(MINNEAPOLIS) - The Packers saved their finest all-around
performance of 1952 for the last of the six pre-league exhibitions
and proceeded to give the Pittsburgh Steelers a 23-10 licking at
the Municipal Parade Stadium Wednesday night before a near
capacity crowd of 20,500. The beauty of it was that Gene
Ronzani's boys bounced back after a discouraging start - a 64-
yard touchdown jaunt by rookie Bill Brandt on the fourth play of
the game that gave the Steelers a quick 7-0 lead. From then on
there was no question about the better ball club.
The Packers definitely took charge. They reduced the deficit to
7-3 on Bill Reichardt's 26-yard field goal, lapsed momentarily
when they gave up a matching three-pointer by Ed Kissel from
12 yards out, tied it up, 10-10, before the end of the half on a
thrilling 79-yard pass play, Babe Parilli to Bill Howton, and won
going away in the last half. The third period score came on
another dazzling pass play, Tobin Rote to Fred Cone, good for
42 yards. Cone crawled the last three yards to the goal line after
slipping as he caught the ball. Bobby Jack Floyd, who looked
like the answer to prayers for a fullback, drove nine yards for the
third and final marker in the final period. Cone converted twice.
His third attempt was blocked. The statistics bear out the fact
that the Packers earned this one. They outrushed the Steelers
and outpassed them for a total yard advantage of 438 to 186.
The edge in first downs was 17 to 7. And then something even
more vital than the statistics don't show: Green Bay's defense.
What a job those front liners, linebackers and deep defenders
did! The Steelers got into the Packer half of the field only three
times - on Brandt's touchdown run, on an intercepted pass that
set up Kissell's field goal and in the closing minutes when a
series of penalties helped them reach the Bays 19. It's almost
unfair to single out any one man. They were all hanging in there 
 Ab Wimberly, Ed Ecker, Tom Johnson, John Martinkovic, Steve
Ruzich, Deral Teteak, Tito Carinici, Chuck Boerio, and the rest
of them. Ruzich filled in as the middle guard for the injured Ray
Bray and came through handsomely.
Wimberly, who caught the pass for what proved to be the
winning touchdown against Washington popped into the act
again when he fielded a short pitch from Parilli and ran 51 yards
to the Steeler 12 in the first quarter. When that scoring bid failed,
there was a suspicion that it would be one of those nights again.
But the Packers soon were back in the ball game on
Reichardt's field goal, set up by Dan Sandifer's interception of a
Gary Kerkorian pass. And they kept on going from there. The
Parilli-Howton scoring shot was reminiscent of the Herber-
Hutson and Isbell-Hutson thrillers of years back. Lanky Bill got
behind the last defender and when Parilli's long throw reached
him, he was gone.
The Ronzanimen needed a couple of assists in scoring their
superfluous fourth period TD, assists in the form of offside
penalties against the Steelers each time on fourth down while
Reichardt was missing field goal attempts from 35 and 25 yards. They cashed in via Floyd's off-tackle blast that would have done credit to a Nagurski or a Hinkle. Floyd was Green Bay's chief ground gainer with 58 yards in 11 tries for better than a five yard average. He was pressed by Breezy Reid, who accounted for 46 yards on 11 carries. Brandt, of course, set the Pittsburgh pace with 68 yards, all but four of which came on his touchdown jaunt. That, incidentally, was the only play on which the Bays really were caught napping. Parilli completed seven of 19 passes for 185 yards, and Rote three of 10 for 61. Jim Finks clicked on five of 14 to show the way for the Pitt passers. Chuck Ortmann and Kerkorian each completed one out of five. Neither team lost the ball on a fumble. The victory avenged the 7-6 defeat sustained at the hands of the Steelers in Latrobe, PA three weeks ago.
PITTSBURGH -   7   0   0   0  -   7
GREEN BAY  -   0   7   0  10  -  17
PITT - Bill Brandt, 64-yard run (Kick good) PITTSBURGH 7-0
GB - Reichardt, 26-yard field goal PITTSBURGH 7-3
PITT - Ed Kissel, 12-yard field goal PITTSBURGH 10-3
GB - Bill Howton, 79-yard pass from Babe Parilli (Cone kick) TIED 10-10
GB - Fred Cone, 42-yard pass from Tobin Rote (Cone kick) GREEN BAY 17-10
GB - Bobby Jack Floyd, 9-yard run (Kick blocked) GREEN BAY 23-10
versions of football has Parilli noted to date: "As I see it, the big thing is that you absolutely can't make mistakes in pro ball and come out even. You can get away with an occasional blooper in college, but not with the pros. They'll jam it right down your throat." "You can't afford to let down against the pros. In college you go into a game once in awhile knowing you can't lose. But there's nothing like that in pro ball. A college game usually is in the bag when you have a good lead, say 14 points, well along in the second half. So you can relax. But the pros never let you relax. It's pressure right to the end." What's the No. 1 requirement for success in football? "Real desire. A fellow must love to play the game and play it to the hilt, must want to win." What's a passer's No. 1 problem? "To get to know his receiver's every move and to judge his speed. Boiled down to one work, it's TIMING. Judgment is important, too. You must be able to throw and know when to throw or not throw. That takes practice and experience." The best team he's faced so far? "They've all been pretty good, but those Redskins don't have to take a back seat to any of 'em. They have more talent than anyone realizes. Big, hard running backs, good passers and receivers, and big linemen." So on to the Babe's official debut against the Bears next Sunday when he will discover that his realistic approach to pro football is well taken!
​SEPTEMBER 22 (Green Bay) - The Green Bay Packers Saturday asked for waivers on Dan Makowski, a center from Marquette; Rusty Russell, a SMU halfback, and guard Art Kleinschmidt of Tulane. The move reduces the Packer squad to 39. The team must cut its strength to the league limit of 33 before the first game with the Chicago Bears here Sunday.
SEPTEMBER 23 (Chicago Tribune) - Twenty-five percent of the NFL team started going through various motions yesterday in different part of the town. They were the Bears, Cardinals and the Washington Redskins, all of whom will drill this week in Chicago for their league openers. The Bears moved into Wrigley field yesterday as the Cubs moved out. Coach George Halas didn't think anyone should have been surprised that they utilized their usually idle Monday. "The Packers have a three day jump on us as it is for Sunday's game in Green Bay," said Halas. "We'll have a hard time catching up." Yesterday's workout demonstrated that the Bears' coaching staff is well organized. The squad worked in three groups before it finally came together for both offensive and defensive maneuvers. Phil Handler worked with quarterbacks, offensive ends and offensive backs. In a classroom underneath the park, Luke Johnsos, the defensive coach, lectured the group which will operate on defense against the Packers. In the Bears' downtown office, Clark Shaughnessy worked on the offense plan. Later in the day, all the coaches held a meeting. Franklin Dempsey, who suffered a mouth injury in the New York Giant game, took part in the exercise. He was protected by an iron mask.
SEPTEMBER 23 (Green Bay) - The Green Bay Packers have asked waivers on five players - three veterans and two rookies - in an effort to trim their squad to the 33-man limit. Coach Gene Ronzani Monday asked for bids on veterans Jack Cloud, Forrest Grigg and Ed Ecker. The first-year men placed on waivers were Tito Carinici of Xavier and Elmer Costa of North Carolina State.
SEPTEMBER 23 (Green Bay) - The Green Bay Packers and Chicago Bears - pro football's oldest and bitterest rivals - clash for the 68th time in City Stadium here Sunday afternoon. A sellout crowd of 25,000 fans will watch the NFL opener. Actually, this will be the 65th regularly-scheduled league clash between the two NFL charter members. They collided in a non-league game in Milwaukee in 1934 and then battled in a Western Division playoff in Chicago in 1941. The Bears won both extra battles, 10-6 in 1934 and 33-14 in 1941. The 1952 Bears, boasting a great crop of new stars, headed by star end Bill McColl, went through the non-conference season with a 4-1 record. The Packers came out of the non-league competition with a 2-4 mark. The Bears' lone loss was a 14-7 decision to the Cleveland Browns, who whipped the Packers 21-14. The Bears will unveil at least two new secret weapons - McColl, the great pass catcher from Stanford, and Jim Dooley, the swift halfback from Miami who the club's first draft choice. The Bears' biggest change has been at tackle where four of the five aces are rookies - Bill Bishop, Herman Clark, Bobby Cross, Bill George and Fred Williams. The only returning veteran tackle is George Connor.
SEPTEMBER 25 (Chicago Tribune) - Julie Rykovich, veteran halfback, and Washington Serini, a guard with four years' service, yesterday were removed from the roster of the Chicago Bears, bringing the squad down to 37, four above the 33 player limit. Rykovich, 28 year old former University of Illinois star, was traded to the Washington Redskins in exchange for a high draft choice for the 1953 season. Rykovich worked out yesterday morning with the Redskins, who will help the Cardinals open their 1952 season in Comiskey park next Monday night. Coach Curly Lambeau of the Redskins said Rykovich will start at right half. Waivers were asked on Serini, also 28, who has been one of the club's most serviceable linemen. It was believed old Wash would turn up in a Green Bay uniform in time to play against his former teammates Sunday. The Bears shucked their bright orange sweatsuits for old game uniforms in yesterday's workout at Amundsen High School on the northwest side.
SEPTEMBER 26 (Green Bay) - Coach Gene Ronzani eased the pace of workout for his Green Bay Packers Wednesday as they prepared for their NFL opener with the Chicago Bears. Rookie quarterback Babe Parilli was scheduled to alternate with veteran signal caller Tobin Rote as the key man in the Bays' passing attack. The Bears will start he 1952 season without Johnny Lujack, their passing ace of past seasons. Lujack has returned to Notre Dame as an assistant coach. However, George Halas, the Bears' owner-coach, has Bob Williams and Steve Romanik ready for the opener. Sunday's game will mark the 67th meeting between the two teams. The Bears have won 40 of them and 23 went to the Packers. Three ended in ties.
SEPTEMBER 26 (Cleveland) - The Cleveland Browns cut their roster to 33 players Thursday by asking waivers on halfback Ace Loomis and fullback Emerson Cole. Loomis came to Cleveland this spring from the Green Bay Packers. He was with the Browns during the 1951 training season, but was sent to Green Bay before the regular season. He started with La Crosse State College.
SEPTEMBER 26 (Green Bay) - The Green Bay Packers, bulging with 13 rookies, open their 34th season in professional football and the 33rd in the NFL against the powerful Chicago Bears in snug City Stadium here
Sunday afternoon. The Bears will send two veteran quarterbacks - Steve Romanik and Bob Williams, while the Packer forces will be in the hands of veteran Tobin Rote and rookie Babe Parilli, the club's first draft choice. The Bears are boasting the toughest defense in the last six or seven years - or longer. They permitted five opponents only 37 points along the non-league while the Packers gave up 90 in six games. Green Bay's attack will revolved around the rushing of such backs as Ray Pelfrey, the ageless Tony Canadeo, Billy Grimes, Fred Cone, Floyd Reid, and the two rookie fullbacks - Bill Reichardt and Bobby Jack Floyd. In the air, the Bays will bank on the good right arms of Rote and Parilli and the receiving of veterans Bob Mann and Stretch Elliott and the Rice rookie, Bill Howton. The Bears presented ground power to burn with such stars as John Dottley, George Gulyanics, Chuck Hunsinger, Julie Rykovich and the mighty mite Whizzer White, on the exhibition card. Although held back, rookie Bill McColl, the All-America from Stanford, may carry the pass catching load. He'll get veteran help from ends Gene Schroeder and John Hoffman - not to mention a flock of backs. The contest will be marked by the appearance of two real old  pros - the Bears' Bulldog Turner and the Packers' Tony Canadeo. Turner, a center in his first 12 season, will launch his 13th campaign, oddly enough, at offensive right tackle. Canadeo will open his 10th professional season at his familiar left halfback position.
SEPTEMBER 27 (Green Bay) - Here they go at it 
again - those Bears and Packers. In a series which
started before any present day Packer or Bear player
was born, the two old pioneer teams on the National
league tomorrow will hammer at each other for the 
67th time. It's an annual game up here of which the
natives never grow tired. That's why all the 25,000
tickets to little City Stadium were sold weeks ago.
Thousands of applications had to be turned back. 
Requests for press accommodations set a record,
reporters and radio announcers from Wisconsin and
Iowa putting in bids for the first time. The Bears,
whose personnel for 1952 has undergone the most
extensive change in the club's recent history, are
favorites to whip the Packers, who in the last two
years have won three out of 12 league matches. Each
team will show off glamorous rookies, but the only
Bear rookie on the first offensive eleven is Bill George,
the 238 pounder from Wake Forest who will open at
right guard on offense. But five of the Bears' defensive
starting specialists are freshman. Three of them 
bulwark the five man line, with 250 pound Fred
Williams of Arkansas at left tackle, 260 pound 
Herman Clark, the Hawaiian from Oregon State, at
middle guard, and 248 pound Bill Bishop of North
Texas State, at right tackle. At left end in this unit is
Jack Hoffman, 230, a newcomer from Xavier. The right
end is veteran Ed Sprinkle. Another rookie, long Jim
Dooley of Miami university will be at right half on
defense. Green Bay's opening offensive line list four
newcomers. They are Bill Howton of Rice at right end,
Steve Dowden of Baylor at right tackle, Dave Hanner
of Arkansas at left tackle, and Dick Logan of Ohio
State at right guard. Defensive rookies starting are Tom Johnson of Michigan at left tackle; Darel Teteak of Wisconsin and Chuck Boerio of Illinois as linebackers, and Bobby Dillon of Texas at left half. The Packers' brightest rookie, Vito (Babe) Parilli, Kentucky's record passing smasher, will spell Tobin Rote at quarterback.
EXHIBITION - Green Bay Packers (2-3) 23, Pittsburgh Steelers 10
Thursday September 17th 1952 (at Minneapolis)
SEPTEMBER 19 (Milwaukee Sentinel - Lloyd Larson) - Things are looking up for the Green Bay Packers as they start bearing down for the season's big one - the league opener with the Bears a week from Sunday. Winding up the rugged pre-season exhibition series with a 23-10 victory over Pittsburgh in Minneapolis was a confidence building tonic in itself. But the decisive win, welcome as it was, was relatively unimportant. The thing that really counted was the way Gene Ronzani's operators conducted themselves while turning the tables on the Steelers for their second victory in three days. They looked like a ball club. Not out of this world by a long short, but they started to jell for the first time. Particularly encouraging was the fact that there were signs of coming up with a balanced offense. Until Wednesday night, the attack was pretty much a passing deal, with results just about what one can expect when the enemy defense doesn't have to worry about a running game. But it was different this time. Bobby Jack Floyd ran as top-notch pro fullbacks are expected to run: Hard, fast and with a sense of direction. Breezy Reid and the amazing "Gray Ghost", Tony Canadeo, turned it on, too. That put unexpected pressure on the Steeler defenders and helped pave the way for completing some thrilling and game winning aerials. The overhead attack was much better than the record of 10 completions in 29 tries indicated, for cold statistics don't show the nine or 10 times receivers failed to hang on to the slippery ball or passes were underthrown or overthrown - again because of the slippery ball - with receivers in the clear. It is reasonable to assume, too, that hard running Fred Cone, Bill Reichardt, Billy Grimes, and the quarterbacks, Tobin Rote and Babe Parilli, will do their share of keeping the defense honest as the season progresses. Grimes has been handicapped by a pulled leg muscle since the opener with the Giants. It is expected he will be ready to wheel against the Bears as he did two years ago. With Floyd coming fast and Reichardt getting the feel of pro ball, Cone may be doing his stuff as a halfback. Whatever his position, he's certain to add some fire into the ground attack. Once again, the Bays need offer no apologies for their defense. The Steelers got into the Packer half of the field only three times. That's a lot better than par on any defensive chart. It's impossible to mention Packer defense without thinking first of those rough riding, crashing ends, Ab Wimberly and John Martinkovic. They were in top form again, as any Steeler who was contacted by either or both can testify. It's worth the price of admission to watch Wimberly alone. He's really something. Defense is his main dish, but he's also a nifty pass receiver with running know-how and quite a hand at getting position although not blessed with extraordinary speed. Big Ed Ecker, Ed Barrang, and Steve Ruzich provided the main pleasant surprises defensively. Ruzich, filling in for slightly injured Ray Bray at the middle guard spot, very likely sewed up a place on the regular squad. Ability to handle different assignments adds to Ecker's value. Ronzani still hasn't give up hope of getting Dick Wildung back into the fold for varied tackle chores. The ex-Minnesota All-American is willing, but he has yet to find the right man to handle his hardware business in Redwood Falls, MN, during his absence. That's the only hitch. Dick sat on the Packer bench at Minneapolis. The squad is down to 42, nine over the league limit, with the release of halfbacks Bob North and Roger Stephens. The waiver axe will continue to swing the next few days.
SEPTEMBER 20 (Green Bay) - Three rookies and a veteran were cut from the squad as the Packers knuckled down to serious preparation for the league opener with the Bears here Saturday. Coach Gene Ronzani announced that waivers have been asked on tackle Joe Spencer, a five year pro league veteran; Dan Makowski, center from Marquette; Rusty Russell, ex-Southern Methodist halfback, and Art Kleinschmidt, former Tulane guard. A serious knee injury proved too great a handicap for Spencer. The squad now numbers 38, still five over the league limit of 33. The spirited drill Saturday afternoon was marked by 100 percent attendance. There was every indication that the team will be at full strength for the Bears following welcome news from the training room. There were no injuries of consequence sustained in the final exhibition game with Pittsburgh. Ronzani was particularly encouraged by the running of Billy Grimes, who has seen little action since the opener with the Giants. Grimes can add considerable authority to the attack from his right half spot. Fan interest, at fever pitch following the victories over Washington and Pittsburgh, is matched by the spirit of the squad and coaches, who plan a rugged series of workouts and skull sessions next week. For fan and player alike there is one goal: Beat the Bears!
SEPTEMBER 21 (Milwaukee Sentinel-Lloyd Larson) - "You can't beat getting paid for doing what you have always liked to do most." That's the way pro football as a career looks to Vito (Babe) Parilli, the Green Bay Packers' No. 1 draft choice, after five weeks of preliminary skirmishing. "Sure, it's tougher," explained the 23 year old transplanted Pennsylvanian who was the most sought after college player in the land as he completed his competitive span at the University of Kentucky. "But, no matter how tough, it's still football. And football is my favorite sport and always will be until I'm too old to play it." He wasn't kidding himself when he got into it. He expected the competition would be keener, the opposition consistently more rugged than in college. "And I haven't been the least bit disappointed," the Kentucky Babe emphasized with a twinkling smile. "Most of the boys on the other side have been stars in their own right, and each one seems to be bigger than the other. No soft spots or breathing spells in this business. I've found that out already." "But," he added quickly, "don't forget they're just as big and fast and tough on our side. So the whole things evens up pretty well." That served as a reminder for the widely publicized young man on whom all eyes in Packerland are fixed, expectantly and hopefully...BIG ENOUGH FOR HIS MAIN JOB: "I'm still 188 and six feet one," he pointed out. "Kind of small for this league, don't you think?" That, of course, has to go as a tongue-in-cheek aside, for the personable Babe proved he could take everything the college toughies dished out and he has come through his first seven experiences against admitted pros none the worse for wear. After all, his primary duty is quarterbacking, with emphasis on passing and ball handling. He's not being paid as a blocking back or a hard nosed linebacker. "I want to do some running, too," he reminded. "I like to run the ball. Did some of it at Kentucky, but not enough. I'm glad Coach (Gene) Ronzani wants me to do more of it." The Packers' head man will vouch for the truth of that observation, for Parilli is a smart runner despite his lack of great speed and Ronzani expects to take full advantage of the added skill. The Babe took off the running wraps in the All Star game. One look was enough for Ronzani, who was an eyewitness...MISTAKES MORE COSTLY IN PRO BALL: What differences between college and pro