Hall of Famer and former Packer Willie Davis dies

New York Giants Quarterback Fran Tarkenton (10), tries to get a pass off in the first quarter of a game against the Green Bay Packers Oct. 22, 1967 at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx, New York. Pursuing Tarkenton are Packer defenders Willie Davis (87) and Lionel Aldridge (82) Willie Young (69) of the Giants trails at right. Packers won 48-21. (AP Photo)

GREEN BAY, Wis. (WSAW) -- Pro Football Hall of Famer and former Packers great Willie Davis died at the age of 85 in a Santa Monica, Calif., hospital..

“The Green Bay Packers Family was saddened today to learn about the passing of Willie Davis,” said Packers President/CEO Mark Murphy via a press release. “One of the great defensive players of his era, Willie was a significant contributor to the Packers’ five NFL championship teams during the 1960s.

“I enjoyed getting to know Willie and his wife, Carol, especially when he served as our honorary captain for the 2010 NFC Championship game and Super Bowl XLV, and again for the 2014 NFC Championship game. He was a great role model for our players, having gone on to a very successful career after football and serving on the Packers Board of Directors.

“We extend our deepest condolences to Carol, as well as their family and friends.”

"It is with great sadness the entire Pro Football Hall of Fame family mourns the passing of Willie Davis. Willie's extraordinary athleticism was an undeniable factor in Green Bay's winning tradition of the 1960s under Coach Lombardi," Hall of Fame President and CEO David Baker said in a statement. "He helped the Packers through an unprecedented championship run and to two Super Bowl victories. Willie was a man of true character on and off the field. The Hall of Fame will forever keep his legacy alive to serve as inspiration to future generations."

Davis was traded to the Packers in 1960 after spending two seasons in Cleveland.

Davis spent 10 seasons with the Packers. He tallied two interceptions and 22 fumbles recovered over his career. He was named to the All-NFL Team five times.

Davis did not miss a single game in his 12-year career.

Davis was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1981.