Forrest Murrell Blue Jr. (September 7, 1945 – July 16, 2011) was an offensive lineman who spent eleven seasons in the National Football League (NFL) with the San Francisco 49ers (1968–1974) and Baltimore Colts (1975–1978).
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|Born:||September 7, 1945|
|Died:||July 16, 2011 (aged 65)|
|Height:||6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)|
|Weight:||261 lb (118 kg)|
|High school:||Tampa (FL) Chamberlain|
|NFL Draft:||1968 / Round: 1 / Pick: 15|
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|Player stats at PFR|
Blue was born in Marfa, Texas on September 7, 1945. He spent his teenage years in Tampa, Florida where his family moved after his father, a United States Army captain, retired there. A 1963 graduate of George D. Chamberlain High School, he made the National Honor Society and starred on the varsity teams in football, baseball, track and basketball. He was a member of the Florida High School Activities Association (FHSAA) Class AA football champions in 1961. He eventually was inducted into the Tampa Sports Hall of Fame in 1993 and named the sixth-best football player ever from Hillsborough County by the St. Petersburg Times in 1999.
Blue was a three-year letterman as a center for Ralph "Shug" Jordan at Auburn University from 1965 through 1967. He played for the College All-Stars in its 34–17 defeat to the Green Bay Packers at Soldier Field on August 2, 1968.
Selected 15th overall in the 1968 NFL Draft by the San Francisco 49ers out of Auburn University, Blue helped the team win three straight division titles, and was named an All-Pro four times.
In May 2013, he was posthumously inducted into the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame.
- Pugliese, Nick. "Tampa Bay's All-Century Team: No. 21 Forrest Blue," The Tampa Tribune. Archived April 26, 2012, at the Wayback Machine
- Meacham, Andrew. "Chamberlain star Forrest Blue went on to shine in the NFL," St. Petersburg Times, Sunday, July 24, 2011.
- 2011 Auburn Football Fact Book – Auburn University Athletics.
- 1968 College All-Stars roster – mmbolding.com.
- The 1968 College All-Star Game – mmbolding.com.
- "1971 NFL All-Pros" pro-football-reference.com July 20, 2011
- "1972 NFL All-Pros" pro-football-reference.com July 20, 2011
- "1973 NFL All-Pros" pro-football-reference.com July 20, 2011
- "1974 NFL All-Pros" pro-football-reference.com July 20, 2011
- "Forrest Blue Dies After Years of Dementia" San Francisco Chronicle July 20, 2011