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Mike Brown releases statement on passing of Forrest Gregg

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“My memories of Forrest are very special. He not only was the coach of the team, but we were also good friends.”

Cincinnati Bengals

Former Bengals head coach Forrest Gregg passed away Friday in Colorado Springs, Colorado. He was 85.

The former offensive lineman played 15 seasons in the NFL with the Green Bay Packers and Dallas Cowboys from 1956-1971. He then went on to coach the Bengals, Browns and Packers. He finished with a career record of 75-85-1 over 11 seasons. He led Cincinnati to the Super Bowl in the 1981 season.

Not long after the news came out, Bengals owner Mike Brown released a statement on the passing of Gregg:

“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.

“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.”