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Ex-Packer Orlich dies at 94

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Dan Orlich, who at 94 was believed to be the oldest living former player for the Green Bay Packers, has died, according to Cliff Christl, the team historian.

In a story on the team website, Christl said Orlich also was believed to be the last living person to have played for legendary coach Curly Lambeau.

He became the oldest living Packer when Superior’s Alex Wizbicki passed away on Dec. 3, 2018, at the age of 97.

Orlich, who attended college at Nevada, died Jan. 18 in Reno, Nev.

An eighth-round draft pick in the 1949 draft, he played both offense and defense for the Packers from 1949 to 1951. His first season with the Packers was Lambeau's last, and Gene Ronzani took over as head coach.

While Orlich liked playing for Lambeau, he didn't hold the same fondness for Ronzani, Christl said.

In 1951, the Packers traded Orlich to Cleveland, then reacquired him a month later. He retired before the 1952 season, in part because he didn't want to play for Ronzani, Christl said.

In all, Orlich played 36 games over three seasons for the Packers.

Orlich transitioned to a new career -- trapshooting -- and won 37 major trophies at the Grand American World Trapshooting Championships between 1956 and 1971.

Eight years later, he was inducted into that sport's hall of fame.