On February 1, 1950, Earl “Curly” Lambeau, known as the co-founder of the Green Bay Packers, resigned from head coach following 31 seasons and six championships.
The Green Bay native played as a fullback at Notre Dame but had to leave following his freshman year due to illness. After leaving South Bend he went back to Green Bay to work and the saga began.
Lambeau started working for the Indian Packing Company in 1918 for $250 a month as a shipping clerk. A year after he started working, the company football team started to organize and he was named head coach and captain. The team was given the name, The Packers, thanks to the line of work the company provided.
The Packers went 10-1 in their first season as they took on other local teams.
The Indian Packing Company was bought out by Acme, and after some convincing, the company backed the Packers in applying for an American Professional Football Association membership (now the NFL).
The Packers were the first team to utilize a forward pass and later passing pasterns to give themselves offensive power teams focused heavily on defensive tactics. With the assistance of Green Bay’s Vince Lombardi and George Halas, coachi of the Chicago Bears the National Football League started to grow into popular American culture.
The Packer’s struggles were different than other teams because of the small town market they were forming in, rather than the big cities like New York and Chicago. Financial problems came up at times, but with help from local residents, sports writers and other team owners the team was able to get through the hard times. With talent like Bart Starr and Don Huston Green Bay was finding its place on the map as a football city.
Lambeau worked with the Chicago Cardinals and Washington Redskins before retiring.
Shortly after his passing in 1965, the Packers eternalized their coach by naming the stadium Lambeau Field.
“Football is like life — it requires perseverance, self-denial, hard work, sacrifice, dedication and respect for authority.” -Vince Lombardi