Monday, August 11, 2008

Profiles in Awesomeness: Max McGee

"When it's third and ten,
you can take the milk drinkers

and I'll take the whiskey drinkers every time."

These sage words come from former Green Bay Packer Max McGee, who died almost a year ago; he uttered the above wisdom in reference to his own stellar performance in Super Bowl I (one), in which he caught the first touchdown of the first Super Bowl while suffering what was not his first hangover. He didn't even bring his helmet with him onto the field; he borrowed one when he was unexpectedly thrust onto the gridiron and into the history books. Also: He went on to be a big force behind the Chi-Chi's chain of "Mexican" restaurants. Ingloriously, he fell off his roof while cleaning leaves out of the gutters, and died at the age of 75.

As we can see from the above image, purported to be McGee's rookie card, Max was 43 when he entered the league.

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