Earl L. Curly Lambeau
We are excited about the Super Bowl this weekend between our beloved Green Bay Packers and the Pittsburgh Steelers. The Steelers are the Bengals’ arch-nemesis, and there’s no doubt where our loyalties lie. It’s Wisconsin vs. Pennsylvania, the north central vs. the east, the small city vs. the megalopolis, the lumberjacks vs. the steel drivers, the Scandinavians vs. the Germans. We hope that everybody will join us in cheering on the Pack. Here are some facts about our favorite team.
- The Green Bay Packers were founded on Aug. 11, 1919, by former high school football rivals, Earl “Curly” Lambeau and George Whitney Calhoun. The Packers were granted a franchise on Aug. 27, 1921, in the new national pro football league that had been founded a year before. They are the second oldest franchise in the NFL.
- The Indian Packing Company contributed $250 for uniforms and equipment under the condition that the team be named for its sponsor. When the firm was later purchased by the Acme Packing Company, the team became known as the Acme Packers.
- The Packers are the only community-owned non-profit franchise in all of American professional sports.
- To insure that the club remains in Green Bay, the Packers’ contract stipulates that, if the team were to be sold, all of the profits would go to the American Legion to build a soldier’s memorial in Green Bay.
- Between 1929 and 1931 the Packers won 30 home games in a row, an NFL record which still stands today.
- The Packers have won 12 World Championships, the most in the NFL (the Bears are second with 9).
- Don Hutson starred as an end for the Packers from 1935 to 1945, leading the league in receptions for 8 seasons and leading the team to NFL championships in 1936, 1939, and 1944.
Bart Starr, Quarterback
- Vince Lombardi became the Packer head coach on Feb. 2, 1959, and led the team to five NFL championships over a seven-year span, including victories in the first two Super Bowls. Prominent players in the Lombardi era included Bart Starr, Jim Taylor, Paul Hornung, Jerry Kramer, Ray Nitschke, and Herb Adderly, among others.
- Curly Lambeau had attended Notre Dame and used his college colors (navy blue and gold) for his new Packer team. Vince Lombardi changed the team colors to green and gold in 1959.
- The Packers are the only team to win three consecutive NFL titles: 1929-30-31 under Curly Lambeau and 1965-66-67 (under Vince Lombardi.
- After a drought from 1968 to 1991, the new head coach Mike Holmgren acquired quarterback Brett Favre from the Falcons, and Favre reinvigorated the Pack, leading them to 13 non-losing seasons and to Super Bowls in 1996 and 1997.
- Despite widespread injuries this year to starting players, quarterback Aaron Rodgers led the Packers to a 10-6 season, followed by playoff victories over the Philadelphia Eagles, the Atlanta Falcons, and the Chicago Bears.
- The Packers have the NFL’s best team playoff winning percentage (.636) since the NFL introduced the playoffs in 1967.
- Though they have the smallest local TV market in the NFL, the Packers remain one of the league’s most popular teams. Games at Lambeau Field have sold out for the last fifty years, and there are about 74,000 people on the waiting list for seasons tickets.
- The average wait time for Packers season tickers is over 30 years, and it is common for Green Bay parents of newborn infants to place their offspring on the list.
- During training camp in Green Bay, fans can bring their bikes to the locker room and ask their favorite players ride them to the practice field.
GO PACK!!! BEAT THOSE STEELERS!!!
-Gayle CL (1-31): David....As usual you perform your talents perfectly........I m glad u r in it to win it.......thx for the short documentary:)))))I. Hope ur team wins;)))) Lots of love;_)))