Go Pack Go

 By: Stacey S
The Frozen Tundra - a land of blood, sweat, and cheese. In the history and future of stadiums, there is no better place than Lambeau Field, and no better fans than the Cheeseheads of the Green Bay Packers. A football team that is rich in culture, history, and a team created for the people, the Green Bay Packers are a team like no other. Read further to discover the history of a proud team, as well as hints, links and suggestions on what to buy, where to find, and how to become part of not just a team but an entire culture.

A Brief History of the Green Bay Packers

Dating back to 1919, the Green Bay Packers have stood an icon in the small city of Green Bay, Wisconsin. Started by Curly Lambeau and George Calhoun, the Packers started as a small group of atheletes. The Indian Packing Company, where Lambeau worked, agreed to back the team and provide uniforms and equipment. This was the inspiration for the name "Packers" and the team name has been the same ever since. The team played opponents from all around, including Washinton and Michigan. As the team continued to win it caught the attention of investors willing to back the team in a new "pro" league in 1920. It was during this period that the team began to see troubles. Battling money, backing, and various other troubles, Lambeau took it upon himself to get other backers and buy the franchise back. After more turmoil, the team's troubles finally settled down and launched them into the "Iron Man" era.

By 1929, the team had settled into a winning pattern. Lambeau began recruiting college players to join the team, and picked up several "unknowns" who proved that they had great talent. With this new "Iron Man" team the Packers went on to win 3 straight championship titles.

Over the next through years the Packer would continue to battle turmoil and grief, seeing financial problems all along the way. In 1935 a man named Don Hutson signed a contract to play with the Green Bay Packers. At the same time he had signed this contract, he also signed a contract to play baseball for the Brooklyn Dodgers. Because the postmark date to the Packers was first, he was awarded to the Green Bay Packers where he would not only help to contribute to the financial stability of the team, but would become a legend in the history of Green Bay.

Over the next twenty years, the Packers saw coaches come and go. It was not until 1959 that the Packers dynasty would see the coach to beat all coaches. Vince Lombardi, who was not well known at the time, was hired to coach the Packers. Coming in with a stronghold on the team, Lombardi made it very clear that he would be in complete control. In 1959, Lombardi won "Coach of the Year" and ended the season with a 7-5 record. Lombardi lead the team to world championships in 1961, 1962, 1965, 1966, and 1967. From 1960 to 1967, Lombardi's teams never finished lower than second place. Losing was not an option for Lombardi and is why he is a legend in coaching, even today.

The history continues for the Packers as legends have left their mark on the small city of Green Bay. Check below for additional links to more information about the Packers tried and true history.

Many NFL teams have switched names and cities, morphing into a symbol of corporate greed and personal gain. The Packers, however, have stood the test of time and have remained a team truly for the people. The Green Bay Packers are the only football team in the league to be owned by the people. As such, the team will remain in the city that gave birth to a dynasty.
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