Former Bengals coach Forrest Gregg passes away

Former Bengals coach Forrest Gregg passes away
Pro Football Hall of Fame player and former Bengals coach Forrest Gregg passed away, the team says. (Credit: Cincinnati Bengals)

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - Pro Football Hall of Fame player and former Bengals coach Forrest Gregg passed away, the team says.

Gregg was 85 years old.

He spent four seasons in Cincinnati from 1980-1983 and he led the team to Super Bowl XVI where they lost to the San Francisco 49ers 26-21.

“It’s a sad day here. My memories of Forrest are very special. He not only was the coach of the team, but we were also good friends," Bengals President Mike Brown said. "As a coach, he was very successful here. We had good people, good players and he got the best out of them. He was demanding. The players didn’t try to cut corners. They went out and did what they had to do, and what we were doing worked. We were somewhat ahead of the curve at the time. It saddens me greatly that he’s gone and I express sympathy to Barbara and his children.”

He left the Bengals in 1984 to coach the Green Bay Packers.

Gregg was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1977.

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