SEPTEMBER 14 (Milwaukee Sentinel) - Will Joe Francis be the Packer's No. 1 quarterback when the battle for the blue chips started September 27? The Hawaiian hurler, who played only two games at quarterback last year - the last
two - and looked very good, has
been the surprise of the
preseason campaign. When he
reported to Coach Vince
Lombardi's camp along with
veterans Bart Starr, Babe Parilli
and Lamar McHan, it was
believed that Francis' best
chance of sticking would be as a
halfback. Although Francis was
inexperienced, Lombardi liked
what he saw and started the
former Oregon State tailback
against the Eagles at Portland.
He triggered the Bays to a 45-28
victory. Francis looked good in
his brief appearance against the Giants and Saturday night sparked the Packers to their third preseason victory, 20-13, over the Redskins. "There's no question that he has surprised us," Lombardi said Sunday as the Packers checked in at Oakton Manor, Pewaukee Lake. "He's got a good arm and he can move the club - but he's darn inexperienced." Lombardi refused to say if Francis has taken the lead in the QB derby, going into the home stretch. He did say, however, that one of the four candidates would be cut this week. The victory over the Redskins was a costly one. Lombardi reported end Steve Meilinger broke his arm trying to catch a pass in the end zone. He will be out for the season. Lombardi said that fullback Howie Ferguson is in "general misery" with multiple ailments. Linebacker Dan Currie and defensive halfback Jesse Whittenton, injured in the New York game, will be ready for the final pre-season tuneup against the Steelers next Sunday at Minneapolis. The Packer taskmaster has been impressed with his club's determination and attitude during the exhibition trail. "We're a young team, probably the youngest in the league," Lombardi pointed out. "Why, we average only 24.5 years - and that's with Em Tunnell (34) and Bobby Dillon (30). This is a rebuilding season," Lombardi continued. "And, although we've been able to win three preseason games, I'm afraid the going will be pretty tough when it counts." Lombardi promised, however, that the Packers will be an improved team over a year ago when they were able to win only once.
SEPTEMBER 15 (Milwaukee Journal) - Vito (Babe) Parilli, veteran quarterback, was released Tuesday by the Green Bay Packers. Sent away also were rookie halfback Alex Hawkins and defensive tackle Tom Saidock. Henry Jordan, defensive tackle with two years of pro experience, was obtained Monday night from the Cleveland Browns for a draft choice. Steve Meilinger, end who suffered a broken arm in the exhibition victory over Washington last Saturday, was placed on the injured reserve list for the season. These developments left the Packers with 40 players in their camp at Pewaukee Lake, where they are preparing for their last exhibition game against Pittsburgh at Minneapolis Sunday, and for the league opener against the Chicago Bears at Green bay September 27. The league limit, as of Tuesday, is 38 players but Green Bay can carry two extra men because end Ron Kramer and linebacker Ray Nitschke just returned from service. Parilli, 30, played five years in the league, four with Green Bay and one with Cleveland. He was the third leading passer in 1952, his rookie season, then never regained that level of competence. He played in college in Kentucky and is a native of Rochester, Pa. Hawkins was Green Bay's third draft choice. He is from South Carolina. Saidock was obtained from Philadelphia. He played at Michigan State. Jordan is expected to take over as regular defensive tackle, opposite Dave Hanner. The former Virginia star, 6 feet 3 inches and 250 pounds, played both tackle and end on defense with the Browns. He reached the NCAA wrestling finals in the heavyweight division in 1957. With Parilli gone, the Packers have three quarterbacks. Joe Francis, second year man from Oregon State, currently ranks as first string quarterback despite his lack of experience. Veteran Bart Starr has not displayed the ability to take charge that Coach Vince Lombardi desires. Lamar McHan, the former Cardinal, is the third signal caller. If the Packers keep McHan, they will owe the Cardinals a draft choice. If they return him, the only draft choices which Lombardi has traded away would be the two to Cleveland for Jordan and defensive back Bob Freeman. Jordan's addition gives the Packers four men who played with the Browns last year. They are Jordan, Freeman, defensive end Bill Quinlan and offensive halfback and fullback Lew Carpenter. Quinlan and Carpenter were obtained in a trade for pass catching star Bill Howton. The deal for Jordan was made after Lombardi expressed dissatisfaction with Green Bay's forward line on defense, both against the run and in putting pressure on the opposition passer. "We've got a pretty good defensive backfield," Lombardi said, "and if we can get any kind of a rush on the passer, it will be even better." Bill Forester, veteran linebacker, went home to Dallas, Tex., Sunday to be with his wife, who is ill. He is expected back in a day or two. The only player currently on Green Bay's injured list, now that Meilinger is gone, is veteran fullback Howie Ferguson, who has a variety of aches and pains.
SEPTEMBER 14 (Cleveland) - The Cleveland Browns Tuesday released punter Dick Deschaine, end Gene Cook and halfback Harold Williams. Deschaine, former sandlot player from Menominee, Mich., formerly played with the Packers. Cook had a trial last year with Green Bay.
(WINSTON-SALEM, NC) - Paul Hornung was a one man scoring machine here Saturday night, registering all of the Packer's points in their 20-13 conquest of the Redskins. The former Notre Dame All-American scored two touchdowns on runs of three and four yards, booted two field goals (25 and 47 yards) and kicked two conversions. While Hornung has apparently found himself after two frustrating years with the Packers, it was quarterback Joe Francis who sparked Green Bay to its third preseason win in five starts after a sluggish first quarter.
Considered the least to success among four candidates for the No. 1 quarterback job, Francis took over for veteran Bart Starr in the second quarter and the Packers came to life. The inspiring job by Francis, however, presents a big problem for Coach Vince Lombardi. Starr was considered the man to beat in the QB derby, but what now? Behind Francis, the former Oregon State tailback, the Packers have played their best ball. Francis triggered a 45-28 victory over the Eagles, looked good in last week's 14-0  loss to the Giants and picked up the pieces to ignite a come-from-behind victory over the Redskins. It wasn't the passing of Francis which ignited the Packers. Instead, he kept the team rolling on the ground.
Green Bay's first touchdown was set up by Jim Taylor's 53 yard return of the third quarter kickoff. Francis had a personal hand in the other, hitting rookie Tim Brown who zigged and zagged 21 yards to the Washington three. The Redskins made a lost minute bid for a tie under the guidance of Eddie LeBaron. The little quarterback pushed his club to Green Bay's five yard line, only to have three successive passes batted down. Washington took a 6-0 lead 10 plays after the opening kickoff. Halfback Jim Podoley capped a 77 yard march, prancing over from the nine. Ralph Felton's conversion, a second try after a penalty, was wide. With Starr at the controls, the Packers managed one first down in the first quarter. Green Bay reached Washington territory once, but Taylor fumbled on the 43. Green Bay got a break as the quarter neared its end when Johnny Symank recovered Ralph Guglielmi's fumble and dashed 32 yards to the Redskin 39. After two running plays reached the 29, Starr fumbled and Felton recovered. Francis went in the next time the Packers got the  ball in the second quarter and marched the Bays to the Redskin 38 before having to punt. The next chance, however, the Packers moved from their 32 to the Redskin 18. With fourth and four, Hornung split the uprights from the 25 to cut the Redskins' lead to 6-3 at halftime.
Green Bay needed only six plays to take the lead after Taylor's 53-yard return of the second half kickoff. Francis used Brown, Hornung and Taylor on the ground, Hornung cracking over for the final four and tacking on the extra point with three minutes played. Washington came right back to grab the lead again, 13-10, marching 70 yards in 13 plays with Johnny Carson leaping in the end zone to grab LeBaron's 13 yard strike. Felton converted.
The Packers were on the Redskin 24 as the third period ended. Brown took Francis' short pass to the three and Hornung bolted over. Paul's 17th point was perfect. The Redskins failed to pick up two yards on a fourth down try from their 45 and Green Bay capitalized on the break when Hornung booted a 45 yard field goal with nine minutes to play. LeBaron filled the air with passes and the Redskins reached the Bay 28 before Em Tunnell ended the threat by intercepting LeBaron's pass on the 23. Washington got its last chance when Max McGee's punt was partially blocked and rolled to the Redskin 36. The uncanny LeBaron in no time had the Redskins pounding on the door from the Packer 10. The Packer pass defense rose to the occasion and preserved victory No. 3. Washington has won one of five preseason games, beating the Rams.
WASHINGTON -  6  0  7  0 - 13
GREEN BAY  -  0  3  7 10 - 20
WASH – Jim Podoley, 9-yard run (Kick failed) WASHINGTON 6-0
GB – Hornung, 25-yard field goal WASHINGTON 6-3
GB – Hornung, 4-yard run (Hornung kick) GREEN BAY 10-6
WA – John Carson, 7-yd pass from Eddie LeBaron (Ralph Fenton kick) WASHINGTON 13-10
GB – Hornung, 3-yard run (Hornung kick) GREEN BAY 17-13
GB – Hornung, 45-yard field goal GREEN BAY 20-13
SEPTEMBER 13 (Beverly Hills, CA) - Six cities remain in the running for berths in the newly organized American Professional Football League, spokesman Lamar Hunt of Dallas said today. The list has narrowed to Buffalo, Miami, Kansas City, Louisville, San Francisco and San Diego. Barron Hilton, president of the Los Angeles club, confirmed formal contracts have been offered to Frank Leahy of onetime Notre Dame fame to act as general manager of the Los Angeles team and ex-Navy coach Eddie Erdelatz to coach. Owners of the present six clubs in the AFL on hand for the meetings are Bud Adams of Houston, Bob Howsam of Denver, Max Winter, H.P. Skoglund and Bill Boyer of Minneapolis-St. Paul, and Harry Wismer and Nash Dowdel of New York. Adams said ex-pro great Sammy Baugh and George Sauer, formerly of Baylor and Navy, are interested in coaching the Houston team and both are under consideration. The following sites have either been sewed up or almost so for league play: Dallas, Cotton Bowl, 75,000 seats; Houston, Jeppeson Stadium, 36,000; Denver, Bear Baseball Park, 32,000; New York, Polo Grounds, 60,000; Minneapolis-St. Paul, Metropolitan Sports Stadium, 35,000, and Los Angeles, either the Coliseum, 100,000, or the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, 100,000. Hilton said he was negotiating for either the Coliseum, which he prefers, or the Rose Bowl.
SEPTEMBER 14 (Milwaukee) - The Green Bay Packers are going to cut one of their four quarterbacks this week but there is every indication it won't be young Joe Francis, the passer from the Pacific. The Hawaiian native, in his second year with Green Bay, was impressive Saturday night as he directed the Packers to their third exhibition victory, a 20-13 decision over the Washington Redskins at Winston-Salem, N.C. The Packers have lost two preseason games. "There's no question but that Francis surprised us," said Coach Vince Lombardi as the Packers arrived here Sunday to begin drills for the final exhibition next Saturday against the Pittsburgh Steelers in Minneapolis. The Packers were full of surprises in beating the Redskins, but there was one disheartening development. End Steve Meilinger broke his arm trying for a pass in the end zone and will be lost for the season. The Packer victory was built on strong running that ripped holes in the Washington defense and some great moments defensively late in the game. Lombardi had considered the defense among his biggest problems. The running was handled by fullback Jim Taylor and halfback Paul Hornung who scored all of the Packers points in another of his ever-improving performances. Missing from the Packer attack was the long pass to the ends. During the last 40 minutes of action, Green Bay threw deep to an end only once and the toss was incomplete. Short passes were used to augment the running of Hornung and Taylor. While Green Bay outgained the Redskins 208 yards to 198 on the ground, Green Bay completed 5 of 15 passes for 60 yards while the Redskins hit on 15 of 29 for 150 yards. Francis came into the game midway in the first period, after Bart Starr, who started, fumbled twice. The former Oregon State tailback directed the Packers the rest of the way. "He's got a good arm and he can move the ball," Lombardi said of Francis. "But he's darn inexperienced." The coach refused to say whether Francis had a lead in the race for the quarterback job. Other candidates are Starr, Babe Parilli and Lamar McHan. Lombardi would not hint which of the quartet would be dropped.
SEPTEMBER 14 (Pewaukee) - The Green Bay Packers, listless tailenders in the Western Conference last season, have shown real zip in winning three of their five exhibition games. Why? There is a partial answer from two veterans who joined the club last week after a stretch in military service. They are blocking back and end Ron Kramer and linebacker Ray Nitschke. "Everybody is punctual," said Nitschke Monday when asked for his first impression. "Coach Vince Lombardi is really organized." Kramer, who checked in at 220 pounds, said, "The most encouraging thing I've observed is their fine attitude." The former Michigan great hasn't had a football in his hands since summoned from the camp by the Air Force last year. Nitschke is also out of condition but did see some action in the 20-13 victory over the Washington Redskins last weekend. While the players relaxed Monday, Lombardi was busy searching for his defensive linemen. "We need a defensive tackle in the worst way," Lombardi said. "The men we have just aren't getting in on the passer in the way they should." Lombardi's telephone search continued into the night hours and he finally turned a deal with the Cleveland Browns, acquiring Henry Jordan from the Browns in exchange for an undisclosed choice in the 1960 draft of college players. Jordan, a 6-3, 250 pound defensive tackle, is a three-year veteran of the NFL. He played college ball at Virginia. There wasn't a player in camp willing to say, "This is a real tough camp." But there were hints. Asked about a curfew, end Gary Knafelc said, "You don't need one here. Everybody begs to go to bed." Then there's the matter of condition as measured on the weight charts. There's not a player in camp over 260. Tackle Dave Hanner has slimmed down from 283 to 258. Linebacker Tom Bettis arrived at 243 pounds. He's down to 215. Halfback Paul Hornung tops the scale at 212, a loss of 18 pounds since the training camp began. Monday was an off day in the training grind for the Packers, but some were at work. Kramer and Nitschke were joined in some passing drills by defensive halfback Jesse Whittenton who had been out three weeks with a muscle strain. It was also the first time in eight weeks the players saw their wives and children, invited by Lombardi to the resort that is the Packer headquarters. Monday there was water polo, shuffle board and fishing for the players. Today they went back to work on preparations for their final exhibition game, with the Pittsburgh Steelers Sunday at Minneapolis.
SEPTEMBER 14 (Philadelphia) - Bert Bell, NFL commissioner, thinks the league will expand to 14 teams in 1961 and possible 16 teams in 1963. That is what the player limit over the weekend was increased over the weekend from 35 to 36, Bell said, in order to provide a nucleus for the new teams. "There's a great demand for pro football all over the country," Bell said here Monday. "Our owners apparently agree with me or they wouldn't have voted to increase the player limit." When the league is enlarged, Bell said, present clubs will contribute players to the new clubs. Bell's statement that the owners agreed that the league should expand drew a sharp retort from George Marshall, owner of the Washington Redskins. "At no time as that explanation given in polling club owners," Marshall said in Washington. "I voted for the increase because I favored an increase and for no other reason. Otherwise I would not have voted for it, because I am not in favor of expansion at this time." Bell's plans for expansion drew no comment from owner of the AFL, now being organized. Bell's plans, however, include several of the same cities that are in the newly organized league. "We encourage new leagues," Bell said. "The country wants the game and there is room for everybody. Competition is the spice of life." Marshall also said that he had no objection to the new league. He only opposes expansion in the NFL, he said.
SEPTEMBER 15 (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette) - The last big cut in the Pittsburgh Steeler grid squad is scheduled today when six candidates learn that they didn't make the grade with the local pros. Two more will have to go next week to reach the new NFL limit of 36 for championship competition. Coach Buddy Parker had his squad at South Park yesterday morning for their initial drill in preparation for Sunday's final exhibition against the Green Bay Packers in Minneapolis. Best news was that Tom Miner, placekicking specialist, has shaken off an injury to his right knee and will be ready for the game in Minnesota. The Tulsa grad was a big factor in the success of Rooney U. last season, booting 31 straight PATs and 14 of 28 fielders for 73 points to finish fourth in NFL scoring. Tom was hurt in the second half of the Chicago Cardinal game last Friday night in St. Louis and needed assistance to go to the sideline. However, he was able to return and kick the PAT following the third Steeler score. However the leg stiffened overnight and he limped home. The weekend rest proved beneficial and the booting star was in togs yesterday. Pete Brewster, veteran end acquired from the Cleveland Browns, went through his first Steeler drill. Both he and Gern Nagler, who came here in a swap with the Cardinals, will see action against the Packers. Four Steelers required medical attention yesterday but nothing serious developed. Linebacker Mike Henry was hurt when a teammte stuck a finger in his eye during practice. Halfback Tom Tracy reported a bad back, halfback Dewey Bohling complained of bruised ribs and guard Bill Krisher suffered from an infected toe.
SEPTEMBER 16 (Milwaukee Sentinel) - "We're going to keep the best football players and I don't care if that means overloading a position." That was Coach Vince Lombardi's reasoning after putting quarterback Babe Parilli, halfback Alex Hawkins and tackle Don Saidock on waivers and end Steve Meilinger on the injured reserve list. A look at the roster shows the Packers are well stocked with offensive ends, defensive backs and linebackers. Lombardi has five ends to choose from, six defensive backs and five linebackers. Parilli's departure left three quarterbacks in camp - Bart Starr, Joe Francis and Lamar McHan. Francis has shown the most improvement and looks more and more like the No. 1 quarterback. Francis has a take charge attitude, a strong arm, and has shown he can move the club. He lacks experience which makes him look bad at times. Hawkins, the club's second draft choice, never lived up expectations. He was beaten out by Timmy Brown, a 27th pick from Ball State. "Brown did not look like a football player when i first saw him," Lombardi said. "But he proved himself every time he got a chance." Lombardi said Brown hits hard for his size and can catch the ball with the best of them. Saidock, hampered with an injury, never filled Lombardi's bill as a defensive tackle who could move. Tackle Henry Jordan, obtained from the Browns Monday, arrived in camp Tuesday night with his family. With no NFL clubs picking up Parilli and Hawkins, it was expected they would skip north of the border, presumably Ottawa. Lombardi directed his lean squad through a brisk morning workout at St. John's Military Academy. The team later saw films of its 20-13 win over the Redskins. Assistant Coach Red Cochran, who scouted the Steelers' 21-13 conquest of the Cardinals last Saturday night, said Pittsburgh's calling card is its defense. Their offense is built around, of course, quarterback Bobby Layne. Although Lombardi says he is nowhere near ready for league warfare, Sunday's game against the Steelers at Minneapolis is the last chance for experimenting. Just before lunch the coaches were huddled around the TV, watching the arrival of Soviet Premier Krushchev. "What's going on?" asked Equipment Manager Dad Braiser as he popped his head in the room. "Krushchev has just arrived," Defensive Coach Norb Hecker answered. "Who's that - a defensive tackle," quipped Braisher. "No, he looks more like a middle guard," Hecker laughed. And so was Tuesday at Oakton Manor.
SEPTEMBER 16 (Milwaukee Journal) - Blocking by the Packer tackles has caught the eye of Coach Vince Lombardi in Green Bay's pro football exhibition season. "That's been a strong point," Lombardi said Tuesday at the Packers' temporary training base on Pewaukee Lake. Sharing the two tackle spots have been Forrest Gregg, Bob Skoronski and Norm Masters. Gregg of SMU and Masters of Michigan State are starting their third pro season; Skoronski of Indiana his second. Gregg and Skoronski both had their careers interrupted by service commitments. "They've been eating up the defense on running plays," Lombardi said. "And our passer has had plenty of time to throw. If the blocking keeps up, we'll be able to move against anybody. The boys are beginning to believe in themselves." Lombardi also is generally pleased with the work of his guards. Jerry Kramer of Idaho and Fred Thurston, a native of Altoona, Wis., who attended Valparaiso, are regulars and John Dittrich of Cudahy and Wisconsin and rookie Andy Cvercko of Northwestern are seeking to stick as reserves. Kramer, only in his second pro season, could be a great one. "He weighs 245 pounds," Lombardi said, "and he can really move. He's got a good attitude and likes to play. He's learning all the time and the potential is there." Thurston, who was obtained from the Baltimore Colts, has been steady if not spectacular. "That was a good trade," Lombardi said. All-pro Jim Ringo, the man from Syracuse, is at center. Skoronski will be second string center in his spare time and Gregg can also play guard. Last year Dan Currie, then a rookie linebacker from Michigan State, was second string offensive center behind Ringo. "We're moving Skoronski into that job," Lombardi said, "because Currie has enough worries just trying to get the assignments as linebacker. That's a big enough job alone for anybody without extra duties." Cvercko is nicknamed Jiggs because of his resemblance to the cartoon character. Dittrich may have a bit more speed than Cvercko, but the Northwestern rookie is willing. Surprise of the defense has been veteran linebacker Tom Bettis. In the early days of camp he seemed on his way out of pro football. "He came into camp an old man and now he's a boy again," Lombardi said. "He's down to 220 from 245. He's a tiger again."
SEPTEMBER 16 (Pewaukee) - The Baltimore Colts bought rookie Alex Hawkins from the Green Bay Packers Wednesday in their search for an offensive halfback. Hawkins, former South Carolina star, had been placed on waivers by the Packers but was withdrawn from the waiver list and returned to the Green Bay roster, setting up the sale to the Colts for an undisclosed price. If he had remained on the waiver sheet, any team below the champion Colts in the 1958 NFL standings could have picked him up for $100. A 6-foot-1, 190-pounder, Hawkins was the Packers' second draft choice. He carried the ball 100 times for South Carolina last year, gaining 474 yards, and caught 10 passes for 140 yards.
SEPTEMBER 16 (Toronto) - Both the Toronto Argonauts and Ottawa Rough Riders are reported trying to land quarterback Babe Parilli, released Tuesday by the Green Bay Packers. Lew Hayman, Toronto managing director, said he had asked that the former Kentucky star be placed on the Argos' import negotiation list. But Coach Frank Clair of Ottawa has made application for Parilli's services.
choice. Don't rule out the possibility of another trade...Lombardi is keeping a sharp eye on the waiver lists and is in constant touch with other clubs. Lombardi is in the market for what he calls "football players". Lombardi, in shaving the roster, is keeping an eye on the future. The 1959 Packers are young in age and in experience, and that bodes well for the future. The team averages out to just 24 years of age and that included Emlen Tunnell who is approximately 33. Twenty of the Packers' present 40 are in the two- and 3-year brackets. Ten are starting their second years in pro football and 10 their third years. Only nine players have had more than 5 years of experience...and here is the breakdown:
First year - Brown, Smith, Cvercko, Dowler, Buckingham
Second year - Taylor, Thurston, J. Kramer, Francis, Skorich, Williams, R. Kramer, Currie, Nitschke, Dittrich
Third year - Hornung, Masters, Gregg, Temp, Quinlan, Jordan, Braatz, Whittenton, Freeman, Symank
Fourth year - Starr, Meilinger, McGee, Gremminger
Fifth year - Borden, Bettis
Sixth year - McHan, Carpenter, Knafelc
Seventh year - Ferguson, Ringo, Forester
Eight year - Hanner, Dillon
Twelfth year - Tunnell
Who'll the axe come next Tuesday?...your guess is as good as mine. Much depends on how many players Lombardi and aides Phil Bengtson, Norb Hecker, Bill Austin and Red Cochran want to carry at various positions...and, incidentally, some positions will depend on how the various borderliners conduct themselves against the Steelers in Minneapolis Sunday. For instance, the club has five offensive ends - McGee, Williams, Knafelc, Dowler and R. Kramer...three or four defensive ends are about the limit. Must one or two go or will one be switched to another position? The offensive backfield has two rookies - and both are good lookers. They are a couple of common-namers, Smith and Brown. Keep one or both? Those are some of the problems that face the Packer coaches this week - not to mention the Steelers. And come to think of it, that opener against the Bears (September 27) is fast approaching!
SEPTEMBER 15 (Green Bay) - Green Bay Packer head coach Vince Lombardi said Tuesday Babe Parilli "gave it a great try" during the training season. The coach, in making his moves, is keeping an eye on the future. This undoubtedly was one of the factors that figured in the decision to cut Parilli. New tackle Henry Jordan steps into the key defensive spot left open when Jerry Helluin was dispatched. Jordan in now in his third season. He stands 6-3 and packs close to 250 pounds. The newcomer was the Browns' fifth draft choice in '57 and captained the University of Virginia team in '56. Jordan saw considerable action in his two seasons at Cleveland.
SEPTEMBER 15 (Appleton Post-Crescent) - It looks as though the Packers' Vince Lombardi is committed to an "accent on youth" policy at quarterback. And the decision could produce exciting - though not always winning - football in 1959. After two months of experimentation, deliberation and wide-open competition, 23-year old Joe Francis and 25-year old Bart Starr have emerged as the probably engineers of the '59 Packer express. Veteran Babe Parilli has been waivered, and, seemingly, it's at least 50-50 that veteran Lamar McHan will be returned to the Cards. If McHan is retained, it will be as an insurance against a complete early-season collapse by the two younger players. Many Parilli fans - and I'm one of them - will miss the "Kentucky Babe". He has played many a good football game for the Bays, and he was at the helm for the only four Packer victories in the last two years. But, Parilli was inconsistent - you can't argue that - nor can you refute the idea that you can't build for the future with fellows like the Babe and McHan. It's true that vets such as Bobby Layne, Norm Van Brocklin and Tobin Rote are still going strong in the NFL. But, Parilli, after an immensely impressive break-in (1952) did not reach the stature of the other three. Francis is winning his spurs the hard way. At the start of the season, he was unquestionably the No. 4 quarterback among the four candidates. He did nothing to improve that rating in the intrasquad game. In fact, many of the writers watching the game commented on how poor he looked at QB and how good he was in a brief halfback stint. Lombardi agreed with the writers at the time that Joe looked pretty terrible but also insisted he was not ready to give up on him as QB. He saw something there - rough though it was - worth cultivating. Subsequent exhibition games have backed him up. "Pineapple Joe" is the "peoples' choice" type of player - and he seems capable of arousing enthusiasm in his mates, too. Anyway, despite his inexperience and still-too-low passing percentage, Joe has moved the team better than anyone else to date. Unless a Don heinrich - or someone like that is acquired via waivers or in a deal - Francis and Starr will get ample opportunity to make good this year. If they don't we can always draft a Don Meredith, a George Izo or a Dale Hackbart for 1960 and hope for better luck than we had with Randy Duncan.
SEPTEMBER 17 (Milwaukee Sentinel) - Howie Ferguson quit pro football Wednesday. The oft-injured fullback, 29, left the Green Bay Packers' camp on Pewaukee Lake and went home to New Iberia, La., where he is an oil well "rough neck". Ferguson put in six NFL seasons with the Packers. He was healthy for a full year only once, in 1955. He finished second in the league in rushing that season with 859 yards in 192 tries. Otherwise, it was one injury after another for the man who never went to college. He was a hard blocker and fine pass catcher, as well as a bruising runner. His reckless way of running over tacklers when he couldn't run around them probably hastened the end of his career. He beat himself up. Ferguson was discovered by the Los Angeles Rams when he was playing football in the Navy. The Packers signed him as a free agent in 1953. The departure of Ferguson left Coach Vince Lombardi with two fullbacks. Jim Taylor, second year man from Louisiana State, is the regular. Dave Smith, rookie from Greendale and Ripon Colelge, now has a better chance to stick as a regular. In Lombardi's system, however, the assignments for fullbacks and halfbacks do not differ greatly. Lew Carpenter, obtained from the Cleveland Browns, probably will double as halfback and fullback. Smith had good potential, Lombardi feels, but must learn to catch the ball better. "He's a good blocker and has the speed," Lombardi said. "He put on about 12 pounds since he joined us." Smith now weighs 196. The Packers have 39 men in camp. They must be down to 36 for the NFL opener against the Chicago Bears at Green Bay a week ago. Three men will be trimmed next week.
SEPTEMBER 18 (Milwaukee Sentinel) - Ask Vince Lombardi to re-evaluate his Packers from the team he picked apart on paper last winter to the team he has conditioned to a fine edge on the practice field today and he would say "the offensive line play has been the biggest surprise." Once through last season's films convinced Lombardi that he would have to spend a great deal of time with the men up front in order that his attack would click. "They've eaten up everyone we've faced," Lombardi said. "There hasn't been a team that has stopped 'em, not a team." His front liners turning an about face are center Jim Ringo, tackles Bob Skoronski, Forrest Gregg and Norm Masters and guards Jerry Kramer and Fred Thurston, the latter obtained from the Colts. And as the line goes, so goes the running attack, which has been slightly on the spectacular side compared to the disastrous years of the past. "Our running, at present, is our biggest threat," Lombardi pointed out. "But we've got to improve our passing - if we don't they'll gang up on our running and we'll be dead." Lombardi praised two rookies - end Boyd Dowler and halfback Timmy Brown - for their pass catching ability. "Both of them seem to have that little bit extra in going after a pass," Lombardi said. "They can make a quarterback look mighty good." Lombardi was undecided as to which quarterback to start against the Steelers in Minneapolis. Lamar McHan has looked impressive in drills at Delafield. Joe Francis, who has been the hottest passer in combat, is just the opposite in practice. Bart Starr is very much in the picture. "They all seemed a lot more confident after I cut down to three," Lombardi said, referring to the release of Babe Parilli. "We'll keep these three...unless we get a better one." Lombardi looked for a rugged preseason finale with Pittsburgh. "Their defense is probably the roughest in the league," he said. "They can cripple you. And Bobby Layne is always good for two or three touchdowns." A.D. Williams and Dave Smith, two newcomers, will start against Pitt. Williams, fighting it out among six ends in camp, plays the tight end. He's a good blocker and fair catcher. Smith, the rookie from Ripon, has stuck because of his blocking. He is one of the fastest men in camp. Smith and Jim Taylor are the only fullbacks in camp with the departure of Howie Ferguson. Neither is a bruising, pile-driver. However, Lombardi said in his system he doesn't need a big fullback. Lombardi said he is still looking for a breakway runner and some help on defense. At the same time he praised his defense, saying, "they're reacting much quicker. You know defense is a game of reaction." The Packer boss refused to elaborate on the approaching season. "If we start losing, though," Lombardi said, "there will be some changes made immediately to personnel."
SEPTEMBER 19 (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette) - For the first time since they met and defeated the Cleveland Browns, 34-20, in their exhibition opener at
Forbes Field on August 11, the Pittsburgh
Steelers are favored to win a football game. 
Rooney U. was the underdog twice against the
Chicago Cardinals and in single frays with the
Chicago Bears and Baltimore Colts. However,
they are rated 1 1/2 points over the Green Bay
Packers in Minneapolis on Sunday afternoon.
This winds up the preseason card in the NFL
and gives Coach Buddy Parker of the Steelers
a chance to achieve his best preseason record
since coming herein 1957. That first team found
the Gold and Black finishing with a 2-3-1 mark,
while last year's was a mediocre 2-4. Right now
the team has a 2-3 figure while the Packers
boast a 3-2 record. Vince Lombardi, their new
mentor, has walloped Philadelphia's Eagles,
45-28, nipped the San Francisco 49ers, 24-17,
and the Washington Redskins, 20-13. Losses
were to the mighty Chicago Bears by only 19-
16 and to the New York Giants, 14-0. The
Packers plan to start Joe Francis, a former
Oregon State halfback, at the important QB
spot. He was the Wisconsin club's fifth draft
choice in 1958, has been shifted to the field
general's role as a pro and beat out the 
veterans Bart Starr, Lamar McHan and Vito 
(Babe) Parilli, recently released, in a four way
fight for the job. Paul Hornung, former Notre
Dame star, Lew Carpenter, from the University
of Arkansas, and Jim Taylor, an LSU product, 
round out the starting backfield. Gary Knafelc
and Max McGee, a couple of pro veterans
from Colorado and Tulane, respectively, will be
the ends and pass receivers. Coach Parker
drilled his Steelers yesterday under ideal 
weather conditions at South Park. Slow in reaching top form this season his squad is now nearing its peak. Bobby Layne looked very good in beating the Cardinals last Friday night in St. Louis and is eager to hurl the Gold and Black to their third exhibition triumph on Sunday. While the squad was enjoying the crisp weather here, Bobby Luna, a back acquired from the San Francisco 49ers, was reported stranded in an Idaho snow storm. He's motoring east and had hoped to join the club in Minneapolis.
SEPTEMBER 19 (Minneapolis) - The Steelers lead into the NFL race against the Cleveland Browns next Saturday night in Pittsburgh but their pennant chances are dangling on a cord of questions. Ignoring injuries - injuries never bother winners - this is a team that can finish first - or fourth. Its status as a contender is as simple as that. This is a team of question marks. Like five others in the NFL, its success or failure is interwoven with the performance of three key men. To predict accurately the Steelers' finish requires foreknowledge of how these three will perform in the 12 weeks ahead. Can Bobby Layne duplicate the fantastic season he had a year ago, the best of his long career as a pro? What about Jimmy Orr, the rookie of the year? Is it reasonable to expect another 1,000-yard year as a receiver from him? Will Tom Tracy, the animated tumbleweed who set a Steeler ground gaining record, run as sharply and pass as authoritatively as he did a year ago? These are the three who lifted the Steelers a notch above the mob in the closing days of 1958. If they do it again, or if someone arrives to hand in the slack in the event they don't, relax and enjoy the season. The Steelers will win in a walk. But if they have only ordinary seasons, once more it will be a long year in Pittsburgh. Unfortunately, the preseason campaign which ends here tomorrow when Coach Buddy Parker's charged face the Green Bay Packers, revealed little in the way of high-grade help for the Rooneymen. Aside from the development of fullback Larry Krutko and the discovery of tackle Ray Fisher and linebacker Mike Henry, the rookies failed to make a lasting impression. Parker did strengthen himself, however, by acquiring ends Gern Nagler from the Chicago Cardinals and Darrel (Pete) Brewster from the Browns. Both are quality receivers who could be even stronger than the Orr-Jack McClairen duet was a year ago. Unfortunately, the established star is rare who performs as magnificently for his new team as he did for the old one after he has been traded.
SEPTEMBER 16 (Pewaukee) - Counting fay: The Packers roster is now down to 40 players...and who's who? The present group is composed of 25 holdovers from other Packer teams, five rookies and 10 players who had pro experience with other clubs and are with the Packers for the first year. Four of the rookies are on offense - backs Tim Brown and Dave Smith, end Boyd Dowler and guard Andy Cvercko. The one lone freshman on defense is Ed Buckingham, tackle. The players obtained from other clubs are quarterback Lamar McHan and guard John Dittrich of the Cardinals; halfbacks Lew Carpenter and Bobby Freeman, end Bill Quinlan and Henry Jordan of the Browns; Em Tunnell of the Giants; Tom Braatz of the Redskins; Fred Thurston of the Colts and A.D. Williams, who was in the Ram camp a year ago. Half of them are on defense - Quinlan, Jordan, Braatz, Freeman and Tunnell, the others offense. The former Packers are distributed as follows: Offense: Quarterback - Bart Starr, Joe Francis; halfback - Paul Hornung, Don McIlhenny; fullback - Jim Taylor, Howie Ferguson; guard - Jerry Kramer; tackle - Bob Skoronski, Norm Masters, Forrest Gregg; end - Max McGee, Gary Knafelc, Ron Kramer; center - Jim Ringo. Defense: end - Nate Borden, Jim Temp; tackle - Dave Hanner; linebacker - Dan Currie, Ray Nitschke, Tom Bettis, Bill Forester; halfback - Hank Gremminger, Jesse Whittenton, John Symank, Bobby Dillon. So there you have 40 names...this figure will be reduced to 36 - the final deadline which must be reached on or before next Tuesday. The Packer roster was cut to 40 yesterday with the disposition of four players and the arrival of one. Babe Parilli, Tom Saidock and Alex Hawkins were placed on waivers and Steve Meilinger, a broken arm case, was put on the injured reserve list. Jordan was obtained from the Browns in exchange for a draft
Green Bay Packers (3-2) 20, Washington Redskins (1-4) 13
EXHIBITION - Saturday September 12th 1959 (at Winston-Salem, NC)