Former Green Bay Packers football great Forrest Gregg, has been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease.
The 78-year old Gregg was diagnosed last month in Denver. Gregg told the Associated Press that his disease may be related to numerous concussions he suffered during his playing career in the 1950’s at SMU and from 1956-71 with the Packers and Dallas Cowboys.
There is no cure for Parkinson’s, but a combination of drugs, exercise and physical therapy can delay the devastating effects of the disease that strikes more than 50,000 Americans every year.
Gregg told the Associated Press that he’d like to help people who have this disease.
Gregg has faced other life threatening battles previously. He beat melanoma in 1976 and colon cancer in 2001.
Gregg played on three Super Bowl Championship teams and went on to coach the Bengals, Browns and Packers, compiling a 75-85-1 record. He led Cincinnati to the Super Bowl after the 1981 season, where the Bengals lost to San Francisco 26-21.