First round pick in 1956 dies

Jack Losch, Green Bay's first round draft pick in 1956, died Thursday in Williamsport, Pa., at the age of 69.<p>

Losch starred at the University of Miami (Fla.) and was selected with the eighth overall pick of the draft by the Packers. At that time, the first through third rounds of the draft were conducted in late November, and rounds 4-30 in January. Green Bay also selected tackles Forrest Gregg (20th overall) and Bob Skoronski (56th overall) as well as defensive back Hank Gremminger (80th overall) and quarterback Bart Starr (200th overall) in the same draft.

Losch played just one season for the Packers. He had 19 carries for 43 yards, caught seven passes for 85 yards, returned 15 kickoffs for 390 yards and had eight punt returns for 74 yards. In his only passing attempt, he hooked up with wide receiver Billy Howton for a 63-yard touchdown in Green Bay's 42-17 victory over the Los Angeles Rams in Milwaukee.

Losch left the Packers and became a fighter jet pilot in Air Force in 1957. He then pursued a business career and became a General Motors executive.

Losch is in the University of Miami's Sports Hall of Fame. The former all-America running back still owns four school records, including the longest run from scrimmage, 90 yards, in a 1955 game against Bucknell.

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