The Green Bay Packers are the third oldest team in the NFL having been granted membership in 1921, and are something of an enigma in today’s world of Pro Football being based in a city with a population of less than 100,000. They are the only community-owned non-profit organization in the NFL.
Currently playing in the NFC North division they have a proud record of success and two of the most Iconic coaches ever to feature in the NFL built their reputations at Green Bay.
Under Curly Lambeau (Pictured Right) who also played for the team with some distinction, Green Bay won three straight NFL championships in 1929, 1930 and 1931 and won three more during the 1930s and 1940s making him one of the most successful coaches ever. In his honour the Green Bay Packers re-named their Stadium Lambeau Field in 1965 three months after his death.
1965 was also to see another great feat this time with Vince Lombardi at the helm, as the Packers again won three straight NFL titles 1965-67, a feat only ever achieved by Green Bay. Coach Vince Lombardi joined Green Bay from The New York Giants in 1959 and helped change their fortunes after a somewhat barren period. After going 17 years without a title win they won two years running in 1961 & 1962 and then in 1965 set off on a second three consecutive title run which also included winning Super Bowls I & II. American football was sadly robbed of this great talent on September 3, 1970 when he died of cancer at age 57. To mark the memory of one of footballs greats the NFL re-named the Super Bowl the “Vince Lombardi Trophy” a week after his death and he was posthumously elected to the Hall of Fame in 1971.
Success was more difficult to come by thereafter and the packers only managed the odd playoff appearance during the 1970s and 1980s and it was not until the arrival of another potential legend Brett Farve that Green Bay’s fortunes began to change. His arrival in 1992 started a run of playoff appearances and in 1996 they won Super Bowl XXXI beating the New England Patriots and the following season they again reached the final only to lose to the John Elway led Denver Broncos.
Green Bay continue to be a strong franchise and they have only missed the playoffs four times since 1993 and with a new franchise Quarter Back Aaron Rodgers at the helm should continue to be play off regulars for the foreseeable future.
Green Bay Honours
NFL Champions (11)
- 1929, 1930, 1931, 1936, 1939, 1944, 1961, 1962, 1965, 1966, 1967
Super Bowl Champions
- 1966 (I), 1967 (II), 1996 (XXXI)
- NFL Western: 1960, 1961, 1962, 1965, 1966, 1967
- NFC: 1996, 1997
- NFL West: 1936, 1938, 1939, 1944
- NFL Central: 1967
- NFC Central: 1972, 1995, 1996, 1997
- NFC North: 2002, 2003, 2004, 2007
Playoff appearances (25)
NFL: 1936, 1938, 1939, 1941, 1944, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1965, 1966, 1967, 1972, 1982, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2007, 2009