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

A Reminder to Packer Fans: It Could be Worse

Don HornI was born in August of 1970 into a family of rabid Packer fans. It was NOT the best era to grow up a Packer fan, but growing up in that era really helps put things like losses in the divisional round of the playoffs into perspective.

I was born on August 20th. On September 3rd, the great Vince Lombardi died, and so did the Packers’ era of dominance. Continue reading

Packer Memories from the 2012 Season

James Jones TouchdownNow that the sting of the loss to the 49ers has finally begun to wear off, I thought I’d spend some time reviewing the 2012 season. Obviously, the 2012 season didn’t end the way we wanted it to and there were a lot of frustrations along the way, but there was a lot of fun stuff too.

So, grab yourself a beer or a cup of coffee and let’s go back in time to review some of my favorite plays from 2012. If you have others that you really enjoyed, drop a comment below to let us know which were your favorite. Continue reading

Big Questions Follow Packers’ Divisional Round Loss

Jermichael+Finley+Green+Bay+Packers+v+Chicago+zayIhcdjUa2lPackers fans hoping for a lengthy playoff run were disappointed as Green Bay couldn’t find an answer to Colin Kaepernick and the Niners in the second round of the playoffs. For a second year in a row, the Packers were a popular Super Bowl pick amongst experts and simply failed to deliver. And like last season, fundamental flaws were hidden in sloppy, uninspiring victories during the regular season, just to be exposed in the postseason.

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