60 Facts About 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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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 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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In 1933, the Packers began playing part of their home slate in Milwaukee until changes at Lambeau Field in 1995 made it more lucrative to stay in Green Bay full time; Milwaukee is still considered a home media market for the team.

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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 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 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–Packers rivalry is one of the oldest rivalries in U S professional sports history, dating back to 1921.

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

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Under Lombardi, the 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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Packers returned to the NFL Championship game the following season and faced the New York Giants in the first league title game to be played in Green Bay.

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

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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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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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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 Packers won the NFC Central Division championship for the first time since 1972.

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The 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 Packers to become vice president, general manager and head coach of the Seattle Seahawks.

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Packers'srman had never been a head coach at any level of football and was relatively unknown in NFL circles.

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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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Packers'srman seemed overworked and reportedly had trouble communicating with players on the practice field with whom he was negotiating contracts.

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

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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 Packers in 16 years.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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The 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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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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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 Packers joined in a league-wide donning of "throwback" jerseys, back to navy blue and gold.

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The Packers hold the trademark on the "G" logo, and have granted limited permission to other organizations to utilize a similar logo, such as the University of Georgia and Grambling State University, in addition to the city of Green Bay itself as part of its civic logo.

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

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

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

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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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John P Holloway, a Brown County administrator and arena director, and William L Brault, a Green Bay restaurateur and Packers fan, co-founded the Packer Hall of Fame museum in 1966.

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Packers are unique in having their market area cover two media markets, both Green Bay and Milwaukee.

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

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

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