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Former Packers DE John Martinkovic passes away

John Martinkovich was a three-time Pro Bowler for the Packers.

John Martinkovic, a former defensive end for the Green Bay Packers, passed away on Thursday according to Cliff Christl of He played for the team from 1951 to 1956 and never missed a game. Martinkovic was named to the Pro Bowl three times and was also inducted into the Packers Hall of Fame in 1974.

“He was a very good defensive end,” former teammate and four-time Pro Bowl safety Bobby Dillon said in 2015. “He probably was more of a run guy than a pass rusher. He was a big, strong guy. He didn’t miss assignments. He was just a good player.”

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During those six years with the Packers, Martinkovic was never part of a winning season and he was one of only three Packers players to reach the Pro Bowl during that span. Christl said Marinkovic's best season was in 1952 when he scored defensive touchdowns in two consecutive games. The Packers Hall of Famer played in 72 career games for the Packers and finished his career with the New York Giants in 1957.

Martinkovic is survived by his wife of 65 years, Clare, four daughters and a number of grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He was 91 years old.

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