The National Football League has lost one of the unsung hero’s the Green Bay Packers early Super Bowl years, as Max McGee passed away Saturday after falling from the roof of his home at the age of 75. McGee was blowing leaves off the roof of his home when he fell. Police were called to his home but efforts to resuscitate him were unsuccessful.
McGee caught the first touchdown pass in Super Bowl history back in January 1967 when the Packers beat the KC Chiefs 35-10. He was in the starting lineup when Packer Boyd Dowler went down with a shoulder injury. He was hung over from the night before, but was the star of the game, catching 7 passes for 138 yards and two scores.
What made the McGee story even more amazing is that he had caught only four passes for 91 yards during the 1966 regular season. He was not even expecting to play in the Bowl, and violated the team’s curfew and spent the night before the game partying.
Selected by the Packers in the fifth round of the 1954 draft, McGee spent two 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.