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    Nitschke was selected, at age 20, in the third round of the 1958 NFL Draft, the 36th overall pick.
    A month after the 1958 season ended, Vince Lombardi was hired as head coach. Nitschke became a full time starter in 1962, the anchor of a disciplined defense that helped win five NFL titles and the first two Super Bowls in the 1960s. He was the MVP of the 1962 NFL Championship Game, accepting the prize of a 1963 Chevrolet Corvette. In the game, Nitschke recovered 2 fumbles and deflected a pass that was intercepted. The Packers won the game, 16-7, and finished the season with a 14-1 record. In Super Bowl I, Nitschke contributed 6 tackles and a sack. In Super Bowl II, Nitschke led Green Bay's defense with 9 tackles.
    Although Nitschke was known for his hard hitting, he was a good all-around linebacker who also intercepted 25 passes over his career.

    Lombardi gave partial credit to Nitschke's success to Ray's wife, whose calming influence helped him focus on his career.

    He was an All-Pro three consecutive seasons (1964-66), and was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1978.
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