NAME                NO  POS  HGT WGT COLLEGE         YR PR AG  G HOW ACQUIRED
Herb Adderley       26   CB 6- 1 205 Michigan State   1  1 22 14 1961 Draft - 1st round
Ben Agajanian        3    K 6- 0 220 New Mexico       1  9 42  3 1961 FA - Dallas (AFL)
Tom Bettis          65   LB 6- 2 225 Purdue           7  7 28 12 1955 Draft - 1st round
Lew Carpenter       33   FB 6- 2 215 Arkansas         3  8 29 14 1959 Trade - Cleveland
Dan Currie          58   LB 6- 3 240 Michigan State   4  4 26 14 1958 Draft - 1st round
Ben Davidson        72   DE 6- 8 275 Washington       1  1 21 14 1961 Trade - New York
Willie Davis        87   DE 6- 3 240 Grambling        2  4 27 14 1960 Trade - Cleveland
Boyd Dowler         86    E 6- 5 220 Colorado         3  3 23 14 1959 Draft - 3rd round
Lee Folkins         81   DE 6- 5 220 Washington       1  1 22 14 1961 Draft - 6th round
Bill Forrester      71   LB 6- 3 240 SMU              9  9 29 14 1953 Draft - 3rd round
Forrest Gregg       75    G 6- 4 250 SMU              5  5 27 14 1956 Draft - 2nd round
Hank Gremminger     46   DB 6- 1 205 Baylor           6  6 28 14 1956 Draft - 7th round
Dale Hackbart       40   DB 6- 3 200 Wisconsin        2  2 23  2 1960 Draft - 5th round
Dave Hanner         79   DT 6- 2 260 Arkansas        10 10 31 13 1952 Draft - 5th round
Paul Hornung         5   HB 6- 2 215 Notre Dame       5  5 25 12 1957 Draft - Bonus
Ken Iman            53    C 6- 1 230 SW Missouri St   2  2 23 14 1960 FA
Henry Jordan        74   DT 6- 3 250 Virginia         3  5 26 14 1959 Trade - Cleveland
Gary Knafelc        84    E 6- 4 220 Colorado         8  8 29 13 1954 FA - Chi Cardinals
Ron Kostelnik       77   DT 6- 4 260 Cincinnati       1  1 21 14 1961 Draft - 2nd round
Jerry Kramer        64    G 6- 3 250 Idaho            4  4 25  7 1958 Draft - 4th round
Ron Kramer          88    E 6- 3 230 Michigan         4  4 26 14 1957 Draft - 1st round
Norm Masters        78    T 6- 2 250 Michigan State   5  5 28 14 1957 Trade - Detroit
Max McGee           85    E 6- 3 205 Tulane           6  6 29 13 1954 Draft - 5th round
Tom Moore           25   HB 6- 2 215 Vanderbilt       2  2 23 13 1960 Draft - 1st round
Ray Nitschke        66   LB 6- 3 235 Illinois         4  4 24 12 1958 Draft - 3rd round
Elijah Pitts        22   HB 6- 1 200 Philander Smith  1  1 22 14 1961 Draft - 13th round
Bill Quinlan        83   DE 6- 3 250 Michigan State   3  5 29 14 1959 Trade - Cleveland
Jim Ringo           51    C 6- 1 235 Syracuse         9  9 31 14 1953 Draft - 7th round
John Roach          10   QB 6- 4 200 SMU              1  4 28  7 1961 Trade - St. Louis
Bob Skoronski       76    T 6- 3 250 Indiana          4  4 27 13 1956 Draft - 5th round
Bart Starr          15   QB 6- 1 200 Alabama          6  6 27 14 1956 Draft - 17th round
John Symank         27   DB 5-11 180 Florida          5  5 26 14 1957 Draft - 23rd round
Jim Taylor          31   FB 6- 0 215 LSU              4  4 26 14 1958 Draft - 2nd round
1961 PACKER TRADES - TRANSACTIONS
JAN 23 - FB Roger Hagberg (10th round) signed with WINNIPEG (CFL)
JAN 26 - DT Ken Beck, DB Dick Pesonen, HB Paul Winslow selected by Minnesota in expansion draft
FEB 5 - HB Lewis Johnson (7th round) signed with HOUSTON (AFL)
MARCH 27 - Traded QB Lamar McHan to Baltimore for a 1962 5th round choice and a 1964 3rd round choice
JUNE 21 -  Traded HB Joel Wells to NEW YORK for a 1962 3rd round choice
AUG 6 - Waived T John Miller, T Leland Bondhus, G Bob Beaver, E Clarence Lucerna and HB John Rollins
AUG 8 - Traded a 1962 3rd round choice to CLEVELAND for QB John Roach. Traded E Steve Meilinger to DALLAS for a
1962 12th round choice
AUG 28 - Released E Clarence Mason and T Jim Brewington
SEPT 7 - Placed LB Tom Bettis on the injured reserve. Traded undisclosed draft choice to NEW YORK for DE Ben Davidson. Released FB Larry Hickman.
SEPT 12 - Waived QB Val Keckin. DE Jim Temp retired.
SEPT 26 - Traded DB Dale Hackbart to WASHINGTON for a 1962 6th round choice
NOV 16 - Signed K Ben Agajanian in cash deal with DALLAS (AFL)
1961 IN REVIEW
An expanded 14-game schedule proved to be no problem for the Packers, as they won their first championship since 1944. Led by Jim
Taylor, Paul Hornung and Tom Moore, Green Bay racked up more rushing yards (2,350), more first downs (142) and more touchdowns
(27) than anyone else in the NFL. Bart Starr completed 58 percent of his passes for a team record 2,418 yards. The defense ranked 6th in the league, giving up fewer points than anyone else but the Giants. The team also recored 29 takeaways, tied for Detroit as second best. After clinching the Western Conference title in Week 12, Green Bay had no problem in the NFL Title game, the first one ever held in Green Bay. They steamrolled the New York Giants, 37-0, holding them to six first downs and 130 yards on offense. The defense picked off Y.A. Tittle four times. To end speculation that Vince Lombardi may be heading to the Giants as head coach, Green Bay signed him to a new five-year contract in August.
THE BEST LINEBACKER WHO NEVER WAS
He was a 14th round draft choice out of Wichita in 1961, an afterthought on a team that was loaded with linebackers - Ray Nitschke, Dan Currie and Bill Forester were the big names. Nelson Toburen would eventually become one of the great "What-Ifs" in Packer history. After playing as a reserve his rookie season, the former Shocker appeared poised to become one of the key components of the Packer dynasty of the 1960s. When Dan Currie went down with a knee injury in 1962, Toburen was given the start on November 18th against Baltimore. He tackled Johnny Unitas in the open field, causing a fumble. Everyone got up after the play,  with the ball in the hands of fellow linebacker Ray Nitschke, except for Toburen. His neck was broken, his career over, and his ability to walk in serious doubt. His days as a Packer officially came to an end on August 27th 1963, when the team waived the injured veteran. It is said that when Vince Lombardi wept openly when he saw Turen in the hospital, and paid the salary of the young man through the end of the 1963 season, which the coach and franchise had no obligation to do. Toburen spent a year in a body cast, then became a lawyer and judge in Kansas. he would see more tragedy in his life. In 1987, his son, Chris, a First Lieutenant in the Marines, was piloting a helicopter which crashed into a remote area of Camp Pendleton, California. Toburen and three others died in the crash.
(Pictured - Vince Lombardi with Packers’ linebacker Nelson Toburen in this training camp in 1962. Credit to Packerville.blogspot.com)
NAME                NO  POS  HGT WGT COLLEGE         YR PR AG  G HOW ACQUIRED
Fuzzy Thurston      63    G 6- 1 250 Valparaiso       3  4 26 14 1959 Trade - Baltimore
Nelson Toburen      61   LB 6- 3 235 Wichita          1  1 22 14 1961 Draft - 14th round
Emlen Tunnell       45   DB 6- 1 210 Iowa             3 14 36 13 1959 Trade - New York
Jesse Whittenton    47   DB 6- 0 195 Texas-El Paso    4  6 27 14 1958 FA - Chicago Bears
Willie Wood         24   DB 5-10 185 USC              2  2 24 14 1960 FA
NO - Jersey Number POS - Position HGT - Height WGT - Weight YR - Years with Packers PR - Years of Professional Football AGE - Age at Start of Season G - Games  Played FA - Free Agent
1961 PACKERS DRAFT (December 27-28, 1961)
RND-PICK NAME                  POS COLLEGE
1  -  12 Herb Adderley          DB Michigan State
2  -  26 Ron Kostelnik           T Cincinnati
3  -  40 Phil Nugent            QB Tulane
4a -  54 *-Paul Dudley          HB Arkansas
4b -  56 Joe LeSage (A)          G Tulane
5  -  68 Jack Novak              G Miami (Fla.)
6  -  82 Lee Folkins            DE Washington
7  -  96 Lewis Johnson          HB Florida A&M
8  - 108 to Cleveland Browns for Bob Jarus
9  - 124 Vester Flanagan         T Humboldt
10a- 128 Roger Hagberg (B)      FB Minnesota
10b- 138 Buck McLeod             T Baylor     
11 - 152 Val Keckin             QB S.Mississippi
12 - 166 *-John Denvir           T Colorado 
13 - 180 Elijah Pitts           HB Philan. Smith 
14 - 194 Nelson Toburen         LB Wichita 
15 - 208 *-Ray Lardani           T Miami (Fla.) 
16 - 222 Clarence Mason          E Bowling Green
17 - 236 Jim Brewington          T NC Central 
18 - 250 Arthur Sims             B Texas A&M 
19 - 264 Leland Bondhus          T S. Dakota St
20 - 278 Ray Ratkowski          HB Notre Dame 
A - from Philadelphia Eagles for Bob Freeman - B - from Dallas Cowboys for Fred Cone - * - Juniors
Bold - Played for the Green Bay Packers
1961 PRE-SEASON RESULTS (5-0)
AUGUST (3-0)                            RESULT      RECORD    ATT STARTING QB              LEADING RUSHER              LEADING PASSER              LEADING RECEIVER
11 at Dallas Cowboys                   W 30- 7      1- 0-0 30,000 Bart Starr               Jim Taylor (112)                                        Boyd Dowler (5)
18 at St. Louis Cardinals              W 31-10      2- 0-0 31,056 Bart Starr                                           Bart Starr (193)
26 M-CHICAGO BEARS                     W 24-14      3- 0-0 42,560 Bart Starr               Jim Taylor (97)             Bart Starr (229)
SEPTEMBER (2-0)
4  G-NEW YORK GIANTS                   W 20-17      4- 0-0 33,452 Bart Starr                                           Bart Starr (171)
9  Washington Redskins (Columbus, GA)  W 31-24      5- 0-0 18,000
1961 REGULAR SEASON RESULTS (11-3)
SEPTEMBER (1-1)
17 M-DETROIT LIONS (0-0)               L 13-17      0- 1-0 44,307 Bart Starr               Jim Taylor (85)             Bart Starr (173)            Max McGee (7-127)
24 G-SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS (1-0)         W 30-10      1- 1-0 38,669 Bart Starr               Jim Taylor (63)             Bart Starr (161)            Ron Kramer (5-61)
OCTOBER (5-0)
1  G-CHICAGO BEARS (1-1)               W 24- 0      2- 1-0 38,669 Bart Starr               Jim Taylor (130)            Bart Starr (111)            Boyd Dowler (4-41)
8  G-BALTIMORE COLTS (2-1)             W 45- 7      3- 1-0 38,669 Bart Starr               Paul Hornung (111)          Bart Starr (157)            Four tied with 3 each
15 at Cleveland Browns (3-1)           W 49-17      4- 1-0 75,049 Bart Starr               Jim Taylor (158)            Bart Starr (272)            Max McGee (5-120)
22 at Minnesota Vikings (1-4)          W 33- 7      5- 1-0 42,007 Bart Starr               Tom Moore (159)             Bart Starr (206)            Ron Kramer (4-62) 
29 M-MINNESOTA VIKINGS (1-5)           W 28-10      6- 1-0 44,116 Bart Starr               Paul Hornung (70)           Bart Starr (311)            Max McGee (6-102)
NOVEMBER (3-1)
5  at Baltimore Colts (3-4)            L 21-45      6- 2-0 57,641 Bart Starr               Jim Taylor (93)             Bart Starr (64)             Boyd Dowler (2-21)
12 at Chicago Bears (5-3)              W 31-28      7- 2-0 49,711 Bart Starr               Paul Hornung (94)           Bart Starr (160)            Jim Taylor (3-26)
19 G-LOS ANGELES RAMS (3-6)            W 35-17      8- 2-0 38,669 Bart Starr               Jim Taylor (47)             Bart Starr (173)            Max McGee (5-90)
23 at Detroit Lions (6-3-1)            W 17- 9      9- 2-0 55,662 Bart Starr               Jim Taylor (94)             Bart Starr (159)            Max McGee (6-92)
DECEMBER (2-1)
3  M-NEW YORK GIANTS (9-2)             W 20-17     10- 2-0 47,012 Bart Starr               Jim Taylor (186)            Bart Starr (125)            Boyd Dowler (3-52)
10 at San Francisco 49ers (6-5-1)      L 21-22     10- 3-0 55,722 Bart Starr               Jim Taylor (122)            Bart Starr (185)            Max McGee (5-88)
17 at Los Angeles Rams (4-9)           W 24-17     11- 3-0 49,169 Bart Starr               Jim Taylor (78)             Bart Starr (161)            Boyd Dowler (5-69)
1961 POST-SEASON RESULTS (1-0)
DECEMBER - 1961 NFL CHAMPIONSHIP
31 G-NEW YORK GIANTS (10-3-1)          W 37- 0             39,029 Bart Starr               Paul Hornung (89)           Bart Starr (164)            Ron Kramer (4-80)
G - Green Bay M - Milwaukee
WORLD CHAMPIONS
The 1961 Green Bay Packers - 11-3 (1st-Western Conference)
Head Coach: Vince Lombardi