Before There Were Helmets: Tony Canadeo

Tony CanadeoA 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.

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Packer People: Aaron Rodgers

Aaron Rodgers Contract TalksThe selection of Aaron Rodgers in the 2005 draft just gets better and better every year.

Aaron took over the reigns of the team in 2008 at the beginning of the nightmare that had Brett Favre decide to “unretire.” Throughout that fiasco, Rodgers displayed the poise of a true professional.

Five seasons later, he’s again showing his poise and professionalism. Continue reading

Before There Were Helmets: Johnny (Blood) McNally

Johnny Blood McNally of the Green Bay PackersA 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 stealing players from the college ranks. Pro teams ceased the practice (at least openly) but college players found ways to get around the system. One of those ways was using a pro football alias.

So, one day John Victor McNally was walking past the movie theater with a friend when he spied the name of the movie that was playing, “Blood and Sand.” He turned to his friend and exclaimed, “You’ll be Sand and I’ll be Blood.” And Johnny Blood was born. Continue reading

Filling Needs by Looking for Diamonds in Small Places

Packer Players from Division II and Division III CollegesTed Thompson is not afraid to scan the Division II and III ranks in search of hidden talent he can add to the Packers. And, he’s found some decent gems that made their names in a Division II or III school.

Some of these are names we’ve come to know well. They started in smaller colleges and found a home with the Packers. Names like Erik Walden, James Starks, Jamari Lattimore, and the fan-favorite John Kuhn are all from Division II or Division III schools.

So, I started to wonder what Division II and III players have been making a name for themselves. Here are some of the players that might be on Ted’s radar this year. Continue reading

Before There Were Helmets: Don Hutson

Don Hudson Packer Hall of FamerA 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. Continue reading

Packers Experiencing a Change of Face

Green+Bay+Packers+v+Cleveland+Browns+L49PzsJxfH3l Sales from the Packer Pro Shop’s clearance section just might achieve record volume this spring. In just over one week the organization saw departures of two fan favorites, with a third likely to follow in March. Such represents a change in face for the franchise, losing three players that all played multiple seasons with Brett Favre. Given Ted Thompson’s track record, the moves shouldn’t come as much of a surprise. Continue reading

Packers’ Risky Signing of Woodson Paid Off

Packers Release Charles WoodsonWhen the Packers cut a deal with Charles Woodson in 2006, they were taking a big chance on a player that had struggled through most of his career with the Raiders. The risk turned out to be well worth it as Woodson has not only become a very productive player but also well loved by Packer fans. Continue reading

Before There Were Helmets: Earl (Curly) Lambeau

Earl Curly LambeauWe’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. Continue reading

Before There Were Helmets

NFL Leather HelmetPacker fans are among the very few who can tell other fans, “Please… our team was playing with leather hats before your team was even born.” This series of articles will take a look back at the men who made the Packers great before most teams even existed.

It wasn’t until 1943 that the NFL required use of helmets. Prior to that most players chose to don leather helmets to absorb some of the shock, but many players still knocked bare skulls with the other team.

In this series, we’ll look at the Packer player who made the Hall of Fame with just a leather hat protecting their noggin. Continue reading