Green Bay Names Lisle Blackbourn as Only The Third Coach in Packers History
January 7, 1954 – Lisle Blackbourn is named the third head coach in Packers history. Blackbourn, who had guided Marquette University to an 18-17-4 record in four years as coach, reportedly signs a three-year contract with Green Bay that pays $15,000 annually. “All my coaching has been done in the state of Wisconsin, in high school, at the University of Wisconsin and at Marquette,” Blackbourn says. “I was there when the Packers started in the National League, and have always admired them.” Green Bay goes 4-8 in Blackbourn’s first year at the helm.