Willie Wood, Packers great and Hall of Fame DB, dies at 83

Willie Wood, Packers great and Hall of Fame DB, dies at 83
In this Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2009 file photo, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, left, meets former Green Bay Packers player Willie Wood, on Capitol Hill in Washington, during a House Judiciary Committee hearing on legal issues relating to football head injuries. Pro Football Hall of Famer Willie Wood, captain of the 1959 USC football team who played in the first 2 Super Bowls, died today, Monday, Feb. 3, 2020 of natural causes in Washington, D.C. He was 83. (Source: AP Photo/Charles Dharapak/AP)

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Pro Football Hall of Fame defensive back Willie Wood has died. He was 83.

Wood won five NFL championships with the Green Bay Packers under coach Vince Lombardi and made the first interception in Super Bowl history.

He rose from undrafted rookie to play safety in eight Pro Bowls.

In this undated file photo shows Willie Wood of the Green Bay Packers. Pro Football Hall of Famer Willie Wood, captain of the 1959 USC football team who played in the first 2 Super Bowls, died today, Monday, Feb. 3, 2020 of natural causes in Washington, D.C. He was 83.
In this undated file photo shows Willie Wood of the Green Bay Packers. Pro Football Hall of Famer Willie Wood, captain of the 1959 USC football team who played in the first 2 Super Bowls, died today, Monday, Feb. 3, 2020 of natural causes in Washington, D.C. He was 83. (Source: AP)

Longtime friend Robert Schmidt says Wood died of natural causes in Washington.

Wood had suffered from advanced dementia for several years.

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