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: