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By PFW staff

Former Packers OG Gale Gillingham, a Packers Hall of Fame inductee in 1982, died Thursday while lifting weights at his home in Little Falls, Minn. He was 67.

Gillingham, a five-time Pro Bowl selection and a two-time first-team All-Pro, played 10 seasons with the Packers. He became the team's full-time starter at left guard in 1967 and later moved to right guard. He started in the Ice Bowl and Super Bowl II, Vince Lombardi's final two games as Packers head coach.

Gillingham, the 13th overall pick in the 1966 draft out of Minnesota, started two games during his rookie season before becoming the full-time starter at left guard during the 1967 season when the Packers won their third consecutive title.

He moved to right guard in ’69 following the retirement of Jerry Kramer and earned first-team All-Pro honors in 1969 and ’70 and five Pro Bowl berths over a six-season span from 1969-74. He was moved to the defensive line in 1972 under Dan Devine but injured his knee and played only two games that season. He retired after the ’74 season but returned to play under his former teammate, Bart Starr, in 1976.

Gillingham had worked in real estate for more than 30 years before retiring in 2010. He is survived by three sons, all of whom were world-class powerlifters, and a daughter.

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