Sunday, November 09, 2014

Ray Nitschke Day — Dec. 12, 1971

We’re up in Green Bay for the Packers-Bears game tonight, but here’s some history from a few decades ago. This is the game program for the battle between the two teams on December 12, 1971 at Lambeau Field. But the real significant aspect is that it was Ray Nitschke Day, and the future Hall of Famer was being honored for his years of service to the Packers’ organization.

This is the three-page section of the program which paid tribute to Nitschke. 

We also had to share this ad in the back of the program, featuring Nitschke plowing snow in his Green Bay driveway. He lived in Titletown for the rest of his life (spending his winters in Naples, Florida) until his death from a heart attack in March 1998.