One of two number one draft choices in 1966, Gale Gillingham was groomed as the heir to Green Bay Packers guards Jerry Kramer and Fuzzy Thurston.
A star lineman at the University of Minnesota, Gillingham was a top performer for the Packers at left guard for two seasons, then moved to right guard in 1969. He was a four-time All Pro during his Packers career.
In 1972, the 6’3”, 255-pound Gillingham was moved to the defensive line, but injured his knee in the first game versus the Cleveland Browns. He’d return to the offensive line the following season.
He was with the Packers from 1966-74, retiring following the 1974 season. He returned to play one more season in 1976.
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