Elijah Tinsley

Chad Burkholder
Packers Hall of Fame

Inducted - 1979

He was short for a pro football lineman at 5’8”, 205 pounds, but Pete Tinsley made up for it with his desire. The former Georgia Bulldog fullback played eight seasons on both sides of the ball with the Packers, from 1938-’45.

In his rookie season, the Packers converted the tough Tinsley into a two-way guard. Players Tinsley hit never noticed his small size. He was as tough and hard-hitting as they came.

In 1941, he recovered a drive-stopping fumble as the Packers beat the Bears 16-14 at Wrigley Field in Chicago. Tinsley played on the 1939 and ‘44 Packer champions. In his final season, his younger brother Sid, a halfback from Clemson University, joined him in training camp with the Packers. 
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Packers Hall of Fame player Pete Tinsley
Packers Hall of Fame player Pete Tinsley