Gregg’s memory of an iconic photo not muddied

Forrest Gregg holds a photo taken of him standing on the sidelines during a Packers-49ers game in San Francisco on Dec. 10, 1960.(Aron Angel/NFL)

CANTON, Ohio — Forrest Gregg didn’t even know the picture was being taken as he celebrated the Packers’ victory over the San Francisco 49ers. Only later was he told that the shot of him standing on the sidelines, caked in mud, had gone on to become an award-winning moment that is now considered an iconic depiction of the NFL’s glory days.

We caught up with Gregg Friday, one day before the 2011 Hall of Fame enshrinement, and asked the legendary Hall of Famer of his memories from that day.

“It rained three days in a row before the game, and they tried to dry the field out with sand and all it did was make it muddier,” Gregg said. “The mud had to be at least five inches deep on the field during the game. Of course we won, so that made it better. The mud didn’t taste so bad.”

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