(AUSTIN, TX) - The Green Bay Packers scored their second straight victory over the Chicago Cardinals in their exhibition game here, Saturday night, 17-14. Trailing 14-0 at the half the Packers dominated play in the final two quarters. Fred Cone got Green Bay's first score, kicking a field goal from the 40 yard line, after a 15 yard holding penalty had smothered a Packer drive that had reached the losers' 25. The Packers also came right back the next time they got the ball, marching 80 yards in 12 plays to cut the deficit to 14-10. Fullback Howie Ferguson went the final five yards for the touchdown. Cone kicked the extra point. Defensive
halfback Bobby Dillon, who starred as the Packers also beat the Cardinals, 24-16, a week ago, set up the winning touchdown when he intercepted a pass from Jim Root on the Cardinal 45 and ran it back to the 20. Quarterback Babe Parilli passed 15 yards to Ken Vakey on the first play and then wormed down to the two on a sneak. Cone drove just inches short of the goal line and Paul Hornung, after replacing Parilli here pushed over for the score. Cone converted again. The Cardinals packed all their scoring into two minutes of the second period. With nine minutes left in the quarter Lamar McHan capped a 72 yard drive by passing 10 yards to Dave Mann who took the ball over from the three and ran it over. Two minutes later Bill Bredde blocked a Packer punt by Dick Deschaine and Leo Samford picked it up on the 10 and ran it down to the three. Mann scored on his second plunge. A 95 yard kickoff return by Woodley Lewis of the Cardinals in the fourth quarter was nullified by offside. Bart Starr did the bulk of the Packers' passing, completing 6 of 12 for 38 yards. Hornung completed three out of five for 34 yards and Parilli hit three out of four receivers for 26 yards.
CHI CARDS -  0 14  0  0 - 14
GREEN BAY -  0  0 10  7 - 17
CHI – Dave Mann, 12-yd pass from Lamar McHan (Pat Summerall kick) CHI CARDINALS 7-0
CHI – Mann, 1-yard run (Summerall kick) CHI CARDINALS 14-0
GB – Cone, 40-yard field goal CHI CARDINALS 14-3
GB – Ferguson, 5-yard run (Cone kick) CHI CARDINALS 14-10
GB – Hornung, 1-yard (Cone kick) GREEN BAY 17-14
AUGUST 27 (Milwaukee Sentinel) - Billy Howton is a popular guy among the Packers. He was voted to represent the club in the newly formed Players' Association last fall.
His peppy attitude is bound to be contagious. And the way he can
catch passes - well, he's tops! Billy was relaxing in the Packers'
Astor Hotel headquarters Monday and voiced quite optimistic views
when asked about the 1957 season. "We've got the best looking club
since I joined the Packers six years ago," said Howton. "We've got an
offensive line like we've never had and we're much stronger defensively."
When asked how he felt about his favorite passing partner, Tobin Rote,
being traded to Detroit, Howton said, "Tob is one of my closest friends.
 But we never were a consistent with him. We needed linemen badly. I
think it was a good trade." Howton went on to say "there is no big man
amongst us now. We're a happy family and if you don't believe that you
should see what a changed camp we have at Stevens Point. I've never
seen the veterans dish it out the way they're doing this year;" Howton
continued. "Guys like Tom Bettis, Fred Cone and Hawg Hanner have
never looked better." Billy then explained that Hanner, and himself
organized a committee to keep harmony in camp. "Liz used to get
irritated with petty player gripes," Howton pointed out. "Now we've got
our 'board' to hear player disputes and we take them to the front office
only when we have to." Getting back to Howton, the player, Billy didn't
think the Packers' aerial game would falter one bit without Rote. "Bart
Starr is good right now and  he can become great," said Howton. "He 
needs more anticipation on his passes. Rote had the knack of drilling
'em right to you when you turned your head." Billy explained that the
coaching staff was working Starr on overthrowing because he had a
tendency at times to underthrow his mark. "Starr throws a nice pass,"
Howton added. "And that goes for Babe Parilli, too. Paul Hornung is
brand new to our system. He's a good runner but often misses his
passing targets by four and five yards. Hornung has the potential, though, to be a good passer. So you see,
AUGUST 26 (Milwaukee Journal) - The Green Bay Packers, having won the championship of the Chicago Cardinals, arrived in Milwaukee Sunday night. They are here to meet the Philadelphia Eagles in the eight annual Shrine charity pro football game at County Stadium Wednesday night at 8:15. Despite two straight exhibition victories over the Cardinals, 24-17, at Miami 10 days ago, and 17-14 at Austin, Tex., last Saturday night, Packers coach Lisle Blackbourn was not overenthusiastic after viewing movies of the second game in his Astor Hotel suite Sunday night. "We haven't played too well yet," the coach said. "What was wrong?" he was asked. "The same amount of missed assignments," he said. "I guess we were just lucky." The Cardinals finished second in the Eastern division last season and have been given a chance to unseat the champion New York Giants this year. Where does that put the Packers? The coach snorted. "We'd have a good chance at the title if we played them every week," he said. "If they win, that division will be something. I think they need an offensive line. Oh, they've got pretty good personnel. They'll probably get going." The Cardinals scored two touchdowns at Austin and one of them was after a Packer punt was blocked and Chicago got the ball on Green Bay's three yard line. Green Bay's defense must have been pretty good? "Their long drive was against our second unit," Blackbourn said. "The best they did against the first string was when they moved down and missed a field goal the first time they got the ball. I guess I'd say our defense was kind of sound. I thought Hanner played well and Bettis did some good things. Nisby (rookie end John Nisby of College of the Pacific) did all right on the second unit." And the Packer offense, which scored 17 points in the second half after Green Bay trailed at the half, 14-0? "We were satisfied generally with the quarterbacks (Bart Starr, Babe Parilli and rookie Paul Hornung). Hornung looked very good. He can really run. Of the runners, Al Carmichael and Don McIlhenny did the job at halfback and Howie Ferguson made his best showing this season at fullback. His knees didn't bother him at all and there was no trouble the next day either. Our rookies, Green at halfback and Quillian at fullback, didn't play much. They'll play more against the Eagles. They'll do all right." The Packers completed 12 out of 21 passes Saturday but gained only 98 yards in the air. Blackbourn was asked about that. "Nothing to get alarmed about," he said. "Mostly we used short passes. When we did throw long, Howton had two touchdowns dribble off his fingers. That won't happen twice in one game again, I'll bet. At least I hope it won't." Blackbourn said that for the most part he substituted by united in both Cardinal games. "Maybe we'll mix 'em up a little more here Wednesday night," he said. "We'll start with the same units but fill in a man here and there more often." The Packers came out of Saturday's game in good physical shape. Minor casualties were center Jim Ringo and rookie end Ron Kramer. Both will play against Philadelphia.
AUGUST 25 (Milwaukee Journal) - A new football season will open in Milwaukee Wednesday night. The "new" Green Bay Packers will meet the Philadelphia Eagles in the annual Shrine charity game at County Stadium. Kickoff for the professional exhibition will be at 8:15 p.m. This is truly a "new" team which Lisle Blackbourn has assembled in his fourth year with the Packers. The former Washington High School and Marquette University coach has 52 men struggling for 35 positions and no fewer than 30 of them are new to Green Bay. Not all of the new Packers are rookies. Ten veterans joined up through trades, six from the Cleveland Browns, three from the Detroit Lions and one from the Philadelphia Eagles. Twenty rookies have survived early trimmings. One of them was obtained in a trade - Norm Masters, tackle from Michigan State. He played in Canada last year, then was traded by the Chicago Cardinals to the Detroit Lions and then was swapped by the Lions to the Packers, all before he ever reported to a NFL training camp. The trades and the rookies, Blackbourn feels, will improve the Packers. How much, he doesn't venture to guess. A lot depends on whether the opposition improves its lot, too, and by how much. Blackbourn got the help he feels the Packers needed and still gave up only one key man. That was quarterback Tobin Rote, who went to Detroit. Rote was Green Bay's bread and butter for the last seven seasons. But Green Bay never did better than 6-6 with Rote. He was traded while he would still bring talent in return. The Packers may well have picked up four regulars on offense from Detroit for Rote and defensive back Val Joe Walker - tackles Oliver Spencer and Masters, guard Jim Salsbury and halfback Don McIlhenny. From Cleveland, for linebackers Roger Zatkoff and quarterback Bob Garrett, neither of whom figured in Green Bay's 1957 blueprint, the Packers got help on defense - middle guard Sam Palumbo, backs John Petitbon and Billy Kinard and end Carlton Massey - and further aid for the offense, quarterback Babe Parilli, a former Packer himself, and tackle John Macerelli. Ray (Bibbles) Bawel, defensive back who came over from Philadelphia for guard Len Szafryn, left the team last week, apparently convinced he would not make it. The Packers quite likely will carry at least half a squad of new men into this year's campaign, maybe more. Almost half of the 22 starters on offense and defense will probably be new. Rote is gone at quarterback, but his understudy as a rookie, Bart Starr, seems destined to be a good one and will have plenty of help from the veteran Parilli and bonus draft choice Paul Hornung, Notre Dame All-American. In Hornung and Ron Kramer of Michigan, the Packers have two highly ballyhooed collegians. Hornung has been impressive in early workouts, both running and passing. Kramer has been slow starting but Blackbourn expects him to give Green Bay solid blocking and adequate pass catching from the slotback position once he gets in stride with the prose. Two former Wisconsin stars, both just out of the service, are making strong bids for starting berths. They are guard Norm Amundsen on offense and 235 pound end Jim Temp on defense. Both were drafted two years ago before they went into the service. Other rookies making strong bids include guard Dalton Truax of Tulane and Pat Hinton of Louisiana Tech, tackles Carl Vereen of Georgia Tech and George Belotti of Southern California, end Ken Vakey of Texas Tech, halfback Credell Green of Washington and fullback Ron Quillian of Tulane on offense and end John Nisby of College of the Pacific, middle guard Ernie Danjean of Auburn, linebacker Bill Priatko of Pittsburgh and halfback John Symank of Florida on defense. "We have more talent this year, especially in the running game," Blackbourn said the other day, "but we're still uncoordinated. I'd say that we're not as far along in preparation as usual. But we have so many new men that it's a wonder we're as far along as we are."
AUGUST 26 (Milwaukee Sentinel) - "This guy is going to make you forget Tobin Rote ever ran with the ball and it won't be long before he becomes a great passer, too." There was no question Packer Coach Liz Blackbourn was bubbling with enthusiasm Sunday as he talked about his bonus plum, Paul Hornung. The former Notre Dame All-American, with only two weeks of football (Packer-style) under his belt, was the spark in Green Bay's 17-14 exhibition victory over the Chicago Cardinals at Austin, Texas, Saturday night. "Hornung is going to be of unlimited value to us," continued Blackbourn, who arrived here with his team for a 3-day stay. "He runs very well, he's a good passer, looks like our kickoff man, can punt and can catch the ball, too." Against the Cardinals, Hornung completed three of five passes for 34 yards. Veteran Bart Starr's boxscore read: seven of 15 for 45. "Paul hasn't got a good command of our plays yet," Liz pointed out. "But we are convinced he'll be great on quarterback rollouts. He really lowers the boom when he's about to be tackled." Blackbourn was undecided whether he would start Hornung against the Eagles in the annual Midwest Shrine game at the Stadium Wednesday night. "We're going over the films Monday and I'll decide after that." Ken Vakey, rookie back from Texas Tech, also drew Blackbourn's praise. Vakey was the Packers' top receiver Saturday night, catching three passes for 34 yards. Operating as a slotback, Vakey is making a desperate bid to give Ron Kramer a run for the job. Kramer, still bothered with a bruised heel, had not had a real chance to show his wares. With two successive wins over the Cards, Blackbourn said, "I think that's one team we can beat. They were a little bitter about losing it, especially after taking a two-touchdown lead in the first half." Don McIlhenny, one of the many "new" Packers, was the game's top ground gainer, picking up 60 yards in 10 carries. "McIlhenny and Al Carmichael are about on a par as runners," said Liz. "They both can go if sprung." Carmichael, racked up several times, was the Packers' only casualty. However, he's suffering only minor bruises and will be ready against Philadelphia.
we're going to be okay on that score." With so many new men in camp, Howton figures the Packers won't hit their stride for three weeks. "Offensively, we haven't clicked yet," he said. "It takes time, I figure by the time we meet the Redskins (September 14) we should be able to move but good." The Bears and Rams should be favorites in the Western Division, according to Billy. "But I'm convinced that we can be right up there at the end," he said. "We can't afford injuries to key personnel, though. So if we stay healthy this Packer team is good enough to win a title."
AUGUST 27 (Milwaukee Journal) - Paul Hornung, the big, blond rookie quarterback, called a play for a group of linemen going through assignments against a passive defense. "Eighty-two draw middle center on three," Hornung sang out. The other players stood facing him in an open huddle. This was at Washington Park. It was a hot Monday afternoon and the Green Bay Packers were working out in sweat clothes. The Wisconsin pro football team was getting ready for Wednesday night's meeting with the Philadelphia Eagles in the annual Shrine charity game at County Stadium. The ground was baked hard and dry under the grass and as the ends and backs ran out for passes, they slipped often, for their cleats would not dig in. There are no seats or bleachers on the Lisbon Avenue side of Washington Park and a standing room only crowd of perhaps a thousand persons fringed the playing area. Watching were a mixture of children, young boys and adults, of the curious and the football fanatics. Coach Lisle Blackbourn watched his men, too, but frequently his attention was diverted as friends came up and shook hands and said hello. For this was Blackbourn's old neighborhood. Before he went on to Marquette University and then the Packers, he coached for almost 25 years at Washington High School. "Hi, coach," a fellow in his thirties said. "You don't remember me." Blackbourn shook the man's hand and smiled and said warmly, "Why, sure I do, Bob. You'd better get a uniform and suit up." Back in the northwest corner of the
area, where line coach Lou Rymkus was working his linemen, quarterback
Hornung said, "Break," and his men clapped their hands and ran to their
positions. "Set, 69, 84, 43," Hornung barked. A baby on the sidelines cried
and the Notre Dame All-American raised his voice higher. "Hut one, hut two
hut three." The ball was snapped and the play run off and line coach Rymkus
stepped in, clad in football shoes, tan shorts, no shirt and a baseball cap.
Rymkus weighs 234 pounds, his playing weight when he was all-pro tackle
with the Cleveland Browns. He is tan and trim. He looks as if he could play
tackle right now. "You've got to step back, Dalton," he said to Dalton Truax,
rookie guard from Tulane, "and then fire out." Rymkus showed what he
meant, step by step. "Now the same gang try that play again," he said. A
few of the larger linemen wore rubber shirts. Sweat beaded on their noses
and coursed down the sides of their cheeks. They got a breather when head
coach Blackbourn called the three groups of players together to the middle
of the field. The defensive men wore red shirts and the linemen held
shieldlike pads in front of their bodies for the blockers to smash into. On
pass plays, the defensive backs fought potential receivers for the ball. Ron
Kramer, All-American rookie from Michigan, crossed behind the center for a
short pass and went down in a heap with short, squat Ernie Danjean, first
year middle guard from Auburn. The pass fell harmlessly incomplete and the
defensive players along the sideline shouted encouragement to Danjean.
"Attaboy, Turtle. That's the way to submarine him." Big Kramer looked
around at little Danjean, came about as close to a smile as he ever does
and limped back to his side of the line, behind a huddle formed by a new
unit preparing for the next play. The Michigan man has a bruised heel. It is
not enough to keep him out of action but restrains him from going all out.
Bart Starr completed a pass over the middle to Ken Vakey, Texas Tech
rookie, and Blackbourn ran toward the defense. "Symank, Symank,
Symank, where were you on that one," the coach shouted to John Symank,
first year defensive back from Florida. Symank has a tattoo on his left bicep
and his teammates call him the Marlboro Man. Now Babe Parilli was at
quarterback for a running play. Fullback Howie Ferguson was answering
questions in the background. "I'm wearing the rubber shirt," he said,
"because Jorgy (trainer Bud Jorgenson) told me not to run too much today. I
figured I'd need this to get up a good sweat. The knees feel better. I was
afraid they weren't going to ever get better. Man, I was worried. I feel a lot
better now, you can bet. A lot better." Someone told Gary Knafelc, the end,
that he was no longer the most handsome Packer now that bonus choice
Hornung, the Notre Dame Golden Boy, had joined the team. "He's good
looking, all right," Knafelc said smiling. Then seriously, "And he's a good
looking football player. Good attitude, too." Another player, who shall remain
unnamed here, said loud enough for Hornung to hear, "Bonus plum, ha!"
Hornung set his jaw, then relaxed and smiled. So did the other. Hornung is a
member of the lodge.
AUGUST 28 (Milwaukee Journal) - Lisle Blackbourn's new Green Bay Packers will go after their third straight exhibition triumph at County Stadium tonight when they meet the Philadelphia Eagles in their eighth annual Shrine charity game. The forecast of rain hung over the game. Ceremonies and pageantry will start at 7:30. The game will be broadcast over WTMJ. Blackbourn plans to use all healthy hands, 50 of them. Only center Jim Ringo, who has a sore knee, will not play. Ron Kramer, publicized rookie end, has a bruised heel but will get in. Larry Lauer and Bill Priatko will share Ringo's job. The coach will alternate units, both on defense and offense, and will substitute liberally within units. Bart Starr, Babe Parilli, and Paul Hornung, bonus rookie, will take turns at quarterback, as they did in successive victories (24-16 and 17-14) over the Chicago Cardinals. The Eagles have lost to two of Green Bay's Western Division rivals, Baltimore (17-10) and Detroit (34-27). In each contest, however, they had the tying touchdown in the making at the final gun. When asked how good the Eagles are, the Packer coaches and scouts give the stock answer for a winless team, "better than their record indicates." "They've done pretty well," Packer Coach Blackbourn said Wednesday morning, "when you consider they've had to go with a rookie quarterback (Sonny Jurgensen of Duke). He's a better thrower than anyone expected. Everyone knew he could move around all right. And that defensive backfield of theirs is as good as there is in the league." Blackbourn had nice things to say too about Tommy McDonald, halfback from Oklahoma. "McDonald," Blackbourn said, "may be the best rookie halfback of the whole lot. He throws well and he's fast and elusive. The only thing is whether, at 176 pounds, he'll hold up under the pounding." Walter Cruice, the Packers' chief game scout, added a few comments to Blackbourn's. "The Eagles," he said, "have good spirit. They figure they've got a chance in their division. They've got a veteran defensive unit. McDonald is sensational - fast, quick and active. He was the individual star of the Lions' game. He is a great one. He threw for one touchdown and caught another. Their running attack has been hurt because Bill Barnes (Wake Forest) is out with a broken hand and Clarence Peaks (Michigan State) with a pulled muscle. The are fine rookie halfbacks. They had a weakness in their protection for the passer against Baltimore, but they did a good job for Jurgensen against Detroit." The Eagles are coached by Hugh Devore, former Notre Dame coach and Green Bay assistant under Gene Ronzani. They arrived Tuesday afternoon. Two former Packers will be in the Eagles' starting lineup. Len Szafaryn has played every minute of both exhibition games at offensive left tackle. Don King, 275 pounds, is at defensive right tackle. The Eagles' main receivers include Rocky Ryan, Bob Walston and Bill Stribling. "They measure up with the best in the NFL," Blackbourn said. Jim Harris, Oklahoma's quarterback last year, has broken into the defensive backfield at safety. "A real hardnose," Blackbourn said. "Bell, Hudson, Norton and Harris will give our receivers plenty of trouble." Neil Worden, former Milwaukee Pulaski High School and Notre Dame fullback, is back from the service and playing on offense. Ken Huxhold, guard from Wisconsin, and Willie Berzinski, halfback from La Crosse State, are also on the Eagle squad.
Green Bay Packers (2-0) 17, Chicago Cardinals 14
EXHIBITION - Saturday August 24th 1957 (at Austin, TX)