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Bakersfield native, football great earns place in Packers Hall of Fame

Bakersfield native, football great earns place in Packers Hall of Fame
Ken Ruettgers is seen during his playing days with the Green Bay Packers. Ruettgers is being inducted into the Packers' Hall of Fame in July 2014, the team announced Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2013. (File photo courtesy of Ken Ruettgers)
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BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) — A Bakersfield native will be enshrined in the Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame.

Ken Ruettgers, 51, graduated from Garces Memorial High School before playing offensive line at Southern California. He was drafted in the first round in 1985 and played 12 years for the Packers, 1985-96.

"Anchoring a line that helped establish a new championship era for the team, he was a dominant pass blocker for the likes of Don Majkowski and Brett Favre," according to the Packers website.

Ruettgers' induction ceremony is set for July 19, 2014, in the Lambeau Field Atrium. He'll enter the team's Hall of Fame with running back Ahman Green, who played eight seasons with the Packers and finished as the club's all-time rushing leader with 8,322 yards.

Father Ron Ruettgers told Eyewitness News that his son now lives Oregon.

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