Standing 6 feet 5 inches and tipping the scales at 240 pounds, Fleming was a crushing blocker who became a key force in the fabled Packers Power Sweep of the 1960s. In seven seasons (1963 though 1969) with Green Bay, Fleming appeared in 95 games — fifth most in club history among tight ends. He also caught 109 passes for 1,300 yards and 12 touchdowns. He was a vital cog in three of Vince Lombardi's NFL championship teams and the first two Super Bowls. Fleming joined the Miami Dolphins in 1970 and became the first player in NFL history to appear in five Super Bowls.
Former Green Bay Packers tight end Marv Fleming holds Tinashe and Tinotenda, who were born Siamese twins in Zimbabwe in 2006. Fleming helped fund the operation that separated them at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto.
Photo courtesy Marv Fleming
"If you can find a tight end who can block and can catch the ball, that team is going to be in the playoffs because the tight end is a big part of the team," said Fleming. "On the off-tackle plays, the sweeps, you hardly see very many people run sweeps these days. With us, every time we ran it we got 12 or 13 yards."
In honor of his on-the-field accomplishments, Fleming will be inducted into the Packers Hall of Fame on July 17 along with Chmura and tackle Greg Koch.
His playing days are long gone but Fleming continues to make his mark — in a very different way. Always positive in his approach, he says he especially enjoys opportunities to make a real difference in other peoples' lives through charity. He sets his bar high each year, just "trying to do something good" for others.
Two years ago, Fleming helped fund an operation at the Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) in Toronto to separate a pair of Siamese twin boys, Tinashe and Tinotenda, from the African nation of Zimbabwe. The boys are now nearly 4 years old and their life prospects are very much improved.
"My friend is on the board (at SickKids) so we got the doctors free but everything else including transportation needed funding," said Fleming. "My friend, who went to school with the doctor, asked for our help. He said, ‘How would you like to be a part of this?' and we worked that out."
This year, in conjunction with his Packer Hall of Fame honors, Fleming is offering a limited edition of 81 autographed 16-by-20-inch canvas photo prints. All proceeds from sales of the prints will go to a charity as yet unnamed.
To get your Marv Fleming limited edition print, visit www.mthreemarketing.com.
This is the limited-edition Marv Fleming print, with proceeds going to charity.
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