RIP Max McGee


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[COLOR=“Blue”]Not a window cleaner, but died after falling from his roof while cleaning leaves:[/COLOR]

Article: 10/22/07 Philadelphia News
http://www.philly.com/dailynews/sports/20071022_Packers_legend_Max_McGee__75__dies_in_fall_off_roof.html

[B]Packers legend Max McGee, 75, dies in fall off roof[/B]

MINNEAPOLIS - [I]Max McGee, the free-spirited Green Bay Packers receiver who became part of Super Bowl lore after a night on the town, died when he fell while clearing leaves from the roof of his home. He was 75.
Police were called to his home in suburban Deephaven on Saturday afternoon, Sgt. Chris Whiteside said. Efforts to resuscitate McGee failed.

“I just lost my best friend,” former teammate Paul Hornung told the St. Paul Pioneer Press. “[His wife] Denise was away from the house. She’d warned him not to get up there. He shouldn’t have been up there. He knew better than that.”

McGee caught the first touchdown pass in Super Bowl history in 1967, a game he expected to watch from the sideline. When it was over, he had caught seven passes for 138 yards and two touchdowns and Green Bay - coached by the great Vince Lombardi - had beaten the Kansas City Chiefs, 35-10.

“Now he’ll be the answer to one of the great trivia questions: Who scored the first touchdown in Super Bowl history?” Hornung said. “Vince knew he could count on him . . . He was a great athlete. He could do anything with his hands.”

McGee had only four receptions for 91 yards during the 1966 regular season. He didn’t plan to play in the title game against the Chiefs because he violated the team curfew and spent the night before partying. The next morning he reportedly told fellow receiver Boyd Dowler: “I hope you don’t get hurt. I’m not in very good shape.”

Dowler separated a shoulder on the Packers’ second drive, and Lombardi summoned McGee. He had to borrow a helmet because he left his in the locker room. A few plays later, McGee made a one-handed snare of a pass from Bart Starr and ran 37 yards to score.

“When it’s third-and-10,” McGee once said, “you can take the milk drinkers and I’ll take the whiskey drinkers every time.”

Packers historian Lee Remmel recalled McGee’s “great sense of timing” and his “knack for coming up with big plays when you least expected it to happen.”

Lombardi once showed the team a football at a meeting and said, “Gentlemen, this is a football.”

"McGee said, ‘Not so fast, not so fast,’ ‘’ Remmel said. “That gives you an index to the kind of humor that he served up regularly.”

McGee was a running back at Tulane and the nation’s top kick returner in 1953. Selected by the Packers in the fifth round of the 1954 draft, McGee spent 2 years in the Air Force as a pilot following his rookie year before returning in 1957 to play 11 more seasons. He finished his career with 345 receptions for 6,346 yards - an 18.4-yard average - and scored 51 touchdowns and 306 points.

After retiring from football, he became a major partner in developing the popular Chi-Chi’s chain of Mexican restaurants. In 1979, he became an announcer for the Packer Radio Network with Jim Irwin until retiring in 1998.

McGee and his wife founded the Max McGee National Research Center for Juvenile Diabetes at the Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin in Milwaukee in 1999.[/I]


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I really feel bad for his family but at the same time I’m upset that people of his age take unnecessary risks. Just sad.