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Former Packers DB Bill Whitaker dead at 63

Green Bay’s seventh-round draft pick in 1981 played in 25 games over two seasons 


Bill Whitaker, who played with the Green Bay Packers in 1981 and '82, died on Oct. 2, 2002. Whitaker, 63, died unexpectedly in Prairie Village, Kan., according to the Dignity Memorial website.

Selected by the Packers in the seventh round of the 1981 draft, Whitaker was a backup defensive back and special teams standout who played in 25 games over his two seasons in Green Bay. He was released by the Packers in August 1983 and played two more seasons with the St. Louis Cardinals.

Visitation and funeral services will be held Oct. 22 in Prairie Village. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery in Kansas City, Mo.