Football Autographed by 1962 Team Donated to Packers Hall of Fame
The 1962 Green Bay Packers were one of the most dominant teams in NFL history, finishing 13-1 in the regular season and beating the New York Giants 16-7 for the NFL championship. Thanks to Dewey Decker, the signatures of that team will now be part of the Packers Hall of Fame.
Decker’s family donated a ball signed by the entire 1962 Packers squad, including the coaching staff, to the Packers Hall of Fame on September 15.
Decker, a life-long Packers fan who saw his first game in 1929, acquired the ball by winning it as a door prize at a Green Bay Lions Club Meeting. Packers receiver Boyd Dowler provided it.
Decker passed away in 2011 at the age of 90. On Saturday, his family donated the ball.
“This meant a lot for the Decker family,” Karen Decker, Dewey’s daughter-in-law, said. “We’re glad this football can be enjoyed by Packers fans for years to come.”
The 1962 Packers were dominant in many ways. Here’s a sample.
- 415 points scored (29.6 per game) ranked first in the NFL
- 148 points allowed (10.6 per game) also ranked first
- outscored opponents by an average of 19.1 per game, making their point differential of 267 No. 1 in the NFL
- +22 turnover ratio ranked 1st in NFL
- Shut out three opponents, including the Chicago Bears, 49-0
- Bart Starr led the league in completion percentage (62.5) and QB rating (90.7)
- Jim Taylor led the league in rushing with 1,474 yards
- Willie Wood led the NFL in interceptions with nine
- 11 members of the team, including coach Vince Lombardi, are in the Pro Football Hall of Fame