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Packers Chronology: 1919-2005
Chronology
1919
  • Packers founded at meetings in editorial room of Green Bay Press-Gazette (Aug. 11 and 14).
1921
  • J.E. Clair of Acme Packing Company granted Amercian Professional Football Association franchise for Green Bay Packers (Aug. 27); league renamed NFL in 1922.
  • Packers-Bears series launched at Chicago (Nov. 27); Packers lose 20-0 to Staleys, who changed name to Bears in 1922.
1922
  • Packers disciplined for using college players under assumed names, Clair turns franchise back to league, (Jan. 28). Curly Lambeau promises to obey rules, uses $50 of own money to buy back franchise for $250.
  • Bad weather, low attendance plague Packers, merchants raise $2,500, public non-profit corporation set up under direction of A.B. Turnbull; Lambeau remains general manager, coach.
1923
  • Andrew B. Turnbull is elected first president of Green Bay Football Corporation (Aug. 23).
1925
  • Packers beat Bears for first time, 14-10, in fourth regular-season meeting (Sept. 27).
  • City Stadium dedicated, 6,000 initial capacity (Sept. 20).
1927
  • Packers surprise "Big Town" skeptics, shut out football Yankees, 13-0, in first New York appearance (Oct. 23).
1929
  • Packers sign B Johnny Blood (McNally), T Cal Hubbard, G Mike Michalske, win first NFL title, posting 12-0-1 record.
1930
  • Packers win second straight NFL title (10-3-1).
1931
  • Packers capture third consecutive NFL championship, extending unbeaten streak to 22 games, finish 12-2-0.
1932
  • Packers just miss winning fourth straight title with 10-3-1 mark, Bears winning crown with 7-1-6 record because ties not counted in standings.
1934
  • Fan falls from stands at (old) City Stadium, sues Packers and wins $5,000 verdict. Insurance company goes out of business and Packers go into receivership, about to fold, but local Green Bay businessmen come to rescue, raise $15,000 in new capital and reorganize club.
1935
  • Don Hutson of Alabama, to become most-feared pass receiver in pro football history, signed by Packers.
1936
  • Packers make Russ Letlow, University of San Francisco guard, their No. 1 choice in first NFL Draft (Feb. 8).
  • Packers win fourth NFL championship, first under playoff system. Post 11-1-1 record, defeating Boston Redskins for title in New York's Polo Grounds, 21-6, after George Preston Marshall moves game (Dec. 13).
1938
  • Packers win Western Division championship, lose to Giants in NFL title game at New York, 23-17 (Dec. 11).
1939
  • Packers repeat for Western Division title, rout Giants in title game at Milwaukee, 27-0 (Dec. 10).
1941
  • Packers tie Bears for Western Division title, fall to Bears in Chicago playoff, 33-14 (Dec. 14).
1944
  • Ted Fritsch scores both touchdowns, Packers beat Giants 14-7 at New York's Polo Grounds for sixth NFL title (Dec. 17).
1945
  • Don Hutson catches four TD passes, kicks five PATs in second quarter against Detroit at Milwaukee, sets all-time single-quarter scoring record (29 points), Packers win, 57-21 (Oct. 7).
1949
  • Packers play Thanksgiving intra-squad game at (old) City Stadium, raise $50,000 to stay afloat financially.
  • Packers dip to all-time low under Curly Lambeau, 2-10-0 (they were 3-9-0 in 1948).
1950
  • Lambeau resigns to become vice president, head coach of Chicago Cardinals.
  • Gene Ronzani, ex-Bears star, named head coach, V.P.
  • Stock drive nets $118,000, puts team on sound financial base.
  • "New" Packers introduce green uniforms.
1953
  • Packers debut in new Milwaukee County Stadium (Sept. 27).
  • Ronzani resigns with two games remaining; Hugh Devore and Ray "Scooter" McLean named co-coaches.
1954
  • Lisle Blackbourn, Marquette University coach, named third Packers coach.
1957
  • City Stadium (renamed Lambeau Field in 1965), completed just in time for season opener, dedicated (Sept. 29) with 21-17 victory over Bears.
  • Packers post 3-9-0 mark following 4-8-0 in 1956, Blackbourn resigns.
1958
  • Likable assistant Ray "Scooter" McLean promoted to head coach.
  • Dominic Olejniczak elected seventh president of Green Bay Packers, Inc., April 28.
  • McLean resigns after worst year in Packers history (1-10-1).
1959
  • Vince Lombardi, offensive assistant of New York Giants, named Packers' head coach and GM (Feb. 4).
  • Packers (7-5) mark first winning season in 12 years.
1960
  • Packers win Western Division crown, first since 1944, but lose to Eagles in NFL title game, 17-13 (Dec. 26).
  • Paul Hornung scores 176 points, an NFL record until 2006.
1961
  • Packers rout N.Y. Giants, 37-0, for seventh NFL championship, first title game ever played in Green Bay (Dec. 31).
1962
  • Packers beat Giants at Yankee Stadium, 16-7, for second straight league crown (Dec. 30).
1965
  • E.L. "Curly" Lambeau, Packers' founder and first coach, dies at age 67 (June 1); stadium renamed Lambeau Field (Sept. 11).
  • Packers defeat Baltimore Colts, 13-10, at Green Bay in sudden-death Western Conference playoff (first overtime in team history) on Don Chandler's 25-yard field goal at 13:39 of overtime (Dec. 26).
  • After removing four inches of snow, Packers beat Cleveland Browns, 23-12, for ninth NFL title (Jan. 2, 1966).
1966
  • Game-ending end zone interception by Tom Brown enables Packers to down Cowboys, 34-27, in Dallas for second straight NFL title (Jan. 1, 1967).
1967
  • Packers defeat AFL's Chiefs, 35-10, at Los Angeles in first "Super Bowl," (Jan. 15).
  • Packers win "Ice Bowl," edge Cowboys, 21-17, for third consecutive NFL title; Bart Starr's last-minute, 1-yard sneak wins game in 13-below temperature (Dec. 31).
1968
  • Packers beat Oakland, 33-14, in second "Super Bowl" at Miami, (Jan. 14); contest is first-ever $3 million gate.
  • Lombardi steps down as Packers head coach, stays as general manager; Phil Bengtson named coach (Feb. 1).
1969
  • Lombardi resigns to become part-owner, executive vice president and head coach of Washington Redskins (Feb. 5); Bengtson named Packers' GM.
1970
  • Lombardi dies at age 57 (Sept. 3).
  • Bengtson resigns (Dec. 21).
1971
  • Dan Devine, University of Missouri coach, named as Packers' head coach and general manager (Jan. 14).
1972
  • Packers win first division title since 1967 (10-4), but lose to Redskins in divisional playoff at Washington, 16-3 (Dec. 24).
1974
  • Devine resigns (Dec. 16), following 5-7-2 mark in 1973 and 6-8-0 in 1974.
  • Bart Starr, who quarterbacked Packers to five NFL titles in seven years during 1960s, named head coach and general manager, (Dec. 24).
1982
  • Judge Robert J. Parins elected Packers president (May 31), succeeding Dominic Olejniczak, becoming first full-time chief executive in team's history.
  • Packers build 55,000-square foot indoor facility.
  • Packers make playoffs for first time since 1972, defeat St. Louis in first round (41-16, Jan. 8, 1983) before losing to Dallas (37-26, Jan. 16).
1983
  • Starr released as head coach (Dec. 19).
  • Former Packers great Forrest Gregg named head coach (Dec. 24), agreeing to five-year contract.
1985
  • Packers build 72 private boxes at Lambeau Field, increasing stadium seating capacity to 56,926.
1986
  • Packers report first $2 million annual profit in their history ($2,029,154).
  • Green Bay Packers Foundation, vehicle to assure continued contributions to charity, established (Dec. 30).
1987
  • Fred N. Trowbridge, longtime Packer treasurer and executive committee member, dies (March 14).
  • Packers report first-ever $3 million profit ($3,018,000).
1988
  • Gregg resigns to become head coach at alma mater, Southern Methodist University (Jan. 15).
  • Lindy Infante, Browns offensive coordinator, named Packers head coach, agreeing to five-year contract (Feb. 3).
1989
  • Judge Robert J. Parins retires as president of Packer Corporation, elected honorary chairman of the board (June 5).
  • Bob Harlan is elected president and chief executive officer of Packer Corporation, succeeding Judge Parins (June 5).
  • Packers announce plans for construction of 1,920 club seats -- a "first" for Lambeau Field -- in south end zone and 36 additional private boxes at a projected cost of $8,263,000 (Aug. 22).
1990
  • Packers extend Infante's contract two years -- through the 1994 season (Jan. 16).
1991
  • Michael R. Reinfeldt, former Pro Bowl safety and Los Angeles Raiders executive, becomes Packers' first chief financial officer (Jan. 7).
  • Names of Packers' Pro Football Hall of Famers are placed on the walls of Lambeau Field's private boxes with team's championship years emblazoned in the south end zone.
  • Tom Braatz, executive vice president of football operations, relieved of his duties (Nov. 20).
  • Ron Wolf, N.Y. Jets director of player personnel and veteran of 29 years as pro football scout and executive, named executive vice president and general manager by Harlan, with full authority over Packers' football operation (Nov. 27).
  • Infante is relieved as head coach by Wolf (Dec. 22).
1992
  • Mike Holmgren, offensive coordinator of the San Francisco 49ers, is named by Wolf as the 11th head coach in Packers' history (Jan. 11).
  • Wolf deals first-round draft pick to Atlanta for prodigy quarterback Brett Favre (Feb. 10).
  • Holmgren becomes only third head coach in Packers' history to have winning record in his first season (9-7).
1993
  • Packers sign most sought-after free agent, Reggie White (April 8).
  • Treasurer John R. Underwood reports then-record corporation profit of $4.96 million before booking of $4.1 million for share of NFL litigation with players (May 26).
  • New 20,500 square-foot addition to Packers' training quarters, housing 84-by-70 foot gymnasium and new PR and marketing offices, is completed in July.
  • LeRoy Butler invents 'Lambeau Leap' and Packers shut out Los Angeles Raiders, 28-0, in -22 degree wind chill, gain playoffs for first time since 1982 (Dec. 26).
1994
  • Packers defeat Detroit Lions in wild-card playoff, 28-24, for first postseason victory since Jan., 1983 (Jan. 8).
  • Packers extend contract of Wolf as executive vice president/general manager for three additional years, through 1999 (March 31).
  • Harlan announces plans to construct 90 additional private boxes and auxiliary press box in Lambeau Field's north end zone in 1995 (April 21).
  • The Don Hutson Center, Packers' new, $4.67-million indoor practice facility, is dedicated (July 18).
  • Harlan announces that, beginning with the 1995 season, the Packers will leave Milwaukee and play their entire 10-game home schedule at Green Bay's Lambeau Field (Oct. 12).
  • Packers end 62-year Milwaukee stay on winning note, shade Atlanta at County Stadium 21-17 (Dec. 18).
  • Mounting 28-6 halftime lead, Packers top Tampa Bay 34-19, qualify for NFL playoffs for second year in a row. In process, close season with 9-7 record, thus posting third consecutive winning campaign for first time since 1965-67 (Dec. 24).
  • Packers defeat Detroit in wild-card playoff, 16-12, recording franchise's 15th postseason win (Dec. 31).
1995
  • Wide receiver Sterling Sharpe, Packers' career receptions leader, is released "with reluctance" (Feb. 28).
  • Construction of 90 additional private boxes in Lambeau Field's north end zone is completed (August).
  • Packers defeat Pittsburgh Steelers, 24-19, at Lambeau Field in regular-season finale (Dec. 24), clinch first NFC Central Division championship since 1972.
  • Packers beat Falcons, 37-20, in first-round playoff game, maintain team's perfect (9-0) home playoff record (Dec. 31).
1996
  • Packers stun defending Super Bowl champion San Francisco, 27-17, in divisional playoff in 49ers' 3Com Park (Jan. 6).
  • Treasurer John R. Underwood reports then-record organization profit of $5,440,628 at annual stockholders' meeting (May 29).
  • Packers complete $4-million Lambeau Field project in August, installing second replay board and two new scoreboards to fully enclose stadium.
  • The design of a stamp bearing likeness of former Packers coach Vince Lombardi is unveiled in Lambeau Field (Nov. 3).
  • Packers clinch second consecutive NFC Central Division championship with 41-6 victory over Denver (Dec. 8).
1997
  • Packers vanquish 49ers, 35-14, in divisional playoff at Lambeau Field (Jan. 4).
  • Packers beat Carolina Panthers in NFC Championship Game, 30-13, earn first Super Bowl trip since 1967 (Jan. 12).
  • Packers defeat New England Patriots, 35-21, in Super Bowl XXXI at Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans (Jan. 26), claim 12th NFL title.
  • With the wind chill registering a frigid 0 to 10 degrees below zero during a three-hour parade through the city, an estimated 200,000 enthusiastic fans welcome Packers home from Super Bowl victory. Another 60,000 jam Lambeau Field for official program hailing the World Champions (Jan. 27).
  • Packers extend contract of Wolf as executive vice president/general manager for three additional years, through 2002 (April 8).
  • Treasurer John R. Underwood reports, at annual shareholders meeting, then-record net income for Packer Corporation of $5,877,061 for fiscal 1996 (May 28).
  • Work is completed on installation of new playing surface, including modern heating and irrigation systems, in Lambeau Field (June 15).
  • Don Hutson, most feared pass receiver in pro football history, dies at age 84 (June 26).
  • Packers establish own Web site, packers.com (July 23).
  • Packers' two practice fields are named Clarke Hinkle Field and Ray Nitschke Field in honor of two of team's Pro Football Hall of Fame members, Wolf announces (July 24).
  • Quarterback Brett Favre signs a seven-year contract, longest in Packers history, and one making him -- at time of signing -- highest-paid player in the history of pro football (July 25).
  • Gross Avenue in Village of Ashwaubenon is renamed and dedicated as Holmgren Way in honor of Packers head coach (Aug. 17). Street, poetically, intersects Lombardi Avenue.
  • At a special meeting, Packers' shareholders approve the issuance of additional stock for the first time since 1950 (Nov. 13), with offering of 400,000 shares at $200 per share.
  • Packers' designated national clearing house receives 55,000 phone calls concerning new stock issue within 24 hours following announcement of sale (Nov. 14).
  • Packers clinch postseason berth for record fifth straight year (Dec. 1) with 27-11 victory over Minnesota Vikings.
  • Packers capture third consecutive NFC Central Division title via 17-6 victory over Buccaneers in Tampa (Dec. 7), earn first-round bye in playoffs and right to host divisional playoff.
1998
  • Gaining berth in NFC Championship for third straight year, Packers defeat Tampa Bay, 21-7, in divisional playoff (Jan. 4).
  • Packers earn second consecutive trip to the Super Bowl with 23-10 victory over 49ers at San Francisco in NFC Championship Game (Jan. 11).
  • Last-minute drive falls short of tie, Packers lose to Denver Broncos, 31-24, in Super Bowl XXXII at San Diego (Jan. 25). Record, world-wide audience of 800 million, in 147 countries, views game on TV.
  • More than 25,000 fans turn out in Lambeau Field to welcome Packers home from Super Bowl XXXII (Jan. 27).
  • Legendary linebacker Ray Nitschke, a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, dies in Florida at age 61 (March 8).
  • Harlan announces that stock sale, which ended March 16, yielded nearly 106,000 new shareholders, more than $24 million (March 17).
  • With huge increase in number of "owners," Packers make corporate history, hold shareholders meeting in Lambeau Field for first time (July 8). Record crowd of 18,707 attends. For the third consecutive year, treasurer John R. Underwood reports then-record net income for the Packer Corporation, $6,718,628 for fiscal 1997.
  • Packers travel to Japan, the team's first trip overseas in its 80-year history, defeat Kansas City Chiefs, 27-24 in overtime, in American Bowl game at Tokyo Dome (Aug. 2).
  • Packers extend regular-season, home-field winning streak to a club-record 25 games -- the second-longest streak in NFL history -- with 23-15 win over Tampa Bay (Sept. 13).
  • Home-field winning streak ends at 25 against Minnesota, 37-24, on rainy Monday night (Oct. 5).
  • Packers clinch playoff berth for team-record sixth consecutive year (Dec. 19).
1999
  • Favre engineeers 89-yard drive to give Packers 27-23 lead with 1:56 left in NFC Wild Card playoff at San Francisco, but 49ers score with three seconds left to win 30-27 (Jan. 3).
  • Holmgren resigns to become executive vice president of football operations/general manager/head coach of Seattle Seahawks (Jan. 8).
  • Ray Rhodes, former Eagles head coach and ex-Green Bay defensive coordinator, named Packers' 12th head coach (Jan. 11).
  • John M. Jones named senior vice president of administration, succeeding Michael Reinfeldt (Feb. 10).
  • Reggie White, a Pro Bowl selection for a record 13 consecutive years, announces his retirement, ending one of the most distinguished playing careers in NFL history (Feb. 15).
  • Lambeau Field is named by Sports Illustrated in June as the eighth-best venue in the world to watch sports, the only NFL stadium to make the publication's list of 20.
  • Largest crowd ever to see Packers play a game in Wisconsin, 78,184, watches Green Bay defeat Denver, 27-12, at Camp Randall Stadium in Madison, Wis. (Aug. 23).
  • White, the sure-fire Hall of Fame defensive end who played six distinguished seasons for the Packers from 1993-98, has his jersey retired at halftime of nationally televised game with Tampa Bay. An emotional White tells the crowd, "I have been honored and privileged to have been a Packer, and I will always be a Packer" (Oct. 10).
2000
  • Wolf relieves Rhodes as head coach (Jan. 3).
  • Mike Sherman, Seattle offensive coordinator and 21-year coaching veteran, named as 13th head coach in Packers history by Wolf (Jan. 18).
  • Packers President Bob Harlan announces plans for proposed $295 million redevelopment of Lambeau Field (Jan. 22).
  • Gov. Tommy Thompson, on Lambeau Field, signs state legislature's stadium renovation bill into law, making possible a 0.5 percent sales tax to fund $160 million in construction bonds or loans for the redevelopment of Lambeau Field (May 13).
  • Organization suffered $419,000 operating loss for fiscal 1999, treasurer John R. Underwood reports at annual shareholders' meeting (July 12).
  • By a margin of 53-47 percent, Brown County voters approve a referendum establishing a half-cent per dollar sales tax to help fund the redevelopment of Lambeau Field (Sept. 12).
  • The design for a new Green Bay Packers license plate, to be available early in 2001, is unveiled by Gov. Thompson at Lambeau Field (Oct. 15).
2001
  • Green Bay/Brown County Professional Stadium District Board approves new Lambeau Field lease agreement between the district, the Packers and the City of Green Bay; the primary term of the lease is to run 30 years after the opening of the redeveloped stadium in 2003 (Jan. 3).
  • Wolf retires as executive vice president and general manager, a position he had held since 1991 while leading the Packers to Super Bowl heights (Feb. 1).
  • Harlan names Sherman to succeed Wolf as GM (Feb. 1).
  • Al Treml, the only video director in team history, announces his retirement, effective July 15, after 34 years (Feb. 13).
  • Favre signs a "lifetime" contract, assuring he will finish his playing career with the team (Feb. 28).
  • Sherman names Mark Hatley as vice president of football operations (May 17).
  • Packers, with help of Gov. Scott McCallum, stage ceremonial groundbreaking ceremony in stadium for Lambeau Field redevelopment project (May 19).
  • NFL unanimously approves $13 million loan to the Packers for use in financing the Lambeau Field redevelopment (May 23).
  • Terrorists hijack four planes, crash into World Trade Center and Pentagon (Sept. 11). NFL postpones Week 2 games, including Packers' scheduled trip to play Giants in New York, to Jan. 6 (Sept. 13); league later opts to push Super Bowl back one week, play normal playoff schedule.
  • Packers host first Monday night game after Sept. 11 attacks; American flag is held by Wisconsin police and firefighters, and members of both teams (Sept. 24).
2002
  • Packers defeat 49ers, 25-15, in NFC Wild Card (Jan. 13).
  • Team stung in divisional playoffs at St. Louis, 45-17 (Jan. 20).
  • Packers Foundation reaches $1 million mark in grants, awards $116,725 to 52 civic and charitable groups (May 1).
  • Packers football operations moves into new offices, locker room and team facilities (July 15).
  • New Packers Pro Shop opens at corner of Lambeau Field Atrium (July 27).
  • "Under construction" Lambeau Field hosts first organized game, preseason contest vs. Cleveland, with new private boxes, press box and concourses (Aug. 26).
  • Team clinches inaugural NFC North championship, in 30-20 win over Chicago, with four games left (Dec. 1).
2003
  • Team sustains first-ever home playoff loss, to Atlanta (Jan. 4).
  • The Packers and Green Bay's WFRV-TV reach agreement on a new and comprehensive three-year broadcasting partnership, bringing year-round Packers programming and preseason games to fans throughout Wisconsin and the upper Midwest. The deal, which includes major alliance with Milwaukee's WTMJ-TV, includes CBS game production (Feb. 10).
  • At annual shareholders meeting, treasurer John R. Underwood announces after-tax operating profit of $15.5 million for 2002-03 fiscal year, allowing team to build its corporate reserve fund to $58 million, the safety net for a publicly owned team without a billionaire owner (July 15).
  • Packers conclude crazy preseason with Titans in Lambeau Field game that includes 2-hour, 33-minute rain delay (Aug. 28). Non-league games also include Hall of Fame Game at Canton, which weather ends with 5:49 on the third-quarter clock (Aug. 4), and a game nearly canceled at Cleveland (Aug. 15) after the largest electrical blackout in U.S. history.
  • Spectacular 14-foot statues of Curly Lambeau and Vince Lombardi unveiled in plaza outside Atrium (Aug. 27).
  • Team names same plaza after Robert E. Harlan (Sept. 2).
  • The Legend of Lambeau Field movie premieres in new Legends Club of Atrium (Sept. 3).
  • Starr and Wolf dedicate stunning new Packers Hall of Fame (Sept. 4).
  • Legendary players return to Green Bay, re-enact Starr's Ice Bowl sneak, in 'Rebirth of a Legend' event (Sept. 6).
  • Two middle-school students and a host of dignitaries, including Commissioner Paul Tagliabue, rededicate Lambeau Field at halftime of season opener. Vikings spoil day, 30-25 (Sept. 7).
  • Curly's Pub, long-awaited restaurant and entertainment venue, opens prior to Minnesota game (Sept. 7).
  • Running backs coach Sylvester Croom becomes the Southeastern Conference's first-ever black head football coach, taking over Mississippi State program (Dec. 2).
  • Ahman Green breaks Jim Taylor's single-season franchise rushing mark, and Ryan Longwell breaks Hutson's Packers career scoring record, at San Diego (Dec. 14).
  • At Oakland (Dec. 22), Favre authors finest career game, throwing for 399 yards and four TDs, in Monday night win, little more than 24 hours after his father's death.
  • After winning seven of last nine to keep pace, Packers capitalize on miraculous Minnesota loss at Arizona, clinch last-minute playoff berth and NFC North title, with win vs. Denver (Dec. 28).
2004
  • Al Harris' overtime interception return wins NFC Wild Card playoff vs. Seattle (Jan. 4).
  • Inches from the NFC championship, Packers sustain heartbreaking, 20-17 overtime loss at Philadelphia (Jan. 11).
  • Packers name Lee Remmel team historian (Feb. 19).
  • Larry Weyers elected to executive committee, replacing Jim Temp (May 18).
  • Hatley, vice president of football operations, dies suddenly of heart failure (July 26).
  • Corporate treasurer John R. Underwood announces after tax-operating profit of $20.8 million for 2003-04 fiscal year at annual shareholders meeting (July 28). Team's then-record financial success, derived in part from the new Lambeau Field Atrium and an increase in stadium capacity of more than 7,000 over the prior year, ups corporation reserve fund to $84.5 million.
  • John 'Red' Cochran, who served the organization for 42 years as an assistant coach and scout -- and still was scouting for the team -- passes away at age 82 (Sept. 5).
  • On a Monday Night Football national stage, Favre makes 200th consecutive regular-season start, defeats Rams at Lambeau Field, 45-17 (Nov. 29).
  • Packers clinch third straight NFC North title on last-second Longwell field goal, win at Minnesota, 34-31 (Dec. 24).
  • White, who helped return glory to Titletown during 1990s, passes away in North Carolina (Dec. 26). Packers fly contingent of roughly 50 to funeral services, apply "92" decal to helmets.
2005
  • Minnesota Vikings, swept by the Packers in the regular season, stun Green Bay in Lambeau Field Wild Card playoff, 31-17 (Jan. 9).
  • Harlan names Ted Thompson Executive Vice President, General Manager & Director of Football Operations, with full authority over football decisions. Sherman becomes Executive Vice President & Head Coach. The move, Harlan said, was about a system and not about individuals, based on structure, not on performance (Jan. 14).
  • First annual Green Bay Packers Fan Fest in the Lambeau Field Atrium is an extraordinary success. More than 3,000 fans from all over the world make pilgrimmage to Green Bay. Favre kicks off the weekend by officially announcing his return for a 15th season. Then, Favre joins legends such as Starr, Wolf, Gilbert Brown and Paul Hornung, as well as dozens of other fan favorites -- past and present -- in three-day celebration of Packers football (March 11-13).
  • Team welcomes two additions to executive committee, John Bergstrom and Carl Kuehne, who replace Don Harden and Underwood. Team selects member Weyers to replace Underwood in role of treasurer, and also approves nominations of six candidates for board of directors, including two women (May 18).
  • The Packers and American Family Insurance announce a joint effort to promote breast cancer awareness, raise funds to support those afflicted and sustain breast cancer research (July 7). Through sales of the Packers Breast Cancer Cap -- a pink baseball-styled cap featuring the Packers' 'G' on the front, with an American Family Insurance logo and breast cancer pink ribbon on the side -- officials had hoped to raise $100,000. Instead, the effort topped $1 million.
  • At annual shareholders meeting (July 27), Weyers reports record $25.4 million profit from operations during 2004-05 fiscal year. Team also establishes the Packers Franchise Preservation Fund (PFPF). Formerly the corporate reserve, the PFPF exists to sustain the publicly owned team (without a deep-pockets owner) in the event of a financial crisis.
  • Believed to be first time in broadcast history that an NFL practice is televised to a national audience, the Packers and Bills culminate two days of combined workouts with the annual Family Night scrimmage (Aug. 5). Commissioner Paul Tagliabue conceived the idea to air Family Night on NFL Network. For the first time in 14 years, the Packers host another team for combined training camp practices. Family Night (an intrasquad affair until 2005), sells every available seat in Lambeau Field for the second straight year. The 2005 event sells out in three hours two months earlier. Many of the event-record 62,492 in attendance are age 10 or younger.
  • For just the fifth time in their rich history, the Packers retire a uniform number, formally taking the late Reggie White's No. 92 out of circulation. White, who discussed the proposal with Harlan one year before, is represented by his widow, Sara and two children (Sept. 18).
2006
  • One day after a 23-17 win over Seattle finalizes the Packers' first losing season since 1991, General Manager Thompson "after a lot of thought and consternation" dismisses Sherman (Jan. 2). Thompson says he did not make the change because of wins and losses (Sherman went 59-43 during his six-year tenure). Sherman, in his final press conference two days later (Jan. 4), says he disagreed with the decision but respected it. Sherman guided the Packers to four straight playoff berths (2001-04) and three consecutive division titles (2002-04) before finishing 4-12 in 2005.
  • After a thorough and exhausting nine-day search, Thompson names Mike McCarthy the Packers' 14th head coach (Jan. 12). McCarthy, 42, was briefly the league's youngest head coach. Thompson was impressed with McCarthy's leadership ability, toughness, football knowledge and awareness of the unique Green Bay organization, its players and the team's role in its surrounding community. The new coach's mission statement includes three key components: obtaining "Packers people," creating a stable structure, and concentrating on character and chemistry.
  • McCarthy names former Packers assistant Jeff Jagodzinski offensive coordinator (Jan. 15).
  • Veteran defensive ends coach Bob Sanders promoted to defensive coordinator by McCarthy (Jan. 21).
  • Green Bay's career sacks leader Reggie White, who signed with the Packers as a landmark unrestricted free agent in 1993, named to the Pro Football Hall of Fame's Class of 2006 (Feb. 4). White, a first-ballot Hall of Famer, gives the Packers 21 representatives in Canton, Ohio.
  • Lambeau Field hosts the Frozen Tundra Classic, a collegiate hockey game in which eventual national champion Wisconsin defeats Ohio State, 4-2. The event draws 40,890, a virtual sellout and the fourth-largest crowd ever to see an outdoor hockey game (Feb. 11).
  • Green Bay Packers Foundation awards $119,400 in grants to 39 local and state-wide organizations (Feb. 28).
  • Defensive end Aaron Kampman signs multi-year contract extension; team makes announcement at second annual Fan Fest in Lambeau Field Atrium (March 11).
  • Packers draft Ohio State LB A.J. Hawk with fifth overall selection, then deal WR Javon Walker to Denver. With several additional trades over the course of the weekend, GM Thompson parlays Broncos' second-round choice acquired for Walker into five draft picks (April 29-30).
  • Packers sign unrestricted free agent cornerback Charles Woodson, former Heisman Trophy winner (May 2).
  • At team's quarterly Board meeting, Harlan formally becomes Chairman and Chief Executive Officer and Jones becomes President and Chief Operating Officer. In another Board activity, Edward N. Martin is elected to the Executive Committee, replacing Don Schneider, a member since 1984, who reached 70, the mandatory retirement age under the Packers' bylaws (May 31).
  • Led by team ambassadors Harlan, Donald Driver, Rob Davis and Bubba Franks, several members of organization hit the road for the first-ever 'Green Bay Packers Tailgate Tour' -- a four-day, four-city bus trip across Wisconsin (July 11-14). The tour reaches out across the state and thanks fans in person for their enduring and enthusiastic support of the club through the years.
  • Annual shareholders meeting moves back to Lambeau Field; treasurer Larry Weyers reports $18 million profit from operations during 2005-06 fiscal year, saying Packers have moved to franchise-high seventh place in NFL team revenue rankings with revenue from operations of $208 million (July 19).
  • Perennial All-Pro Reggie White, the team's landmark unrestricted free agent, becomes 21st individual inducted into Pro Football Hall of Fame (Aug. 5).
  • Brett Favre throws 400th career touchdown pass in 31-24 win at Detroit (Sept. 24).
  • Favre breaks Dan Marino's career completions record (4,967) vs. Detroit (Dec. 17).
2007
  • Work begins on Lambeau Field's new playing surface, a project that will equip the hallowed ground with the latest technology, DD GrassMaster. A natural-grass surface, reinforced with man-made fibers, is installed on top of a new drainage and heating system. "We feel we need to have the best natural-grass field possible," Thompson said. "We're confident this will serve historic Lambeau Field well. It's grass, so that remains true to the spirit of our stadium; players will get dirty and have grass stains" (Jan. 10).
  • McCarthy promotes Joe Philbin to offensive coordinator, Winston Moss to assistant head coach/defense, James Campen to offensive line coach and Jerry Fontenot to assistant offensive line coach (Jan. 15). The offensive moves assure continuity for the league's youngest team and zone-blocking scheme as McCarthy moves to replace offensive coordinator Jeff Jagodzinski, who left to become head coach at Boston College.
  • Perennial shutdown cornerback Al Harris signs multi-year contract extension (Feb. 14).
  • Green Bay invests in emerging star Cullen Jenkins, signing the defensive end to a multi-year extension (Feb. 26).
  • Packers Foundation awards $144,250 in grants to 61 organizations (Feb. 27).
  • Team promotes Vicki Vannieuwenhoven to vice president of finance and Jason Wied to vice president of administration/corporate counsel (April 3).
  • Packers sign starting middle linebacker Nick Barnett to long-term contract extension (April 10).
  • Team announces plans to celebrate 50th anniversary of Lambeau Field. An anniversary logo is created to mark the occasion with plans to feature it prominently, including on uniforms and on the field. Packers ticket holders will enjoy images of Lambeau Field through the years on their tickets as well. Dedicated as City Stadium Sept. 29, 1957, with a 21-17 victory over the archrival Chicago Bears, the team renamed the facility Lambeau Field in 1965 following the death of E.L. 'Curly' Lambeau, the Packers' co-founder and first coach. It is the NFL's longest-tenured facility (May 15).
  • The Executive Committee announces that John Jones, president and COO, has taken a leave of absence for personal reasons (May 26).
  • At team's quarterly meeting, the Board of Directors unanimously supports a move that will allow Bob Harlan, now Chairman of the Board, to serve as the Packers' principal executive officer despite having reached the mandatory retirement age, 70 (May 30).
  • Team welcomes shareholders back inside Lambeau Field for annual meeting (July 25).
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