my beloved Great Lakes and Midwest manufacturing cities the past 30 years.

My boyhood hometown of Rockford, IL, for example, was an awesome place for its first 120 years. Then, well after my family had moved, many of the industrial jobs lost out to a surging Japan, and Rockford at one time bottomed out at dead last on that Money mag's best places to live list . The criteria and objectivity of such lists, and this one in particular, could be questioned--no way Rockford ever was the very "worst" of all those cities.

I've been back every now and then since that. Though the town definitely has its low points--always has--the huge, sudden loss of jobs made the low points worse to the point of dominating the whole "sense of place." Rockford's always had its high points, too, and anymore, it's been bouncing back nicely. Part of this--like with Cleveland--has come from building on its inherent, enduring strengths; and part of it has come from "neighborhood revitalization" (as in the program description); and much from responding to totally new opportunities through sheer innovation and reinventing of itself. Rockford cleaves!

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