GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) -Jim Ringo, a Hall of Fame center who played 15 seasons for the Green Bay Packers and Philadelphia Eagles, died Monday morning after a short illness. He was two days shy of his 76th birthday.
The Packers drafted Ringo out of Syracuse in the seventh round in 1953. He played for the Green Bay until 1963, then was traded to Philadelphia by Packers coach Vince Lombardi after he brought an agent with him to Lombardi's office to negotiate a new contract.
Ringo went on to play for the Eagles from 1964-67. He was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1981.
Ringo was voted to 10 Pro Bowls and was chosen for the NFL's All-Decade Team of the 1960s. He started in a then-record 182 consecutive games from 1954-67.
ro Football Hall of Fame, I extend my heartfelt condolences to Jim's family.''
Calling hours will be held at Rupell Funeral Home in Phillipsburg, N.J. Final funeral arrangements are pending.
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