Lambeau Leaps into the big time

Earl “Curly” Lambeau was granted a franchise in the National Football League on August 21, 1922.

The Green Bay Football Club, better known as the Green Bay Packers had a chance to shine as a pro football team. The team was founded in 1919 by Lambeau who doubled as the first team’s real star. He was the manager until 1949 and held the same position with the Chicago Cardinals for one season (1950-51). The Washington Redskins also gave him a chance at manager from 1952-53.

Lambeau was originally playing football as a fullback for Notre Dame, but he was forced to quit due to an illness. Once he was back in his home town, Green Bay, he was offered a job with the Indian Packing Company. That gave him the idea for the name “Packers.”The team became an offensive power immediately. They took the championship title in 1929, 1930, and 1931.

The legendary coach was inducted into the Football Hall of Fame in 1963, and was even honored with the Packers football stadium being named after him.His legacy lives on even with his passing in June of 1965.


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