(DETROIT) - Vince Lombardi's Green Bay Packers ran up a 24-3 lead in the first 22 minutes, permitted the Detroit Lions to draw within a touchdown, then hung on grimly in the scoreless second half for a 24-17 victory here Thursday. This was in the finest tradition of the Thanksgiving Day games between the NFL rivals. The usual ingredients were presented to 49,221 live witnesses and millions more watching on national television - fumbles, interceptions, touchdown runs and passes, penalties, defensive stands, injuries, and even a brief scuffle or two. Not since the ninth game of the 1957 season, in Pittsburgh, had the Packers won any place but in Green Bay.
With their second straight victory, the Packers moved up to the .500 mark, five triumphs against five defeats (all in a row), a rather amazing reversal in Lombardi's first season of one victory, ten defeats and one tie. The Lions suffered their seventh defeat. They have won twice and tied once. Winning on the road by no means proved easy, although when the scoreboard read Green Bay 24, Detroit 3, with 6 minutes 51 seconds elapsed in the second quarter, there was reason to believe that the fighting Packers would run the generous Lions out of Briggs Stadium on this cloudy, chilly afternoon. At this point, however, the Packers rested their scoring case and George Wilson's Lions bestirred themselves to make it a lively battle.
The Lions actually outgained the Packers somewhat decidedly from scrimmage, but because the Packers were extreme opportunists, with three fumble recoveries and two pass interceptions, Green Bay not only won by a touchdown but passed up two excellent opportunities in the second half to make the score more secure. Bart Starr of Alabama went all the way at quarterback for Green Bay. He thus received credit for his second professional victory in five days. His first professional triumph in four years of trying was achieved only last Sunday (21-0 over Washington at Green Bay). Paul Hornung, the former Notre Dame All-American, scored 18 out of Green Bay's 24 points, including the first 17, but he was rarely on the field after the first quarter, except for kicks, because of slight but painful back and rib injuries suffered when he was stepped on by a teammate.
Hornung ran around right end on the same play for touchdowns of 11 and 6 yards only 1 minute 35 seconds apart in the first quarter. He kicked a 39 yard field goal on the last play of the first quarter and also kicked the extra points after each of Green Bay's three touchdowns. Jim Taylor, the Packers' hard running fullback, who ran over Hornung when the blond halfback fell down in front of him trying to block, burst across from one yard out for Green Bay's third touchdown. Detroit opened the scoring with Jerry Perry's 22 yard field goal after only a minute and a half of play, then drew within striking range with two touchdowns in the second quarter, the first on Howard (Hopalong) Cassady's five yard run off tackle and the second on Earl Morrall's 27 yard pass to Jerry Reichow. Perry kicked the two extra points. Just before the Packers scored their last touchdown, they had a touchdown called back, an 11 yard pass from Starr to Don McIlhenny, because an official said that they had six men instead of the required seven, on the line scrimmage. In the second half, after Detroit had controlled the ball for the first 9 minutes 2 seconds without relinquishing it and without scoring a point, the Packers reach Detroit's 25 but failed to score when Hornung missed a 32 yard field goal. And later Bill Forester intercepted Morrall's pass and returned it 34 yards to Detroit's six yard line, but on third down from the two, Taylor fumbled into the end zone and Bill Glass recovered for Detroit. Starr was accorded excellent protection by the front line of Gregg, Kramer, Ringo, Thurston and Skoronski or Masters and completed 10 out of 15 passes for 169 yards. Perhaps he might have passed more, for Detroit never permitted the Packers much running room and, after Hornung's large punch was removed, the Packers could accomplish little on the ground.
Freshman fullback Nick Pietrosante of Notre Dame almost doubled Green Bay's running total with 134 yards by himself, and Detroit outgained the Packers on the ground, 190 to 73. The passing yardage was almost even, so Detroit wound up with an overall edge of 354 yards to 242 and had the ball for 69 plays to Green Bay's 51. The Lions, however, did not intercept any of Starr's passes, nor could they throw him for a loss attempting to pass. The Packers hurled Morrall for 29 yards in the wrong direction. Detroit recovered two Green Bay fumbles, but this left the Lions with a 5-2 deficit in the matter of snapping up loose and errant football. Forester and Reichow, the former Iowa athlete who sometimes plays quarterback, nearly came to blows. First Forester upended Reichow when the Lion was seeking to go out for a pass. Then, after Forester made his interception and was on the ground in the firm grasp of Charlie Ane, Reichow jumped on top of the Green Bay linebacker with intent somewhat less than friendly.
Later, when John Symank made Green Bay's second interception, Forester and Reichow sought each other on Green Bay's 40 and went down in a heap of flailing arms and kicking feet. Teammates separated them without damage or penalty. Green Bay won the toss and chose to receive, which proved no advantage when Bill Butler fumbled the opening kickoff and Dick LeBeau recovered for Detroit on Green Bay's 19. The Packers gave the Lions five yards for being offside but would permit nothing in three tries from scrimmage and Detroit settled for Perry's field goal and a 3-0 lead. On the next kickoff, Butler returned 35 yards to Green Bay's 35 and held onto the ball. The Packers then moved 65 yards in six plays to their first touchdown. They were hampered by a five yard penalty on their first attempt, then were aided by an 11 yard penalty on Alex Karras, the Iowa wrestler and tackle, for stomping on Starr after a first down pass to Gary Knafelc on Detroit's 22.
Earlier in the drive, Starr connected with rookie Boyd Dowler for a 32 yard gain. Hornung ran around right end for the score. His move was so good in dipping in and then out that halfback Jim David spun like a top with the fake and Hornung went over unescorted. On the next kickoff, Terry Barr was separated from the football and John Dittrich recovered for the Packers on Detroit's 18. A personal foul penalty against tackle Bob Skoronski moved the ball back to the 36, but Starr passed to Dowler for 30 yards and first down on the six. Here Hornung ran his right end play again. This time David was not faked out, so Hornung ran right through him. Now the score was 14-3 with only 6 minutes 23 seconds elapsed. After an exchange of punts, Danny Lewis, formerly of Wisconsin, dropped the handoff on an end run, picked it up, was tackled and dropped the ball again. Forester fell on it on Detroit's 39. Three running plays netted only seven yards and Hornung kicked his field goal as the quarter ended.
The Lions were still giving on Thanksgiving. Early in the second quarter, Morrall, who went all the way at quarterback, fumbled when Dave Hanner tackled him as he tried to pass. Henry Jordan recovered for Green Bay on Detroit's 49. Max McGee made two excellent catches of Starr's passes and Green Bay was on the 17. Taylor ran to the 11, then Starr passed to McIlhenny, who ran into the end zone, but the play was called back and Green Bay had to start from the 16. Taylor again ran to the 11, then on third down, Starr passed to Taylor on the right side and Joe Schmidt threw the Packers fullback for a five yard loss. Gary Lowe jumped in after the play was over and the Lions were penalized to their eight yard line and Green Bay had first down.
McIlhenny, now running for Hornung, stepped and skipped to the one, then Taylor burst over left tackle for the touchdown. The 49 yard drive took eight play and the Packers had all the points they were going to get. Ken Webb fumbled the ensuing kickoff, but Jim Martin recovered for the Lions on their 32. Now Detroit front holes in Green Bay's defense and in six running plays, the Lions covered 68 yards to their first touchdown. Pietrosante hit the middle, Cassady the outside and Morrall ran the option play, lateraling to Pietrosante for additional yards. Cassady ran to the right, then cut back and scored standing up. Little more than four minutes later, the Lions scored again. Green Bay could not make a first down because McGee, who caught the hard ones, missed an easy pass. After three plays and a punt by the Packers, Detroit covered 53 yards in four plays. Pietrosante gained the first 26 yards in two rams at the line, then Reichow slipped behind Henry Gremminger along the right sideline, took Morrall's perfect pass on the five and scored on a 27 yard play.
Near the end of the half, Martin tried a 54 yard field goal for the Lions. The mighty kick had the necessary distance but was a bit off to the left. At the outset of the second half, the Lions went from their 16 to a first down on Green Bay's 25 in 11 time consuming plays. Then Bill Quinlan dropped Pietrosante for a two-yard loss, the Lions lost five more yards for backfield in motion, and Forester and Tom Bettis burst in on Morrall and threw him for an 11 yard loss back to the 43. Morrall's pass to Cassady gained 12 yards, then with fourth down and 16 yards to go, Detroit chose to try for the yardage rather than the field goal. Morrall's pass fell incomplete and Green Bay took over. This was actually Detroit's last real threat, although because Green Bay failed to avail itself of its opportunities to clinch victory, the Lions remained within a touchdown of a tie the rest of the way. Because they won, the Packers remain mathematically at least, in the chase for the Western Division championship. They trail Baltimore and San Francisco, sharing first place, by a game and a half and the third place Chicago Bears by a half game.
GREEN BAY - 17  7  0  0 - 24
DETROIT   -  3 14  0  0 - 17
1st - DET - Gerry Perry, 22-yard field goal DETROIT 3-0
1st - GB - Hornung, 11-yard run (Hornung kick) GREEN BAY 7-3
1st - GB - Hornung, 6-yard run (Hornung kick) GREEN BAY 14-3
1st - GB - Hornung, 39-yard field goal GREEN BAY 17-3
2nd - GB - Taylor, 1-yard run (Hornung kick) GREEN BAY 24-3
2nd - DET - Hopalong Cassady, 5-yard run (Perry kick) GREEN BAY 24-10
2nd - DET - Jerry Reichow, 27-yard pass from Earl Morrall (Perry kick) GREEN BAY 24-17
NOVEMBER 27 (Milwaukee Journal) - "I'll tell you one thing," Vince Lombardi said after his Packers beat the Lions here Thursday, "we'll never practice for this Thanksgiving game again. We'll just rest next year. Two games in five days is too much. Both teams were all tired out. That's why there was no scoring in the second half..."We lost our power when Hornung went out," Lombardi said. "We tried him later when we needed a yard on third down but he couldn't even make it to the hole."...Paul Hornung said that he did not believe his back and rib injuries were serious, although he planned precautionary X-rays. "I fell down trying to block and Taylor ran right up my back. Man, it felt like about four and five guys stepping on me."...Tobin Rote, the former Packer, did not play. The big Texas quarterback is in the Detroit doghouse for previous bad performances. Lombardi said afterward, "I kept looking at Tobin sitting there on the Detroit bench and hoping that they would keep him there. He can kill you with the long one."...In Green Bay Thursday night, many of the players and coaches, their wives and children had a team turkey dinner. After a weekend off, the Packers will leave Monday for the West Coast, where they finish the season with games against the Rams in Los Angeles December 6 and against the 49ers in San Francisco December 14...Lombardi and business manager Jack Vainisi, chief talent scout, will be in Philadelphia this weekend for the NFL draft there Monday. Each team will select 20 players, instead of 30 as in the past...George Wilson was asked why the Lions did not try a field goal in the third quarter when they had fourth down and 16 yards to go on Green Bay's 31. "Well," the Detroit coach said, "it wasn't a sure field goal from that distance and a touchdown there would have tied the score and give us a big lift."...In the fourth quarter, with the Lions moving consistently through the middle, the Packers changed their linebacker alignment and stopped the advance. Bill Forester was moved from the right side to the middle, replacing Tom Bettis. Dan Currie went from the left side to the right and Ray Nitschke came in on the left. Bettis, Purdue veteran who is having his best pro season, was being moved around by the Lions. "This is the first time anyone got to him," Lombardi said. Nitschke, second year man from Illinois, made two notable plays in his first extended action this season. He deflected a pass and once threw tackle Oliver Spencer, a former Packer, into the path of Hopalong Cassady on an end run...Wilson was told his defense had given Green Bay's running game its hardest time and he said, "They scored three touchdowns on runs, didn't they? We had a good running attack, too, between the 10s."...Veteran tackle Lou Creekmur cost Detroit three five yard penalties for illegal procedure when he pulled out to block to soon. "That's the last think we said in the dressing room before the game," Wilson said. "Watch out on pulling out too soon."
NOVEMBER 28 (Albion, MI) - Jim Hurd, Albion College fullback, said Saturday that he had signed with the Green Bay Packers. He was their 13th draft choice a year ago as a junior eligible. He set an Albion record with 2,095 yards rushing in 435 carries in four season. He was chosen on the Michigan small college All-Star team three years in a row.
NOVEMBER 28 (Milwaukee Journal) - For the Green Bay Packers to win the undisputed championship of the NFL's Western Division this season, the following unlikely sequence of events is required: The Packers (5-5) would have to win their last two games against the Rams in Los Angeles December 6 and against the 49ers in San Francisco December 13. The champion Baltimore Colts (6-3) would have to lose twice to Los Angeles and tie San Francisco. The 49ers (6-3) would not only have to lose to Green Bay and tie Baltimore, but lose to Cleveland as well. The Chicago Bears (5-4) would have to lose two or lose one and tie one in their three remaining games, against the Chicago Cardinals (2-7), Pittsburgh (4-4-1) and Detroit (2-7-1). All of these things are by no means impossible, but the Packers' best hope is to share the title and thus get into a playoff, which again would require an improbable set of circumstances. Four way, three way and two way ties are possible. Right now the Colts seem to be in the best shape. They will meet the Rams (2-7) at Baltimore Sunday and again at Los Angeles December 12 and will face the 49ers, who probably be without injured quarterback Y.A. Tittle the rest of the way, at San Francisco December 5. The Colts, like the Packers, face a West Coast jinx. For the last six years, Baltimore and Green Bay have invaded California simultaneously and each has won only one game. The Colts beat the Rams in 1954, 22-21, and the Packers beat the 49ers in 1955, 28-7. The Packers are in fourth place, but, then, who ever thought that they would win as many as five games in Vince Lombardi's first season? They certainly have a fighting chance at six victories and .500.
NOVEMBER 29 (Milwaukee Sentinel) - Vince Lombardi, with a suspicious eye on Texans, will try to pick the best talent available regardless of position Monday when the NFL holds its annual player draft at Philadelphia. The Packer boss may not choose a single player from the Lone Star state because of Lamar Hunt's dollar influence on Texans. Hunt, an oil magnate who quietly spent his multi-millions on other forms of amusement, decided he wanted a new toy - a pro football league - and formed the American Football League. The sky's the limit with Lamar, who has already picked Don Meredith, the passing ace from SMU. Hunt is prepared to give Meredith the moon if he wants it. "Would you draft Meredith," Lombardi asked before leaving for Philly. Then he added with a laugh, "I think I'll wait and see what George Halas does." Before Hunt popped into the picture, Texas steadily supplied the Packers with good talent. On this year's team, several players are Texans. They are halfback Don McIlehnny, linebacker Bill Forester and tackle Forrest Gregg of SMU; safetyman Bobby Dillon from the University of Texas; defensive halfback Hank Gremminger, Baylor; defensive halfback Jesse Whittenton, Texas Western; and tackle Ken Beck, Texas A&M. Each NFL team will draft 20 players Monday instead of 30 which has been the custom since 1942, with the exception of 1948 when 25 were named. The order of pick will hinge on the standings of the team after Sunday's games. The club with the lowest percentage will choose first. Green Bay will get 17 
DECEMBER 1 (Milwaukee Sentinel) - Vince Lombardi stocked up on running backs Monday, picking a Vanderbilt powerhouse and two Big 10 stars as the Packers' first three picks in the annual player draft. Tom Moore, who broke Vanderbilt's rushing record this season, was Lombardi's first choice and Iowa's Bob Jeter was the second. The Packers owed their third and fourth picks to other teams and then chose Wisconsin's Dale Hackbart on the fifth round. Moore told the Associated Press he was pleased to have been the top choice of the Packers and hopes to make a deal with them. "I expect to meet with someone from Green Bay this weekend to discuss salary terms," said Moore, who also was drafted by Houston of the AFL. "I plan to play pro football as long as I can. I think I'll have a better chance to make it with a team such as Green Bay because it is building for the future and is looking for younger players." Moore gained 676 yards this season to break the school's record. The 6-2, 211 pound hard hitting halfback amassed 107 yards last Saturday to spark Vanderbit to a surprising 14-0 victory over Tennessee. Jeter, the Big 10's rushing leader, told the UPI that he had not decided yet whether to play in the NFL or AFL. The Iowa stop-twist-and-go-ahead artist was drafted by Los Angeles of the AFL in the first round. "I'm going to have have to talk with Coach (Forest) Evasheski before I make up my mind," Jeter said. "I'm going to play pro ball, but I haven't decided in which league yet." Jeter, 6-1, 180 pound sprinting Negro, gained 443 yards in 71 carries for a 6.2 yard average this season. He hit stardom in the Rose Bowl game last January, racing 81 yards for a touchdown and gaining 194 yards (both bowl records). Hackbart was surprised to be drafted by the Packers and said he "couldn't say right now whether he'll play pro football." The 6-3, 200 pound Badger sparkplug also has his eye on a major league baseball contract. He is an outfielder at Wisconsin and led the Big 10 a year ago in triples and stolen bases. "If I play pro football, I'll probably play with the Packers," said Hackbart, who also was drafted by Minneapolis-St. Paul of the AFL. "I've always been a Packer fan and have watched them just about every week on TV." When told that Lombardi eyed the Badger quarterback as a defensive back, Hackbart said, "I'd like a crack at offense, of course. But it wouldn't make too much difference. This is the first year I began to enjoy playing on defense." Although plagued by an early season hip injury, Hackbart said, "it bothered me the first part of the season but I've forgotten all about it." Hackbart is the second fastest man on Wisconsin's Rose Bowl-bound team being timed at 4.8 in the 40 yard dash. He was the Big 10's total offense leader this season. He built up a seven-game total of 686 yards of which 319 were gained rushing. While Hackbart was the first Wisconsin player pciked in the draft, guard Jerry Stallcup was grabbed by the Rams in the sixth round and tackle Danny Lanphear was Pittsburgh's eighth choice. Other Badgers drafted were tackle Jim Heineke by the 49ers in the 16th round and center Bob Nelson by the Browns on the last round. Four Marquette players were picked. The Cardinals chose Silas Woods, a 6-3, 221 pound end, as their fourth choice and plucked fullback Frank Mestnik as their 15th pick. New York grabbed quarterback Pete Hall in the 12th round and halfback Jim Webster in the 19th. Webster will join his brother, Alex, a five year veteran. Before their 10th choice was taken by the Cardinals, the Packers picked four linemen: Michael Wright, Minnesota tackle; Kirk Phares, South Carolina guard; Don Hitt, Oklahoma State center and Francis Brixius, Minnesota tackle.
DECEMBER 2 (Milwaukee Sentinel) - Being a football bench warmer can be a discouraging job, even if you're making $15,000 a year for taking things easy. The Packers' Ron Kramer is in this position. He has been beaten out of a starting job by Gary Knafelc, 6-4, 230 pound end who is enjoying his best year in pro ball. Kramer reported six weeks late to coach Vince Lombardi's training camp. He was out of condition after being discharged from the Air Force and by the time he rounded into shape, Knafelc had the tight end position all sewed up. "I'm happy for Gary," Kramer said the other day, "he's having a great year. I'd sure like to play that position, but I'm happy to do anything." Lombardi uses Kramer on the kickoff and punt platoons. He saw only brief action as an end in the 45-6 loss to the Rams and suffered a sprained ankle. There was a time when Kramer wished that he could be traded to Detroit. The Michigan All-American believed he would have better contacts for future employment if he made a name for himself in pro ball in the Motor City. "I'm happy to be in Green Bay now," Kramer admitted. "I've talked things over with Coach Lombardi and I want to stay with the Packers. I don't care where I play as long as I can be of some use to the team." Kramer won a starting slotback position with the Packers as a rookie in 1957. He was the team's second leading pass receiver with 28 catches for 337 yards. The rugged 6-3, 225 pound end hurt his leg in the second from last game at Los Angeles. First it was thought that a ligament was torn. A cast was put on the leg, but when removed, it was found that the leg was broken. The injury slowly responded to treatment. "The leg doesn't bother me at all," said Kramer, who sat out the '58 campaign because of a military service commitment. Assistant Coach Bill Austin will vouch for that. "The boys call Ron "Slew Foot" because of the way he moves down on kickoffs and punts," Austin said. Kramer was the Packers' first draft choice in the 1957 draft and signed a three year contract for a reported $15,000 a year. Next year is the last lap on that pact. It also will be Kramer's make or break year. But he'll have the same chance from the start as Knafelc, which he didn't have this year. Then it be up to Kramer to beat out Knafelc.
DECEMBER 3 (Milwaukee Sentinel) - Lew Carpenter, Green Bay Packer safetyman, leads the NFL in punt returns with 128 yards on 11 runbacks. His average is 11.6 yards and his longest return 51 yards. John Symank of the Packers is in 5th place in kickoff returns with 309 yards in 13 runs for an average of 23.7. His longest run was 39 yards. John Sample of Baltimore is the league leader in this department with 286 yards and a 28.6 yard average. Paul Hornung, Green Bay halfback, is No. 4 in the scoring column with four touchdowns, 22 extra points and 6 field goals for 64 points. Pat Summerall is the top scorer with 74 points, Max McGee of the Packers is 7th among the punters with 55 punts for a 42 average.
DECEMBER 3 (Green Bay) - Tom Moore, Vanderbilt halfback and the first choice of the Packers in the recent NFL draft, has been signed for next season, Vince Lombardi, coach and general manager announced Thursday. Lombardi disclosed no details of the contract signed by Moore, who weighs 212 and stands 6-2.
DECEMBER 4 (Milwaukee Journal) - Scout Wally Cruice feels that the Green Bay Packers have a chance, for a change, to beat the Los Angeles Rams Sunday, but it won't be easy. Usually the Packers make the West Coast ride, winding up the NFL season, for little more than the money. The Rams have lost six straight games, the longest streak, one way or another, in the league this year. That has left them with a 2-8 record, last in the Western Division, and three games behind the Packers, who are 5-5. Even so, Cruice said the Packers may have trouble in the Coliseum. They always do. They have won there only once in 13 tries. "The Rams still have the long range attack," Cruice said, reporting on the Rams' 35-21 defeat at Baltimore last Sunday. "They don't believe in fussing around with five or six plays when they can score in one." Against the champion Colts, quarterback Bill Wade passed 72 yards to Del Shofner for one touchdown and Wade passed 61 yards to Leon Clarke to set up another. "The Rams played a pretty good game, considering their injuries," Cruice said. "They're all banged up and have switched their personnel around. They figure that they'll go home and win the last two and salvage something from this season." The Rams' only victories were scored on the road, 28-21 over the Bears at Chicago and 45-6 over the Packers at Milwaukee. Since then, they have lost to Detroit, 17-7; the Bears, 26-21; San Francisco, 24-16; Detroit again, 23-17; Philadelphia, 23-20, and Baltimore. Against Baltimore, Ollie Matson and Jon Arnett fumbled once each and the Colts went in both times for early touchdowns. "Matson missed a lot of assignments," Cruice said. In their top effort of the season, against the Packers here, the Rams did not fumble, nor did Wade have any of his passes intercepted. The Rams have fumbled 29 times this season and have lost 17 of them. They have had 14 passes intercepted. By comparison, the Packer shave lost 15 out of 22 fumbles and have had 16 passes intercepted. The Rams have recovered 13 fumbles by opponents and the Packers 12. The Packers have intercepted nine passes and the Rams only six. In fact, the Rams went five straight games without an interception to call their own. Since the Packers last saw the Rams, Alex (Buck) Lansford and Duane Putnam, the blocking guards, have been lost to injuries; Leon Clarke has replaced the injured Red Phillips at the flanker; Lamar Lundy has been moved from defensive to offensive end; John Baker has been switched from defensive tackle to the end, the secondary has been completely reshuffled several times and a patchwork offensive line has been assembled.
players, owing a third choice to the Cardinals for quarterback Lamar McHan, a fourth and fifth to the Browns for tackle Henry Jordan and defensive halfback Freeman and a 15th pick to the Cardinals for Beck. The Bays will get a fifth choice back, however, from the Lions in the Ollie Spencer-Ken Russell deal, two tackles who were returned to Detroit. Lombardi believes this year's college crop is better than the one drafted a year ago. "Our trouble is that we're caught short on information," said Lombardi, who demands exact detail on every player considered. "We're well informed on 200 of them, we've gotten 500 rejects, and there are about 200 we don't have enough information." The Packer have nowhere near the office personnel the Rams have working on the draft. Consequently, the coaching staff has been putting in 15 hour work days for the past two weeks, preparing the team during the day and working until 1 a.m. on the draft. Lombardi has had Red Cochrane, Bill Austin and Norb Hecker (assistant coaches) and Administrative Assistant Verne Lewellen personally scout college games every Saturday. Not only does this give the Packers a first hand picture of prospects, but it also provides a double check on information sent by "bird dogs" throughout the country. When asked about some homegrown talent, Lombardi said quarterback Dale Hackbart and tackle Danny Lanphear of Wisconsin would be drafted high. "If I picked Hackbart," Lombardi explained, "I'd use him as a defensive halfback or as a running back. Lanphear has tremendous potential." Lombardi parted with this shot: "Drafting will be easy. Trying to sign them will be tough." Lombardi kept only two rookies this season. End Boyd Dowler, a third choice from Colorado, and kickoff and punt return specialist Bill Butler, a 19th pick from Chattanooga. He's take a proven veteran any day for a draft choice and, if trades would work out as well this year, you can't blame him.
Green Bay Packers (5-5) 24, Detroit Lions (2-7-1) 17
Thursday November 26th 1959 (at Detroit)