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History

Humble Beginnings

The Packers were founded on August 11, 1919 when Curly Lambeau and George Calhoun called together a group of men that would become the first Green Bay Packer football team. They gained their name that first season as their uniforms were paid for by the Indian Packing Company. The company also provided a practice field.

That first season the Packers won ten and lost one while playing against opponents from Wisconsin and Upper Michigan. The games in those days were not played in an enclosed stadium with bright lights and restaurants. Rather, they were played in an open field and money was raised by having fans pass the hat.

The Green Bay Football Corporation

By 1921, the Packers team was so successful that Lambeau was able to get backing from some packing plant officials to obtain a franchise.

The dream became reality on August 27, 1921 as the Packers were welcomed into a fledgling national professional football league that had been formed in 1920. However, due to financial constraints, the team had to be forfeited at the end of the season.

This was only the first incident in a long series of troubles that the team from the NFL's smallest city had to overcome. The team wasn't done yet, but the road would be a long one.

In 1922, Curly Lambeau was able to get together $250 and buy the franchise back. The funding came from local people but included $50 of Lambeau's own money. That season saw further troubles as an insurance company refused to pay off it's debt for a rain-out because the rainfall was 0.01" under the required amount specified in the policy.

Late in the season, when the Packers were to play the Duluth Kelleys, another storm threatened Lambeau's financial security. However, A.B. Turnbull, Green Bay Press-Gazette general manager, advanced Lambeau the Duluth guarantee. Turnbull lobbied a group of town businessmen (to be called "The Hungry Five") to support the team and formed the Green Bay Football Corporation.

Ironman Football

The early days of the NFL were marked by men who played both offense and defense (Ironman Football). As protective gear was minimal at best, these men were also very tough.

The tradition of the NFL injury report came from this era as it was required to track the numerous injuries that occurred. It was often the quickest way for family and friends who lived out of state to get he news if a player was injured.

It was this era that spawned one of the most historic franchises in all of sports. The Green Bay Packers claimed many NFL titles during their first several decades of existence.

The Don Hutson Era

In 1935, a spindly wide receiver by the name of Don Hutson was drafted out of Alabama by the Packers. Hutson was not highly regarded by many NFL teams because they felt he lacked the size to compete in the rough and tumble game of the era. Lambeau felt otherwise and put Hutson to work in the passing game. Hutson has since been credited with the invention of pass patterns. He was easily the best receiver of his era and is considered by many to be the best of all time. Hutson not only retired with 18 NFL records to his name, he redefined the position.

Most of the records didn't fall until 30-40 years after Hutson played.

Stock Sale

After Lambeau departed the team in 1950, the Packers hired Gene Ronzani. The Packers were competitive under Ronzani, but his most significant contributions were more on the business side of the team. First, Ronzani sold stock in the Green Bay Packers corporation all over the state of Wisconsin. This raised nearly $125,000 and made the Packers the only publicly owned franchise in the NFL. Secondly, Ronzani hired Jack Vainisi as full-time talent scout. Vainisi discovered the six Packers Hall of Famers drafted from 1953-58: C Jim Ringo, T Forrest Gregg, QB Bart Starr, HB Paul Hornung, FB Jim Taylor and LB Ray Nitschke. These players would form the backbone of the Packer dynasty of the 1960's era.

God, Family and the Green Bay Packers

Even with all that talent, Green Bay was not competitive (1-10-1 in 1958) until they hired a little known energetic offensive assistant coach from the New York Giants in 1959.

Within hours after his arrival on Feb. 2, 1959, Vince Lombardi told the committee, "I want it understood that I am in complete command here."

And command he did. After his first couple of seasons getting the team focused, it was five NFL titles in seven years. 9-1 playoff record. Career record 98-30-4 (.758).

The Lombardi Packers are the standard of football excellence by which team are still measured. His teams finished no lower than second from 1960-67.

The end of the Lombardi era is marked by one of the most memorable games in the history of the NFL, The Ice Bowl. After the Ice Bowl, Lombardi's Packer's won their second Super Bowl and Lombardi retired.

Lombardi was not a brilliant strategist, but he was an excellent motivator who would settle for nothing but the best from his players.

The Dark Ages

1968-1970 Phil Bengtson 20-21-1
1971-1974 Dan Devine 25-27-4
1975-1983 Bart Starr 52-76-3
1984-1987 Forrest Gregg 25-37-1
1988-1991 Lindy Infante 24-40

Combined 146-201-9. It was a very dark time for a team and city that got accustomed to winning under Vince Lombardi.

Ron Wolf

After the Lombardi era and the 25 years of, well, embarrassing football, a dramatic change was needed. In 1991, they hired Ron Wolf to take over the franchise and lead them out of the darkness. Wolf's first acts were to fire head coach Lindy Infante and hire then San Francisco 49ers offensive coordinator Mike Holmgren to replace him. Wolf traded the Packers 1992 first round draft pick to the Atlanta Falcons for a quarterback known more for being hung-over and missing team activities than throwing touchdowns. Wolf then signed the most sought after free agent available, Reggie White, bringing in a team leader and defensive superstar. This signing was crucial as White was able to help recruit defensive stars like Sean Jones and Santana Moss. These players, along with the aforementioned Brett Favre, formed the backbone of the playoff teams of the mid nineties that won a championship.

The team returned to greatness. Consistently making the playoffs and winning Super Bowl XXXI.

After losing SB XXXII, and losing during the playoffs the following season, Holmgren moves on to become GM/HC in Seattle.

Enter players coach Ray Rhodes. Exit Ray Rhodes after one 8-8 season.

Enter Mike Sherman.

The Modern Team

Ron Wolf handed the GM reins to Head Coach/GM Mike Sherman. Mike Sherman added to Wolf's players and built one of the best OLs in team history. Poor coaching means that the team never accomplished anything.

Some consider the 2003 Packers one of the best Packers teams of all time and Mike Sherman's inability to manage the game led to an early exit from the playoffs. Poor clock management and play selection led to one of the most infamous losses in Packer history (4th and 26)

After the 2004 season, the team hires new GM Ted Thompson. After a 4-12 season in 2005, Thompson fires Head Coach Mike Sherman and hires Pennsylvania native Mike McCarthy.

Hard nosed football returns and McCarthy gets control of the veteran gunslinger. They make a run in 2007 and lose the NFC title game to eventual SB champion Giants.

Brett Favre retires after the 2007 season. In an offseason "scandal", Favre comes out of retirement but Green Bay had already moved on. After much negotiation, Favre is traded to the New York Jets.

Green Bay completes a 6-10 season that many of the uninformed blame on the fact that Aaron Rodgers is starting instead of Brett Favre. In truth, the Packers were undone by a weak special teams unit and numerous defensive breakdowns. They lost five games by 3 points or less in 2008.

Current Roster

Link to Packers.com Roster

No. Name Position Height Weight Age Experience College Acquired
2 Mason Crosby K 6'1" 212 23 2 Colorado D6c-07
6 Derrick Frost P 6'2" 210 27 5 Northern Iowa FA-08
10 Matt Flynn QB 6'2" 231 22 R Louisiana St. D7a-08
11 Brian Brohm QB 6'3" 232 22 R Louisville D2b-08
12 Aaron Rodgers QB 6'2" 221 24 4 California D1a-04
19 Shaun Bodiford - IR WR 5'11" 194 26 3 Portland State W-06 (Det)
20 Atari Bigby S 5'11" 211 26 3 Central Florida FA-06
21 Charles Woodson CB 6'1" 200 31 11 University of Michigan UFA-06
22 Pat Lee CB 6'0" 200 24 R Auburn D2c-08
24 Jarrett Bush CB 6’0” 197 24 3 Utah State W-06 (Car)
25 Ryan Grant RB 6’1” 224 25 2 Notre Dame T-07 (NYG)
26 Charlie Peprah S 5’11” 202 25 3 Alabama W-06 (NYG)
27 Will Blackmon CB 6’0” 202 23 3 Boston College D4b-06
28 Kregg Lumpkin RB 5’11” 222 24 R Georgia FA-08
30 John Kuhn FB 6’0” 250 25 3 Shippensburg W-07 (Pit)
31 Al Harris CB 6’1” 188 33 11 Texas A&M-Kingsville T-03 (Phil)
32 Brandon Jackson RB 5’10” 212 22 2 Nebraska D2-07
35 Korey Hall FB 6’0” 236 24 2 Boise State D6a-07
36 Nick Collins S 5’11” 200 24 4 Bethune-Cookman D2a-05
37 Aaron Rouse S 6’4” 223 24 2 Virginia Tech D3b-07
38 Tramon Williams CB 5’11” 185 25 2 Louisiana Tech FA-07
44 Evan Moore-IR TE 6’6” 247 23 R Stanford FA-08
46 J.J. Jansen-IR LS 6’2” 254 22 R Notre Dame FA-08
50 A.J. Hawk LB 6’1” 247 24 3 Ohio State D1-06
51 Brady Poppinga LB 6’3” 245 28 4 Brigham Young D4b-05
54 Brandon Chillar LB 6’3” 242 25 5 UCLA UFA-08 (STL)
55 Desmond Bishop LB 6’2” 235 23 2 California D6b-07
56 Nick Barnett LB 6’2” 232 26 6 Oregon State D1-03
57 Jason Hunter DE 6’4” 260 24 3 Appalachian State FA-06
57 Danny Lansanah LB 6’1" 248 23 R UConn FA-08
61 Brett Goode LS 6’1" 261 23 R Arkansas FA-08
63 Scott Wells C 6’2” 295 27 5 Tennessee FA-04 (D7-04)
65 Mark Tauscher T 6’3” 315 30 9 Wisconsin D7a-00
68 Breno Giacomini T 6’7” 303 22 R Louisville D5-08
71 Josh Sitton G 6’3” 319 21 R Central Florida D4b-08
72 Jason Spitz G/C 6’3” 300 25 3 Louisville D3b-06
73 Daryn Colledge G 6’4” 305 26 3 Boise State D2a-06
74 Aaron Kampman DE 6’4” 265 28 7 Iowa D5a-02
75 Tony Moll T 6’5” 304 24 3 Nevada D5b-06
76 Chad Clifton T 6’5” 320 31 9 Tennessee D2-00
77 Cullen Jenkins-IR DE 6’2” 303 27 5 Central Michigan FA-04
78 Allen Barbre G 6’4” 300 23 2 Missouri Southern State D4-07
79 Ryan Pickett DT 6’2” 330 28 8 Ohio State UFA-06 (StL)
80 Donald Driver WR 6’0” 190 33 10 Alcorn State D7b-99
82 Ruvell Martin WR 6’4” 215 25 3 Saginaw Valley State FA-06
84 Tory Humphrey TE 6-2 250 25 3 Central Michigan FA-05
85 Greg Jennings WR 5’11” 197 24 3 Western Michigan D2b-06
86 Donald Lee TE 6’4” 248 27 6 Mississippi State FA-05
87 Jordy Nelson WR 6’3” 217 22 R Kansas State D2a-08
88 Jermichael Finley TE 6’5” 245 21 R Texas D3-08
89 James Jones WR 6’1” 212 24 2 San Jose State D3a-07
90 Colin Cole DT 6’1” 320 27 4 Iowa FA-04
91 Justin Harrell - PUP DT 6’4” 318 24 2 Tennessee D1-07
93 Kenny Pettway DE 6'3" 248 25 3 Grambling FA-08
94 Kabeer Gbaja-Biamila DE 6’4” 247 30 9 San Diego State FA-00 (D5a-00)
96 Michael Montgomery DE 6’5” 270 24 4 Texas A&M D6a-05
97 Johnny Jolly DT 6’3” 318 25 3 Texas A&M D6a-06
99 Jeremy Thompson DE 6’4” 264 22 R Wake Forest D4a-08

Retired Numbers

General Managers

Head Coaches

  • 2006-Present Mike McCarthy 27-21
  • 2000-2005 Mike Sherman 57-39
  • 1999-1999 Ray Rhodes 8-8
  • 1992-1998 Mike Holmgren 75-37
  • 1988-1991 Lindy Infante 24-40
  • 1984-1987 Forrest Gregg 25-37-1
  • 1975-1983 Bart Starr 52-76-3
  • 1971-1974 Dan Devine 25-27-4
  • 1968-1970 Phil Bengtson 20-21-1
  • 1959-1967 Vince Lombardi 98-30-4
  • 1953,1958 Ray "Scooter" McLean 1-12-1
  • 1954-1957 Lisle Blackbourn 17-31
  • 1953-1953 Hugh Devore 0-2
  • 1950-1953 Gene Ronzani 14-31-1
  • 1921-1949 Curly Lambeau 209-104-21


Awards

MVP

Associated Press MVP

United Press International MVP

Joe F Carr Trophy

Rookie of the Year

Associated Press Offensive Rookie of the Year

Associated Press Defensive Rookie of the Year

Record Per Regular Season

Overall Winning Percentage: 0.539

Year Wins Losses Ties Coach Comments
2008 6 10 0 McCarthy Rodgers ushers in a new era, but the team is disappointing losing 5 games by 3 points or less
2007 13 3 0 McCarthy A disappointing end but a team that exceeded expectations. Favre's last season.
2006 8 8 0 McCarthy
2005 4 12 0 Sherman
2004 10 6 0 Sherman
2003 10 6 0 Sherman A historically good football team undone by poor situational coaching during the playoffs.
2002 12 4 0 Sherman
2001 12 4 0 Sherman
2000 9 7 0 Sherman
1999 8 8 0 Rhodes Hello Rhodes...Goodbye Rhodes
1998 11 5 0 Holmgren
1997 13 3 0 Holmgren
1996 13 3 0 Holmgren
1995 11 5 0 Holmgren
1994 9 7 0 Holmgren
1993 9 7 0 Holmgren
1992 9 7 0 Holmgren
1991 4 12 0 Infante
1990 6 10 0 Infante
1989 10 6 0 Infante The Cardiac Pack
1988 4 12 0 Infante
1987 5 9 1 Gregg
1986 4 12 0 Gregg The Charles Martin Hit-List makes this season the lowest point of the Packers-Bears rivalry.
1985 8 8 0 Gregg
1984 8 8 0 Gregg
1983 8 8 0 Starr
1982 5 3 1 Starr
1981 8 8 0 Starr
1980 5 10 1 Starr
1979 5 11 0 Starr
1978 8 7 1 Starr
1977 4 10 0 Starr
1976 5 9 0 Starr
1975 4 10 0 Starr
1974 6 8 0 Devine
1973 5 7 2 Devine
1972 10 4 0 Devine
1971 4 8 2 Devine
1970 6 8 0 Bengston
1969 8 6 0 Bengston
1968 6 7 1 Bengston
1967 9 4 1 Lombardi
1966 12 2 0 Lombardi
1965 10 3 1 Lombardi
1964 8 5 1 Lombardi
1963 11 2 1 Lombardi
1962 13 1 0 Lombardi
1961 11 3 0 Lombardi
1960 8 4 0 Lombardi
1959 7 5 0 Lombardi
1958 1 10 1 McLean This team had future HOF Starr, Hornung, Taylor, Gregg, Nitschke, and Ringo and they lost 56-0 to the Colts. McLean was just too nice of a guy.
1957 3 9 0 Blackbourn
1956 4 8 0 Blackbourn
1955 6 6 0 Blackbourn
1954 4 8 0 Blackbourn
1953 2 9 0 Multiple
1952 6 6 0 Ronzani
1951 3 9 0 Ronzani
1950 3 9 0 Ronzani
1949 2 10 0 Lambeau
1948 3 9 0 Lambeau
1947 6 5 1 Lambeau
1946 6 5 0 Lambeau
1945 6 4 0 Lambeau
1944 8 2 0 Lambeau
1943 7 2 1 Lambeau
1942 8 2 1 Lambeau
1941 10 1 0 Lambeau
1940 6 4 1 Lambeau
1939 9 2 0 Lambeau
1938 8 3 0 Lambeau
1937 7 4 0 Lambeau
1936 10 1 1 Lambeau
1935 8 4 0 Lambeau
1934 7 6 0 Lambeau
1933 5 7 1 Lambeau
1932 10 3 1 Lambeau
1931 12 2 0 Lambeau
1930 10 3 1 Lambeau
1929 12 0 1 Lambeau
1928 6 4 3 Lambeau
1927 7 2 1 Lambeau
1926 7 3 3 Lambeau
1925 8 5 0 Lambeau
1924 7 4 0 Lambeau
1923 7 2 1 Lambeau
1922 4 3 3 Lambeau Now the NFL
1921 3 2 1 Lambeau APFA
Total 643 513 36 Through 2008

All Time Records

Career Records

Service

Scoring

Rushing

Receiving

Passing

Defense

Sacks became an official NFL statistic in 1982

All Purpose

Return Game

Kicking

Punting

+: NFL Record

Single Season Records

Scoring

Rushing

Receiving

Passing

Defense

(A) Ezra Johnson recorded 20.5 unofficial sacks in 1978
Sacks became an official NFL statistic in 1982

All Purpose

Return Game

Kicking

Punting

+: NFL Record

Single Game Records

Scoring

  • Scoring: 33, Paul Hornung vs. Balt. Colts, 10/8/61 (4 touchdowns, 6 extra points, 1 field goal)
  • Scoring-Quarter: 29, +Don Hutson vs. Det., 10/7/45 (second quarter; 4 touchdowns, 5 extra points)
  • Touchdowns: 5, Paul Hornung at Balt. Colts, 12/12/65

Rushing

Receiving

Passing

Defense

(B) Ezra Johnson recorded 5 unofficial sacks at Det., 9/3/78
(B) Dave Pureifory recorded 5 unofficial sacks at LARams, 12/14/75
Sacks became an official NFL statistic in 1982’’

All Purpose

Return Game

Kicking

Punting

+: NFL Record

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