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Joining the Packers in 1963, Robinson was the left side linebacker on the fearsome Lombardi dynasty. Listen to this exclusive interview, as Dave talks about being on the short list for the Pro Football Hall of Fame and why he removed himself from consideration before.
There has to be a little betting man inside every NFL general manager when it comes to selecting undrafted free agents. Employing less expensive undrafted free agents (UDFAs) is just one way a team is able to keep its salary structure at a manageable level, particularly if that player blossoms into something special. You might call that the ultimate value proposition for an NFL general manager.
We looked back in Green Bay Packers history at every UDFA selection since 1960 to amass the top five UDFAs in Packers’ history (so far) who have had at least five years as a Green Bay starter.
When guard T.J. Lang booted a pair of field goals at the end of the Green Bay Packers annual Family Night scrimmage in early August, fans got a glimpse of a lineman doubling as a kicker.
Years ago, the idea of a beefy blocker toeing the ball wasn’t so unusual. The Packers, in fact, have had four linemen who scored more than 50 points on field goals and extra points in their career.
Willie Buchanon was one of the best cornerback prospects ever to enter the NFL when he was drafted by the Green Bay Packers in 1972. He didn’t disappoint, becoming a starter his rookie season and intercepting four passes.
Buchanon’s best season came in 1978, his final year with the Packers, when he picked off nine passes, made the Pro Bowl and was an All Pro. That season he picked four passes in one game against the San Diego Chargers — an NFL record.
Baseball is no stranger to doubleheaders. Although not as common as in the past, twin bills – teams playing two games against each other on the same day – still show up on the schedule.
A doubleheader in football, on the other hand, has a different meaning. Playing two in one afternoon in the NFL means a television network is broadcasting back-to-back games, neither of which involves the same teams.
Common sense says two teams playing two games so close together would be too much to tolerate, especially in the days of two-way players. Seriously, what two coaches would agree to such a two-ringed circus?
He is Albert “Al” Rienhold Carmichael.
While the Green Bay Packers of the 1950s didn’t win often — 39 regular-season victories — they did return kicks. Their 890 returns (punts and kickoffs combined) were the most of the decade.
Carmichael was central to this activity. He took back 153 kickoffs and 100 punts during his six years in Green Bay, and his 253 combined returns remains a franchise record more than a half century after he left the team.
Ray (Scooter) McLean got it right.
McLean, the fourth head coach in Green Bay Packers history, is known for having presided over a club that stumbled to a 1-10-1 record in 1958. From a won-loss standpoint, the season remains the lowest of lows for a franchise that has won more NFL championships than any other.
But before the losses mounted and optimism was still afoot, McLean made a pronouncement that ensured he’d be remembered for something other than futility. On the day he accepted a one-year pact to lead the Packers, McLean announced he would bring the team back to Green Bay for training camp.
Mike Holmgren was enshrined in the Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame in front of a packed house in the Lambeau Field Atrium Saturday night.
Although the honor was well deserved, Holmgren deflected credit for returning the Packers to glory in the 1990s throughout the evening. His speech reflected his humility.
Throughout the Green Bay Packers’ storied history, a remarkable number of victories have been attained or clinched with moments of sheer, athletic beauty: an Al Harris interception and return for touchdown; a last-second Farve-to-Kitrick Taylor Bengals-beater; a Desmond Howard 99-yard sprint to the end zone.
Then again, one of the most memorable game-winning moments in Packers history was anything but pretty. With the Packers and Bears tied 6-6 in overtime at Lambeau Field on the opening day of the 1980 season, a Lynn Dickey-led drive into Bears territory put the Packers in position to earn the win with one Polish-born, bespectacled offensive weapon: kicker Chester Marcol.
Cecil Isbell wasn’t the first member of the Green Bay Packers to retire at the top of his game. Bob Monnett ended his stay in Green Bay just months after dazzling with the best passing display of his career.
Unlike Isbell, Monnett’s decision to depart was arrived at, in part, because of injury. A vicious hit by a bitter rival may have nudged Monnett to exit sooner than he might otherwise have done.
Monnett was the Packers’ highest-rated passer in the 1930s among those who threw at least 15 passes. He was a rarity from that era, one of the few to throw more touchdown passes than interceptions during the course of a career.
For all he did, Monnett is often overlooked. Given he had to share playing time with Arnie Herber and Isbell, that’s understandable.