Former Colts lineman Preas, who won 2 NFL titles, dies

Updated: February 26, 2007, 3:54 PM ET
Associated Press

ROANOKE, Va. -- George Preas, who won two NFL championships on the offensive line of the old Baltimore Colts, has died. He was 73.

Preas, who had Parkinson's Disease, died Saturday. He had been living in a nursing home.

Preas played for the Colts from 1955-65. Baltimore beat the New York Giants for the NFL title in 1958 and 1959.

His teammates on those teams included running back Lenny Moore, quarterback Johnny Unitas, receiver Raymond Berry, left tackle Jim Parker, defensive tackle Art Donovan and defensive end Gino Marchetti.

"He was one of the unsung heroes of the offensive line," Moore, a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, said Saturday in an interview with The Roanoke Times. "Very seldom did they mention George Preas' name, but he was taking care of business, man. He was a damn good lineman. That's why I'm still walking. He was a rock over there."

At Virginia Tech, Preas played offensive and defensive tackle.

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