1969 IN REVIEW
Green Bay went into the 1969 campaign with a theme - The Pack Will Be Back. Bumper stickers and a media campaign highlighted the new theme. For half the season, the dream looked real as the Packers sat at 5-2, a game behind Minnesota. Three straight losses in November put an end to any playoff hopes. By winning three of their last four, Green Bay managed to finish third for the second straight season. More and more players from the championship days were leaving the scene - Jerry Kramer, Forrest Gregg, Zeke Bratkowski and Bob Skoronski retired, Ron Kostelnik and Tom Brown were traded. Gregg would come out of retirement, but the exodus was underway. Vince Lombardi also left the stage, as he became the head coach and GM of the Washington Redskins in February. Head Coach Phil Bengtson was named general manager in March.
RICH MOORE - 1ST-ROUND BUST FOR THE AGES
As the glory days of the Lombardi era continued to fade more and more into the rearview mirror, the Packers continued to struggle with finding replacements for their aging stars. Along the defensive line, Willie Davis (34) and Henry Jordan (34) were showing their age, while Lionel Aldridge, Bob Brown and Jim Weatherwax were showing no signs of being of similar talent or were battling nagging, consistent injuries. The search for another replacement set the stage for one of the worst draft moves in franchise history. Out of Villanova University, Rich Moore was a 6-foot-6, 280-pound giant, and head coach Phil Bengtson pictured him as another Merlin Olsen. Green Bay took him with the 12th pick in the '69 draft over the objections of the scouting staff. They passed on such future stars as Fred Dwyer, Gene Washington and Ted Hendricks. "Rich Moore was a disaster," said Pat Peppler, the team's director of player personnel at the time. "Phil Bengtson fell in love with his size." After joining the Packers, he lasted only 20 games over two years. He never started one game, and never recorded a sack. By the summer of 1971, it was clear Moore would never live up to his pre-draft billing, even when the team tried to move him to the offensive line. He suffered strained knee ligaments, and the Packers were lucky to find one team willing to deal with. They sent him to New England for LB John Bramlett, who had been the Patriots' defensive player of the year in 1970 and was a two-time AFL All-Star. In a sad ending to the story, Moore never played for the Pats, after being placed on their injured reserve, and Bramlett was cut five weeks after being acquired by Green Bay.
NAME                NO  POS  HGT WGT COLLEGE         YR PR AG  G HOW ACQUIRED
Herb Adderley       26   CB 6- 1 200 Michigan State   9  9 30 14 1961 Draft-1st round
Lionel Aldridge     62   DE 6- 4 245 Utah State       7  7 28 14 1963 Draft-4th round
Donny Anderson      44   RB 6- 3 210 Texas Tech       4  4 26 14 1965 Draft-1st round
Ken Bowman          57    C 6- 3 230 Wisconsin        6  6 26 14 1964 Draft-8th round
Dave Bradley        61    G 6- 4 245 Penn State       1  1 22  4 1969 Draft-2nd round
Bob Brown           78   DE 6- 5 260 Ark-Pine Bluff   4  4 29 14 1966 FA
Lee Roy Caffey      60   LB 6- 3 250 Texas A&M        6  7 28 14 1964 Trade-Phil
Fred Carr           53   LB 6- 5 238 Texas-El Paso    2  2 23 14 1968 Draft-1st round
Carroll Dale        84   WR 6- 2 200 Virginia Tech    5 10 31 14 1965 Trade-L. Angeles
Willie Davis        87   DE 6- 3 245 Grambling       10 12 35 14 1960 Trade-Cleveland
Boyd Dowler         86   WR 6- 5 225 Colorado        11 11 31 14 1959 Draft-3rd round
Jim Flanigan        55   LB 6- 3 240 Pittsburgh       3  3 24  4 1967 Draft-2nd round
Marv Fleming        81   TE 6- 4 235 Utah             7  7 27 12 1963 Draft-11th round
Gale Gillingham     68    G 6- 3 255 Minnesota        4  4 25 14 1966 Draft-1st round
Jim Grabowski       33   RB 6- 2 220 Illinois         4  4 24 14 1966 Draft-1st round
Forrest Gregg       75    G 6- 4 250 SMU             13 13 35 14 1956 Draft-2nd round
Dave Hampton        25   RB 6- 0 210 Wyoming          1  1 22 14 1969 Draft-9th round
Doug Hart           43   DB 6- 0 190 Arlington State  6  6 30 14 1964 FA-St. Louis
Bill Hayhoe         77    T 6- 8 258 USC              1  1 22 14 1969 Draft-5th round
Dick Himes          72    T 6- 4 244 Ohio State       2  2 23 14 1968 Draft-3rd round
Don Horn            13   QB 6- 2 195 San Diego State  3  3 24  9 1967 Draft-1st round
Bob Hyland          50  C-G 6- 5 250 Boston College   3  3 24 14 1967 Draft-1st round
Bob Jeter           21   DB 6- 1 205 Iowa             7  7 32 14 1960 Draft-2nd round
Ron Jones           88   TE 6- 3 220 Texas-El Paso    1  1 22  6 1969 Draft-6th round
Henry Jordan        74   DT 6- 3 250 Virginia        11 13 34  5 1959 Trade-Cleveland
Bill Lueck          62    G 6- 3 235 Arizona          2  2 23 14 1968 Draft-1st round
Booth Lusteg        32    K 5-11 190 Connecticut      1  4 30  4 1969 FA-Pitt (1968)
Chuck Mercein       30   RB 6- 3 230 Yale             3  5 26  5 1967 FA-NY Giants
Mike Mercer         38    K 6- 0 217 Arizona State    2  9 33 10 1968 FA-Buffalo
Rich Moore          70   DT 6- 6 285 Villanova        1  1 22 14 1969 Draft-1st round
Ray Nitschke        66   LB 6- 3 235 Illinois        12 12 32 14 1958 Draft-3rd round
Francis Peay        71    T 6- 5 250 Missouri         2  4 25 14 1968 Trade-NY Giants
Elijah Pitts        22   HB 6- 1 205 Philander Smith  9  9 30 14 1961 Draft-13th round
Dave Robinson       89   LB 6- 3 240 Penn State       7  7 28 14 1963 Draft-1st round
John Rowser         45   DB 6- 1 180 Michigan         3  3 25 14 1967 Draft-3rd round
1969 PACKER TRADES - TRANSACTIONS
FEB 27 - Traded S Tom Brown to WASHINGTON for a 1971 fifth-round draft choice.
JUL 7 - Traded WR Claudis James to LOS ANGELES for undisclosed draft choice.
JUL 20 - Placed C Bruce Nelson (10th round), HB Roch Voltzke (14th round) and WR Dick Hewins (16th round) on waivers. WR Claudis James returned by LOS ANGELES after failing physical
JUL 28 - Released DT Doug Gosnell (8th round), RB Merlin Walet and RB Larry Gasney
AUG 1 - Waived QB Ron Skosnik and DB John June. Placed WR Claudis James on injured reserve (60 players)
AUG 10 - Waived DT Leon Crenshaw, G Don Bliss, DB Chuck Detwiler, LB John Mack and DE Jim Sullivan (54 players)
AUG 19 - Traded DT Ron Kostelnik to BALTIMORE for a 1970 fourth-round draft choice.
AUG 27 - Released K Joe Runk and WR Terry Fredenberg (49 players)
AUG 28 - Waived WR Bucky Pope.
SEPT 1 - Traded DE Leo Carroll to WASHINGTON for a 1970 10th-round draft choice. OG Forrest Gregg came out of retirement (48 players)
SEPT 3 - Placed DT Jim Weatherwax and TE Ron Jones (6th round) on waived injured list (46 players)
SEPT 9 - K Ken Vinyard (6th round) claimed off waivers by ATLANTA (45 players)
SEPT 16 - Waived QB Zeke Bratkowski, DT Larry Agajanian (7th round) and WR Dan Eckstein (15th round) (40 players)
OCT 27 - Activated DT Jim Weatherwax from injured list. Placed DT Henry Jordan on move list.
NOV 2 - Waived RB Chuck Mercein. Activated QB Billy Stevens from taxi squad.
NOV 13 - Signed K Rick Duncan to a futures contract and assigned him to the taxi squad.
NOV 30 - Released K Mike Mercer. Signed K Booth Lusteg. Placed DT Henry Jordan on injured reserve.
NAME                NO  POS  HGT WGT COLLEGE         YR PR AG  G HOW ACQUIRED
Gordon Rule         47    S 6- 2 180 Dartmouth        2  2 23 14 1968 Draft-11th round
John Spilis         85   WR 6- 3 205 Northern Ill     1  1 21 12 1969 Draft-3rd round
Bart Starr          15   QB 6- 1 190 Alabama         14 14 35 12 1956 Draft-17th round
Bill Stevens        10   QB 6- 3 195 Texas-El Paso    2  2 24  1 1968 Draft-3rd round
Phil Vandersea      83   LB 6- 3 235 Massachusetts    3  4 26 14 1968 FA-New Or (1967)
Jim Weatherwax      73   DT 60 7 260 Cal State-LA     3  3 26  6 1965 Draft-11th round
Perry Williams      31   RB 6- 2 219 Purdue           1  1 22 14 1969 Draft-4th round
Travis Williams     23   RB 6- 1 210 Arizona State    3  3 23 13 1967 Draft-4th round
Francis Winkler     58   DE 6- 3 230 Memphis State    2  2 22 14 1968 Draft-5th round
Willie Wood         24   DB 5-10 190 USC             10 10 32 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
1969 PACKERS DRAFT (January 28-29, 1969)
RND-PICK NAME                 COLLEGE
1  -  12 DT Rich Moore        Villanova
2  -  38 T Dave Bradley       Penn State
3  -  64 WR John Spilis       N. Illinois
4  -  90 FB Perry Williams    Purdue
5  - 116 T Bill Hayhoe        USC
6a - 134 TE Ron Jones (A)     TX-El Paso
6b - 142 K Ken Vinyard        Texas Tech
7  - 168 DT Larry Agajanian   UCLA
8  - 194 DT Doug Gosnell      Utah State
9  - 220 RB Dave Hampton      Wyoming 
10 - 246 T Bruce Nelson       N. Dakota St
11 - 272 DB Leon Harden       TX-El Paso 
12 - 298 TE Tom Buckman       Texas A&M 
13 - 324 LB Craig Koinzan     Doane 
14 - 350 HB Rich Voltzke      Minnesota 
15 - 376 S Dan Eckstein       Presbyterian
16 - 402 WR Dick Hewins       Drake 
17 - 248 RB John Mack         C. Missouri
A - from Pittsburgh Steelers in Dick Capp trade
Bold - Played for the Green Bay Packers
1969 PRE-SEASON RESULTS (4-2)
AUGUST (2-2)                            RESULT      RECORD    ATT STARTING QB              LEADING RUSHER              LEADING PASSER              LEADING RECEIVER
9  G-NEW YORK GIANTS                   W 22-21      1- 0-0 50,861 Bart Starr               Dave Hampton (75)           Bart Starr (85)             Carroll Dale (6-83)
16 M-CHICAGO BEARS                     L  9-19      1- 1-0 47,014 Bart Starr               Jim Grabowski (41)          Bart Starr (133)            Boyd Dowler (4-41)
23 at Dallas Cowboys                   L 13-31      1- 2-0 73,764 Bart Starr               Dave Hampton (39)           Don Horn (166)              Spilis/P.Williams (3-52)
30 at Cleveland Browns                 W 27-17      2- 2-0 85,532 Bart Starr               Travis Williams (65)        Bart Starr (160)            Boyd Dowler (3-43)
SEPTEMBER
6  G-PITTSBURGH STEELERS               W 31-19      3- 2-0 50,861 Bart Starr               Travis Williams (78)        Bart Starr (215)            Carroll Dale (4-108)
13 Atlanta Falcons at Canton, OH       W 38-24      4- 2-0 17,411 Bart Starr               Travis Williams (130)       Bart Starr (184)            Boyd Dowler (4-91)
1969 REGULAR SEASON RESULTS (8-6)
SEPTEMBER (2-0)
21 G-CHICAGO BEARS (0-0)               W 17- 0      1- 0-0 50,861 Bart Starr               Jim Grabowski (85)          Bart Starr (106)            Dave Hampton (2-33)
28 M-SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS (0-1)         W 14- 7      2- 0-0 48,184 Bart Starr               Travis Williams (97)        Bart Starr (160)            Travis Williams (4-36)
OCTOBER (2-2)
5  at Minnesota Vikings (1-1)          L  7-19      2- 1-0 60,740 Bart Starr               Bart Starr (31)             Bart Starr (128)            Dave Hampton (4-29)
12 at Detroit Lions (2-1)              W 28-17      3- 1-0 58,384 Bart Starr               Travis Williams (38)        Bart Starr (234)            Carroll Dale (7-167)
19 at Los Angeles Rams (4-0)           L 21-34      3- 2-0 78,947 Bart Starr               Travis Williams (23)        Don Horn (118)              Boyd Dowler (6-100)
26 G-ATLANTA FALCONS (2-3)             W 28-10      4- 2-0 50,861 Bart Starr               Donny Anderson (114)        Bart Starr (107)            Marv Fleming (3-41)
NOVEMBER (2-3)
2  at Pittsburgh Steelers (1-5)        W 38-34      5- 2-0 46,403 Don Horn                 Travis Williams (48)        Bart Starr (168)            Carroll Dale (7-134)
9  at Baltimore Colts (4-3)            L  6-14      5- 3-0 60,238 Don Horn                 Jim Grabowski (40)          Don Horn (205)              Jim Grabowski (3-50)
16 M-MINNESOTA VIKINGS (7-1)           L  7- 9      5- 4-0 48,321 Bart Starr               Dave Hampton (39)           Bart Starr (151)            Dave Hampton (4-37)
23 G-DETROIT LIONS (6-3)               L 10-16      5- 5-0 50,861 Bart Starr               Travis Williams (39)        Don Horn (243)              Travis Williams (6-54)
30 M-NEW YORK GIANTS (3-7)             W 20-10      6- 5-0 48,156 Don Horn                 Travis Williams (46)        Don Horn (149)              Donny Anderson (3-61)
DECEMBER (2-1)
7  at Cleveland Browns (8-2-1)         L  7-20      6- 6-0 82,137 Don Horn                 Travis Williams (47)        Don Horn (122)              Dave Hampton (3-38)
14 at Chicago Bears (1-11)             W 21- 3      7- 6-0 45,216 Don Horn                 Dave Hampton (94)           Don Horn (190)              Travis Williams (3-71)
21 G-ST. LOUIS CARDINALS (4-8-1)       W 45-28      8- 6-0 50,861 Don Horn                 Travis Williams (38)        Don Horn (410)              Carroll Dale (9-195)
G - Green Bay M - Milwaukee
Joe Namath graced the cover of this particular publication in the summer of 1969, and below are the pages dedicated to the Green Bay Packers. This season would prove to be another difficult post-Lombardi era year for our team, as they would finish with an 8-6-0 record for third place in the N.F.L. Central Division. The years of relative futility had only just begun. (SOURCE: Packerville, USA)
Something Packer fans had a hard time getting used to in 1969 - Vince Lombardi coaching the Washington Redskins
"Next up in the vast collection of books about the Green Bay Packers is a rare volume that we didn’t know existed until a few years ago. It is Young Sports Photographer with the Green Bay Packers, by John Biever (with George Vecsey). Biever is the son of long-time Packers official team photographer Vernon Biever, who sadly left us during the team’s championship season of 2010. Still behind the camera, John Biever currently works for Sports Illustrated." - Packerville, USA for more photos and content
On the heels of his very successful diary of the 1967 season, Instant Replay, Green Bay Packers legendary G Jerry Kramer wrote Farewell to Football. After eleven seasons with the Packers, Kramer had decided to retire from the National Football League and enter the business world. This book tells of that transitional season of 1968 and his moving on in life. - Packerville, USA for more photos and content
"We have a much lesser known work in our presentation of books about the Green Bay Packers. Carroll Dale Scores Again! is about the life (up to that point) of the Packers’ All-Pro WR in the Lombardi Era, with an emphasis on his Christian faith. It even boasts a Forward written by Coach Lombardi himself."   - Packerville, USA for more photos and content