Earlier this week we did the Steelers, so now it's the Packers turn. Here are some random Packers facts to share on Sunday.
- The Packers played their first official game on October 23, 1921. It was a 7 - 6 win over the Minneapolis Marines.
- Green Bay Packers is the longest standing name in the NFL.
- A team of firsts - Curly Lambeau was the first coach to implement daily practices and the Packers were the first team to charter an airplane for a road game.
- The Packers hold the record for most overtime games in one season - 5 in 1983.
- On December 26, 1993, LeRoy Butler made the first Lambeau Leap.
- Green Bay's 12 World Championships are the most of any NFL team.
- The Packers have only had one Offensive Rookie of the Year - John Brockington 1971
- They've had 2 Defensive Rookies of the Year.
Willie Buchanon - 1971
Tom Flynn - 1984
- Vince Lombardi was carried off the field at least five times during his career, including his first and last games as the Packers coach.
- Curly Lambeau is the only Packers to have worn # 1. On the other hand, 36 players have worn # 23, the most worn number of all Packers uniforms.
- The Packers first and only helmet logo debuted in 1961.
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It was a blistery cold morning that greeted the Green Bay Packers and New York Giants, who were set to battle for the 1962 NFL Championship. Game time temperatures were said to have dipped as low as 13 degrees. Along with cold temperatures the afternoon included wind gusts up to 40 miles per hour at Yankee Stadium.
Although the Giants out gained the Packers, Jim Taylor proved to be too much for the Giants defense. He would go on to score the only offensive goal of the game while Jerry Kramer helped to put away the Giants by nailing three field goals. Ray Nitschke did his part on the defensive side to also help secure the win. He recovered two fumbles that set up a Packer touchdown and a field goal, in between delivering excruciating hits to the Giants offense.
(Sam Huff & Jim Taylor)
Between the Packers and the Giants there were a total of 17 Hall of Fame members (including an owner, a coach, and 15 players) who met on December 30th to fight for the title. Packer’s Hall of Fame halfback Paul Hornung was quoted as saying, “That was the hardest football game I ever played in.” While his teammate Ray Nitschke was presented with a Corvette from Sport Magazine as the game’s Most Valuable Player.
Here is a sample of the collection of Green Bay Hall of Fame members who played on this Championship team that we have at Mitchell & Ness: