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     On The evening of August 11, 1919, a number of young athletes, called together by Curly Lambeau and George Calhoun, gathered in the dingy editorial room of the old Green Bay Press-Gazette building on Cherry Street, and organized a football team.  They didn't know it, but that was the beginning of the incredible saga of the Green Bay Packers. 

     After getting Curly's employer, the Indian Packing Company, to put up some money for equipment and allow the use of some land for practice, the club was identified as a project of the company.  With this tie-in, the name "Packers" was a natural, and Packers they have been ever since. 

     During one of the Packers' first seasons, A.B. Turnball, general manager of the Green Bay Press-Gazette, helped organize the businessmen of Green Bay in the support of the team, and the Green Bay football Corporation was formed.  From those modest and somewhat tenuous beginnings, the Packers have gone on to earn national stature and virtual world-wide recognition by winning more championships (12) over the intervening years than any other team in professional football.  The fact that these achievements have come while representing a city of only 96,000 inhabitants, in competition with the country's population giants, has endeared them to the nation's football fans, many of whom are intrigued by the David vs. Goliath concept and the Packer's unique status as a publicly-owned corporation. 

     The glory years for the Packers were the 1960's when Head Coach Vince Lombardi led the team to the Western Division title in 1960, and World Championships in 1961, 1962, 1965, 1966, and 1967.  Never finishing lower than second since 1960, Lombardi's teams became the standard of football excellence and the Packer franchise one of the most successful. 

     In recent years, the Packers have been among the legue's elete clubs, posting impressive records, and of course won a little thing known as Super Bowl XXXI in 1997. (Life is Great!!) Current quarterback: Brett Favre.

Individual Packer Records Set in 1998: 
  • Most Passing Yards, Career: 26,803, Brett Favre (old record: Bart Starr, 24,718)
  • Most Consecutive 3,000-Yard Passing Seasons: 7, Brett Favre, 1992-98 (old record: 6, Favre)
  •  Most 300-Yard Games, Career: 20, Brett Favre, 1992-98 (old record: Favre, 16, 1992-97)
  • Most Games, Four or More Touchdown Passes, Career: 13, Brett Favre (old record: 12, Favre)
  • Most Sacks, Career: 68.5, Reggie White, 1993-98 (old record: 55, Tim Harris, 1986-90)
  • Most Kickoff Returns, Season: 57, Roell Preston (old record: 46, Hampton, 1971)
  • Most Kickoff Return Yards, Season: 1,497, Roell Preston (old record: 1,314, Dave Hampton, 1971)
  • Most Combined Return Yardage: 2,895, Roell Preston - 1,497 kickoffs, 398 punts (old record: 1,335, Desmond Howard - 460 kickoffs, 875 punts, 1996)
  • Most Combined Net Yards, Season: 1,918, Roell Preston (old record: 1,896, Billy Grimes, 1950)
  • Most Combined Kick Returns, Season: 101, Roell Preston - 57 kickoffs, 44 punts (old record: 80, Desmond Howard, 1996 - 58 punts, 22 kickoffs)
  •  Most Kickoff Return Yards, Game: 256, Roell Preston, vs. Minnesota, Oct. 5, 1998 - 8 returns (old record: 211, Preston at Indianapolis, Nov. 16, 1997 - 7 returns)
  • Most Kickoff Returns of 100-or-More Yards: 2, Roell Preston (no previous record set)
  • Most Punts Inside the 20, Season: 30, Sean Landeta (old record: 28, Craig Hentrich, 1996)
  • Best Net Punting Average, Season: 37.1, Sean Landeta (old record: 36.3, by Bryan Wagner in 1993 and Craig Hentrich in 1996)
  • Most Accurate Kicker, Career, Min. 50 Attempts: 84.13% (53/63), Ryan Longwell, 1997-98 (old record: 80.82% - Jan Stenerud, 1980-83)

Miscellaneous facts:

  • Retired Uniform Numbers:  #3 Tony Canadeo,   #14 Don Hutson,  #15 Bart Starr, #66 Ray Nitschke 
  • Team Nickname Origin: Named after team's original financial backer, the Indian Packing Company. 
  • Packers in the Pro Football Hall of Fame:  1963 -- Earl L. "Curly" Lambeau, Founder, player, coach, (1919-49), 1963 -- Johnny "Blood" McNally, HB (1928-36), 1963 -- Don Hutson, E (1935-45),  1963 -- Robert "Cal" Hubbard, T (1929-35), 1964 -- Clarke Hinkle, FB (1932-41), 1964 -- Mike Michalske, G (1929-37), 1966 -- Arnie Herber, QB (1930-41), 1971 -- Vince Lombardi, Coach and general Manager (1956-67), 1974 -- Tony Canadeo, HB (1941-44, 1946-52), 1976 -- Jim Taylor, FB (1958-66), 1977 -- Forrest Gregg. T (1956, 1958-70),  1977 -- Bart Starr, QB (1956-71), 1978 -- Ray Nitschke, MLB (1958-72), 1980 -- Herb Adderley, DB (1961-69),  1981 -- Jim Ringo, C (1953-63),  1981 -- Willie Davis, DE (1960-69),  1986 -- Paul Hornung. HB (1957-62, 1964-66), 1989 -- Willie Wood, FS (1960-71), and 1995 -- Henry Jordan, DT (1959-69),