"He's the man behind one of the most famous plays in #SuperBowl history. On January 15, 1967, Willie Wood of the Green Bay @packers snatched a wobbly pass thrown by the Kansas City @chiefs's quarterback, Len Dawson, and zigzagged to the doorstep of the @chiefs's end zone, setting up an easy @packers touchdown. 50 football seasons later, Willie, a Hall of Fame defensive back, remembers nothing of the play. He doesn't even recall playing in the #SuperBowl that year — the first time the event was held — or ever being on an @nfl roster. Willie, 79, spends most of his time in a wheelchair at an assisted living center in his hometown, Washington, D.C. First, it was physical woes — debilitating neck, hip and knee operations — that brought him there. Later, dementia robbed Willie of many cognitive functions. Today, he likes to wear a green @packers cap most days as he sits in his sunny room listening to jazz and 1950s doo-wop. "You were the best of the best," Dee Dee Daniels, an assistant living coordinator, told him recently. Willie, who often goes days without speaking, looked up, his eyes glistening as he raised an eyebrow as if to say, "I was?" @gregkahn photographed Willie with Dee Dee while on #nytassignment." By nytimes on Instagram.
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