60 Facts About Green Bay Packers


Green Bay Packers are a professional American football team based in Green Bay, Wisconsin.

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The Packers compete in the National Football League as a member club of the National Football Conference North division.

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Green Bay Packers are the last of the "small town teams" which were common in the NFL during the league's early days of the 1920s and 1930s.

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Between 1919 and 1920, the Green Bay Packers competed against other semi-pro clubs from around Wisconsin and the Midwest, before joining the American Professional Football Association, the forerunner of today's NFL, in 1921.

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Green Bay Packers have won 13 league championships, the most in NFL history, with nine pre-Super Bowl NFL titles and four Super Bowl victories.

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The Green Bay Packers won the first two Super Bowls in 1966 and 1967 and were the only NFL team to defeat the American Football League prior to the AFL–NFL merger.

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The Green Bay Packers are long-standing adversaries of the Chicago Bears, Minnesota Vikings, and Detroit Lions, who today form the NFL's NFC North division.

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The Bears–Green Bay Packers rivalry is one of the oldest rivalries in US professional sports history, dating back to 1921.

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Green Bay Packers were founded on August 11,1919 by former high-school football rivals Earl "Curly" Lambeau and George Whitney Calhoun.

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Green Bay Packers was given $500 for uniforms and equipment, on the condition that the team be named after its sponsor.

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The Green Bay Packers have played in their original city longer than any other team in the NFL.

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Green Bay Packers purchased a large lodge near Green Bay for team members and families to live.

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Under Lombardi, the Green Bay Packers would become the team of the 1960s, winning five World Championships over a seven-year span, including victories in the first two Super Bowls.

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Shortly after Time article, the Green Bay Packers faced the Giants in a much more brutal championship game than the previous year, but the Green Bay Packers prevailed on the kicking of Jerry Kramer and the determined running of Jim Taylor.

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Green Bay Packers returned to the championship game in 1965 following a two-year absence when they defeated the Colts in a playoff for the Western Conference title.

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The city of Green Bay renamed Highland Avenue in his honor in 1968, placing Lambeau Field at 1265 Lombardi Avenue ever since.

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Green Bay Packers started the following week, a win against the Pittsburgh Steelers, and never missed another start for Green Bay through the end of the 2007 season.

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Green Bay Packers would go on to break the record for consecutive starts by an NFL quarterback, starting 297 consecutive games including stints with the New York Jets and Minnesota Vikings with the streak finally coming to an end late in the 2010 season.

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In 1995, the Green Bay Packers won the NFC Central Division championship for the first time since 1972.

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The Green Bay Packers had won all previous games, and the media speculated that another 49ers loss would result in the dismissal of San Francisco head coach Steve Mariucci.

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Days later Mike Holmgren left the Green Bay Packers to become vice president, general manager and head coach of the Seattle Seahawks.

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Green Bay Packers had only coached in professional football for three years starting as the Packers' tight ends coach in 1997 and 1998.

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Harlan preferred the structure Green Bay had employed since 1991; a general manager who ran football operations and hired a subservient head coach.

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The Green Bay Packers' passing offense, led by Favre and a very skilled wide receiver group, finished second in the NFC, behind the Dallas Cowboys, and third overall in the league.

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On January 20,2008, Green Bay appeared in their first NFC Championship Game in 10 years facing the New York Giants in Green Bay.

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The Green Bay Packers had several first alternates, including offensive tackle Chad Clifton and linebacker Nick Barnett.

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Green Bay Packers began their 2008 season with their 2005 first-round draft pick, quarterback Aaron Rodgers, under center, as the first QB other than Favre to start for the Green Bay Packers in 16 years.

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The Green Bay Packers defense was ranked No 2 and the offense was ranked No 6 with rookies Brad Jones and Clay Matthews III becoming sensations at linebacker and young players like James Jones, Brandon Jackson, Jermichael Finley and Jordy Nelson becoming threats on offense.

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The Green Bay Packers offense finished the season fifth in points and 11th in yards per game.

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Green Bay Packers topped the first-ever AP Pro32 rankings, a new pro football version of the AP Top 25 college football and basketball polls.

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Green Bay Packers recorded their 700th victory, against the Bears, in Week 4.

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The Green Bay Packers beat the Cowboys in the divisional round, advancing to the NFC Championship to face the Seattle Seahawks.

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Green Bay Packers would remain inactive for the rest of the 2015 season.

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The Green Bay Packers then got the ball back in their possession with 23 seconds left in the game.

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The Green Bay Packers now had one more un-timed play, which Aaron Rodgers threw a 61-yard Hail Mary touchdown to tight end Richard Rodgers II.

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Green Bay Packers beat the Washington Redskins in the NFC wild-card game to advance to the divisional round with the Arizona Cardinals.

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Under first-year head coach Matt LaFleur, Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers opened the season by defeating the Chicago Bears in the season's opening game, the first time since 2003 that the league-wide kickoff game did not feature the defending Super Bowl champions, with the Green Bay Packers and Bears being selected for their historic rivalry in the NFL's 100th season.

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In 2020, the Green Bay Packers won the NFC North Division for the second consecutive year.

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Green Bay Packers are the only community-owned franchise in North America's four traditional major leagues.

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City of Green Bay had a population of only 107,395 as of the 2020 census, and 600,000 in its television market, significantly less than the average NFL figures.

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The Green Bay Packers' corporation was grandfathered when the NFL's current ownership policy was established in the 1980s.

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Green Bay Packers, Inc, is governed by a seven-member executive committee elected from a 45-member board of directors.

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Green Bay Packers fans are often referred to as cheeseheads, a nickname for Wisconsin residents reflecting the state's bountiful cheese production first leveled as an insult at a 1987 game between the Chicago White Sox and Milwaukee Brewers.

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Green Bay Packers was given $500 for uniforms and equipment in return for the team being named for its sponsor.

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However, to celebrate the NFL's 75th anniversary in 1994, the Green Bay Packers joined in a league-wide donning of "throwback" jerseys, back to navy blue and gold.

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The Green Bay Packers again wore an all-white uniform at Lambeau in the Color Rush game against the Bears in 2017.

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In 2021, the Packers changed their throwback thirds to an all-green design, resembling the uniforms worn from 1950 to 1953.

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Originally, the Green Bay Packers wore brown helmets with the throwbacks, but in 2013, they started wearing their gold helmets without any decals due to the then-implementation of the NFL's one-shell rule; this rule has been abolished in 2022.

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Green Bay Packers played part of their home slate in Milwaukee starting in 1933, including two to three home games each year in Milwaukee's County Stadium from 1953 to 1994.

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The Green Bay Packers worked to capture their growing fan base in Milwaukee and the larger crowds.

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Green Bay Packers have three practice facilities across the street from Lambeau Field in Ashwaubenon, Wisconsin: the Don Hutson Center, an indoor facility; Ray Nitschke Field, an outdoor field with artificial FieldTurf; and Clarke Hinkle Field, an outdoor field with natural grass.

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Green Bay Packers have been league champions a record 13 times, topping their nearest rival, the Chicago Bears, by four.

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The Green Bay Packers are the only team to win three consecutive NFL titles, having accomplished this twice—from 1929 to 1931 under Lambeau, and from 1965 to 1967 under Lombardi.

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Green Bay Packers have won three NFC Championship Games, with twice as many losses.

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Green Bay Packers have the second most members in the Pro Football Hall of Fame with 30,25 of which were inducted as Green Bay Packers.

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All six Packers are members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame and their numbers and names are displayed on the green facade of Lambeau Field's north endzone as well as in the Lambeau Field Atrium.

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However, Green Bay Packers games have not been blacked out locally since 1972 due to strong home attendance and popularity.

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Until the end of the 2011 season, the team's partner in Green Bay was WFRV-TV, and sister satellite WJMN-TV in Escanaba.

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In 2015, five members of the Packers made an appearance as an a cappella group in the musical comedy Pitch Perfect 2.

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Green Bay Packers's prized possession is a football autographed by Ray Nitschke, and his dream is to own the team.

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