Before There Were Helmets

Before There Were Helmets: Clarke Hinkle

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A continuation of our series on Packer greats from before the 1943 NFL helmet rule. If you missed the others in the series, you can find them here. Clarke Hinkle was the Packers' fullback/linebacker from 1932 to 1941. He earned the nickname of Battering Ram in college, and Packer fans soon found out why. (more…)

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Before There Were Helmets: Tony Canadeo

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A continuation of our series on Packer greats from before the 1943 NFL helmet rule. If you missed the others in the series, you can find them here. Tony Canadeo entered the league in 1941, just two years before the helmet rule. He started his career with the Packers, ended his career with the Packers, and continued contributing to the organization long after he had hung up his cleats. (more…)

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Before There Were Helmets: Johnny (Blood) McNally

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A continuation of our series on Packer greats from before the 1943 NFL helmet rule. If you missed the others in the series, you can find them here. Johnny Blood McNally was a colorful personality both on and off the field. His speed and ability was unquestioned, but his... interesting antics must have caused some early gray hairs for coach Curly Lambeau. Johnny Blood started his professional football career with the Milwaukee Badgers.. you read that right.. the Badgers. In those days there was a big struggle between college and professional football as colleges were constantly after pro teams about…

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Before There Were Helmets: Don Hutson

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A continuation of our series on Packer greats from before the 1943 NFL helmet rule. If you missed the others in the series, you can find them here. In an era where the run dominated and a passing offense was rarely used, Don Hutson amassed 99 touchdowns in a career that lasted just 11 season. That record stood for an amazing 44 years after he retired from the game. And the Packers came 17 minutes away from not signing him in the first place. (more…)

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Before There Were Helmets: Earl (Curly) Lambeau

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We'll start the series with the man who's name adorns the field at Green Bay, WI, a man who, at one time, was player, coach, and president of the team... Curly Lambeau. From the first time the Packers stepped on the field, a passing attack was an integral part of the aggressive Packer offense. Lambeau and the Packer were able to effectively use the "forward pass" despite league regulations that made it difficult. (more…)

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