Thursday, May 25, 2017

Complete Ice Bowl Videotape May Exist


An article on Milwaukee radio station WTMJ’s website has postulated that a tape of the immortal “Ice Bowl” 1967 NFL Championship game may exist after all. It has been accepted as fact that the game was taped over long ago by the network, as was customary at the time. A few clips from the television broadcast were shown in this feature on CBS ’ Sunday Morning program back in 1986. Whether or not that means a copy of the full game does exist is the big question, as we approach the historic game’s 50th anniversary this New Year’s Eve.

Monday, May 22, 2017

On The Newsstands


The current issue of USA Today Sports NFL Forecast (shown above) was picked up this morning on the local gas station’s newspaper rack. We do not know if it is available with the Aaron Rodgers cover elsewhere in the U.S., but is most likely all over the upper midwest. The team’s first full-roster OTA begins today.

Friday, May 19, 2017

1946 Green Bay Brewing Corp. Calendar


Another find in an online auction recently is this 1946 Old Imperial calendar from the Green Bay Brewing Corporation, featuring an image of the 1945 Green Bay Packers. Very cool.



Monday, May 15, 2017

Former Packers DE Clarence Williams Dies


Clarence Williams, a starting defensive end for the Green Bay Packers for most of his eight seasons, died May 8.

Williams, 70, played for the Packers from 1970 to 1977. Funeral services were held Saturday, May 13, at Spring Grove Funeral Home in Cincinnati.

Nicknamed “Big Cat,” Williams was, at 6-foot-5 and 255 pounds, known for both his size and his quickness. He grew up in Texas, led his high school to a state championship and then went to Prairie View A&M and was an 11th-round draft pick of the Cowboys in 1969. In 1970 he was traded along with Malcolm Walker to the Packers in exchange for Hall of Fame cornerback Herb Adderley. Having lived his entire life in Texas, he didn’t know what to expect.

Williams started the last seven games at left defensive end in his first season with the Packers and held the job through 1976, playing in 107 consecutive games at one point. After filling in at both defensive end and tackle in 1977, Williams was released in training camp in 1978.

In 1972, when the Packers won the NFC Central Division, Williams led them in sacks with nine, although sacks weren’t yet an official statistic. Three of them came in the title-clinching game against Minnesota and future Pro Football Hall of Fame tackle Ron Yary on Dec. 10.

“I’ve been in Green Bay 10 years and I’ve never seen anybody tackle Fran Tarkenton three times in one game,” linebacker Dave Robinson said in the Packers’ locker room at old Metropolitan Stadium in Bloomington, Minn. “But the Big Cat (Williams’ nickname) did it today.”

In 1975, Williams had a career best 10½ sacks, but he always felt 1972 was his best season.

“I don’t think I had a great year after that year,” he said in a 2004 interview. “I had solid years.”

In all, he played in 111 games for the Packers.

“I just didn’t know much about Green Bay,” Williams recalled years later to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. “I was a small-town country boy from Texas. I watched Green Bay in the Super Bowls and the Packers-Cowboys games all the time on TV. Green Bay was just so far north, and I hadn’t gone anywhere north in my life. I had no sense of the climate or the town… I saw cornfields and woods on the plane and then went straight to St. Norbert’s [the college where the Packers had training camp]. I was young, 24 or 25, and was just in awe. The weather was so different and there weren’t any black people up there. I couldn’t get a haircut anywhere. All I knew about Green Bay was the football team.”

Williams was a player representative for the Packers during his career. He also made Green Bay home when he left football and served as a defensive coach for St. Norbert College for two years.

From 1988-91, he coached at Southeast Missouri State. He moved to Cincinnati in 1994.

Williams is survived by Icy, his wife of 48 years, and his children Clarence Jr., Cary Leon and Marla Rachelle.

Sources: Pro Football Talk; Green Bay Packers; Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel

Tuesday, May 09, 2017

Offseason Update


Updated when transactions occur

2017 DRAFT PICKS
ROUND 2 (33)   CB Kevin King* • 6’-3” • 200 lbs. • Washington
ROUND 2 (60)   S Josh Jones* • 6’-1” • 220 lbs. • N.C. State
ROUND 3 (93)   DT Montravius Adams • 6’-4” • 304 • Auburn
ROUND 4 (108) LB Vince Biegel • 6'3" • 246 lbs. • Wisconsin
ROUND 4 (134) RB Jamaal Williams • 6’-0” • 212 lbs. • BYU
ROUND 5 (175) WR DeAngelo Yancey* • 6’-2” • 201 lbs. • Purdue
ROUND 5 (182) RB Aaron Jones* • 5’-9” • 208 lbs. • Texas-El Paso
ROUND 6 (212) OL Kofi Amichia* • 6’-4” • 297 lbs. • South Florida
ROUND 7 (238) RB Devante Mays* • 5’-11” • 230 lbs. • Utah State
ROUND 7 (247) WR Malachi Dupre* • 6’-2” • 196 lbs. • LSU
*Contract Signed

UNDRAFTED FREE AGENTS SIGNED:
WR Montay Crockett • 5'-11-1/2" • 190 lbs. • Georgia Southern
WR-TE Aaron Peck • 6'-2-1/2" • 239 lbs. • Fresno State
C Thomas Evans • 6'-3" • 305 lbs. • Richmond
G Geoff Gray • 6'-5-1/2" • 315 lbs. • Manitoba
G Adam Pankey • 6'-4-1/2" • 307 lbs. • West Virginia
T Christian Schneider • 6'-5-1/2" • 301 lbs. • California-Davis
QB Taysom Hill • 6'-2" • 221 lbs. • Brigham Young
DT Izaah Lunsford • 6'-3" • 310 lbs. • Bowling Green
FB-ILB Cody Heiman • 6'-1-1/2" • 229 lbs. • Washburn
OLB Johnathan Calvin • 6-3, 266 lbs. • Mississippi State
CB Donatello Brown • 5'-11-1/2" • 189 lbs. • Valdosta State
CB Lenzy Pipkins • 6'-0" • 196 lbs. • Oklahoma State
CB David Rivers • 6'-1" • 186 lbs. • Youngstown State
P Justin Vogel • 6'-4" • 212 lbs. • Miami
RB Kalif Phillips • 5’-9-1⁄2” • 218 lbs. • UNC-Charlotte
LB Josh Letuligasenoa • 6'-1" • 252 lbs. • Cal Poly
CB Raysean Pringle • 6'-0" • 191 lbs. • Southern Utah
RB William Stanback  6'-0" • 231 lbs. • Virginia Union
LB David Talley • 6'-1" • 236 lbs. • Grand Valley State
S Aaron Taylor • 5'-11" • 206 lbs. • Ball State
WR Michael Clark  6'-6" • 217 lbs. • Marshall
LB Cody Heiman • 6'-2" • 229, Washburn, Baileyville, Kan.

UNRESTRICTED FREE AGENTS SIGNED:
OLB Nick Perry: Five-years/$59M
OL Don Barclay: One-year/$1.025M
OLB Jayrone Elliott: One-year/$1.6M
OLB Jordan Tripp: One-year/$690,000
P Jacob Schum: One-year/$615,000
TE Martellus Bennett: Three-years/$21M
TE Lance Kendricks: Two-years/$4M
CB Davon House: One-year/$2.8M
DL Ricky Jean Francois: One-year/$2M
G Jahri Evans: One-year/$2.25M

RESTRICTED FREE AGENTS SIGNED:
ILB Joe Thomas: One-year/$650,000
DT Christian Ringo: Two-years/$990,000
WR Geronimo Allison: Two-years/$990,000
FB Joe Kerridge: Two-years/$990,000

RESERVED/FUTURE SIGNED:
C Jacob Flores
LB Reggie Gilbert
WR Antwan Goodley
LB Derrick Mathews
G Lucas Patrick
DT Brian Price
TE Beau Sandland
S Jermaine Whitehead

SIGNED FROM WAIVERS/STREET:
LS Derek Hart: Undrafted in 2015
G Justin McCray: Street free agent
DT Ego Ferguson: From Chicago Bears (released; failed physical)

LEFT GREEN BAY:
OLB Datone Jones: To Minnesota Vikings
RB Eddie Lacy: To Seattle Seahawks
G T.J. Lang: To Detroit Lions
TE Jared Cook: To Oakland Raiders
OLB Julius Peppers: To Carolina Panthers
DB Micah Hyde: To Buffalo Bills
C J.C. Tretter: To Cleveland Browns

UNSIGNED:
LS  Brett Goode
RB John Crockett

RELEASED:
DT Mike Pennel
RB James Starks
CB Sam Shields
CB Makinton Dorleant
RB Don Jackson
RB Christine Michael

Friday, May 05, 2017

2017 Rookie Camp


It wasn’t publicized very much, but the Packers had their drafted players, undrafted free agents, and tryout players in Green Bay for workouts this Friday and Saturday. Above, courtesy of ESPN, is the list of players in town — 58 in all. The draft picks have a leg up on the others, but all of them have NFL dreams that will be furthered or quashed in the next few months.

Wednesday, May 03, 2017

Nominate Jerry Kramer for HOF


The question that keeps being asked over and over is “Why is Jerry Kramer NOT in the Pro Football Hall of Fame”? The answer is that there is both no answer and many answers. Opinions are plentiful, but most of them make no sense. The ballot above was on his daughter Alicia’s Twitter account (@JerryKramer4HOF), and we’re sharing it here so that our readers — who come here for Packers history content — can fill it out and mail it to the Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio. Your cooperation is appreciated. Thank you.

Tuesday, May 02, 2017

Draft Picks Get Jersey Numbers


Following the yearly NFL Draft, we wait to see which numbers the draft picks will choose for their Green Bay Packers jerseys. This will become their immediate identity, and their lasting legacy. Above, you will see what the Class of 2017 will wear this season and as long as they are Packers.