As the oldest team in the NFL to remain in its original home city, the Green Bay Packers are historic. WatchMojo.com continues
our series on the Greatest Sports Franchises of All Time with a look at the Green Bay Packers.
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The Story of the Green Bay Packers Sports Franchise
This is the oldest NFL team to remain in its original home city. Welcome to watchmojo.com and today we’ll be continuing our series of the most successful sports franchises with a look at the Green Bay Packers.
The team was founded in 1919 by Curly Lumbeau and George Whitney Calhoun. It was two years later that the Green Bay Packers joined the American Professional Football Association which today is known as the National Football League. In an effort to come up with the funds necessary to fill the team, Lumbeau approached his employer who ended up contributing $500.00 for equipments and uniforms.
The Indian Packing Company however donated the money on the condition the team be named after them. Today, the Packers is the oldest team name still in use in the NFL.
In February 1959, the Packers hired New York Giants’ assistant coach Vince Lombardi as head coach and general manager. From then onwards, the Packers became the team of the 60’s. They won five world championships in seven years led by quarterback Bark Starr and halfback Paul Horning.
For 25 years following Lombardi’s retirement, the team struggled with bad luck and inaptitude. This incompetence was galvanize by the team drafting offensive lineman Tony Mandarich second overall in the 1989 NFL draft. It was chosen ahead of players like Barry Sanders, Dion Sanders and Derek Thomas all of whom went on to have incredible careers. After this series of failures, the team was retooled by new GM Ron Wolf. One of his first moves was to recruit San Francisco 49ers offensive coordinator Mike Holmgren as the Packers’ new head coach. Wolf then traded the first round pick to the Atlanta Falcons in exchange for Bret Favre.
This quarterback stepped in for Don McCowski in 1992 and incredibly never missed to start until he left the team after the 2007 season. But it wasn’t until the Packers managed to sign Reggie White in 1993 that the team was really on its way to reach on the top again. And it did with the Super Bowl win after the 1996 season. After the 2007 season, Bret Favre was let go in favor of up and coming prospect, Aaron Rogers. Favre moved to the New York Jets and then to the Minnesota Vikings and was treated with hostility by faithful Green Bay fans upon his return to Lumbeau field.
Throughout their history, Green Bay has won 12 league titles including nine NFL championships and three Super Bowl victories. The Packers won the first ever Super Bowl played in 1967 and again the next year and finally ended the ensuing drought by taking Super Bowl XXXI.
This remains the NFL records for most championships won by one teams. The Packers are also the only team to win three consecutive NFL titles twice. They accomplished this first in 1929, ‘30, and ‘31 under Lumbeau and again for the 1965, ‘66, and ‘67 seasons under Lombardi. The Packers are the only non-profit, community-owned major league professional sports team in the United States. Regardless of how the team performs, the cheese heads, as the team’s fans are known, are one of the most dedicated and loyal fan bases in all of professionals sports. In fact the team has one of the longest waiting lists for season tickets.
While players and traditions come and go, what stands the test of time is the team itself with the help of its unwavering fans.