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About The Green Bay Packers
The Green Bay Packers, also known as the “Small Town Team” was founded on August 11, 1919 by Curly Lambeau and George Whitney Calhoun.
Lambeau solicited funds from his employees for uniforms and equipment, he managed to gather five hundred dollars but employees would not hand over the money unless Curly agreed to name the team after the Indian Packing Company.
The Packers franchise became an NFL team in 1921 and in that same year they had financial problems and lost the team. But in the following year a group of backers known as the “Hungry Five” bought the Green Bay Packers franchise and once again they were an NFL team.
Green Bay is the only NFL football team that has a board of directors and over four and a half million share holders, none of which receive any dividends.
The Packers have since won twelve league championships and three Super Bowls, more than any other American professional football team has done. Their archrivals, the Chicago Bears are second with nine league titles and one Super Bowl.
However, their fierce rivalry doesn’t stop there. It extends into the Pro Football Hall of Fame where the Packers trail in inductees, Green Bay with 21 and Chicago 26.
Winning three straight NFL titles twice is an honor that is only held by the packers back in 1929-1931 and 1965 through 1967. This is something that the bears have not accomplished.
During the 1960s, the packers were one of the most dominating teams in the NFL, coached by the famous Vince Lombardi. Vince took the last place Packers and turned them around to five time league champs in a seven year season with victories in the first two super bowls.
After Lombardi’s death, the Super Bowl trophy remained with the Lombardi trophy to commemorate his team’s accomplishments. Sadly, after his death the Green Bay Packers started a down ward spiral.
Poor drafting was the main cause of their fall. For example, in the 1972 draft when future Pro Football Hall of Famer Franco Harris was available, they passed him up and took quarter back Jerry Tagge. In 1981, when no less than three future Hall of Famer’s were available, Ronny Lott, Mike Singaltary and Howie Long, the Packers chose another mediocre quarter back, Mike Camble.
Finally, in 1989 when Berry Sanders, Deon Sanders, and Derrick Thomas were available, again the Packers passed up golden opportunities and choose offensive tackle Tony Manddarich and even though he was highly rated by all the scouts, his performance in the Pros was substandard. In 2005 the packers finished in last place with a 4 win and 12 loss record.