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Hometown Hall of Fame honors East Texan Forrest Gregg


It was a ceremony for one of the living legends of the NFL.

"[Vince] Lombardi meant what he said, he's the greatest football I've ever coached," said Don McIlhenny.

He's talking about Forrest Gregg.

The Sulphur Springs native won three Super Bowls with the Green Bay Packers and Dallas Cowboys.

It is just part of a historic career that was honored today.

"This really juiced me up today boy," said Gregg. "I could go out and play right now."

He's a 1977 inductee of the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Together with All State, the Pro Football Hall of Fame brought that experience to Gregg's hometown.

It's something that will happen at the hometowns of all Hall of Fame players.

Gregg was presented with a plaque, commemorating his induction into the Hall of Fame.

"This plaque could be living in the Pro Football Hall of Fame, but the Hall of Fame chose to give it to the communities." said George Veras, the president of the Pro Football Hall of Fame Enterprises. "Sulphur Springs High School is housing a piece of Pro Football Hall of Fame history, and in effect, becoming an extension of the Pro Football Hall of Fame."

While Gregg was honored for his life on the field, he took the opportunity today to talk about his newest battle, this one off the field.

In 2011, he was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease.

"The doctors say he thinks that football had something to do with it, but I always said there are a lot of people who have it that never played a down." said Gregg. "I played football, I'm not sorry I played football and I loved every minute of it."

Gregg is coping with his disease by helping others.

The hall of famer is sharing his stories on facebook, with a series of videos aimed at educating the public about Parkinson's.

"The big thing is to make people aware," said Gregg. "You can't be cured, but you can help your symptoms."

Gregg hopes to serve as inspiration, not only to those who play football in East Texas, but to those fighting an every bigger battle...the battle with Parkinson's.

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