Dave Pureifory

July 12 was the birthday of the late Dave Pureifory. The Packers drafted Pureifory as a linebacker out of Eastern Michigan in the sixth round in 1972, but once he bulked up, he was transferred to the defensive line. For Green Bay he played mostly at defensive tackle, but would earn more recognition as a defensive end in Detroit as part of the Lions’ Silver Rush front four from 1978-82. For both teams, Pureifory was intense and nasty on the field, although off the field, he earned a Master’s degree in counseling from his alma mater. He was listed at 6’1” and 260 pounds, but he was probably shorter; his nickname with the Lions was “Low Rider” due to his short stature, yet he did not let that detract from his playing.

Both strong and agile, Pureifory played the run and pass equally well and even went two of four in extra point attempts when filling in for an injured Chester Marcol. Lynn Dickey remembered him to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel as someone with “a motor that never stopped.” Although he accumulated just 22.5 sacks in Green Bay according to the research of Webster and Turney, two years he led the team in the category. Unofficially, he also set the team mark with five sacks in one game against the Rams on December 14, 1975. In Detroit, he gained 37 sacks in five seasons and was selected the team’s MVP for 1980 when he had seven sacks. After suffering a knee injury in 1982, Detroit released Dave in 1983, and he spent 1984-85 in the USFL before retiring from the game. All in all, Pureifory was an underrated performer, but was probably better as an end for the Lions than as a tackle for the Packers.

(adapted from Green Bay Gold)

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1973, 1974 and 1977 custom cards are colorized.

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