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20132016 Season Roundup: The Packers won their division for the fifth time in sixth seasons, but they didn’t make things easy for themselves. The team lost five games in a span of six weeks during October and November and needed six wins in a row after that to make the playoffs. Jordy Nelson was named Comeback Player of the Year after missing all of 2015 with an inury. He caught 97 passes and scored 14 touchdowns.

Quarterback Aaron Rodgers led the Packers to victory over the Giants and Cowboys in the playoffs, but they could not stop the Atlanta Flacons in the NFC Championship Game.

2016 Season Preview: No one in football believes the Packers were as bad as they looked at times in 2015. They’ll have a chance to prove it in 2016. Aaron Rodgers seems primed to win a third MVP, and the return of Jordy Nelson from injury should make a huge difference. Green Bay’s defensive front seven is okay but not great, however its secondary is loaded with young talent. They could make the difference over the course of a long regular season.

2013December 3, 2015: Aaron Rodgers completed a 61-yard scoring pass on the final play of the game to defeat the Detroit Lions. Richard Rodgers caught the pass, which fans nicknamed The Miracle in Motown.

October 18, 2015: Aaron Rodgers reached 30,000 passing yards faster than any quarterback in history. The previous record was set in the 1960s by Johnny Unitas.

2015 Season Preview: The loss of receiver Jordy Nelson has Green Bay fans a little concerned, but who will stop QB Aaron Rodgers? The Packers’ division foes—Vikings, Bears and Lions—probably won’t. Which makes Green Bay a favorite to finish with the NFL’s best record.

2013January 31, 2015: Aaron Rodgers was named NFL MVP and FedEX Air Player of the Year.

November 9, 2014: Aaron Rodgers threw six touchdown passes in the first half of a 55–14 victory over the Bears. The only other player with six TD passes in one half was Daryl Lamonica of the Raiders, in 1969.

September 1, 2014: Green Bay fans believe that Aaron Rodgers is the finest quarterback in the league. He'll have a chance to prove it this year thanks to quality offensive players at every position, including running back Eddie Lacy, who figures to have another big year. An improved pass rush should create opportunities for the defensive backs, which is one of the Packers' few soft spots.

2013September 4, 2013: The Packers spent the off-season rethinking their defense, which fell apart in the playoffs. There's plenty of talent to work with. As far as the offense is concerned, it seems as if Green Bay keeps adding new weapons. This season, quarterback Aaron Rodgers has terrific receivers, and a loaded backfield starring DuJuan Harris. If Harris misses a game, rookie Eddie Lacy is good enough to lock up the job before he recovers.

2013February 2, 2013: After a sluggish 2–3 start, the Packers won 9 of their next 10 games to capture the NFC North crown. Aaron Rodgers threw for 39 touchdowns, with Randall Cobb and James Jones teaming up for 22 TD catches. Clay Matthews led the defense as the Packers made a run toward another Super Bowl. However, they ran into the red-hot 49ers in the playoffs and lost 45–31.

Summer, 2012: The Packers did everything right in 2011. They won 15 of 16 games and had the fewest turnovers and penalties in team history. Aaron Rodgers and the offense were so effective that no one could say for sure how good the defense was. They found out against the New York Giants in the playoffs. In 2012, Green Bay will look for its defense to play like it did in 2009 and 2010. If it does, the Packers could be headed back to the Super Bowl.

     
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Tony Canadeo

This Hall of Fame trading card of Cal Hubbard shows him in his blocking stance. (Swell, Inc.)

 

 

 

Tony Canadeo

This card of Johnny "Blood" McNally was made in 2011. All these years later, he is still one of the NFL's most famous stars. (TriStar)

 

 

 

Tony Canadeo

What a great photo of Cecil Isbell. It really shows off the team's blue and yellow uniform of the 1940s. (NY Daily News)

 

 

Tony Canadeo

This 1950 card of Tony Canadeo was part of the first big full-color football set ever made. (Bowman Gum Co.)

 

 

 

Forest Gregg

Forrest Gregg was a champions five times with the Packers and once with the Dallas Cowboys, in 1971. (Fleer Corp.)

 

 

John Brockington

This John Brockington card came stuck to a Sugar Daddy. If you got one on a hot summer day, good luck peeling it off! (Tootsie Roll Industries)

 

Verne Lewellen— Quarterback
Born: 9/29/1901
Died: 4/16/1980
Played for Team: 1924 to 1932
Verne Lewellen was a talented passer, kicker, and defensive back. But it was as a pass-catcher that he was at his best. In the days when football stars were expected to do a little of everything, Lewellen did more than most.


LaVerne Dilweg — End
Born: 1/11/1903
Died: 1/2/1968
Played for Team: 1927 to 1934
When Verne Lewellen wasn't catching passes, he was often throwing them to "Lavvie" Dilweg. Dilweg played end on offense and also defense. He was one of the NFL's best tacklers.


Cal Hubbard — Lineman
Born: 10/31/1900
Died: 10/17/1977
Played for Team: 1929 to 1933 & 1935
Cal Hubbard was a star with the New York Giants, but he did not like life in the big city. He forced the Giants to trade him to Green Bay, and the Packers won three championships in a row. Hubbard was one of the NFL's biggest linemen and also one of the fastest.


Johnny McNally — Running Back
Born: 11/27/1903
Died: 11/28/1985
Played for Team: 1929 to 1933 & 1935 to 1936
Johnny "Blood" McNally was a perfect fit for the Packers when he joined the club in 1929. He was quick, smart, and daring—and loved catching passes. Green Bay won three NFL titles in his first three seasons, and another when he returned to the team in 1936. McNally's career inspired the character of Dodge Connolly in the 2008 movie Leatherheads. He was played by George Clooney.


Arnie Herber — Quarterback
Born: 4/2/1910
Died: 10/14/1969
Played for Team: 1930 to 1940
Arnie Herber grew up in Green Bay and dreamed of playing for the Packers. He lived that dream for 11 seasons. Herber used his powerful arm to help the Packers win four championships. He threw more touchdown passes during the 1930s than any other quarterback.


Clarke Hinkle —  Running Back
Born: 4/10/1909
Died: 11/8/1988
Played for Team: 1932 to 1941
Clarke Hinkle was a coach's dream. He was a swift and powerful runner. He could throw the ball with great accuracy. Hinkle even handled kicking duties for Green Bay. When he left the NFL to fight in World War II, he was the league's all-time rushing leader.


Cecil Isbell —  Quarterback
Born: 7/11/1915
Died: 6/23/1985
Played for Team: 1938 to 1942
Cecil Isbell was a perfect fit for Curly Lambeau's offense when he joined the team in 1938. That season Isbell led the Packers in rushing and passing. He worked especially well with receiver Don Hutson. In 1941, Isbell set an NFL record with 1,479 passing yards. In 1942, he smashed his own record with 2,021 passing yards. Isbell retired at the top of his game to coach at Purdue University.


Tony Canadeo — Running Back
Born: 5/5/1919
Died: 11/29/2003
Played for Team: 1941 to 1952
In the years after World War II, the Packers relied on Tony Canadeo to do just about everything. He was just the third runner to gain 1,000 yards in a season, and he also returned kicks and punts. Canadeo was also a star on defense. He worked for the team for many years after retiring and helped the Packers hire Vince Lombardi in 1958.


Billy Howton — Receiver
Born: 7/5/1930
Played for Team: 1952 to 1958
Packer fans thought they might have the next Don Hutson after Billy Howton caught 13 touchdown passes as a rookie in 1952. He did not match those numbers again, but by the time he retired he had broken several of Hutson's marks. Howton was an All-Pro selection in 1956 and 1957, and played in four Pro Bowl as a Packer.


Jim Ringo — Center
Born: 11/21/1931
Died: 11/19/2007
Played for Team: 1953 to 1963
Jim Ringo was one of the team's few stars during the 1950s. When Vince Lombardi took over the Packers, he built his running game around Ringo's quickness and talent. His blocking helped Paul Hornung and Jim Taylor become superstars.


Forrest Gregg — Offensive Lineman
Born: 10/18/1933
Played for Team: 1956 to 1970
Forrest Gregg was too small to overpower most defensive players. Instead, he used his quick feet and great balance to become an All-Pro at both tackle and guard.


Herb Adderley — Defensive back
Born: 6/8/1939
Played for Team: 1961 to 1969
Herb Adderley joined the Packers as a running back. They switched him to cornerback, where his tremendous speed helped him shut down the league's best receivers. Adderley and safety Willie Wood gave Green Bay the NFL's top pass defense during the 1960s.


John Brockington — Running Back
Born: 9/7/1948
Played for Team: 1971 to 1977
John Brockington was a powerful runner who loved to crash through tackles and make defenses feel a little pain. He ran for more than 1,000 yards in each of his first three seasons—no one in NFL history had done that before. Brockington and teammate MacArthur Lane gave Green Bay one of the top running attacks of the early 1970s.


Ahman Green — Running Back
Born: 2/16/1977
Played for Team: 2000 to 2006 & 2009
After helping his college team win two championships, Ahman Green sat on the bench with the Seattle Seahawks. The Packers got him in a trade, and he was magnificent. Green set a team record with 1,883 rushing yards in 2003 and broke Jim Taylor's team record for career yards in 2009.


Donald Driver — Receiver
Born: 2/2/1975
Played for Team: 1999 to 2012
Donald Driver went to training camp as an unknown seventh-round draft pick. He made so many amazing catches that the Packers had to keep him on the team. Driver became one of the best receivers in the NFL; in 2011, he passed James Lofton as the club's all-time leader in receiving yards. He also hosts one of the most popular sports shows on Wisconsin TV, Inside the Huddle.

     
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Baby Ray

You have to be pretty cool to sign your name "Baby" when you're a foot taller than everyone else in the room. (Author's Collection)

 

LAWYERED UP
During the 1920s, teammates Verne Lewellen and Lavvie Dilweg studied law when they weren't on the playing field. Lewellen served two terms as District Attorney while playing for the Packers. Dilweg became a Congressman and later worked in the U.S. State Department during the 1960s.


BIG BABY
The star blocker for the Packers in the 1930s and 1940s was Buford Ray. He towered over opponents at 6' 6" and weighed more than 250 pounds. Ray's nickname was "Baby."


SECOND TO NONE
During the early 1960s, Jim Taylor was the NFL's top runner once and also finished second to Jim Brown four times. However, when their teams met, the Packers won every time—including two championship games.


A HOUSE DIVIDED
A.J. Hawk's wife, Laura, is the sister of NFL quarterback Brady Quinn. In Hawk's final college game, he faced Quinn in the Fiesta Bowl—and sacked him twice!

     
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Don Hutson

Don Hutson signed this photo taken during practice. During games he was a little harder to catch. (Author's Collection)

 

Don Hutson

In the 1940s, the Packers made their scorecard look like an issue of Life Magazine. This one shows Ted Fritsch playing against the Chicago Bears. (Green Bay Packers)

 

Don Hutson

Arnie Herber follows through on a pass during warm-ups. He was one of the NFL's first great quarterbacks. (Swell, Inc.)

 

Don Hutson

Tobin Rote had a season for the ages in 1956. The Packers only won four games, but Rote threw 18 TD passes and ran for 11 more scores. His 29 total touchdowns were the most in history at the time. (Bowman Gum Co.)

 

Don Hutson

Charles Woodson runs back an interception. Teams threw his way at their own peril. (Black Book Partners)

 

RUSHING YARDS
1962 — Jim Taylor — 1,474


RECEIVING YARDS
1936 — Don Hutson — 536
1938 — Don Hutson — 548
1939 — Don Hutson — 846
1941 — Don Hutson — 738
1942 — Don Hutson — 1,211
1943 — Don Hutson — 776
1944 — Don Hutson — 866
1952 — Billy Howton — 1,231
1956 — Billy Howton — 1,188
1992 — Sterling Sharpe — 1,461
1998 — Antonio Freeman — 1,424


PASSING YARDS
1932 — Arnie Herber — 639
1934 — Arnie Herber — 799
1936 — Arnie Herber — 1,239
1941 — Cecil Isbell — 1,479
1942 — Cecil Isbell — 2,021
1944 — Irv Comp — 1,159
1956 — Tobin Rote — 2,203
1983 — Lynn Dickey — 4,458
1989 — Dan Majkowski — 4,318
1995 — Brett Favre — 4,413
1998 — Brett Favre — 4,212


RUSHING TDs
1935 — Clarke Hinkle — 5 (tied for NFL lead)
1946 — Ted Fristch — 9
1960 — Paul Hornung — 13
1961 — Jim Taylor — 15
1962 — Jim Taylor — 19


RECEIVING TDs
1933 — Johnny McNally — 3 (tied for NFL lead)
1935 — Don Hutson — 6
1936 — Don Hutson — 8
1937 — Don Hutson — 7
1938 — Don Hutson — 9
1940 — Don Hutson — 7
1941 — Don Hutson — 10
1942 — Don Hutson — 17
1943 — Don Hutson — 11
1944 — Don Hutson — 9
1956 — Billy Howton — 12
1992 — Sterling Sharpe — 13
1994 — Sterling Sharpe — 18
2012 — James Jones — 14
2016 — Jordy Nelson — 14


PASSING TDs
1932 — Arnie Herber — 9
1934 — Arnie Herber — 8
1936 — Arnie Herber — 11
1938 — Bob Monnett — 9
1941 — Cecil Isbell — 15
1942 — Cecil Isbell — 24
1955 — Tobin Rote — 17
1956 — Tobin Rote — 18
1983 — Lynn Dickey — 32
1995 — Brett Favre — 38
1996 — Brett Favre — 39
1997 — Brett Favre — 35
2003 — Brett Favre — 32
2016 — Aaron Rodgers — 40


POINTS
1938 — Clarke Hinkle — 58
1940 — Don Hutson — 57
1941 — Don Hutson — 95
1942 — Don Hutson — 138
1943 — Don Hutson — 117
1944 — Don Hutson — 85
1946 — Ted Fritsch — 100
1959 — Paul Hornung — 94
1960 — Paul Hornung — 176
1961 — Paul Hornung — 146
1962 — Jim Taylor — 114
1972 — Chester Marcol — 128
1974 — Chester Marcol — 94
2007 — Mason Crosby — 141


INTERCEPTIONS
1940 — Don Hutson — 6
1962 — Willie Wood — 9
2000 — Darren Sharper — 9
2009 — Charles Woodson — 9
2011 — Charles Woodson — 7


SACKS
No Packer has led the NFL in sacks.

     
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SEASON GAME OPPONENT SCORE
1936 NFL Championship Boston Redskins Won 21–6
1938 NFL Championship New York Giants Lost 23–17
1939 NFL Championship New York Giants Won 27–0
1944 NFL Championship New York Giants Won 14–7
1960 NFL Championship Philadelphia Eagles Lost 17–13
1961 NFL Championship New York Giants Won 37–0
1962 NFL Championship New York Giants Won 16–7
1965 NFL Championship Cleveland Browns Won 23–12
1966 NFL Championship Dallas Cowboys Won 34–27
1966 Super Bowl I Kansas City Chiefs Won 35–10
1967 NFL Championship Dallas Cowboys Won 21–17
1967 Super Bowl II Oakland Raiders Won 33–14
1995 NFC Championship Dallas Cowboys Lost 38–27
1996 NFC Championship Carolina Panthers Won 30–13
1996 Super Bowl XXI New England Patriots Won 35–21
1997 NFC Championship San Francisco 49ers Won 23–10
1997 Super Bowl XXXII Denver Broncos Lost 31–24
2007 NFC Championship New York Giants Lost 23–20 (OT)
2010 NFC Championship Chicago Bears Won 21–14
2010 Super Bowl XLV Pittsburgh Steelers Won 31–25
2016 NFC Championship Atlanta Falcons Lost 44–21
 
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