Under Bob Harlan’s inspired leadership as president of the organization the Green Bay Packers have become one of the most successful teams in the NFL. Elected president of the Packers in 1989, under Harlan’s daring vision and tireless leadership the Packers strung together 13 consecutive winning seasons (1992-2004) for the first time since the 1920-30s.
Harlan joined the Packers as assistant general manager in 1971 and worked his way up through the organization until his election to president and CEO in ’89. Harlan is given credit for being the catalyst triggering a major competitive revival that brought Green Bay a third Super Bowl championship in the mid-90s and return to perennial contender status. These accomplishments were spawned by the inspired hiring of Ron Wolf in 1991 as general manager.
It was Harlan’s idea of transforming Lambeau Field into a 365-day a year tourist attraction – a first in NFL history. His daring vision led to the three-year $295 million redevelopment project, completed in 2003, that turned Lambeau Field into a one of a kind destination.
For all his considerable contributions, Harlan was fittingly honored July 17, 2004 with his induction into the Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame.
His mark on the franchise was also recognized on September 2, 2003, with the dedication of the Robert E. Harlan Plaza, in front of the main entrance to Lambeau Field. The Packers executive committee proposed the plaza dedication in the fall of 2002, which is marked by a plaque featured between the statues of team founder Curly Lambeau and Hall of Fame coach Vince Lombardi.
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