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Packers 2014-2015 Outlook
As long as the Green Bay Packers have Aaron Rodgers under center, the team will be in contention. Add in running back Eddie Lacy and wide receivers Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb, and the offense will be dangerous once again.
The main upgrade Green Bay made was on defense. The addition of veteran defensive end Julius Peppers and rookie safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix filled two serious needs and could be the difference in the postseason.
All Green Bay Packers football games can be seen on one of the following television broadcasts depending on the team they are playing: Fox Sports, CBS, or ESPN. Tune into WNFL 1440 on your AM dial or WIXX 101.1 on your FM dial to catch each Green Bay Packers football game on the radio.
The Green Bay Packers have played in 4 different stadiums during their existence. In the early years, the Green Bay Packers played their home games in Hagemeister Park from 1919 through 1922 and in Bellevue Park from 1923 through 1924. From 1925 through 1956, the Green Bay Packers played their home games in Old City Stadium in Green Bay. Old City Stadium currently serves as the home stadium for the Green Bay East High School football team. Currently, the Green Bay Packers play in Lambeau Field, which was constructed for play in 1957. Lambeau Field was the first stadium built exclusively for use by an NFL franchise and it is currently the longest-used stadium in NFL history. The Green Bay Packers increased the size of the inner bowl in order to accommodate increased demand for tickets from the loyal Green Bay fan base. In 1995, capacity was increased to 60,890 with the addition of club seats and private luxury boxes. A further renovation in 2003 increased capacity to 72,601. Despite the continuous seating capacity increases, season tickets have been sold out since 1960, and there is a still a huge waiting list.
Green Bay Packers Fan Base
The Green Bay Packers have one of the most loyal fan bases in the NFL. Green Bay Packers bear the cold wintry weather and show up hours ahead of scheduled game times in order to tailgate and celebrate before each and every home game. Recently, Green Bay Packers wide receivers have started doing the “Lambeau Leap” following touchdown receptions from Quarterback Brett Favre. Whether it was Antonio Freeman, Robert Ferguson, Donald Driver, Javon Walker, Bill Schroeder, Desmond Howard or the newest addition, Gregg Jennings, the loyal Green Bay Packers fan base always looks forward to the “Lambeau Leap” at each home game. When the Green Bay wide receiver jumps into the arms of the waiting fans, it’s usually a good sign that the Green Bay Packers are in the lead and on their way to another Green Bay Packers victory.
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The Green Bay Packers are a professional football team in the National Football League (the NFL). The Green Bay Packers play in the National Football Conference (NFC) North Division with three other teams: the Chicago Bears, the Minnesota Vikings and the Detroit Lions. The Green Bay Packers have won 9 NFL Championships, 2 AFL-NFL Championships and 1 Super Bowl Championship. Lambeau Field, located in Green Bay, Wisconsin, hosts all Green Bay Packers home games.
The Green Bay Packers were founded in 1919 and they joined the NFL 2 years later in 1921. The Green Bay Packers hold the record for the most championships in NFL history – 12. Curly Lambeau originally founded the team in 1919 when his employer, the Indian Packing Company, sponsored the team. While the team struggled financially in its early years, the Green Bay Packers still won 6 NFL Championships from 1929 through 1944. The Green Bay Packers gained legendary recognition during the Vince Lombardi era in the 1960’s. Head Coach Vince Lombardi took over a last-place team and instilled confidence and discipline in his players to develop one of the most dominating teams in NFL history. During a 7-year span in the 1960’s, the Green Bay Packers won 5 NFL Championships and the first 2 AFL-NFL Super Bowls played in 1966 and 1967. Several offensive stars led Vince Lombardi’s high-powered offense – Bart Starr, Paul Hornung, Jim Taylor, Carroll Dale and Jerry Kramer. On the defensive side of the football, legendary players like Willie Wood, Ray Nitschke, Dave Robinson and Herb Adderley dominated opposing teams’ offenses year after year. In 1960, the Green bay Packers lost their first NFL Championship game under Head Coach Vince Lombardi (a 17-13 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania). But following that loss, Vince Lombardi promised his players that the Green Bay Packers would never lose another NFL Championship in which he coached. His prediction came to fruition the next year. In 1961, Lombardi secured his 1st NFL Championship when the Green bay Packers defeated the New York Giants 16-7. In 1962, the Green Bay packers finished 13-1 during the regular season and won their second consecutive NFL Championship over the same New York Giants in a close 16-7 contest. The Green Bay Packers had a 2-year hiatus from post-season play in 1963 and 1964, but the team returned with avengeance in 1965. Paul Hornung had his best season as an NFL player and Hornung led his team to another NFL Championship over the Cleveland Browns. The next year, the Green Bay Packers finished the regular season with a 12-2 record as Quarterback Bart Starr was named the NFL Most Valuable Player. That year, the Green Bay Packer defeated the Dallas Cowboys 34-27 in the NFL Championship game and then defeated the Kansas City Chiefs 35-10 in the First NFL-AFL Super Bowl. This was the 2nd time in 6 years where the Green Bay Packers had won back-to-back NFL Championships. In 1967, Vince Lombardi’s last year as Head Coach of the Green Bay Packers, the Green Bay Packers lost 4 times, but still won its third consecutive NFL Championship. One of the greatest NFL Championship games of all time – later named the Ice Bowl – saw Bart Starr score the winning touchdown on a quarterback sneak as the clock ran down in the 4th quarter. The Green Bay Packers defeated the Dallas Cowboys 21-17, and then went on to beat the Oakland Raiders 33-14 in the 2nd AFL-NFL Super Bowl Championship. No other NFL team has had as dominating a run as the Green Bay Packers of the 1960’s. Following Vince Lombardi’s death in 1970, the NFL named the Super Championship trophy the “Vince Lombardi Trophy” in honor of the NFL’s greatest head coach of all time.
Following 2 difficult decades in the 1970’s and 1980’s where the Green Bay Packers enjoyed little NFL success, the Green Bay Packers regained some of their pride during the 1990’s and early 2000’s. The Green Bay Packers brought in a new General Manager, Ron Wolf, who in turn hired new Head Coach Mike Holmgren. Under the offensive guidance of the great Quarterback Brett Favre and under the steady, confident play of defensive star Reggie White, the Green Bay Packers went 13 straight seasons without a losing record from 1992 through 2004. While the Green Bay Packers made the playoffs numerous times during that span, the Green Bay Packers only won the Super Bowl once – a 35-21 victory over the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XXXI.
Current Green Bay Packers Quarterback Brett Favre has had one of the most successful NFL football careers in NFL history. Brett Favre holds the NFL record for most consecutive starts by a quarterback, currently 228 games (248 games if you count Green Bay Packers playoff games). Because of this record, Brett Favre is known for his durability and toughness throughout each and every NFL season. During his career, Brett Favre won 3 consecutive NFL Most Valuable Player Awards from 1995 through 1997. One of Brett Favre’s most memorable performances was in a Monday Night Football game against the Oakland Raiders on December 22, 2003. The day before, Brett Favre’s father died suddenly of a heart attack while driving his car near Kiln, Mississippi. Knowing that his father would have wanted to play in the game, Brett Favre played in front of the national audience and led the Green Bay Packers to a 41-7 victory over the Oakland Raiders. Brett Favre threw for 399 passing yards and 4 touchdowns. Once eligible for NFL Hall of Fame voting, Brett Favre will surely be a first ballot inductee into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
After a disappointing 4-12 record during the 2005 NFL season, the Green Bay Packers fired Head Coach Mike Sherman and replaced him with the former offensive coordinator of the San Francisco 49ers, Mike McCarthy (who had been the Packers Quarterbacks Coach in 1999). Despite a poor statistical year from Quarterback Brett Favre (18 touchdowns, 18 interceptions and a dismal QB rating of 72.7), the Packers finished with a .500 record at 8-8 and showed much consistency and improvement as the season wore on. The Green Bay Packers won the last 4 games of the season and Brett Favre decided to return for another NFL season in large part because of that late-season success and the confidence Favre had in the young team that he felt was one of the most talented teams he ever played with. Favre's optimism paid off big-time during the 2007-2008 NFL season. The Green Bay Packers won 10 of its first 11 games, and if not for a mid-season loss to the Dallas Cowboys when Brett favre was injured, would have had the best record in the NFC. Nonetheless, the Green Bay Packers finished with 13 wins and recorded a first week playoff bye. Brett Favre had one of his best statistical years - throwing for over 4,100 yards and 28 touchdowns with only 15 interceptions. In the Divisional Round of the playoffs, despite falling behind the Seattle Seahawks 14-0 because of 2 1st quarter fumbles by Ryan Grant, the Green Bay Packers rallied for a lopsided 42-20 victory. Brett Favre threw 3 touchdown passes and Ryan Grant redeemed himself with 3 rushing touchdowns and over 200 yards rushing. The Green Bay Packers were heavily favored in the NFC Championship against the New York Giants who had upset the Dallas Cowboys in Dallas. But the New York Giants were destined to advance to the Super Bowl, as the Giants became the first NFC team to win 3 straight road playoff games to advance to a Super Bowl berth. Although Favre threw for over 200 yards and 2 touchdowns in extremely adverse conditions, he also threw 2 interceptions, the last of which set up the Giants' game-winning field goal in overtime.
On March 4, 2008, Brett Favre announced his retirement from the NFL. The Aaron Rodgers reign will begin in earnest in 2008-9, although Brett Favre has hinted at making a return to the Packers or another NFL team if the organization does not want to bring back the "retired" quarterback. Stay tuned...
The “Small-Town” Green Bay Packers Franchise
The Green Bay Packers are one of the last examples of a small-town franchise. The city of Green Bay has a population of only 102,000 people (as of the 2000 census). Compared to other professional sports teams that play in cities populated by millions of people, this is a rarity. In addition, the Green Bay Packers are the only major league professional sports team owned by a non-profit organization. Almost 112,000 individuals own 4,750,925 shares of stock, from which no dividends are granted. The Green Bay Packers franchise is truly one of the most unique professional sports franchises in the United States.
Hall of Famers
During its storied history, the Green Bay Packers have had an amazing 21 players and coaches inducted into the NFL Hall of Fame. Only hated rival, the Chicago Bears franchise, with 26 inductees, has more NFL Hall of Fame inductees. Coaches inducted into the NFL Hall of Fame include Head Coach Paddy Driscoll (1965), Assistant Coach Walt Keisling – legendary Head Coach of the Pittsburgh Steelers (1966), Founder, Owner and Head Coach Curly Lambeau (1963) and Legendary Head Coach Vince Lombardi (1971). Offensive players for the Green Bay Packers who have been inducted into the NFL Hall of Fame include: Halfback Tony Canadeo (1974), Offensive Tackle and Offensive Guard Forrest Gregg – who also served as the Green Bay Packers Head Coach from 1984-1987 (1977), Quarterback Arnie Herber (1966), Fullback Clarke Hinkle (1964), Halfback Paul Hornung (1986), Offensive Tackle Cal Hubbard (1963), Wide Receiver Don Hutson (1963), Wide Receiver James Lofton (2003), Halfback Johnny “Blood” McNally (1963), Offensive Guard Mike Michalske (1964), Center Jim Ringo (1981), Quarterback Bart Starr (1977), Kicker Jan Stenerud (1991) and Fullback Jim Taylor (1976). Defensive players for the Green Bay Packers who have been inducted into the NFL Hall of Fame include: Cornerback Herb Adderley (1980), Defensive End Willie Davis (1981), Defensive End Len Ford (1976), Linebacker Ted Hendricks (1990), Defensive Tackle Henry Jordan (1995), Linebacker Ray Nitschke (1978), Defensive Back Emlen Tunnell – the first African-American NFL player to play for the New York Giants and to be inducted into the NFL Hall of Fame (1967), Defensive Tackle/End Reggie White (2006) and Safety Willie Wood (1989).