1966 IN REVIEW
 In June 1966, the NFL and AFL announced they were merging after six years of war. The immediate result was the creation on a title game between the two champions in 1966. For the Packers, a 1-point loss to the 49ers and a 3-point loss to the Vikings were the only thing that prevented them from a perfect season. Bart Starr was nearly flawless, completing 62 percent of his passes with only three interceptions, in being named NFL MVP. Jim Taylor and Paul Hornung began the final chapters of their storied careers. In response, Green Bay paid out more than $1 million for Donny Anderson (signed in 1965 as a junior) and Jim Grabowski to replace them. The defense ranked third in the league, giving up just 17 touchdowns all season. They sacked enemy quarterbacks 47 times and intercepted 28 passes in what may have been the finest season in Packer history.
THE MERGER - WHAT MIGHT HAVE BEEN
Peace finally came to the football world on June 8th 1966, when the AFL and NFL laid down their guns, and checkbooks, and announced they would join forces for the 1970 season. One problem remained, though. The two entities could not become one without an anti-trust exemption from Congress, and that made Louisiana Congressmen Russell Long and Hale Boggs the most powerful figures in sports. As Chairman of the Senate Financial Committee, Long was not happy about the merger, as he did not see a benefit to New Orleans. The city had lost its chance at an AFL franchise in December 1964 after being awarded the 1965 AFL All Star Game. After experiencing the racial barriers in the city, AFL players called Houston Oilers owner Bud Adams and said they were going to boycott the game. The owners moved the game to Houston and that ended any chance New Orleans would join the AFL. NFL Commissioner Peter Rozelle was not ready to grant New Orleans an expansion team, and the two lawmakers were not ready to sign off on the anti-trust legislation. In one rumored scenario, a series of franchise shifts was proposed. The New York Jets would move to Los Angeles. Daniel Reeves would take his Rams franchise to San Diego and replace the Chargers. Barron Hilton then would take his Chargers to New Orleans. In order to keep the ownership of the 49ers happy, the Oakland Raiders would be moved to either Seattle or Portland. That rumor was quickly put to rest, when Rozelle and other NFL officials told Congress that no teams would be moved because of the merger. It appeared the merger was once again in jeopardy. Rozelle and the NFL owners finally gave in and promised Boggs an expansion team.  Congress approved the NFL-AFL merger by giving the two competitors an anti-trust exemption, which was added as a rider to an anti-inflation tax bill on October 21, 1966. The NFL awarded its 16th franchise to New Orleans on November 1, 1966 on All Saints Day. The NFL collected an $8 million expansion fee from New Orleans owner John Mecom, which was split between the 15 NFL owners. The Jets paid $18 million to the New York Giants, and the  Raiders handed over $8 million to the 49ers. The AFL also agreed to pay the NFL the $7.5 million it received from the Cincinnati expansion fee in 1968.
NAME                NO  POS  HGT WGT COLLEGE         YR PR AG  G HOW ACQUIRED
Herb Adderley       26   CB 6- 1 200 Michigan State   6  6 27 14 1961 Draft - 1st round
Lionel Aldridge     62   DE 6- 4 245 Utah State       4  4 25 13 1963 Draft - 4th round
Bill Anderson       88   TE 6- 3 225 Tennessee        2  8 30 10 1965 Trade - Washington
Donny Anderson      44   RB 6- 3 210 Texas Tech       1  1 23 14 1965 Draft - 1st round
Ken Bowman          57    C 6- 3 230 Wisconsin        3  3 23  4 1964 Draft - 8th round
Zeke Bratkowski     12   QB 6- 3 210 Georgia          4 11 33  8 1963 FA - Los Angeles
Allen Brown         83   TE 6- 5 235 Mississippi      1  1 23  5 1965 Draft - 3rd round
Bob Brown           78   DE 6- 5 260 Ark-Pine Bluff   1  1 26 14 1966 FA
Tom Brown           40   DB 6- 1 190 Maryland         3  3 25 14 1963 Draft - 2nd round
Lee Roy Caffey      60   LB 6- 3 250 Texas A&M        3  4 25 14 1964 Trade - Philadel
Don Chandler        34    K 6- 2 210 Florida          2 11 32 14 1965 Trade - NY Giants
Tommy Crutcher      56   LB 6- 3 230 TCU              3  3 25 14 1964 Draft - 3rd round
Bill Curry          50    C 6- 2 235 Georgia Tech     2  2 23 14 1964 Draft - 20th round
Carroll Dale        84   WR 6- 2 200 Virginia Tech    2  7 28 14 1965 Trade - L. Angeles
Willie Davis        87   DE 6- 3 245 Grambling        7  9 32 14 1960 Trade - Cleveland
Boyd Dowler         86   WR 6- 5 225 Colorado         8  8 28 14 1959 Draft - 3rd round
Marv Fleming        81   TE 6- 4 235 Utah             4  4 24 14 1963 Draft - 11th round
Gale Gillingham     68    G 6- 3 255 Minnesota        1  1 22 14 1966 Draft - 1st round
Jim Grabowski       33   RB 6- 2 220 Illinois         1  1 21 14 1966 Draft - 1st round
Forrest Gregg       75    G 6- 4 250 SMU             10 10 32 14 1956 Draft - 2nd round
Doug Hart           43   DB 6- 0 190 Arlington State  3  3 27 14 1964 FA - St. Louis
Dave Hathcock       45   DB 6- 0 195 Memphis State    1  1 23 14 1966 Draft - 17th round
Paul Hornung         5   HB 6- 2 215 Notre Dame       9  9 30  9 1957 Draft - Bonus
Bob Jeter           21   DB 6- 1 205 Iowa             4  4 29 14 1960 Draft - 2nd round
Henry Jordan        74   DT 6- 3 250 Virginia         8 10 31 14 1959 Trade - Cleveland
Ron Kostelnik       77   DT 6- 4 260 Cincinnati       6  6 26 14 1961 Draft - 2nd round
Jerry Kramer        64    G 6- 3 245 Idaho            9  9 30 14 1958 Draft - 4th round
Bob Long            80   WR 6- 3 205 Wichita          3  3 24  5 1964 Draft - 4th round
Red Mack            27   WR 5-10 185 Notre Dame       1  6 29  9 1966 FA - Atlanta
Max McGee           85    E 6- 3 210 Tulane          11 11 34 12 1954 Draft - 5th round
Ray Nitschke        66   LB 6- 3 240 Illinois         9  9 29 14 1958 Draft - 3rd round
Elijah Pitts        22   HB 6- 1 205 Philander Smith  6  6 27 14 1961 Draft - 13th round
Dave Robinson       89   LB 6- 3 240 Penn State       4  4 25 14 1963 Draft - 1st round
Bob Skoronski       76    T 6- 3 245 Indiana          9  9 32 14 1956 Draft - 5th round
Bart Starr          15   QB 6- 1 190 Alabama         11 11 32 14 1956 Draft - 17th round
1966 PACKER TRADES - TRANSACTIONS
FEB 15 - Lost QB Dennis Claridge, RB Junior Coffey and OG Dan Grimm to ATLANTA in the expansion draft.
APR 25 - Traded RB Tom Moore to LOS ANGELES for QB Ron Smith, OT Dick Arndt and 1967 2nd-round draft choice.
JUN 25 - Traded DB Hank Gremminger to DALLAS for 1967 5th-round draft choice.
JUL 26 - Traded DT Lloyd Voss and TE Tony Jeter (3rd round) to PITTSBURGH for 1967 1st-round draft choice.
JUL 29 - Waived HB Sam Montgomery (10th round) and LB Marty Sica. Traded OT Ray Schoenke to CLEVELAND for undisclosed draft choice. (54 players on roster)
AUG 3 - Traded OT Fred Heron (3rd round) and a 1967 4th-round draft choice to ST. LOUIS for 1968 3rd round draft choice (53 players on roster). Lost HB Sam Montgomery (1oth round) on waivers to ATLANTA.
AUG 15 - Traded C Ralph Wenzel (11th round) to CLEVELAND for undisclosed draft choice.
AUG 22 - Traded RB Ron Rector (9th round) to WASHINGTON for 1967 4th-round draft choice. Released C Steve Burratto. (49 players)
AUG 30 - Traded QB Ron Smith to PITTSBURGH for 1967 5th-round draft choice.
SEPT 6 - Traded RB Allen Jacobs to NEW YORK GIANTS for 1967 7th round choice.
SEPT 23 - Claimed WR Red Mack off waivers from ATLANTA. Placed E Bob Long from injured reserve list.
NOV 1 - Placed TE Allen Brown on injured reserve list. Activated E Bob Long from injured reserve list.
DEC 12 - Signed OT Dick Arndt.
NAME                NO  POS  HGT WGT COLLEGE         YR PR AG  G HOW ACQUIRED
Jim Taylor          31   FB 6- 0 215 LSU              9  9 31 14 1958 Draft - 2nd round
Fuzzy Thurston      63    G 6- 1 245 Valparaiso       8  9 31 12 1959 Trade - Baltimore
Phil Vandersea      37   LB 6- 3 235 Massachusetts    1  1 23 14 1965 Draft - 16th round
Jim Weatherwax      73   DT 6- 7 260 Cal State-LA     1  1 23 14 1965 Draft - 11th round
Willie Wood         24   DB 5-10 190 USC              7  7 29 14 1960 FA
Steve Wright        72    T 6- 6 250 Alabama          3  3 24 14 1964 Draft - 5th round
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
1966 PACKERS DRAFT (November 27, 1965)
RND-PICK NAME                  POS COLLEGE
1a -   9 Jim Grabowski (A)      FB Illinois
1b -  13 Gale Gillingham         T Minnesota
2  -  30 *-Tom Cichowski         T Maryland
3a -  45 Fred Heron              T San Jose State
3b -  46 Tony Jeter (B)          E Nebraska
4  -  62 *-John Roderick         B Southern Methodist
5  -  78 to Los Angeles Rams
6  -  94 to Washington Redskins for Bill Anderson
7  - 108 *-Ray Miller            E Idaho
8  - 124 Ken McLean             HB Texas A&M
9  - 138 Ron Rector             HB Northwestern
10 - 154 Sam Montgomery         HB Southern 
11 - 168 Ralph Wenzel            C San Diego St
12 - 184 *-Jim Mankins          FB Florida State 
13 - 198 *-Ed King              LB USC
14 - 214 Ron Hanson              E N. Dakota St
15 - 228 Grady Bolton            T Mississippi St
16 - 244 Robert Schultz         DE Stevens Point
17 - 258 Dave Hathcock          DB Memphis State
18 - 274 Jim Jones              DE Nebraska-Omaha
19 - 288 Dave Moton             TE USC
20 - 304 Ed Maras                E S. Dakota St
A- from Detroit Lions for Ron Kramer B - from Cleveland Browns
* - Juniors
Bold - Played for the Green Bay Packers
1966 PRE-SEASON RESULTS (3-2)
AUGUST (2-2)                            RESULT      RECORD    ATT STARTING QB              LEADING RUSHER              LEADING PASSER              LEADING RECEIVER
5  College All-Stars at Chicago        W 38- 0      1- 0-0 72,000 Bart Starr               Jim Taylor (75)             Bart Starr (177)            Boyd Dowler (6-80)
12 M-CHICAGO BEARS                     L 10-13      1- 1-0 47,034 Bart Starr               Paul Hornung (60)           Bart Starr (115)            Carroll Dale (4-46)
20 at Dallas Cowboys                   L  3-21      1- 2-0 75,504 Bart Starr               Jim Taylor (72)             Bart Starr (96)             Allen Brown (3-28)
27 G-PITTSBURGH STEELERS               W 17- 6      2- 2-0 50,861 Bart Starr               Jim Taylor (67)             Bart Starr (149)            Jim Taylor (4-59)
SEPTEMBER (1-0)
3  M-NEW YORK GIANTS                   W 37-10      3- 2-0 47,102 Bart Starr               Elijah Pitts (72)           Bart Starr (207)            Max McGee (4-73)
1966 REGULAR SEASON RESULTS (12-2)
SEPTEMBER (3-0)
10 M-BALTIMORE COLTS (0-0)             W 24- 3      1- 0-0 48,650 Bart Starr               Jim Taylor (76)             Bart Starr (138)            Boyd Dowler (6-73)
18 at Cleveland Browns (1-0)           W 21-20      2- 0-0 83,943 Bart Starr               Paul Hornung (51)           Bart Starr (238)            Jim Taylor (8-64)
25 G-LOS ANGELES RAMS (2-0)            W 24-13      3- 0-0 50,861 Bart Starr               Jim Taylor (42)             Bart Starr (257)            Carroll Dale (6-76)
OCTOBER (4-1)
2  G-DETROIT LIONS (2-1)               W 23-14      4- 0-0 50,861 Bart Starr               Jim Taylor (34)             Bart Starr (212)            Marv Fleming (3-72)
9  at San Francisco 49ers (0-2-1)      L 20-21      4- 1-0 39,290 Bart Starr               Jim Taylor (54)             Bart Starr (287)            Carroll Dale (4-86)
16 at Chicago Bears (2-2)              W 17- 0      5- 1-0 48,573 Bart Starr               Jim Taylor (66)             Bart Starr (80)             Jim Taylor (4-42)
23 M-ATLANTA FALCONS (0-6)             W 56- 3      6- 1-0 48,623 Bart Starr               Jim Grabowski (52)          Bart Starr (220)            Carroll Dale (4-110)
30 at Detroit Lions (3-3)              W 31- 7      7- 1-0 56,954 Bart Starr               Elijah Pitts (99)           Bart Starr (154)            Boyd Dowler (3-30)
NOVEMBER (2-1)
6  G-MINNESOTA VIKINGS (2-4-1)         L 17-20      7- 2-0 50,861 Bart Starr               Elijah Pitts (89)           Bart Starr (140)            Jim Taylor (5-44)
20 G-CHICAGO BEARS (3-4-2)             W 13- 6      8- 2-0 50,861 Bart Starr               Jim Taylor (49)             Zeke Bratkowski (190)       Carroll Dale (6-87)
27 at Minnesota Vikings (3-6-1)        W 28-16      9- 2-0 47,426 Bart Starr               Jim Grabowski (61)          Bart Starr (149)            Marv Fleming (4-37)
DECEMBER (3-0)
4  M-SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS (5-4-2)       W 20- 7     10- 2-0 48,725 Bart Starr               Jim Taylor (84)             Bart Starr (236)            Marv Fleming (4-36)
10 at Baltimore Colts (8-4)            W 14-10     11- 2-0 60,238 Bart Starr               Jim Taylor (43)             Bart Starr (96)             Elijah Pitts (4-79)
18 at Los Angeles Rams (8-5)           W 27-23     12- 2-0 72,416 Zeke Bratkowski          Donny Anderson (58)         Zeke Bratkowski (245)       Carroll Dale (3-121)
1966 POST-SEASON RESULTS (2-0)
JANUARY 1967 - 1966 NFL CHAMPIONSHIP
1  at Dallas Cowboys (10-3-1)          W 34-27             74,152 Bart Starr               Elijah Pitts (66)           Bart Starr (304)            Carroll Dale (5-128)
SUPER BOWL I AT LOS ANGELES
15 Kansas City Chiefs (12-2-1)         W 35-10             61,946 Bart Starr               Jim Taylor (56)             Bart Starr (250)            Max McGee (7-138)
G - Green Bay M - Milwaukee  
The pre-season preview from the 1966 Football Pros magazine (Credit - Packerville, USA)