1963 IN REVIEW
One team kept Green Bay from a fourth consecutive Western Conference title and a shot at a third straight NFL championship - the hated Chicago Bears. The Packers only lost
twice, giving them a 3-year record of 35-6-1, but both losses came to Chicago. At the end of the season, the Bears finished one-half game ahead of the Packers. Green Bay was
hurt by the loss of Paul Hornung, who was suspended for the season due to gambling issues. The Packer running game dropped to second in the league behind Cleveland.
Defensively, Green Bay was second to the Bears, and allowed a league-low nine touchdown passes. Only the Giants scored more points, and only Chicago allowed fewer on
defense. When the season ended, Green Bay had the third best winning percentage in NFL history for a team not to make the playoffs since the format was adopted in 1933.
THE GOLDEN BOY GETS TARNISHED - During the 1962 season, there was a steady stream of rumors about NFL players being involved with gamblers. Commissioner Pete
Rozelle ordered an investigation. The 3½-month probe became a sensation, and Detroit's Alex Karras was at the eye of the storm. Paul Hornung's name rarely came up, at
least publicly. Then, in January 1963, Hornung was called  to Manhattan by Rozelle. Like Karras, Hornung took a polygraph test and passed it, admitting he had bet on games
but never against his own team. Finally, on April 17, 1963, Rozelle issued his sentences, suspending Hornung and Karras indefinitely and fining them $2,000 each. Lions
coach George Wilson and five other Detroit players also were fined. While Karras and the Lions protested their punishments, Hornung was contrite. During his suspension,
Hornung often called Rozelle's office to clear everything from his attendance at the Kentucky Derby to his writing a magazine story about the NFL. Hornung and Karras were
reinstated 11 months later, on March 16, 1964. Hornung played all 14 games that year, scoring five touchdowns and making 12 field goals en route to a team-leading 107
points. Even though his production fell off during the Packers' 1965 and '66 championship years, Hornung still had enough left to victimize the Colts in a big way again, scoring
a team-record five touchdowns in a 42-27 win in 1965 at Baltimore. He also ran for 105 yards in the Packers' 23-12 championship victory over the Cleveland Browns. After an
injury-riddled 1966 and watching the Packers win the first Super Bowl from the bench, Hornung was one of 11 Packers exposed to the expansion draft used to stock the New
Orleans Saints. Selected by the Saints and signed to a hefty contract, Hornung retired in July rather than risk permanent injury. (ESPN Classic: Hornung excelled on the field
and had fun off it)
REMEMBER JOHN ROACH
Probably not many people remember the subject of today’s posting... and if they do, they may be like us folks who only know of him from reading books or watching old highlight
films. He is #10 in your game program — John Roach, backup quarterback for the Green Bay Packers from 1961 to 1963. Roach came to the Packers after playing for the
Chicago (now Arizona) Cardinals in 1956, and again in 1959 and 1960. His numbers in Chicago for 1960 apparently made someone in the Packers’ front office take note. He
played in 12 games, completing 87 out of 188 passes for 1,423 yards — including 17 touchdowns and 19 interceptions. The Packers were in the market for a backup to new
starter Bart Starr, whose backups in 1960 were Lamar McHan and Paul Hornung. McHan was let go, and John Roach brought over from Chicago in 1961. Hornung did still
remain a backup quarterback in 1961 as well. In his three seasons in Green Bay, Roach won NFL Championship rings for the 1961 and 1962 seasons with the team, even
though he played very sparingly. His stats for the three years in the green and gold are: 45 passes completed out of 96 attempts for 1,002 yards — including 5 touchdowns and
14 interceptions. Roach went on to play for one more season in the NFL with the Dallas Cowboys in 1964. (SOURCE: Packerville.blogspot.com)
NAME                NO  POS  HGT WGT COLLEGE         YR PR AG  G HOW ACQUIRED
Herb Adderley       26   CB 6- 1 210 Michigan State   3  3 24 14 1961 Draft - 1st round
Lionel Aldridge     62   DE 6- 4 245 Utah State       1  1 22 14 1963 Draft - 4th round
Jan Barrett         82    E 6- 3 230 Fresno State     1  1 23  3 1963 Draft - 6th round
Zeke Bratkowski     12   QB 6- 3 200 Georgia          1  8 30  6 1963 FA - Los Angeles
Lew Carpenter       33   FB 6- 2 215 Arkansas         5 10 31 14 1959 Trade - Cleveland
Dan Currie          58   LB 6- 3 240 Michigan State   6  6 28 14 1958 Draft - 1st round
Willie Davis        87   DE 6- 3 245 Grambling        4  6 29 14 1960 Trade - Cleveland
Boyd Dowler         86    E 6- 5 225 Colorado         5  5 25 14 1959 Draft - 3rd round
Marv Fleming        81   TE 6- 4 230 Utah             1  1 21 14 1963 Draft - 11th round
Bill Forrester      71   LB 6- 3 240 SMU             11 11 31 14 1953 Draft - 3rd round
Forrest Gregg       75    G 6- 4 250 SMU              7  7 29 14 1956 Draft - 2nd round
Hank Gremminger     46   DB 6- 1 200 Baylor           8  8 30 14 1956 Draft - 7th round
Dan Grimm           67    G 6- 3 245 Colorado         1  1 22 14 1963 Draft - 5th round
Earl Gros           40   FB 6- 3 230 Louisiana State  2  2 23 13 1962 Draft - 1st round
Dave Hanner         79   DT 6- 2 260 Arkansas        12 12 33 14 1952 Draft - 5th round
Urban Henry         83DE/DT 6- 4 265 Georgia Tech     1  2 28 14 1963 FA - L. A. (1961)
Ed Holler           65   LB 6- 2 235 South Carolina   1  1 23  2 1963 Draft - 14th round
Ken Iman            53    C 6- 1 230 SE Missouri St   4  4 25 14 1960 FA
Bob Jeter           21    E 6- 1 205 Iowa             1  1 26 13 1960 Draft - 2nd round
Henry Jordan        74   DT 6- 3 250 Virginia         5  7 28 14 1959 Trade - Cleveland
Ron Kostelnik       77   DT 6- 4 260 Cincinnati       3  3 23 13 1961 Draft - 2nd round
Jerry Kramer        64    G 6- 3 245 Idaho            6  6 27 14 1958 Draft - 4th round
Ron Kramer          88    E 6- 3 240 Michigan         6  6 28 12 1957 Draft - 1st round
Norm Masters        78    T 6- 2 250 Michigan State   7  7 30 14 1957 Trade - Detroit
Max McGee           85    E 6- 3 205 Tulane           8  8 31 14 1954 Draft - 5th round
Frank Mestnik       35   FB 6- 2 220 Marquette        1  1 25 11 1963 FA
Tom Moore           25   HB 6- 2 220 Vanderbilt       4  4 25 12 1960 Draft - 1st round
Ray Nitschke        66   LB 6- 3 240 Illinois         6  6 26 12 1958 Draft - 3rd round
Jerry Norton        23    P 5-11 195 SMU              1 10 32 14 1963 Trade - Dallas
Elijah Pitts        22   HB 6- 1 205 Philander Smith  3  3 24 14 1961 Draft - 13th round
Jim Ringo           51    C 6- 1 235 Syracuse        11 11 33 14 1953 Draft - 7th round
John Roach          10   QB 6- 4 200 SMU              3  6 30  8 1961 Trade - St. Louis
Dave Robinson       89   LB 6- 3 245 Penn State       1  1 22 14 1963 Draft - 1st round
Bob Skoronski       76    T 6- 3 250 Indiana          6  6 29 14 1956 Draft - 5th round
Bart Starr          15   QB 6- 1 200 Alabama          8  8 29 13 1956 Draft - 17th round
Jim Taylor          31   FB 6- 0 215 LSU              6  6 28 14 1958 Draft - 2nd round
Fuzzy Thurston      63    G 6- 1 245 Valparaiso       5  6 28 14 1959 Trade - Baltimore
Jesse Whittenton    47   DB 6- 0 195 Texas-El Paso    6  8 29 14 1958 FA - Chicago Bears
1963 PACKER TRADES - TRANSACTIONS
APRIL 26 - Traded DE Bill Quinlan and DB John Symank to NEW YORK for 1964 3rd round
MAY 15 - Signed DT Urban Henry.
JULY 18 - FB Louis Rettino (8th round) left camp.
JULY 29 - Waived HB Bobby Brezina, B Karl Korenz, T Olin Hall and G Earl McQuiston (48 players on roster)
AUG 3 - Waived E Thurman Walker
AUG 4 - Waived LB Coolidge Hunt, T Wayne Puterbaugh and B John Fabry. (47 players on roster)
SEPT 3 - Traded OG Ed Blaine to PHILADELPHIA for 1964 4th round. Cut FB Frank Mestnik and HB Doug Nart.
SEPT 10 - Traded E Gary Barnes to DALLAS for 1964 5th round. Placed LB Ed Holler and T Tony Liscio on waivers.
SEPT 11 - Acquired P Jerry Norton from DALLAS for 1964 6th round
OCT 4 - Activated HB Frank Mestnick from taxi squad. Waived E Jan Barrett.
OCT 29 - Claimed QB Zeke Bratkowski on waivers from LOS ANGELES. Placed DB Howie Williams on waivers.
DEC 4 - Placed LB Ray Nitschke on injured reserve. Activated LB Ed Holler from taxi squad.
NAME                NO  POS  HGT WGT COLLEGE         YR PR AG  G HOW ACQUIRED
Howard Williams     29   DB 6- 1 190 Howard JC        2  2 25  7 1962 FA
Willie Wood         24   DB 5-10 190 USC              4  4 26 14 1960 FA
NO - Jersey Number POS - Position HGT - Height WGT - Weight YR - Years with Packers PR - Years of Professional Football AGE - Age on September 1 G - Games  Played FA - Free Agent
1963 PACKERS DRAFT (December 3, 1962)
RND-PICK NAME                  POS COLLEGE
1  -  14 Dave Robinson          DE Penn State
2  -  28 Tom Brown              DB Maryland
3a -  29 *-Dennis Claridge (A)  QB Nebraska
3b -  42 Tony Liscio             T Tulsa
4a -  54 Lionel Aldridge (B)     G Utah State
4b -  56 Carlton Simons          C Stanford (AFL)
5a -  63 *-Jack Cverko (C)       G Northwestern
5b -  70 Dan Grimm               T Colorado
6a -  76 *-John Simmons (D)      E Tulsa
6b -  84 Jan Barrett             E Fresno State
7a -  93 Gary Kroner (E)        HB Wisconsin
7b -  95 Olin Hill (F)           T Furman
7c -  98 *-Turnley Todd         LB Virginia
8a - 104 Keith Kinderman (G)    HB Florida State (AFL)    
8b - 112 Louis Rettino          FB Villanova 
9  - 126 *-Bill Freeman          T Missouri South
10 - 140 Earl McQuiston          G Iowa 
11 - 154 Marv Fleming            E Utah 
12 - 168 Daryle Lamonica        QB Notre Dame  (AFL)
13 - 182 *-Bill Kellum           T Tulane 
14 - 196 Ed Holler              LB South Carolina 
15 - 210 *-Gene Breen           LB Virginia Tech 
16 - 224 Coolidge Hunt          FB Texas Tech 
17 - 238 Thurman Walker          E Illinois 
18 - 252 Louis Hernandez         G Texas-El Paso 
19 - 266 *-Herman Hamp          HB Fresno State 
20 - 280 Bobby Brezina          HB Houston 
A - from Pittsburgh Steelers for Tom Bettis - B - from New York Giants for Paul Dudley - C - from Washington Redskins for Ben Davidson - D - from Dallas Cowboys - E - from Cleveland Browns for Ernie Green - F - from Pittsburgh Steelers - G - from Dallas Cowboys * - Juniors
Bold - Played for the Green Bay Packers
1963 PRE-SEASON RESULTS (5-1)
AUGUST (3-1)                            RESULT      RECORD    ATT STARTING QB              LEADING RUSHER              LEADING PASSER              LEADING RECEIVER
2  College All-Stars at Chicago        L 17-20      0- 1-0 65,000 Bart Starr               Jim Taylor (51)             Bart Starr (169)
10 Pittsburgh Steelers at Miami        W 27- 7      1- 1-0 26,500 Bart Starr                                           Bart Starr (209)            Max McGee (4-84)
17 at Dallas Cowboys                   W 31-10      2- 1-0 53,121 Bart Starr               Jim Taylor (86)
24 M-CHICAGO BEARS                     W 26- 7      3- 1-0 44,592 Bart Starr
SEPTEMBER (2-0)
2  G-NEW YORK GIANTS                   W 24-17      4- 1-0 42,327 Bart Starr               Jim Taylor (95)             Bart Starr (135)
7  Washington at Cedar Rapids, IA      W 28-17      5- 1-0 13,500 Bart Starr
1963 REGULAR SEASON RESULTS (11-2-1)
SEPTEMBER (2-1)
15 G-CHICAGO BEARS (0-0)               L  3-10      0- 1-0 42,327 Bart Starr               Jim Taylor (53)             Bart Starr (83)             Tom Moore (4-32)
22 M-DETROIT LIONS (1-0)               W 31-10      1- 1-0 45,912 Bart Starr               Tom Moore (122)             Bart Starr (122)            Ron Kramer (3-38)
29 G-BALTIMORE COLTS (1-1)             W 31-20      2- 1-0 42,327 Bart Starr               Jim Taylor (72)             Bart Starr (203)            Boyd Dowler (5-74)
OCTOBER (4-0)
6  G-LOS ANGELES RAMS (0-3)            W 42-10      3- 1-0 42,327 Bart Starr               Jim Taylor (90)             Bart Starr (183)            Ron Kramer (3-53)
13 at Minnesota Vikings (2-2)          W 37-28      4- 1-0 42,567 Bart Starr               Earl Gros (67)              Bart Starr (253)            Boyd Dowler (6-80)
20 at St. Louis Cardinals (4-1)        W 30- 7      5- 1-0 32,224 Bart Starr               Elijah Pitts (77)           Bart Starr (107)            Ron Kramer (3-68)
27 at Baltimore Colts (3-3)            W 34-20      6- 1-0 60,065 John Roach               Jim Taylor (107)            John Roach (156)            Max McGee (3-73)
NOVEMBER (3-1-1)
3  M-PITTSBURGH STEELERS (4-2-1)       W 33-14      7- 1-0 46,293 John Roach               Jim Taylor (141)            John Roach (151)            Moore/Fleming (2-48)
10 G-MINNESOTA VIKINGS (3-5)           W 28- 7      8- 1-0 42,327 John Roach               Tom Moore (82)              John Roach (188)            Boyd Dowler (8-134)
17 at Chicago Bears (8-1)              L  7-26      8- 2-0 49,166 John Roach               Tom Moore (50)              John Roach (92)             Max McGee (3-93)
24 M-SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS (2-8)         W 28-10      9- 2-0 45,905 Bart Starr               Jim Taylor (119)            Bart Starr (107)            Elijah Pitts (5-21)
28 at Detroit Lions (4-7)              T 13-13      9- 2-1 54,016 Bart Starr               Jim Taylor (28)             Bart Starr (286)            Boyd Dowler (9-178)
DECEMBER (2-0)
7  at Los Angeles Rams (5-7)           W 31-14     10- 2-1 52,357 Bart Starr               Jim Taylor (113)            Bart Starr (205)            Max McGee (7-105)
14 at San Francisco 49ers (2-11)       W 21-17     11- 2-1 31,031 Bart Starr               Jim Taylor (59)             Bart Starr (306)            Boyd Dowler (8-188)
1963 POST-SEASON RESULTS (1-0)
JANUARY (1-0) - 1963 NFL PLAYOFF BOWL 
5  Cleveland Browns at Miami           W 40-23             54,921 Bart Starr               Earl Gros (80)              
G - Green Bay M - Milwaukee
The Green Bay Packers Band (Photo Credit - Packerville USA)
“Coach Vince Lombardi sits at his desk in his spacious office in the Packers’ new $175,000 administration building in September 1963.” (Photo Credit - Green Bay Press-Gazette Archives)
The 1963 issue of All-Pro Football, which was a season preview issue of the upcoming football season, included the above article - “Are The Packers The Best Ever?” (Photo Credit - Packerville, USA)
From the publisher: “If pro football is warfare, then the battle is won or lost in the six days before Sunday. Written by legendary head coach Vince Lombardi, the book details a week in the Green Bay Packers' 1962 championship season. Lombardi assesses the grit of players and coaches. A must read for all true fans of pro football. A sports classic.”

"All week long there builds up inside of you a competitive animosity toward that other man, that counterpart across the field. All week long he is the symbol, the epitome, of what you must defeat…" — Vince Lombardi

 "Tightly written and sharply focused....The book gives splendid insights into the complexity of the pro game, the lightning improvisations coaches must make and the selflessness of the Green Bay players." —The New York Times

"The book that defines [pro football] best, and with the most literary distinction....As [Lombardi] describes a man's job on the field, he also probes his psyche--his strengths and weaknesses as a human being." — Book Week

(CREDIT: Packerville, USA)

The 1963 Green Bay Packers - 11-2-1 (2nd-Western Conference)
Head Coach: Vince Lombardi