Green Bay Packers

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Green Bay Packers

In August of 1919 two men would unknowingly make history by organizing a small football team. This team would go on to become the Green Bay Packers, the most unique team in all of professional sports. One of the two men was Curly Lambeau who would eventually have the Packers Stadium named after him. Lambeau’s employer Indian Packing company, donated the jersey’s and allowed them to practice on their practice field so it was natural to call them the Packers which is still their name today.

In 1920 the American Professional Football Association (APFA) was formed. Green Bay joined the league in 1921 and in 1922 the APFA changed its name to the National Football League (NFL) on June 24. In 1922 after a couple of years of ups and downs the Green Bay Football Corporation was formed by town business men headed by A.B. Turnbull, the general manager of the Green Bay Press-Gazette. The team had good financial backing and was getting good players from college and just unknowns off the street and in 1929 they won the first of many championships. In 1935 a lanky wide receiver came on the scene and over the next 10 years helped Green Bay win three championships but the team was still very financially strapped and after 31 years with the organization Curly Lambeau resigned and became the head coach of the Chicago Cardinals. (http://www.packers.com/history/birth-of-a-team-and-a-legend.html)

In 1944 the Green Bay Packers won the NFL Championship which also brought a hybrid of teams called Card-Pitt. Due to the war there was a shortage of players so the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Chicago Cardinals combined for a season. Eastern Division - 1944 Regular Season|

 | Eastern Division Team| W| L| T| Pct|  PF| PA| Net Pts| TD| Home| Road| Div| Pct| Conf| Pct| Non-Conf| Streak| Last 5| 1.| New York Giants| 8| 1| 1| .889| 206| 75| 131| 26| 5-1| 3-0-1| 0-0| .000| 6-1-1| .857| 2-0| 4W| 4-0-1| 2.| Philadelphia Eagles| 7| 1| 2| .875| 267| 131| 136| 37| 3-1-2| 4-0| 0-0| .000| 6-0-2| 1.000| 1-1| 2W| 3-1-1| 3.| Washington Redskins| 6| 3| 1| .667| 169| 180| -11| 23| 4-2| 2-1-1| 0-0| .000| 4-3-1| .571| 2-0| 2L| 2-3| 4.| Boston Yanks| 2| 8| 0| .200| 82| 233| -151| 11| 1-3| 1-5| 0-0| .000| 2-6| .250| 0-2| 2L| 1-4| 5.| Brooklyn Tigers| 0| 10| 0| .000| 69| 166| -97| 10| 0-4| 0-6| 0-0| .000| 0-8| .000| 0-2| 10L| 0-5| | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | |

Western Division - 1944 Regular Season|
 | Western Division Team| W| L| T| Pct|  PF| PA| Net Pts| TD| Home| Road| Div| Pct| Conf| Pct| Non-Conf| Streak| Last 5| 1.| Green Bay Packers| 8| 2| 0| .800| 238| 141| 97| 34| 5-0| 3-2| 0-0| .000| 7-1| .875| 1-1| 1W| 3-2| 2.| Detroit Lions| 6| 3| 1| .667| 216| 151| 65| 31| 4-2| 2-1-1| 0-0| .000| 4-3-1| .571| 2-0| 5W| 5-0| 3.| Chicago Bears| 6| 3| 1| .667| 258| 172| 86| 37| 4-0-1| 2-3| 0-0| .000| 4-3-1| .571| 2-0| 2W| 4-1| 4.| Cleveland Rams| 4| 6| 0| .400| 188| 224| -36| 26| 1-2| 3-4| 0-0| .000| 4-4| .500| 0-2| 2L| 1-4| 5.| Card-Pitt Combine| 0| 10| 0| .000| 108| 328| -220| 16| 0-5| 0-5| 0-0| .000| 0-8| .000| 0-2| 10L| 0-5| (http://www.nfl.com/standings?category=conf&season=1944-REG)

From 1950– 1959 Green Bay had numerous coaches none of which were successful. Gene Ronzani was the second head coach of the Packers from 1950 -1953. In 1954, Lisle Blackburn was named the third coach. He was the head of the team for four years from 1954-1957 .The fourth Green Bay coach had the worst record in Franchise history at 1-10-1, so it is no surprise that he was let go after one season. The NFL was still growing and implementing new rules of play and in 1958 the league had the 26th championship game between the New York Giants and the Baltimore Colts that would later be known as the...
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