Founded on August 11, 1919, by Earl "Curly" Lambeau, the Green Bay Packers were originally known as the Indian Packers. The team was named after their original sponsor, Lambeau's employer, the Indian Packing Company. In 1921, the year the Packers joined the NFL, Lambeau's employer was bought out by the Acme Packing Company, and he changed the team name to the "Acme Packers." (Some sources consider this the original name because they don't count the first two years when the Packers operated as an independent football team.) Neither name stuck, however, and "Green Bay Packers" soon became the official name.
Fullback Jim Taylor was the first Green Bay Packer to gain more than 8,000 career rushing yards. The Packers' 2nd round draft pick in 1958, he gained 8,207 rushing yards in nine seasons and scored 81 touchdowns. In 1962, he had gained a career-high 1,474 yards and was named NFL Player of the Year. He was inducted into the NFL Hall of Fame in 1976.
From 1959-1967, Green Bay Packers head coach Vince Lombardi compiled an amazing 98-30-4 career record (including postseason), giving him a .758 winning percentage. He did even better in the postseason, winning 9 of 10 games for a .900 winning percentage and leading the Packers to 5 NFL titles, including victories in the first two Super Bowls (1967-68). He died of cancer on September 3, 1970. The Super Bowl trophy is named in his honor.
The Atlanta Falcons drafted QB Brett Favre in the 2nd round (33rd overall pick) of the 1991 NFL Draft. In his first season, Favre threw only five passes and didn't complete any of them -- at least not to his own team -- tossing two interceptions. After this less-than-impressive rookie season, the Falcons traded Favre to the Green Bay Packers for the 17th overall pick of the 1992 draft ... and the rest is history. Brett Favre has gone on to become one of the greatest quarterbacks in NFL history. He was named NFL MVP a record three times (1995-97) and is ranked in the top five in almost every major passing category.
Earl "Curly" Lambeau was head coach of the Green Bay Packers for three decades! During that time (1919-1949), he compiled a career record of 212 wins, 106 losses, and 21 ties, for a winning percentage of .656. He lead the Packers to six Championships and was the first coach to make the forward pass an integral part of the offensive gameplan. Lambeau also played halfback for the team until 1929. He was inducted into the NFL Hall of Fame in 1963 and died two years later (1965) at the age of 67.