Green Bay Packers

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Green Bay Packers
Founded in 1919
playing in Green Bay , Wisconsin
Green Bay Packers helmet
Green Bay Packers logo

National Football League (1921-present)

  • Western Division (1933-1949)
  • National Conference (1950–1952)
  • Western Conference (1953-1966)
    • Central Division (1967-1969)
  • National Football Conference (1970-present)
    • Central Division (1970-2001)
    • North Division (2002-present)
Current uniforms
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Team colors Dark green, gold, white
owner Green Bay Packers, Inc.
Chairman Mark Murphy
General manager Brian Gutekunst
Head coach Matt LaFleur
Team history
  • Green Bay Packers (1919-present)
The Green and Gold, The Pack
NFL Champions (13) * NFL Championships (9)
1929 , 1930 , 1931 , 1936 , 1939 , 1944 , 1961 , 1962 , 1965
Conference winner (9)
  • NFL Western: 1960 , 1961, 1962, 1965, 1966, 1967
  • NFC: 1996, 1997 , 2010
Division Winner (19)
Play-off appearances (33)
  • NFL: 1936, 1938, 1939, 1941 , 1944, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1965, 1966, 1967, 1972, 1982 , 1993 , 1994 , 1995 , 1996, 1997, 1998 , 2001 , 2002, 2003, 2004, 2007, 2009 , 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 , 2016, 2019

Stadiums in Green Bay

Stadiums in Milwaukee

The Green Bay Packers are a National Football League (NFL) American football team based in Green Bay , Wisconsin . The team plays in the National Football Conference (NFC) in the Northern Division . The Packers were founded in 1919 and joined the American Professional Football Association (APFA) , later the NFL , in 1921 . After the Arizona Cardinals and the Chicago Bears , they are the third oldest member of the NFL. With the Bears and Packers playing in the same division since they first met, the two teams have had the longest rivalry in NFL history.

The Green Bay Packers are the only team in US professional sport that is not owned by a single owner but is owned by more than 360,000 shareholders. The Green Bay Packers are also the oldest team still playing at the place where it was founded. In addition, the Packers' venue, Lambeau Field , which opened in 1957 , is the oldest stadium in the NFL.

With 13 championships, the Packers have won the most titles in the history of the NFL, nine of them before the Super Bowl era and four Super Bowls . The Packers last won the Super Bowl XLV in 2010 . The Super Bowl trophy is named after the former Packers trainer Vince Lombardi .


1919 to 1929 - the founding years

The Green Bay Packers were founded on August 11, 1919 by Curly Lambeau and George Whitney Calhoun , a sports journalist for the Green Bay Press-Gazette . Lambeau worked as a clerk at the Indian Packing Company operates, as he his employer to 500 1919 US dollars asked to buy a football team equipment. The company invested the money on the condition that the team should be named after the company. The formation of the team was a rather calm, almost insignificant affair, since the Green Bay Press-Gazette only reported for the first time on the newly formed football team in Green Bay two days later, on August 13, 1919, whereby in the report from reported to the Indians as well as the Packers . Another two days later, on August 15, the Gazette was already using the Packers name for reporting, creating the Green Bay Packers as a semi-professional football team.

Two years later, on August 27, 1921 , the Packers became a member of the National Football League ( NFL ), which had only been founded as the American Professional Football Association (APFA) a year earlier . The first official league game in team history was a 7-6 victory over the Minneapolis Marines on October 23 , in front of 6,000 spectators. Except for such exceptions, in which the venue at that time was more than full, financial problems determined the team's first years. For example, in the first season in 1919, their playing field did not have a fence, so everyone could just watch directly on the field and the Packers let a hat go through the rows of spectators during the games to collect donations. Among other things, thanks to the great commitment of Lambeau and four other businessmen, who collectively became known as the Hungry Five , the money problems could be settled. The group managed u. a. to raise funds through stock sales , transform the team into a not-for-profit organization called Green Bay Packers, Inc. in 1923 , and establish the Green Bay Packers Board of Directors . With the transformation of the team into a non-profit organization, the foundation stone was laid for the ownership structure that is still unique in the American leagues: the team belongs to the fans. The Packers were financially saved for the first time thanks to the charitable donations from the local managing directors and fans. The team had already earned their first NFL spurs through playing, always achieving positive results. After winning three out of six games in the first year of membership in the league and having a record of four wins, three defeats and draws in the second year , you could always win at least six games in the following years. Under Lambeau, who has been both a player and a coach since the team was founded, they developed into a strong team over the next few years. He used the forward pass as an attack weapon early on and refined this passing game more and more in the years that followed. That the Packers had built a solid foundation by then was shown at a league meeting in 1927 , when the NFL was drastically reduced from 22 to twelve teams on the advice of league president Joe Carr . Carr explained the move by stating that only the financially sound teams, of which there weren't very many, were important to the league's success. So only clubs with solid budgets got a license for the NFL. In addition to the metropolises of Chicago and New York , the remaining cities also included the small town of Green Bay .

1929 to 1934 - The first titles

Since the Packers had a stable financial position towards the end of the 20s , they were able to bring players like Mike Michalske , John McNally or Cal Hubbard , all of whom were later inducted into the Hall of Fame , to Green Bay in 1929 . At that time, however, there was no NFL draft and every player could sign a contract with any team of their choice. Lambeau, however, had a good eye for talented players and brought them into his team. In the early years, the NFL champion was also determined based on the standings at the end of the season, as is common practice in football these days . After the Packers had finished second just behind the New York Giants in 1927 , they won the first title in 1929 . Together with Arnie Herber , who joined the Packers in 1930 and took over the playing position from Lambeau, they were able to defend their title in 1930 and 1931 . During this time, the Packers were unbeaten 29 home games in a row, which is a record in the NFL to date (2018). To date (2018) they are also the only team in the NFL that has won three championship titles in a row. The Packers managed to do this a second time between 1965 and 1967 .

1935 to 1945 - The "Don Hutson Era"

Diagram of the chair route, a running route for receivers developed by Hutson

After you could still achieve the most victories in the league in the 1932 season , you had to persevere in the midfield of the league in 1933 and 1934 . 1935 came with Don Hutson the first modern wide receiver , which was mainly used for catching passes and which gained more than 1,000 yards of space in one season with pass catches , to the Green Bay Packers. Hutson's entry into the NFL was more a coincidence. He hadn't thought of playing professional football after graduating from the University of Alabama . This was because there were no NFL teams in the southern states and therefore there was no coverage of the NFL. The flow of information the other way around worked better, however, and Lambeau hustled Hutson, who weighed 80 kilos, to Green Bay. With him and Herber as passers, Lambeau and the Packers were again a top team in the NFL and had the most feared and dynamic offensive weapon in their ranks. As head coach, Lambeau fueled the style of play through passing, as in his time as a player, and is therefore considered the architect of the passing game. He also made Hutson the first real split end of the NFL and positioned it well on the outside of the line of scrimmage , instead of the usual end next to the offensive line . This pulled the defense apart and Hutson was able to shine in the league with speed and agility. For the first time, the defensive backs at that time were confronted with a receiver that ran the 100 yards in 9.8 seconds and was able to perform previously unseen body deceptions at this speed and thus brought to life the now completely everyday receiving routes. As early as his college days, he developed, based on his pioneering idea, together with Dixie Howell , the halfback and passer of the Crimson Tide (there was no talk of the quarterback at the time), planned routes that the pass recipient runs on the field. With the agreement of the passer-by, he ran the routes he had created, e.g. B. a so-called chair route, according to today's understanding of the game, an out route followed by a fly route and picked up the ball thrown by the passer. These paths and maneuvers were difficult to defend for the cornerbacks of the time , which is why Hutson managed to catch the ball and score touchdowns more often than the other players of the time. Another peculiarity of the packers game of that time was that Lambeau recognized the value of specialists. According to the usual style of play, Hutson would have actually played as a defensive end and would have played against players who were 20 kilograms heavier and who would have easily knocked him over. Hutson was used by Lambeau as safety , on the one hand to spare him a bit and on the other hand to fend off possible opponent thrown passes of the opponents or to catch himself . With these opportunities, the Packers could move into the NFL final four times in the next few years . In 1936 they played for the first time with Hutson in the final, defeating the Boston Redskins 21: 6. In 1939 and 1944 , two more title wins followed. In 1939 the New York Giants had to admit defeat 27-0, in 1944 they defeated the Giants again. The game ended 14-7. Previously, the first final against the Giants in 1938 was lost at 17:23.

Don Hutson Center

When he retired in 1945 , Hutson held all the major records in the NFL and the Packers for catching the balls. With 825 points, he had also scored the most points up to then. His record of 99 caught touchdowns in one career was only broken 44 years later by Steve Largent . Some of the records set at the time are still valid today (as of the end of the 2018 season ). So far he has scored the most touchdowns for Green Bay, has scored the most points in a quarter with 29 points or has led the league with the most receptions in a season, i.e. the ball catches, eight times . Through his achievements, Hutson can be regarded as the forefather of modern wide receivers, as he revolutionized the league with his touchdowns in the 30s and 40s when the passing game was nothing but an act of desperation. He was the first modern receiver and can rightly be mentioned in the same breath as Babe Ruth , who hit home runs when the league hadn't even grasped the concept. He did the same with touchdown receptions and caught more air touchdowns than other teams overall. His jersey number (# 14) is the first number in the history of the Packers that has not been awarded. A Packers training hall built in 1994 bears his name: Don Hutson Center .

1946 to 1958 - The crash

After Hutson's resignation after the 1945 season, the Packers began their first downturn, which Lambeau could not stop as the team's coach and general manager. The team missed the play-offs every year from 1946 until the commitment of Vince Lombardi after the 1958 season . Since this decline in 1946 was not foreseeable, bought Lambeau with the approval of the Board of Directors in the year Rockwood Lodge , a training ground where the players and their families could live during the training period. Rockwood Lodge, which was 15 miles northeast of Green Bay, was the Packers' training facility until 1949 and also the first independent training facility in the history of professional football. However, the training facility was not without controversy, as the lodge was very expensive to purchase and consumed around 25% of the annual budget, was too far from Green Bay for the fans at the time and the actual practice area was bad for actual training due to the extremely hard ground. In addition, the area continued to burden the Packers financially, which caused them to run into economic difficulties again, as on the one hand the City Stadium , the home of the Packers since 1925, was structurally and economically obsolete and on the other hand with the newly founded All-America Football Conference (AAFC) from 1946 was a competition league to the NFL, whose teams paid significantly more salary to newly drafted and experienced players. The Packers also felt this increase in costs, since z. B. Johnny Strzykalski and Ernie Case , the Packers' first round draft picks of 1946 and '47, decided to play for the San Francisco 49ers and the Baltimore Colts , respectively.

Diagram of the Notre Dame Box, an offense formation that enjoyed great success in college football with the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and in the NFL with the Green Bay Packers of the 1920s and '30s

The financial bottlenecks and the fact that Lambeau only allowed the then modern T-formation to play on the field from 1947 and thus left the Notre Dame Box very late , a variation of the single-wing formation that Lambeau had during his time at Notre Had come to know and appreciate the lady. On the other hand, off the field, his focus on the team changed. So he didn't spend the off-season with the team, but stayed in California . The poor financial situation and poor training conditions also had an impact on the pitch. In 1946 and 1947 the Packers achieved a positive balance with 6-5 and 6-5-1, respectively, but in 1948 the season ended with a negative balance of 3-9. In 28 years under Lambeau, it was only the second time the Packers had more losses than wins in one season. In 1949 they could only achieve two victories, which led to great problems and tensions within the franchise. The financial situation was so dire that Lambeau cut his salary and that of the team in 1949. Since that was not enough to meet all obligations, he took the opportunity to put forward an offer from four possible investors who would have paid a total of $ 200,000. As a prerequisite, however, it was seen that the team would have been transferred from public to private ownership. However, this offer was rejected by the Board of Directors. Instead, Lambeau's opponents on the board of directors presented him with a new contract by which he would have lost all authority off the field.

Since he did not sign this contract, it was only on February 1, 1950 that the coaching discussion began to move forward. On that day Lambeau signed a new contract as a coach with the Chicago Cardinals , which ended an era in Green Bay after 31 years and 228 wins, 106 losses, 22 draws and six NFL championships . A week earlier, Rockwood Lodge, which was mainly made of wood, burned down completely to this day for unknown reasons. The money that the Packers then got from the insurance company largely resolved the Packers' financial plight and ensured that the crew could stay in Green Bay. With an additional stocksale , that is, a share sale that took place for the third time with the Packers in 1950 and brought in just over 100,000 US dollars, the game was secured for the next few years. Playfully, however, the downward trend could not be stopped even under the new coaches Gene Ronzani and Lisle Blackburn , as there were no more victories than defeats in any of these seasons. In addition, the city was pushed by the league to either build a new stadium or lose the Packers, as the old City Stadium no longer met the requirements of the NFL since the 1940s. In 1957, the New City Stadium, which was built in just under a year, was reopened. The stadium was later renamed Lambeau Field in honor of the Packer's founder, Curly Lambeau . The spectators only saw two wins in the stadium in the first two seasons. The low point was reached in 1958 when the Packers played their worst season in history under coach Ray McLean with a record of 1-10-1. With management methods becoming more professional in the NFL teams and with the future of the sport apparently in the big cities, for the provincial market in Green Bay after the worst season in its history, liquidation was a realistic option.

1959 to 1967 - The "Vince Lombardi Era"

The engagement of Vince Lombardi on February 2, 1959 as Head Coach and General Manager marked a turning point. Lombardi was previously, together with Tom Landry , who later became head coach of the Dallas Cowboys and often played against the Packers, assistant coach of the New York Giants and was considered one of the most creative minds in his craft with a penchant for radical innovations. In Green Bay, Lombardi was able to implement his coaching philosophy immediately and in just three years turned a side note into an NFL champion. This philosophy consisted of an authoritarian style that also promoted independence. This was evident, for example, during extreme training, which led to nausea and unconsciousness in some players. He made the players fit again and turned the loser team into a winner with a 7-5 record in his first season . He didn't have to bring a completely new team to Green Bay, but could choose from previously inconspicuous players such as Bart Starr , Jim Taylor , Paul Hornung , Forrest Gregg or Ray Nitschke . These had been drafted by the Packers in previous years and showed their previously hidden talent under Lombardi's training methods. Bart Starr, who was only drafted by the Packers in the 17th round in 1956 in 200th place, shows this development very well. In the beginning he was only used sporadically after Tobin Rote or Babe Parilli . It was only when Lombardi took over the helm and recognized Starr's understanding of the game in combination with his nerve and arm strength that he rose to starting quarterback and only ended his career in 1971 due to an operation on his limb. In addition, Lombardi was able to quickly pick up new strategies and tactics and refine them to perfection through his tactical tinkering. This relentless pursuit of perfection was evident in the Packers Sweep , also known as Lombardi Sweep , a game in American football.

The Packers Sweep and its execution

The Packers Sweep is based on a sweep , a running game move in which one of the backs first runs parallel to the line of scrimmage towards the sideline, then suddenly changes direction behind the blockers and runs forward in the free-blocked space. The move became noteworthy because the Packers played it very often in the 1960s. Lombardi used the move as the basis for the team's offensive game plan. The dominance of the move and the continuing success of Lombardi's team in the 1960s cemented the Packers Sweep's reputation as one of the most prestigious moves in American football history.

A diagram of the packer's sweep against a typical 4-3 defense at the time . Quarterback (QB) Bart Starr takes the ball after the snap and passes or pitches the ball to the halfback (HB), who was usually Paul Hornung .

The first play Lombardi taught his team when he arrived at Green Bay was the sweep. He used Paul Hornung permanently as a halfback , making him the primary ball carrier during the sweep. For the team's success, he continued to develop the move and let the team practice the move again and again so that they performed it perfectly. The play became the epitome of Lombardi's philosophy: "A simple, solid play from the ground up, where the entire team works together to move the ball." Although each player had to perform a specific role, the execution of the center , the halfback and the two guards as pre-blockers were particularly important for the success of the move. The center's task, which Jim Ringo performed most of the time , was to cut off the path of the defensive tackle or middle linebacker so that no defenders could get behind the line of scrimmage and end the play. Jerry Kramer, as the right guard, needed this protection , who, when the run went over the right side of the field, cleared this space for the ball carrier as a pre-blocker. The most difficult blocks had to be done by Fred "Fuzzy" Thurston as the left guard, as he acted as a blocker for the ball carrier all the way across the field. The left guard also had to decide, depending on how the defenders behaved, whether he could continue the move to the right or left of the tight end . The ball carrier, usually the halfback, then decided whether to run inwards or outwards, depending on where there was more space. The fullback , which was normally performed by Jim Taylor, the tight end and left tackle also had to block properly for the play to be successful.

The effect

For nine seasons, Lombardi had the Packers Sweep perform with great success, with the play being estimated to yield an average of 8.3 yards of space over the first three seasons under Lombardi. Overall, however, the play was known for "four-yards-and-a-cloud-of-dust" (German for: four yards and a cloud of dust ), which enabled the Packers to control the music box, the ball slowly over the Moving the playing field and wearing down the defense. The success of the move is also reflected in the fact that the Packers were the first to end their conference after the regular season in 1960 , 1961 , 1962 , 1965 , 1966 and 1967 and thus played in the final of the NFL championship. Except for 1960, when they lost 13:17 against the Philadelphia Eagles in the NFL Championship Game , they won the other five finals.

Even when the defense tried to stop the play in new ways, Lombardi either attacked the new weak point or another variation of the sweep was performed. Tom Landry then set up his defensive line more flexibly to prevent the runner from making a cutback, i.e. a sudden change in direction, and thus getting through the free hole in the line. In response to Landry's flexible defense, Lombardi let other running routes play to take advantage of the new defensive line setup. Lombardi also countered other defensive adjustments, for example by sweeping the left side, advancing various pre-blockers, using a different ball carrier or performing a passing game.

The other coaches in the league had great respect for the Packers Sweep, although they had to admit that there are two basic requirements for the success of the play: very good players and perfect execution. During his tenure, Lombardi played three offensive liners (Jim Ringo, Forrest Gregg and Jerry Kramer), two backs (Paul Hornung and Jim Taylor) and one quarterback (Bart Starr) who were later elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame . Each of these offensive players was instrumental in the success of the Packers Sweeps and thus the offense . Ringo, Gregg, Kramer and Taylor each provided the blocks for Hornung, who was then able to run the sweep. Starr (who directed the play as quarterback) and Taylor were essential in varying the sweep through different runners or through a pass . In addition to the Hall of Famers, Lombardi's teams included other top-class players such as B. All-Pro Fred "Fuzzy" Thurston, who had to set the most difficult blocks in the sweep as the left guard or Ken Bowman , who took over the duties of Jim Ringo, who played for the Eagles from 1964 onwards.

After the NFL championships in 1966 and 1967 , known as the Ice Bowl , the Packers played an additional final to determine a "true" national champion according to the agreement between the NFL and AFL . The games, which at that time were still played as the AFL-NFL World Championship Game and later became known worldwide as the Super Bowl , were both won by the Packers. In retrospect, these two games were renamed Super Bowl I and Super Bowl II , which is why the Packers are the first winners of the annual Super Bowl. In Super Bowl I, which the Packers won against the Kansas City Chiefs 35:10, Bart Starr, the Packers quarterback, was elected Super Bowl MVP . Before the game, the pressure on the Packers was enormous, as it was not just about a championship, but also about the honor of the NFL, which at the time saw itself as the superior league and wanted to prevent a defeat in the first competition at all costs. However, the game itself did not meet the high requirements. The Packers defense controlled the game and the opponents. By half time the Chiefs were only 10:14 behind. After half-time, however, the Packers turned up and won the game clearly 35:10. In addition to the widely acclaimed offense, Lombardi also managed to set up the best defense at the time. In addition to Ray Nitschke, whose back number has not been given in his honor by the Packers since 1983, Willie Davis , Henry Jordan , Dave Robinson , Herb Adderley and Willie Wood also belonged to the defense at the time and are now in the Hall of thanks to their achievements and successes Fame has been chosen.

After beating the Oakland Raiders 33:14 in Super Bowl II, Vince Lombardi resigned as the Packers coach. He stayed a year as General Manager in Green Bay, but then moved to the Washington Redskins in February 1969 , where he served as head coach and minority owner. This ended another era in Green Bay after 10 years and a total of 98 wins, 30 losses, 4 draws (cite statistics page as source) and five NFL championships and the first two Super Bowl victories. Even before the 3rd September 1970 , the anniversary of Lombardi's death, Highland Avenue , where the Packers' venue is located, was renamed 1265 Lombardi Avenue in honor of the coaching legend . The Super Bowl trophy has also been named after September 10, 1970 , the Vince Lombardi Trophy .

1968 to 1991 - years of failure

In the almost 25 years after Vince Lombardi's departure, the Packers managed to achieve a positive record in only five out of 24 seasons, meaning they won more games than they lost. This included the shortened 1982 season , when due to a strike by the players, only nine instead of 16 games took place in the regular season . In two of the five cases, the Packers reached the play-offs, but lost two out of three games. During this time, the Packers had five different coaches: Phil Bengtson , Dan Devine , Bart Starr , Forrest Gregg and Lindy Infante , with Bart Starr and Forrest Gregg, two former players who coached the team who were on the field under Lombardi for Green Bay and Phil Bengtson worked as a former defensive coordinator under Lombardi. Curious: All of these coaches managed the feat of being able to show a worse win rate than their respective predecessors.

Phil Bengtson, who took over the coaching job from Lombardi and previously worked under him as defensive coordinator, was unable to match the performance or expectations of previous years in his first season. With a 6-7-1 record, the team achieved third place in the newly named Central Division and thus had a negative record again since 1958. In the following season they achieved a positive season balance again, but the team again missed the play-offs. After winning third place in the new NFC Central division for the third time in a row in 1970 , as well as missing the play-offs and thus not repeating the high expectations of management and fans due to the successful years under Lombardi, Bengtson left the Packers. The resignation came two days after the Packers were defeated by the Lions in a 0:20 shutout on the last day of the game (ie suffered a defeat without scoring points) and clearly showed how much the team's performance fell after the departure of Lombardi was. On the one hand, the team lacked the disciplined leadership from Lombardi, on the other hand, those responsible failed to recruit former top performers who either ended their careers (Jerry Kramer played until 1968, Willie Davis and Henry Jordan played until 1969) or changed teams (Herb Adderley and Forrest Gregg went to Dallas) to replace them with new signings or to find new talent in the draft.

From 1971 Dan Devine took over the post of Head Coach and General Manager. Devine, who was one of the most successful coaches in college football and z. B. between 1958 and 1970 played with the Missouri Tigers in six bowl games, could only show a record of 4-8-2 at the end of the season. This was preceded by his decision to swap players from the successful 1960s for young and fresh talents. In the following season , the decision was achieved for the first time, as the regular season was completed with a 10-6 record as a division winner and again played in the play-offs. The Packers lost the divisional play-off game against the Washington Redskins away with 3:16. Reaching the play-offs was only a short-term success, however, because in the two following seasons with a 5-7-2, or 6-8 record, they only reached third place in the division again. The fact that the team played so inconsistently was due not only to the lack of experienced and seasoned players but also to questionable decisions in the roster. With John Brockington in the 1971 draft and Willie Buchanon in the 1972 draft , you could find two players who were awarded Offensive Rookie of the Year and Defensive Rookie of the Year at the end of each season , but Devine also acted one in 1974 Trade from (German for: exchange ), which annoyed the Packes fans very much. After the game was lost to the Bears at 9:10 in week six, quarterback Jerry Tagge , 11th pick in the 1972 draft, was partly responsible for the defeat with two interceptions and this season also only a meager quarterback rating of 36, 0, Devine believed a new franchise quarterback would be the last missing piece of the puzzle for the team. He brought the then 34-year-old quarterback John Hadl from the Rams to the Packers and sacrificed five draft picks in return (two first rounds, two second rounds and a third round pick for the 1975 and 1976 drafts). Hadl, who previously played most of the time with the Chargers and, with the help of Sid Gillman's game philosophy, threw the most yards several times in a season, only played for the Rams and the Packers for only 1.5 years. While he threw 22 touchdowns in eleven interceptions with the Rams in the first year and with the team with a 12-2 record easily reached the play-offs, he threw in the 1.5 years with the Packers only nine touchdowns in 29 interceptions and had a 7–15 record at the time. After the Packers finally missed the play-offs in 1974 and the quarterback experiment failed, Devine left the Packers and returned as head coach for college football at the University of Notre Dame .

The Packers in play against the Cardinals in the first of the round of the 1982 NFC play-offs.

He was replaced for the 1975 season by the former and long-time quarterback of the Packers, Bart Starr. However, his record as head coach is modest. Because Starr, before he started as Head Coach at the Packers, had only one season of experience as a coach (1972 as quarterback coach under Devine), and on the other hand he helped him in the first years of his coaching career by the fateful trade of John Hadl were tied, are his 52 games won against 76 defeats. Only in the 1982 season , when after a 57-day long players' strike, the season had to be shortened and the play-off modalities had to be changed, Starr managed to move into the play-offs with his team. There the St. Louis Cardinals were first defeated with 41:16, before the Dallas Cowboys had to be defeated with 37:26. A year earlier , the play-offs had just been missed when they had the opportunity to take part in the wild card round until the last matchday. However, they failed with a 3:28 defeat against the New York Jets . In 1983 , Green Bay hovered around the .500 win rate all season. The Monday Night Football game against the Redskins was the most points-rich game in MNF history , with the Packers winning 48:47 until the Rams clashed against the Chiefs in 2018 . On the last day of the season, the team again had the opportunity to qualify for the finals by defeating the Bears. By three minutes before the end, the Packers had worked out a one-point lead. In addition, running back Walter Payton had to pause because of an injury on the sideline. The Bears started the last drive at their 38-yard line and moved the ball up to 1:17 minutes before the end of the game to the Packers' twelve-yard line. Although they still had three timeouts , they didn't take any of them, allowing the Bears to score the winning field goal with ten seconds remaining. On the following drive the Packers fumbled the ball and lost the game. The following day, Starr, who had worked for the Packers for almost 26 years, was fired.

Just a few days later, on December 24, 1983 , Forrest Gregg was introduced as the new head coach. He was a team-mate of Starr and, like him, was also trained by Lombardi. Gregg, who previously coached the Cincinnati Bengals , had led them to Super Bowl XVI two years earlier . But he could not repeat this success with the Packers. After he reached second place in the division in each of his first two seasons, the team crashed in 1986 with a 4-12 record. The following season , again shortened by a players' strike, ended with a slightly better 5-9-1 record. However, Gregg decided to leave the Packers to start as head coach at his alma mater, the SMU .

As the successor to Gregg, Lindy Infante was introduced as the new head coach for the 1988 season . Infante, who was previously offensive coordinator with the Cleveland Browns and was considered a smart play-caller there, finished his first season as NFL head coach with a 4-12 record. His second term was much more successful, although the Packers chose offensive lineman Tony Mandarich in second place in the 1989 draft and this was later chosen by ESPN to number three of the Biggest Sports Flops of 1979-2004, as at the time still players like Barry Sanders , Deion Sanders or Derrick Thomas were available. Just like the Minnesota Vikings , the Packers ended the season on a 10-6 record. Since the Vikings had a better record in the division due to the tie-breaking rules of the NFL (6–2 to 5–3 of the Packers), they again missed the post season. Even if the performances and especially the passing game with quarterback Don Majkowski , who threw for over 4,000 yards for the first time, and wide receiver Sterling Sharpe , who led the league in trapped balls and caught the second-most yards, gave fans hope for better times the Packers returned to fourth place in the division with a negative record for the next two seasons.

1992 to 2007 - The "Brett Favre Era"

The achievements in the 1970s, 1980s and early 1990s led to another change in management. Ron Wolf , long-standing and successful football official with the Oakland / Los Angeles Raiders, was given full responsibility as general manager for the sporting sector during the 1991 season without the board of directors interfering. One of his first acts with the Packers was the dismissal of head coach Lindy Infante and the hiring of the previous offensive coordinator of the San Francisco 49ers, Mike Holmgren , as the new head coach for the 1992 season . Holmgren had worked and learned under Bill Walsh and George Seifert and made the 49ers team the most successful team of this era through the offense.

Shortly after Holmgren's engagement, the Packers acquired the then unknown quarterback of Southern Miss Brett Favre in exchange for a first-round pick in the draft from the Atlanta Falcons . For Wolf, Favre was already the best player in the draft in the 1991 NFL Draft , which is why Wolf wanted to draft him before he was with the New York Jets . Since this didn't work with the Jets, he signed Favre through the Packers. Favre took over after an injury from Don Majkowski, in the game against the Cincinnati Bengals, which was tough until then. But 1:07 minutes before the end of the game, Favre and his team got the chance to make up the 23:17 deficit. With 13 seconds left, Favre Kitrick found Taylor with a touchdown pass and the Packers won the game. A week later, Favre started against the Pittsburgh Steelers and then did not miss a single game of the Green Bay Packers until 2007. In the following years he developed into an absolute fan favorite due to his aggressive style of play, which was characterized by his arm strength, his winning mentality and leadership. The 1992 season ended the Packers with a record of nine wins and seven losses.

In 1993 the Packers profited from the newly created Unrestricted Free Agency . Defensive End Reggie White , arguably the best defensive player at the time and the most sought-after free agent, moved from the Philadelphia Eagles to the Packers. This coup is still considered one of the best in NFL history. White trusted the Packers' sporting approach to a team with total "commitment to win." With Brett Favre on offense and Reggie White on defense, named The Minister of Defense for dominating his position , the Packers reached and in 1993 1994 the second round of the play-offs, but failed there each time to the Dallas Cowboys. In 1995 the Packers won NFC Central for the first time since 1972 . After a 37:20 win against Brett Favre's ex-team, the Atlanta Falcons, they defeated the defending champions from San Francisco in Candlestick Park with 27:17. Only in the NFC Championship Game were the cowboys a size too big for the Wisconsin team .

The great triumph came in 1996 . With a record of 13 wins and three defeats, the Packers moved into the play-offs as the best team of the season and secured the so-called Home Field Advantage (German for: home advantage ), so that the Packers can play all play-off games (with With the exception of the Super Bowl ) in the local Lambeau Field. The Packers provided the best attack, the best defense and also had a return specialist in Desmond Howard who carried back several punts and kickoffs deep into the opposing half or even to a touchdown. In the Divisional Play-off Game , the Packers then defeated the San Francisco 49ers 35:14 and in the NFC Championship Game the Carolina Panthers 30:13, which meant they were back in a Super Bowl after 30 years. In Super Bowl XXXI they met the New England Patriots and defeated them with 35:21.

In 1997 the Packers stood after another 13-3 record and wins in the play-offs against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the San Francisco 49ers in the final. In Super Bowl XXXII, however, they lost to the Denver Broncos led by John Elway with 24:31.

In the years that followed, the Packers had its ups and downs. In 1998 they reached the play-offs again with a record of eleven wins and five defeats and met there for the fourth time in a row against the San Francisco 49ers. The Packers had previously been able to make all three duels in the play-offs since 1995 against the 49ers victorious. In an exciting game, the 49ers won 30:27 for the first time ever against the Packers under Favre. This game had far-reaching retrospective consequences for both the Packers and the NFL.

In the last drive of the 49ers, which should bring the victory, many saw a fumble from 49ers receiver Jerry Rice , but the referees decided on down by contact . The TV pictures confirmed the suspicion that it was a fumble. In the coming season, an instant replay system was introduced (German for: video evidence ). For the Packers, the upheaval began just a few days after leaving the play-offs with the resignation of Mike Holmgren, who took over the post of Vice President, General Manager and Head Coach of the Seattle Seahawks . Much of the coaching staff went with him. In 1999 and 2000 the Packers had nothing to do with the play-offs. In June 2001 Ron Wolf also officially retired as General Manager of the Packers. With the decisions Wolf made, the Packers, who had only four positive seasons 23 years before Wolf's work, became a team that had a 92-52 record in nine years, six times in a row in the play-offs played, took part in the Super Bowl twice and won one of them ( Super Bowl XXXI ).

Thanks to spectacular moves by Brett Favre and Ahman Green and a formidable offensive line, the Packers played respectable seasons between 2001 and 2004 . However, they surprisingly failed in the play-offs. Until the 2003 season , the Packers did not lose a single home game in the play-offs (13 wins, eleven at Lambeau Field and two in Milwaukee). The winning streak ended on January 4, 2003 with a 7:27 loss to the Atlanta Falcons in the NFC Wild Card Game. In January 2005, the Packers lost again a play-off game at their home Lambeau Field against the Minnesota Vikings .

As a result of this defeat there were some changes at the Packers. Mike Sherman , who until then held both the post of head coach and general manager, initially lost the post of GM due to communication problems with several players and was replaced by Ted Thompson . A year later, after a disappointing 2005 season with four wins and twelve losses, Sherman also lost his job as head coach and was replaced by Mike McCarthy . McCarthy was a quarterback coach with the Packers in 1999 .

After the Packers missed the play-offs in the first year under McCarthy, Brett Favre announced that he would play another year for the Packers. It turned out to be one of the best seasons of his career. The team won ten of the first eleven games of the season and ended the regular season with a score of 13-3. That was the best record of all teams in the NFC . The Packer's pass attack was the third best in the entire NFL thanks to an outstanding Favre and talented wide receivers like Donald Driver or Greg Jennings . Running back Ryan Grant , who moved from the New York Giants to Wisconsin before the season, also played an outstanding season. In the Divisional Play-off Game against the Seattle Seahawks, Grant ran over 200 yards and scored three touchdowns in a 42:20 win in deeply snow-covered Lambeau Field.

In the first NFC Championship game in ten years, the Packers met the New York Giants on January 20, 2008. Thanks to a field goal by Lawrene Tynes, the game went to the Giants with 23:20 after extra time, who then also won Super Bowl XLII . It would be Brett Favre's last game in the Packers' shirt in 297 consecutive games. His last pass was a crucial interception in extra time. In the 16 years with the Packers he surpassed all important NFL records for the quarterbacks and set new standards for several years with his 5,377 passes, 61,655 yards thrown and 442 touchdowns thrown at 288 interceptions.

2008 to today - The "Aaron Rodgers Era"

There were some important changes leading up to the 2008 season . In addition to Ted Thompson, Mike McCarthy also received a new 5-year contract in Green Bay. In March 2008, Brett Favre tearfully announced his resignation, but later changed his mind. Since the Packers had already committed to Aaron Rodgers as their new quarterback, Brett Favre moved to the New York Jets.

The 2008 season was the first season in 16 years in which the Green Bay quarterback was not called Brett Favre. Rodgers, who was signed by the Packers in the first round of the draft in 2005 , played a solid season. He scored 28 touchdowns and threw over 4,000 yards . Nevertheless, it was only enough to win six, which was mainly due to serious injuries to several defenders. In addition, seven games were only lost by less than four points. After the season, eight assistant coaches were sacked, including the previous defensive coordinator Bob Sanders . He was replaced by Dom Capers .

The 2009 season was all about duels with Brett Favre, who moved from the jets to the rivals in Minnesota. On Matchday 4, the Minnesota Vikings met the Packers in the Monday Night Game . The game broke some television records in the US. Favre led his team to a 30:23 victory with three touchdowns. On Matchday 8, the Vikings also won the second duel, this time in Green Bay, with 38:26. In the two games, Aaron Rodgers was "sacked" a total of 14 times, but still managed five touchdowns on an interception. After the game, the Packers also lost to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, which had not been won until then, which led to the players holding a debate without a coach. Thanks to the debate and the return of the previously injured Tackle Mark Tauscher , the Packers won seven of the last eight games of the season and made it into the play-offs with a score of 11-5. Aaron Rodgers managed the feat of being the first quarterback in NFL history to throw over 4,000 yards as a regular quarterback in the first two years. In addition, Charles Woodson was voted best defensive player of the season not only thanks to nine interceptions. The season ended, however, with a 45:51 loss in the NFC Wildcard Game against the Arizona Cardinals led by Kurt Warner .

The Packers were able to secure a wildcard again in the 2010 season . After a cautious start with three wins from the first six games, the team improved and finished the season with a balance of 10-6, making it the 6th NFC team to reach the play-offs. In the wildcard game, the Packers met the Philadelphia Eagles, which they defeated 21:16. Acted as a clear underdog, they now went into the game against the Atlanta Falcons, which were the best team in the NFC in the regular season. The Packers won the game surprisingly and clearly with 48:21. The outstanding man on the field was Aaron Rodgers, who brought 31 of his 36 passes for a total of 366 yards and three touchdowns to the man in this game. He also got a touchdown himself. In the conference finals, the Packers met their arch-rival, the Chicago Bears, on January 23, 2011 . The game ended 21:14 in favor of Green Bay, so the Packers met the Pittsburgh Steelers in Super Bowl XLV on February 6 . After the Packers had dominated the first half of the game and led at 21:10 at halftime, the Steelers came more and more back into the game in the second half, but could not fully make up the deficit at any point. Rodgers threw for 304 yards and three touchdown passes. The Packers won the game by 31:25. Rodgers was subsequently voted the Super Bowl MVP .

After winning the Super Bowl, the Packers went into the 2011 season as reigning champions with a lot of self-confidence . The sixth year under coach Mike McCarthy was the most successful regular season in the club's history. The first 13 games of the season were won, which, together with the four wins from the previous play-off period and the last two games of the 2010/11 season, set a new club record. The streak of 19 wins in a row marks the second longest winning streak in NFL history after the 21 victories of the New England Patriots in 2003/04. In addition, the 13 wins were a start record for the NFC (along with the New Orleans Saints 2009). The Packers lost their 14th game of the season with the Kansas City Chiefs with 14:19, which was the only defeat of the regular season. The record of 15-1 victories set a new club record and was the best record of any NFL team. This secured Green Bay a bye for the first play-off round and home rights for the divisional play-offs on January 15 against the New York Giants. The Packers lost the game against the Giants by 20:37.

In the 2012 season , the Packers lost three of the first five games and gambled among other things an 18-point lead at the Indianapolis Colts . The defeat at the Seattle Seahawks on Matchday 3 was also memorable. Since the regular referees were on strike, they were replaced by amateur referees, so-called "Replacements Referees". As expected, these showed some deficits, which culminated in the Monday Night Game between the Packers and Seahawks and ultimately led to the NFL and the regular referees reaching an agreement. The Packers led 12-7 against the Seahawks seconds before the end when Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson threw a long pass (called a Hail Mary pass ) into the end zone. There a defender intercepted the ball in a duel with a wide receiver, which one of the referees also saw. But another referee decided on a touchdown and despite clear TV pictures he stayed with the decision, which in the end led to the 12:14 defeat.

At the end of the season, the Packers won nine of the last eleven games and made it into the play-offs as winners of the NFC North Division with a record of 11-5. There they defeated their rivals from Minnesota with 24:10 in the home stadium, but just a week later the 2012 season ended as it had started - with a loss to the San Francisco 49ers. The Packers experienced a pitch-black day in Candlestick Park and were occasionally demonstrated by playmaker Colin Kaepernick . In the end, the Packers lost at 31:45 against the 49ers, who later met the Baltimore Ravens in Super Bowl XLVII .

In April 2013 it was announced that the Packers extended the contract with Aaron Rodgers, which ran until 2014, for another five years for 110 million dollars, which made him the highest-paid player in the NFL by then, ahead of Joe Flacco . In the 2013 season , the Packers were long weakened by an injury to Aaron Rodgers, but were still able to qualify as winners of their division for the play-offs. There they lost to the San Francisco 49ers at 20:23 and were eliminated in the first round.

The 2014 season went very well for Green Bay and they were able to move into the play-offs with 12 wins and 4 losses. In the conference final, the Packers played against the Seattle Seahawks. In a varied game in which they were in the lead for a long time, they finally lost in overtime against the eventual Super Bowl runner-up. The Packers were also able to start the 2015 Regular Season unbeaten, but then suffered several defeats, which is why there was already talk of a crisis. The Packers lost the game at home at Lambeau Field against division rivals Detroit Lions for the first time in fourteen years. One explanation for this was u. a. the lack of Rodger's favorite show stop, Jordy Nelson , who was seriously injured in week two. In the later second leg, however, the Packers made their fourth biggest comeback, with a winning 61-yard Hail Mary pass from Rodgers to Rodgers . After surviving the wild card round of the play-offs, they were eliminated in the divisional play-offs against the Arizona Cardinals with 20:26 (after overtime).

After eleven match days of the 2016 season , the Packers only had four wins and third place in the division behind the Lions and Vikings, which is why Aaron Rodgers and head coach Mike McCarthy came under heavy criticism. With a final spurt of six wins in a row, the Packers then reached the play-offs as winners of their division. In the wildcard game against the New York Giants you won 38:13 and u. a. again a 42-yard Hail Mary pass on Cobb . In the second round against the Dallas Cowboys, the Packers managed to win a 34:31 field goal three seconds before the end of the last quarter and thus to move into the conference final against the Atlanta Falcons, which they lost 21:44 .

The Packers started the 2017 season with a 4-1 record. In game five against the Cowboys, the Packers were also able to convert a 6:21 deficit to a 35:31 victory. In the fourth quarter the lead changed four times before Rodgers decided the game with one minute remaining and a 12-yard touchdown pass to Davante Adams eleven seconds before the final whistle. In game six against the Minnesota Vikings, Rodgers broke his collarbone again like in 2013. Although it was initially feared that he could be out by the end of the regular season, he was back on the field as starting quarterback two months later on December 17 in the game against the Carolina Panthers . However, this was lost with 24:31, with Rodgers throwing three interceptions. The defeat, coupled with the Atlanta Falcons victory the following day, threw the Packers out of the play-off race and prompted the team to put Rodgers back on the injured list to allow his collarbone to heal completely. In addition, they lost in week 11 at home to the Baltimore Ravens 0:23. It was the first encounter since 2006 in which the Packers failed to score. In 2006 they played against the Patriots and lost 0:35. The Packers ended the season with a 7-9 record and missed the play-offs for the first time since 2008. After the season a large part of the coaching staff was replaced by missing the play-offs. So was u. a. Dom Capers, Defensive Coordinator of the Packers since 2009, replaced by former head coach of the Cleveland Browns Mike Pettine . In addition, Edgar Bennett was replaced as offensive coordinator by Joe Philbin , who held this job from 2007 to 2011. After 13 years as General Manager, Ted Thompson also retired and was replaced by Brian Gutekunst . After Davante Adams signed a new four-year $ 58 million deal that season, it was no surprise that the Packers didn't renew Jordy Nelson's contract due to the post-season salary cap , which is why he joined the Oakland Raiders switched. With Muhammad Wilkerson , Jimmy Graham and Tramon Williams , however, you could bring some free-agent veterans to Green Bay. In addition, shortly before the start of the 2018 season , Aaron Rodgers extended his contract with the Packers, which ran until 2020, until 2023. By signing the contract, he earned $ 134 million over four years, of which $ 103 million was guaranteed he was the highest paid player in NFL history until the signing of Russell Wilson's contract in April 2019. As in the previous year, however, at the end of the season in third place in the division with a 6-9-1 record, they again missed the play-offs. After the 17:20 defeat against the Cardinals in game week 13, who had only won two games until then, Mike McCarthy was released as head coach after 13 seasons with the Packers. During this time he achieved a 125-77-2 record with the team in the regular season and a 10-8 record with winning the Super Bowl XLV in the play-offs. As an interim trainer until the end of the season, Joe Philbin took over the post of head coach. One of the reasons for the repeated misses of the play-offs was seen in the overwhelmed defense, which was considered one of the worst in the league during the season. In the years before, the team was built up via the draft under GM Ted Thompson, while his successor Gutekunst pursued the team restructuring via the Free Agency in his first complete offseason. So he brought with Preston Smith and Za'Darius Smith two Edge Rusher to Green Bay, who should replace the outgoing Clay Matthews (signed with the LA Rams) and Nick Perry (free agent). In Adrian Amos , Gutekunst also brought in another safety in addition to the already drafted cornerback Jaire Alexander and Safety Darnell Savage in order to strengthen the secondary, which had been weak up until then. Previously, on January 8, 2018, Matt LaFleur, the new Head Coach of the Packers, was introduced. Before that, LaFleur was offensive coordinator for the Rams under Sean McVay and the Titans under Mike Vrabel and was supposed to replace McCarthy's play-calling, which ended up being uncreative, with variety and finesse.

Successes and Records


1929: no final
1930: no final
1931: no final
1936: 21-6 against Boston Redskins
1939: 27-0 against the New York Giants
1944: 14: 7 against the New York Giants
1961: 37-0 against the New York Giants
1962: 16: 7 against the New York Giants
1965: 23:12 against the Cleveland Browns
  • Super Bowl victories
I - 1966: 35:10 against the Kansas City Chiefs
II - 1967: 33:14 against the Oakland Raiders
XXXI - 1996: 35:21 against the New England Patriots
XLV - 2010: 31:25 against the Pittsburgh Steelers
1996, 1997, 2010

The year of the NFL season is given. The last Super Bowl win of the 2010 season took place in February 2011.


Green Bay Packers / Numbers and Records represents important individual records for the Packers, the direct comparisons with the other American football teams, the season balance since 1919 and the first round draft picks since 1936. Other important team records are:

  • Most consecutive home games without a loss: 30 games, of which 27 won and three were drawn (1928–1933)
  • second most consecutive home wins: 25 wins (1995–1998)
  • Second most games won in a season: 15 wins (2011)
  • The third most consecutive games without a loss: 23 games, of which 21 won and two were drawn (1928–1930)
  • Third most consecutive away games without a loss: Twelve games, ten of which were won and two were drawn (1928–1930)
  • Most points in one half: 49 (game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on October 2, 1983 )
  • Most wins by a franchise, including play-offs: 771
  • With their win against the Minnesota Vikings on December 24, 2016, the Packers now have the most wins in a franchise in one stadium. They currently stand at 226 victories at Lambeau Field (as of the end of the 2018 season ).



Current squad

Squad of the Green Bay Packers


Running backs

Wide receiver

Tight ends

Offensive linemen

Defensive linemen


Defensive backs

Special teams

Reserve List

Practice Squad

Rookies in italics

Roster status: January 19, 2020
Depth ChartTransactions

53 active, 11 inactive, 10 practice squad

Jersey numbers that are no longer awarded

The withdrawn jersey numbers issued at the north end zone in January 2017.

Since it has been in existence for more than 100 years, the Packers officially have six jersey numbers that are no longer assigned ( retired numbers ). The players are all members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame . The names and associated numbers are displayed on the green facade of Lambeau Field on the northern end zone and in the Lambeau Field Atrium .

No. player position Period Withdrawn
3 Tony Canadeo HB , QB 1941-1944, 1946-1952 1952
4th Brett Favre QB 1992-2007 2015
14th Don Hutson WR , DB 1935-1945 1951
15th Bart Starr QB 1956-1971 1973
66 Ray Nitschke LB 1958-1972 1983
92 Reggie White DE 1993-1998 2005

Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame

The Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame honors former Packers players, officials and others who have done their work for the team. Founded by William L. Brault in 1966, the Hall of Fame was the first of its kind to honor only the players on a team. The exhibition, which is located in the atrium of Lambeau Fields , currently has 162 people admitted, 24 of whom are honored in the Pro Football Hall of Fame . The youngest member to join the hall is Ted Thompson , who was inducted in 2019.

Packers in the Pro Football Hall of Fame

A large number of former Green Bay Packers players, coaches and officials have been inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame . With 31 people, the Packers make up the five most members of the Hall of Fame after the Bears, the Redskins, the Giants and the Steelers. With the players Cal Hubbard , Don Hutson , John "Blood" McNally and the co-founder and trainer of the Packers Earl "Curly" Lambeau , the Packers also have four founding members in the hall. In 2018, Jerry Kramer was the last player to appear for Green Bay to be included in the hall.

As of February 3, 2019

Don Hutson's jersey number was the first that was no longer given by the Packers.
Curly Lambeau 1940.
Bart Starr with Packers head coach Vince Lombardi in the 60's.
Jersey number Surname position Active for the Packers Year of admission
36 Cal Hubbard T 1929-1933, 1935 1963
14th Don Hutson End 1935-1945 1963
20th Earl "Curly" Lambeau FB , QB
Head Coach
24 John "Blood" McNally HB 1929-1933,
30th Clarke Hinkle FB 1932-1941 1964
2 Mike Michalske G 1929-1935, 1937 1964
38 Arnie Herber QB 1930-1940 1966
35 Walt Kiesling G 1935-1936 1966
45 Emlen Tunnell DB 1959-1961 1967
- Vince Lombardi Head coach 1959-1968 1971
3 Tony Canadeo HB 1941-1944,
83 Len Ford DE 1958 1976
31 Jim Taylor FB 1958-1966 1976
75 Forrest Gregg T 1956, 1958-1970 1977
15th Bart Starr QB 1956-1971 1977
66 Ray Nitschke LB 1958-1972 1978
26th Herb Adderley CB 1961-1969 1980
87 Willie Davis DE 1960-1969 1981
51 Jim Ringo C. 1953-1963 1981
5 Paul Hornung HB 1957-1962,
24 Willie Wood S. 1960-1971 1989
83 Ted Hendricks LB 1974 1990
10 Jan Stenerud K 1980-1983 1991
74 Henry Jordan DT 1959-1969 1995
80 James Lofton WR 1978-1986 2003
92 Reggie White DE 1993-1998 2006
- Emmitt Thomas DC 1999 2008
- Dick LeBeau DB coach 1976-1979 2008
89 Dave Robinson LB 1963-1972 2013
- Ron Wolf official 1991-2001 2015
4th Brett Favre QB 1992-2007 2016
64 Jerry Kramer G 1958-1968 2018


Head coaches

Mike Sherman was Head Coach from 2000 to 2005 .
Mike McCarthy, Packers Head Coach from 2006 to 2018 .
# Order of trainers
Games Play as a coach
S. Victories
N Defeats
UE draw
Won% Win rate
* Exclusively active as head coach for the Packers

As of January 17, 2020

# Surname Period Regular season Play-offs Achievements / Awards reference
Games S. N UE Won% Games S. N
Green Bay Packers
1 Curly Lambeau 1921-1949 334 209 104 21st .668 5 3 2 NFL Championships (1929-1931, 1936, 1939, 1944)
2 Gene Ronzani * 1 1950-1953 46 14th 31 1 .311 - - -
3 Hugh Devore 1953 2 0 2 0 .000 - - -
4th Ray McLean * 1953 2 0 2 0 .000 - - -
5 Lisle Blackbourn * 1954-1957 48 17th 31 0 .354 - - -
- Ray McLean * 1958 12 1 10 1 .091 - - -
6th Vince Lombardi 1959-1967 122 89 29 4th .753 10 9 1 AP NFL Trainer of the Year (1959)
Sporting News NFL Trainer of the Year (1961)
UPI NFL Trainer of the Year (1959)
NFL Championships (1961–1962, 1965)
Super Bowl I , II
7th Phil Bengtson 1968-1970 42 20th 21st 1 .488 - - -
8th Dan Devinee * 1971-1974 56 25th 27 4th .481 1 0 1 UPI NFC Trainer of the Year (1972)
9 Bart Starr * 1975-1983 131 52 76 3 .406 2 1 1
10 Forrest Gregg 1984-1987 63 25th 37 1 .403 - - -
11 Lindy Infante 1988-1991 64 24 40 0 .375 - - - AP NFL Coach of the Year (1989)
Sporting News NFL Coach of the Year (1989)
UPI NFC Coach of the Year (1989)
12 Mike Holmgren 1992-1998 112 75 37 0 .670 14th 9 5 Super Bowl XXXI
13 Ray Rhodes 1999 16 8th 8th 0 .500 - - -
14th Mike Sherman * 2000-2005 96 57 39 0 .594 6th 2 4th
15th Mike McCarthy * 2 2006-2018 203 125 76 2 .621 18th 10 8th Super Bowl XLV
16 Joe Philbin 2018 4th 2 2 0 .500 - - -
17th Matt LaFleur * 2019– 16 13 3 0 .813 1 1 0
1 Ronzani resigned before the last two games of the 1953 season and was replaced by the interim coaching duo Devore and McLean.
2 After the 13th game week, McCarthy was fired and replaced by offensive coordinator Joe Philbin as interim coach.

Current coaching staff

Green Bay Packers coach

Front Office

Head coaches

Offense trainer

Defense coach

Special teams trainer

Strength and stamina

Coaching Staff


The stadiums in Green Bay until 1957

The entrance gate to City Stadium that is still used today by Green Bay East High School.

Since the Packers were founded as a football team in 1919, they have played their home games in eight different stadiums to this day. Her first home was Hagemeister Park in Green Bay from 1919 to 1922 . Initially, the venue was a public park with no fences, stands or other items. So everyone could see the games without paying admission, which was also a problem as no money could be found for the players or other equipment. The only way to make a little money was through the donations that were collected in a hat that ran through the rows of spectators. In 1920, CM “Neil” Murphy , a local typewriter seller , was named General Manager of the Packers. This began by erecting fences around the field so that the team could charge entry. Furthermore, he had wooden stands set up on the north and south sides of the field, on which around 1,500 spectators could watch the game while sitting. However, due to a contract, the fence and the grandstand had to be torn down after the 1920 season and the wood used had to be returned to the Indian Packing Company. In the following season, however, the venue could be rebuilt in the same place with the same wood. By the time the park was demolished in the spring of 1923 for the new Green Bay East High School , the seating capacity was increased to 3,500. The Packers then played their home games in Bellevue Park from 1923 to 1924 . The stadium, which was actually intended for baseball, on the one hand did not meet the wishes of the team and on the other hand the fans were dissatisfied with the approximately 3,300-capacity stadium, because it was too far out of the city center. For this reason, the Packers moved their home to the newly built City Stadium for the second time in 1925 . This is on the north side of Green Bay East High School, which was built in 1924 on the site of the Packers' first venue, Hagemeister Park. Initially the stadium had about 6,000 seats, which has increased to 25,000 over the years. The Packers played their home games there until November 18, 1956 and were able to win six of their 13 NFL championships there in the 32 years . One of the few special features of the stadium was a sandstone driveway nearly 120 m long and 3.6 m high, which was built in 1940 at the western end. Otherwise, the City Stadium was made of wood and chicken wire and has not met the requirements of the NFL since the 1940s. On the one hand, there were no toilets for players and fans in and on the stadium and, on the other hand, the away team did not have a changing room. The city has been pushed by the league to either build a new stadium or lose the Packers. Since those responsible for the Packers wanted to keep the team in town, they designed a concept for a new 32,000-seat stadium in 1955, which the majority of fans voted for in a 1956 survey. In the first week of the 1957 season , on September 29, 1957 , the 32,500-seat "New" City Stadium was officially opened with the game against the Bears. The game, which Vice President Richard Nixon , NFL Commissioner Bert Bell and Bears Owner George Halas also watched, won the Packers with 21:17 and paved the way for the Packers to survive in Green Bay.

The venue in Milwaukee

The County Stadium in 2000.

Had the stadium not been rebuilt, the Packers might have moved to Milwaukee , Wisconsin . There the Packers had played up to three games per season each season since 1933, making the city the Packers' second home. This special home game constellation arose on October 1, 1933, when the Packers played a home game in town at Borchert Field , a baseball field. Milwaukee as a city had at the time with about 580,000 inhabitants more than ten times as many inhabitants as Green Bay and those responsible had high hopes of establishing a further fan base in the city, through which one could in turn earn more money. In the following year to 1951, Wisconsin State Fair Park played some of the home games. One of the highlights of the venue was the staging of the Championship Game 1939 , in which the Packers won against the Giants 27-0 in front of a record crowd . Since Milwaukee was an economically strong city, at some point there was also an interest in sports teams coming to town. So in 1950 the planning of a new stadium, the Milwaukee County Stadium , began with the hope of being able to house an MLB franchise . With the opening of the stadium in 1953, those responsible with the Milwaukee Braves at the time also succeeded in this coup. The Packers also played selected home games in the new stadium from that year after they had moved to the Marquette Stadium , a former stadium of Marquette University , for a year in 1952 . Since the Packers were still playing their official home games in the outdated City Stadium at the time and were pushed by the league to build a new stadium, there were high hopes in Milwaukee that the franchise would be brought to Milwaukee if the building was not built. However, since the city of Green Bay stuck to its football team and built a new stadium in 1957, there was no move and the Packers played up to three selected home games in Milwaukee as in previous years until 1994 .

Since 1957 - The "Lambeau Field"

The newly built stadium in Green Bay was initially also called the City Stadium, but was known as the New City Stadium for better differentiation . On August 3, 1965, it was given its current name after the Packer's founder Curly Lambeau had died two months earlier : Lambeau Field . Lambeau Field has been the Packers' venue since it opened on September 29, 1957, making it the oldest stadium in the NFL and the third oldest, after Fenway Park and Wrigley Field , of the American professional teams. When it was inaugurated, the stadium was the first to be built specifically for an NFL franchise only. At the time, the other eleven teams were playing in facilities they shared with MLB baseball teams or playing their home games in facilities built for other purposes. The Lambeau Field could initially accommodate 32,500 spectators and has been expanded to 81,435 seats over the years. It is the fourth largest stadium in the league after the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum , MetLife Stadium and FedExField . The Packers have three training buildings near Lambeau Field: the Don Hutson Center , an indoor training facility; the Ray Nitschke Field , an outer field with artificial turf and the Clarke Hinkle Field , an outer field with natural grass.

The Packers helmet logo since 1961.

The Packers' current jersey colors, dark green , gold and white, were not the original team colors, but rather developed over time. When Lambeau founded the Packers, he opted for dark blue and gold team jerseys. He chose these colors because he previously played for Notre Dame and the Notre Dame Fighting Irish also wore the colors and still wear them today. Due to the color scheme, the Packers were also called bays , the blues or at times also the big bay blues in the early years . Since the original sponsor of the Packers, the Indian Packing Company, was bought by the Acme Packing Company around 1920 , and Acme continued to support the team, the players wore a patch with the letters ACME on their chest in 1921 . After the Packers were temporarily excluded after the season by the association after a rule violation, but were resumed through Lambeau's work of persuasion and the penalty of 50 US dollars, Acme was separated as a sponsor and the letters were replaced by a gold circle with blue numbers the player in it. In the years that followed, the small blue numbers on the player numbers were replaced by large gold numbers, and gold colors were also chosen for the trousers and shoulder pads . From 1935 , the players wore green jerseys with gold sleeves and pants for the first time. However, a few years later they played in navy blue and gold again. In 1938 , the alternative jersey in white and gold letters was played for the first time, as otherwise the players would have had difficulty distinguishing the game. The familiar green of the modern era was the second coach of the Packers Gene Ronzani established who wanted that you played in Green Bay in Green ( green ( english green )). However, the green still deviated from the currently used dark green and in the following years experimented with the color combinations of green and gold. In the 50s , another trademark of the Packers uniform was added when they replaced the leather helmets used up until then with more modern plastic football helmets , which the Packers turned out to be metallic gold. The helmets in gold have remained to this day and have been complemented by the newly created helmet logo since 1961 . The logo, an oval "G" that has changed little to this day , was developed and drawn in 1961 by Gerald Braisher , who was responsible for the team's equipment, and his assistant, John Gordon , then an art student at St. Norbert College . It was previously commissioned by Head Coach and General Manager Vince Lombardi , who decided that the helmets should be decorated.

In addition to the current jerseys in dark green / gold and white / gold, the Packers have had an alternative jersey since 2010 , which is based on the colors of the early years with navy-blue jerseys, brown helmet, plain-colored pants and gold-colored names and numbers on the back .

Economic and financial aspects

Green Bay Packers, Inc.

Green Bay Packers, Inc. is the official name of the August 11, 1923, public and not-for-profit company that owns the Green Bay Packers NFL football team . Unlike the other NFL teams, which are owned by individuals, affiliates or other legal entities, the company is in free float and as of 2016 held by 360,760 shareholders. Nobody is allowed to own more than 200,000 shares, which corresponds to approximately 4 percent of the currently 5,011,562 shares issued. In contrast to normal share purchases, there are no dividends on the Packers' shares, they may not be sold on, except back to the team, and there are no advantages when purchasing season tickets. As a shareholder, however, you have the right to vote for the 45-member Green Bay Packers Board of Directors (in German: Supervisory Board ), you receive an invitation to the annual general meeting and you are entitled to exclusive merchandise . Green Bay is the only team with this public ownership structure in the NFL. This structure also has grandfathered because the NFL owner's policy requires that each team must have a leading owner, who along with his family at least 30 percent of the shares must hold. Since the company is public and non-profit making, the Packers are the only franchises of the American professional leagues to publish their annual financial statements. Since the company was founded in 1923, five share issues ( stock sales ) have been necessary, with the proceeds from which the franchise was saved from bankruptcy, and Lambeau Field was expanded and expanded.

Board of Directors

The Green Bay Packers, Inc. will of a seven-member Executive Committee (Executive Committee) out, who are elected by the 45-member Green Bay Packers Board of Directors. The committee consists of a president, a vice-president, a treasurer, a manager and three other members. The current position of President, currently held by Mark H. Murphy , is the only paid employee and usually represents the Packers at owners' meetings.

Green Bay Packers Foundation

The team created the Green Bay Packers Foundation in December 1986 . It supports various activities and programs in the areas of education, health care, humanitarian aid and youth work. Since a change in the statutes in 1997, the proceeds from the sale go to the foundation if the Green Bay Packers are sold.


Fiscal year Income
(in millions of US dollars)
(in millions of US dollars)
2011/12 302 259
2012/13 308 253.7
2013/14 321.4 298.5
2014/15 375.7 336.3
2015/16 408.7 333.7
2016/17 440.0 376.1
2017/18 454.9 420.9
2018/19 477.9 477.2
Value of the team (in billion US dollars)
2002ff: According to Forbes estimates until 2019.

As the majority of the Packers are owned by the fans and thus the public sector, the Packers are obliged to present a financial report every year. This makes the Packers the only NFL franchise that provides information about its finances and thus also provides information about the financial aspects of the other franchise. In the most recently published financial report 2018/19, with the fiscal year ended March 31, 2019 and including the 2018 season, the Packers generated revenues of $ 477.9 million and a profit of $ 724,000 while they generated a profit of $ 34 million a year earlier. The expenses were thus at 477.2 million US dollars, with a substantial part of the additional costs through numerous commitments in the Free Agency and the new four-year contract of quarterback Aaron Rodgers had come about. Since the Packers did not take part in the play-offs for the second time in a row in 2018, part of this income was also lost. Other issues mentioned in the report include: a. the constant renovation of Lambeau Field and the new construction of the so-called Titletown District , an area redesigned around the stadium, which is intended to support tourism through year-round activities for locals and tourists and as a local shopping and entertainment destination. Since revenues have grown steadily in recent years (see table on the right: Packers' income and expenses in recent years ) and although the Packers serve the smallest television market, they are the NFL franchise with the ninth to eighth highest annual income . One source of income that other franchises use is the granting of naming rights to their own stadium. This source is not used by the Packers, instead they assign the naming rights for the entrance gates.

Even if the Packers cannot be bought by a majority of the Packers due to their special ownership structure, Forbes Magazine has nevertheless appreciated the value of the franchise in recent years. In 2019, the Packers had an estimated value of $ 2.85 billion. This makes them the thirteen most valuable team of the 32 NFL teams. The estimated value of the Packers 2019 has increased by around 10% compared to the previous year.

Fans and public image

Fan base

The Packers fan community is very passionate because u. a. Funds for the team were generated by sales of shares to the fans and the franchise has belonged to the fans since 1923. The passion is evident in the fact that each of their home games has been sold out since 1960. Getting season tickets for the Packers' home games is extremely difficult, as there is a waiting list that would probably only be processed in almost 1000 years if there were no new interested parties.

Fans of the Packers call themselves Cheeseheads (Cheese heads) , which also generally applies to residents of the US state of Wisconsin.

In 2008, the Packers' fans took second place in ESPN's best fan ranking.


There have been a number of cheerleading groups throughout the Packers' franchise history . The Packers were one of the first teams in 1931 with cheerleaders on the sidelines cheering on the team and the crowd. For the next 57 years, the cheerleaders appeared under three different names at the Packers' home games. The Packers' first professional cheerleading team called themselves Packerettes in 1950. From 1961 to 1972 the cheerleaders were called Golden Girls , from 1973 to 1977 again Packerettes and from 1977 to 1988 Sideliners . In 1988 it was decided that the Packers would work without professional cheerleaders and only be supported by cheerleaders from nearby colleges. The Packers are currently one of six football teams that does not have a professional cheerleading department.

Lambeau Leap

James Starks running the Lambeau Leaps.

A special feature during the games in Lambeau Field is what some players call the Lambeau Leap (English: leap = the jump). After scoring points, the player jumps into the fan curve, which is at the end zone. The Leap was invented by the Safety LeRoy Butler on December 26, 1993 after carrying a fumble back to the end zone. The Leap later became popular through wide receiver Robert Brooks . When the NFL banned excessive celebrations in 2000, the Lambeau Leap fell under grandfathering and was therefore not banned.


Due to their long history in the NFL and their geographic location, there is a lot of rivalry between the Packers and the other NFC North teams .

Chicago Bears

The rivalry between the Packers and the Bears is the longest in NFL history. It began in 1921 when the Packers entered the NFL and has since included 200 regular season and post season games. Since the Packers' victory against the Bears on September 28, 2017, for the first time since 1933 they have had more victories than the Bears when they met. After the 2019 season , the Packers won 99 times and the Bears 95 times. The two teams separated six times without a winner. However, it is not the longest running rivalry, as there were no games between the two teams due to the players' strike in 1982. Both teams have together won 22 NFL titles (five of which since the introduction of the Super Bowl in 1967). 64 former members of these two teams are represented in the Pro Football Hall of Fame (33 from the Bears and 31 from the Packers). Since both play in the same division, they meet at least twice each season. Since 2013, some fans of the Bears have been wearing shredded cheese as headgear , alluding to the Packers' cheeseheads . One of the reasons for the rivalry with the Bears was a complaint from Bears coach and owner George Halas to the NFL after Green Bays' first season in the new federation in 1921. Halas had found that the Packers had used college players in a game. A clear violation of the rules and the Packers were promptly kicked out by the association. It took a lot of convincing Lambeau to get another chance. He paid the $ 50 re-entry fee out of pocket and a rivalry that continues to this day was born. That the rivalry between the two teams is also receiving attention from the NFL can be seen in the fact that the 100th season of the NFL began with the game of the Chicago Bears against the Green Bay Packers on September 5, 2019. The league broke its long tradition that the defending champions, in this case the New England Patriots, opened the season.

Detroit Lions

The rivalry with the Lions has existed since 1930 when the Packers and the Lions, then known as the Portsmouth Spartans and based in Portsmouth, Ohio , first met. Since the season 1933 are the two teams Division rivals and play since 1932 until today at least twice a year to today. Thus, the altercation is the longest running rivalry in the NFL. So far there have been 102 Packers wins, 72 Lions wins and 7 draws in the 181 clashes.

During this time there were some special games. The Packers defeated the Lions on the final day of the 2008 season by 31:21, making the Lions the first team in the NFL to end the season with a 0-16. After an 18:16 win in the 2015 season , the Lions managed to win again at Green Bay for the first time in 14 years. In the second leg in Detroit, the Packers made the biggest comeback in the history of their encounter. The game was later referred to as the Miracle in Motown .

Minnesota Vikings

The rivalry with the Vikings began in 1961 when the Vikings joined the NFL as an expansion team . In 119 clashes there were 62 wins, 54 losses and 3 draws for the Packers. The geographic location of the two franchises is one reason for the existing rivalry, as the two teams are located in neighboring states ( Minnesota and Wisconsin ), which also compete in other areas. These areas particularly include the sports that the universities of Minnesota and Wisconsin play against each other in the Big Ten Conference of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). The rivalry became particularly explosive in 2005 in the first play-off duel between the two teams, when Randy Moss presented his buttocks to the Packers fans after the win in Green Bay. In addition, the change from Packers legend Brett Favre via the New York Jets detour to the Vikings caused a great outcry in the Packers fan base.

Special games and moves

Miracle in Motown

The first game against the Lions of the 2015 season was lost at home at Lambeau Field, making the Lions win at Green Bay for the first time in 14 years. In the second leg on December 3, 2015 in Detroit, the Packers managed the biggest fightback in the history of their encounter. The Packers were behind by the last move. After the last snap was taken at their own 24-yard line, the Packers actually failed to gain the necessary space. However, since a penalty flag was thrown during the snap and a foul was committed, the snap had to be repeated according to NFL regulations, as no game may be ended with a penalty. On the next move, Aaron Rodgers threw a successful 61-yard Hail Mary pass into the end zone , which was caught by tight end Richard Rodgers . With this pass the Packers won 27:23, although shortly after half time they were still behind with 0:20 and never held the lead until this pass. This fourth biggest comeback and the throwing of Rodgers, who also almost hit the roof of Ford Field , later dubbed the game the Miracle at Motown .

Fail Mary

The 2012 season began with an NFL referee strike , bringing in referees from college football or low profile leagues. After a series of questionable referee services, there was a scandal on September 24, 2012 at the Packers game against the Seattle Seahawks . In the closing seconds, the Packers were leading 12-7 when Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson threw a very long forward pass ( Hail Mary pass ) into the end zone of Green Bay. Both Packers- Safety M.D. Jennings and Seahawks wide-receiver Golden Tate came to the football, but while the side judge decided on interception for the Packers, the back judge gave the Seahawks a touchdown , which was taken over by the rest of the referees after video evidence . So the Seahawks won at the last second, but since the TV records showed that Tate had previously illegally pushed Jennings away ( Pass Interference ), the public outrage was great. Based on the Hail Mary Pass , this controversial touchdown earned the nickname Fail Mary (English: to fail = to fail). He helped ensure that the NFL referees got an improved offer and that the strike was resolved.

4th and 26th

The 4th and 26 is a play between the Philadelphia Eagles and the Packers in the Divisional Game of the 2003 season . The Packers led until shortly before the end after a field goal with 17:14. After the kickoff , the Eagles started their final play with a 22-yard run. But on the next move, Donovan McNabb , quarterback for the Eagles, threw an incomplete pass on the first try , i.e. H. the ball was not caught. On the second attempt, the Eagles received a five-yard penalty for a false start . On the next move, McNabb was sacked at his own 26-yard line . With the third attempt, the Eagles could not improve their position because the ball was again not caught after the pass. Since only 1:12 minutes were left to play and the Eagles no longer had a timeout, they also played the fourth attempt, knowing that they had to bridge at least 26 yards in order to achieve a first down again. McNabb threw a 28-yard pass at Freddie Mitchell on the fourth attempt . According to the rules, if the Eagles had not reached the first down after the fourth attempt, the Packers would have received the ball at the appropriate point and the game would be won for the Packers. The Eagles managed to score a successful 37-yard field goal after further first downs, causing the game to go into overtime. After the Eagles had won the Cointoss and had to punch the ball after three attempts, the Packers had the opportunity to score. However, Brett Favre threw an interception, which was carried back 35 yards. With the 31-yard field goal, the Eagles won 20:17 and were able to play in the NFC Championship Game for the third time in a row . However , they lost the game against the Carolina Panthers 3:14.

Snow bowl

The 1985 Snow Bowl was a game between the Packers and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers that was known for its heavy snowfall at Lambeau Field. Even before the kick-off, there was an approx. 30 cm high blanket of snow on the pitch, which increased further during the game due to further snowfall. Due to the heavy snowfall, the stadium was only a third full with around 19,900 spectators. The Packers won the game 21-0 as the Buccaneers u. a. had to play with their white away jerseys and Steve Young could no longer see his receivers in the snowstorm.

Ice bowl

The Ice Bowl is the name for the 1967 discharged NFL championship game and between the Green Bay Packers Dallas Cowboys , which took place at -25 degrees Celsius.

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