1970 IN REVIEW
With the NFL and AFL merged, a new era began in professional football. Green Bay kept dropping veterans of the Lombardi era. Willie Davis, Henry Jordan and Boyd Dowler all retired. Elijah Pitts, Lee Roy Caffey and Bob Hyland were dealt to the Bears, and Herb Adderley and Marv Fleming went to Dallas and Miami, respectively, in trades. Of those staying on the scene, a sore arm hampered Bart Starr, a torn Achilles tendon sidelined Dave Robinson, and age started catching up to Ray Nitschke. The season began under a cloud when Vince Lombardi died of cancer at the age of 57 and ended in a cloud as Phil Bengtson resigned on December 21st. After a turbulent season filled with labor disputes and blowout losses, the Packers had only their second losing season since 1959. Bengtson resigned two days after the Packers were shut out in the season finale. Disappointed with Bengston's overall 20-21-1 record during three seasons as Lombardi's handpicked successor, it was obvious the franchise and the community craved the high standards from the past decade. The season was also the final season of Forrest Gregg as a Packer, a year later he returned home to play for Dallas where he joined his own teammate Herb Adderley.
PACKER HEAD COACH JOE PATERNO?
In January 1971, it appeared that Penn State head coach Joe Paterno was going to be named the new coach of the Green Bay Packers. Paterno, who had gone 40-10-1 in five seasons with the Nittany Lions, had turned down an offer the previous year to coach the Pittsburgh Steelers, who turned to Chuck Noll. The Packers interviewed him on January 13, and Paterno was quoted as saying, "We had a nice talk. We discussed the job. They told me what they were looking for. That was it. Any other comment has to come from Green Bay." Paterno, who stressed he was happy at Penn State, said the job interview consisted of both general manager and coaching duties. His interview came the same day Arizona coach Frank Kush dropped out of the running for the position after being interviewed the week previous. Assistant coach Bob Schnelker was also interviewed for the job. Other rumored candidates included Notre Dame head coach Ara Parseghian and several former and current Packers - Dave Hanner, Forrest Gregg and Bart Starr. George Allen was reportedly the first choice for the Packers before agreeing to his deal with the Redskins. On January 14, Dominic Olejniczak, Packer president, announced the signing of Dan Devine to a five-year contract at a hastily
called news conference. In later years, it was learned that the Packer executive committee selected Devine, but not unanimously. Five members, led by Olejniczak, supported the hiring; two others, including Hall of Fame halfback Tony Canadeo, wanted Paterno. 
NAME                NO  POS  HGT WGT COLLEGE         YR PR AG  G HOW ACQUIRED
Lionel Aldridge     82   DE 6- 4 245 Utah State       8  8 29 14 1963 Draft - 4th round
Marty Amsler        87   DE 6- 5 255 Evansville       1  3 27  9 1970 FA - Cincinnati
Donny Anderson      44   RB 6- 3 210 Texas Tech       5  5 27 14 1965 Draft - 1st round
Ken Bowman          57    C 6- 3 230 Wisconsin        7  7 27 10 1964 Draft - 8th round
Dave Bradley        61    G 6- 4 245 Penn State       2  2 23  4 1969 Draft - 2nd round
Bob Brown           78   DE 6- 5 260 Ark-Pine Bluff   5  5 30 14 1966 FA
Fred Carr           53   LB 6- 5 238 Texas-El Paso    3  3 24 14 1968 Draft - 1st round
Jim Carter          50   LB 6- 3 235 Minnesota        1  1 21 10 1970 Draft - 3rd round
Mike Carter         36   WR 6- 1 210 Sacramento State 1  1 22  3 1970 Draft - 15th round
Jack Clancy         80   WR 6- 1 195 Michigan         1  3 26 14 1970 Trade - Miami
Carroll Dale        84   WR 6- 2 200 Virginia Tech    6 11 32 14 1965 Trade - L. Angeles
Ken Ellis           48   CB 5-10 190 Southern         1  1 22 14 1970 Draft - 4th round
Jim Flanigan        55   LB 6- 3 240 Pittsburgh       4  4 25 11 1967 Draft - 2nd round
Gale Gillingham     68    G 6- 3 255 Minnesota        5  5 26 14 1966 Draft - 1st round
Jim Grabowski       33   RB 6- 2 220 Illinois         5  5 25 14 1966 Draft - 1st round
Forrest Gregg       75    T 6- 4 250 SMU             14 14 36 14 1956 Draft - 2nd round
Dave Hampton        25   RB 6- 0 210 Wyoming          2  2 23  6 1969 Draft - 9th round
Leon Harden         28   DB 5-11 195 Texas-El Paso    1  1 23  8 1969 Draft - 11th round
Kevin Hardy         73   DT 6- 5 260 Notre Dame       1  2 25 14 1970 Trade - SF
Doug Hart           43   DB 6- 0 190 Arlington State  7  7 31 14 1964 FA - St. Louis
Bill Hayhoe         77    T 6- 8 258 USC              2  2 23 14 1969 Draft - 5th round
John Hilton         86   TE 6- 5 225 Richmond         1  6 28 14 1970 Trade - Pittsburgh
Dick Himes          72    T 6- 4 244 Ohio State       3  3 24 11 1968 Draft - 3rd round
Don Horn            13   QB 6- 2 195 San Diego State  4  4 25  9 1967 Draft - 1st round
Ervin Hunt          45   DB 6- 2 190 Fresno State     1  1 23  7 1970 Draft - 6th round
Bob Jeter           21   DB 6- 1 205 Iowa             8  8 33 14 1960 Draft - 2nd round
Larry Krause        30   RB 6- 0 208 St. Norbert      1  1 22 14 1970 Draft - 17th round
Rudy Kuechenberg    59   LB 6- 2 215 Indiana          1  4 27  6 1970 FA - Cleveland
Dale Livingston     37    K 6- 1 210 Western Michigan 1  3 25 14 1970 FA - Cin (1969)
Bill Lueck          62    G 6- 3 235 Arizona          3  3 24 14 1968 Draft - 1st round
Al Matthews         29   DB 5-11 190 Texas A&I        1  1 22 14 1970 Draft - 2nd round
Mike McCoy          76   DT 6- 5 284 Notre Dame       1  1 21 14 1970 Draft - 1st round
Rich McGeorge       81   TE 6- 4 235 Elon             1  1 21 14 1970 Draft - 1st round
Rich Moore          70   DT 6- 6 280 Villanova        2  2 23  6 1969 Draft - 1st round
Ray Nitschke        66   LB 6- 3 235 Illinois        13 13 33 14 1958 Draft - 3rd round
Rick Norton         11   QB 6- 2 190 Kentucky         1  5 26  3 1970 FA - Miami (1969)
Frank Patrick       10   QB 6- 7 225 Nebraska         1  1 23 14 1970 Draft - 10th round
Francis Peay        71    T 6- 5 250 Missouri         3  5 26 14 1968 Trade - NY Giants
1970 PACKER TRADES - TRANSACTIONS
JAN 21 - Traded C-G Bob Hyland, HB Elijah Pitts and LB Lee Roy Coffey to CHICAGO for a 1970 first-round draft choice.
FEB 28 - Traded DB John Rowser to PITTSBURGH for TE John Hilton.
APR 29 - Traded a 1971 5th-round draft choice to SAN DIEGO for TE Jacques MacKinnon
MAY 18 - Traded TE Marv Fleming to MIAMI for WR Jack Clancy.
JUN 18 - Signed WR Bob Sherlag (ATLANTA) and DE Larry Cox (DENVER)
JUL 18 - OF Bob Reinhard (9th round) and LB Dan Hook (11th round) left camp (26 rookies in camp)
JUL 23 - Waived RB Tim Mjos (8th round) and DT Russ Melby (10th round) after they failed their physicals (23 rookies in camp)
AUG 10 - Released WR Claudis James, DR Larry Cox, WR Bob Sherlag, S Jim Heacock (16th round), K Jim Huff, K Gary Sievers, LB Max Croshaw, WR Dan Eckstein, RB Les Perry and RB
Bob Swanson
AUG 23 - WR Frank Foreman (12th round) claimed off waivers by ATLANTA. Placed QB Billy Stevens on waivers. Claimed K Dale Livingston off waivers from CINCINNATI and placed him
on the taxi squad (55 players)
SEPT 1 - Traded CB Herb Adderley to DALLAS for C Malcolm Walker and DE Clarence Williams. Released DE Cecil Pryor (5th round), WR Terry Fredenberg, K Joe Runk and K Skip Butler
(4th round) (59 players)
SEPT 2 - Sold TE Ron Jones to ATLANTA. Waived DT Jim Weatherwax (claimed by St. Louis), OG Dave Bradley (injured), DB Gordon Rule (injured), LB Jim Carter (injured).
SEPT 4 - DT Jim Weatherwax returned to Packers after failing Cardinals physical.
SEPT 5 - Activated K Dale Livingston.
SEPT 8 - Traded DE Francis Winkler to ATLANTA for C Ken Mendenhall.
SEPT 10 - Waived WR Jacques MacKinnon (retired), RB Dave Smith (13th round), WR Mike Carter (15th round), G Don Bliss and OL Jack O'Malley. Claimed DL Gary McArthur off waivers from SAN FRANCISCO. Placed OL Forrest Gregg on reserve list (44 players)
SEPT 11 - TE Jacques MacKinnon claimed off waivers by OAKLAND, who sent Green Bay a 1971 7th-round choice. Traded a 1971 2nd-round draft choice to SAN FRANCISCO for DT Kevin Hardy.
SEPT 14 - Waived LB Phil Vandersea, K Booth Lusteg, OG Larry Agajanian, DT Gary McArthur, C Ken Mendenhall and DB Leon Harden (39 players)
DEC 3 - Signed QB Rick Norton off waivers from MIAMI and added to taxi squad
NAME                NO  POS  HGT WGT COLLEGE         YR PR AG  G HOW ACQUIRED
Dave Robinson       89   LB 6- 3 245 Penn State       8  8 29  4 1963 Draft - 1st round
John Spilis         85   WR 6- 3 205 North Illinois   2  2 22 14 1969 Draft - 3rd round
Bart Starr          15   QB 6- 1 190 Alabama         15 15 36 14 1956 Draft - 17th round
Cleo Walker         52   LB 6- 3 219 Louisville       1  1 22 14 1970 Draft - 7th round
Malcolm Walker      54  C-T 6- 4 250 Rice             1  5 27 14 1970 Trade - Dallas
Clarence Williams   83   DE 6- 5 255 Prairie View     1  1 23 14 1970 Trade - Dallas
Perry Williams      31   RB 6- 2 219 Purdue           2  2 23 14 1969 Draft - 4th round
Travis Williams     23   RB 6- 1 210 Arizona State    4  4 24  8 1967 Draft - 4th round
Willie Wood         24   DB 5-10 190 USC             11 11 33 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
1970 PACKERS DRAFT (January 27-28, 1970)
RND-PICK NAME                 COLLEGE
1a -   2 DT Mike McCoy (A)    Notre Dame
1b -  16 TE Rich McGeorge     Elon
2  -  41 CB Al Matthews       Texas A&I
3  -  68 LB Jim Carter        Minnesota
4a -  93 FL Ken Ellis         Southern
4b -  96 K Skip Butler (B)    TX-Arlington
5  - 120 DE Cecil Pryor       Michigan
6  - 145 DB Ervin Hunt        Fresno State
7  - 172 C Cleo Walker        Louisville
8  - 197 RB Tim Mjos          N. Dakota St
9  - 224 G Bob Reinhard       Stanford 
10a- 248 DT Russ Melby        Weber State
10b- 251 TE Frank Patrick (C) Nebraska 
11 - 276 LB Dan Hook          Humboldt St
12 - 300 FL Frank Foreman     Michigan St
13 - 328 RB Dave Smith        Utah 
14 - 353 G Bob Lints          E. Michigan
15 - 380 FL Mike Carter       Sacram. St
16 - 405 S Jim Heacock        Muskingum 
17 - 432 RB Larry Krause      St. Norbert 
A - from Chicago Bears in Elijah Pitts/Lee Roy Caffey/Bob Hyland trade - B - from Baltimore Colts in Ron Kostelnik trade - C - from Washington Redskins in Leo Carroll trade
Bold- Played for the Green Bay Packers
1970 PRE-SEASON RESULTS (3-0-3)
AUGUST (2-0-2)                          RESULT      RECORD    ATT STARTING QB              LEADING RUSHER              LEADING PASSER              LEADING RECEIVER
8  G-NEW YORK GIANTS                   T 31-31      0- 0-1 56,263 Bart Starr               Perry Williams (67)         Don Horn (229)              Jack Clancy (4-110)
15 M-CHICAGO BEARS                     T  6- 6      0- 0-2 47,298 Bart Starr               Dave Hampton (50)           Bart Starr (136)            Carroll Dale (4-81)
22 at Dallas Cowboys                   W 35-34      1- 0-2 72,389 Bart Starr               Donny Anderson (78)         Don Horn (110)              Carroll Dale (5-63)
30 at Oakland Raiders                  W 37- 7      2- 0-2 53,395 Bart Starr               Dave Hampton (42)           Bart Starr (61)             Donny Anderson (2-48)
SEPTEMBER (1-0-1)
5  M-CINCINNATI BENGALS                T 10-10      2- 0-3 47,411 Bart Starr               Dave Hampton (35)           Don Horn (146)              Dave Hampton (4-33)
12 G-BUFFALO BILLS                     W 34- 0      3- 0-3 56,161 Bart Starr               Dave Hampton (69)           Don Horn (207)              Donny Anderson (3-45)
1970 REGULAR SEASON RESULTS (6-8)
SEPTEMBER (1-1)
20 G-DETROIT LIONS (0-0)               L  0-40      0- 1-0 56,263 Bart Starr               Donny Anderson (21)         Don Horn (40)               Dave Hampton (4-7)
27 G-ATLANTA FALCONS (1-0)             W 27-24      1- 1-0 56,263 Bart Starr               Travis Williams (45)        Bart Starr (196)            Carroll Dale (4-186)
OCTOBER (3-1)
4  M-MINNESOTA VIKINGS (2-0)           W 13-10      2- 1-0 47,967 Bart Starr               Donny Anderson (59)         Bart Starr (69)             John Hilton (4-29)
12 at San Diego Chargers (0-2-1)       W 22-20      3- 1-0 53,064 Bart Starr               Travis Williams (109)       Bart Starr (158)            Carroll Dale (8-90)
18 G-LOS ANGELES RAMS (3-1)            L 21-31      3- 2-0 56,263 Bart Starr               Donny Anderson (98)         Bart Starr (208)            Travis Williams (4-77)
25 M-PHILADELPHIA EAGLES (0-5)         W 30-17      4- 2-0 48,022 Bart Starr               Donny Anderson (80)         Bart Starr (129)            Jack Clancy (2-38)
NOVEMBER (1-4)
1  at San Francisco 49ers (5-1-1)      L 10-26      4- 3-0 59,335 Bart Starr               Donny Anderson (105)        Don Horn (134)              Jack Clancy (3-63)
9  M-BALTIMORE COLTS (6-1)             L 10-13      4- 4-0 48,063 Don Horn                 Donny Anderson (69)         Don Horn (96)               Donny Anderson (3-29)
15 G-CHICAGO BEARS (3-5)               W 20-19      5- 4-0 56,263 Bart Starr               Donny Anderson (67)         Bart Starr (220)            Jim Grabowski (9-42)
22 at Minnesota Vikings (8-1)          L  3-10      5- 5-0 47,900 Bart Starr               Donny Anderson (93)         Bart Starr (131)            Carroll Dale (7-69)
26 at Dallas Cowboys (6-4)             L  3-16      5- 6-0 67,182 Bart Starr               Donny Anderson (37)         Bart Starr (83)             Donny Anderson (4-43)
DECEMBER (1-2)
6  at Pittsburgh Steelers (5-6)        W 20-12      6- 6-0 46,418 Bart Starr               Dave Hampton (53)           Bart Starr (235)            John Hilton (5-99)
13 at Chicago Bears (4-8)              L 17-35      6- 7-0 44,957 Bart Starr               Donny Anderson (56)         Rick Norton (64)            Carroll Dale (8-128)
20 at Detroit Lions (9-4)              L  0-20      6- 8-0 57,387 Bart Starr               Donny Anderson (17)         Bart Starr (122)            Carroll Dale (5-66)
G - Green Bay M - Milwaukee
Players jogging on the practice field in shorts and t-shirts. The Brown County Veterans Memorial Arena is visible in the background. (Credit - Wisconsin Historical Society)
Mike McCoy played for the Green Bay Packers, the Oakland Raiders, the New York Giants, and the Detroit Lions. He played college football at the University of Notre Dame, where he was a unanimous first-team All-American and Heisman Trophy candidate in 1969. He was also named Lineman of the Year by the Associated Press in 1969. He was the first pick of the Packers and second player overall selected in the 1970 NFL Draft. McCoy was named Packers’ Rookie of the Year in 1970 and led the Packers in quarterback sacks in 1973 and 1976. McCoy was appointed by President Ronald Reagan to the Council on Sports for a Drug Free America and by former Pennsylvania Governor Dick Thornburgh to the Pennsylvania Council for Physical Fitness. McCoy served as the chaplain of the Atlanta Braves and currently serves on several community outreach boards. Mike now lectures on the importance of good decision-making, fighting drug addiction, and empowering youth. (SOURCE: Packerville, USA)
Don Horn, who wore jersey number 13, was the Packers’ first round pick in the 1967 NFL Draft (25th pick overall). Hailing from South Gate, California, this All-American out of San Diego State University was drafted by Vince Lombardi as a possible future star for the green and gold (the “Aaron Rodgers” of that time) — probably to take the place of Green Bay legend Bart Starr eventually. Because of the limited time he was able to play under Starr and with his successive teams, he threw for only 3,369 yards and 20 touchdowns, despite playing eight years in the NFL. After leaving the Packers following the 1970 season, he suited up for the Denver Broncos in 1971-1972, the Cleveland Browns in 1973, and the San Diego Chargers in 1974. He finished his pro career in 1975 with the Portland Thunder of the up-start W.F.L., where he completed 158 of 272 passes for 1742 yards and 11 TDs (and 12 INTs). During a conversation in 2008, Don talked about the excitement he felt when he was drafted by the Packers as their first round draft choice with a contract for $15,000. As he stated, “that was over $1,000 a month, something today's players wouldn't even cross the street for.” Vince Lombardi, the coach that drafted him, told his players that he was aware “three or four of you are here for the money and are sorry souls.” Horn responded that the opposite is true today, that only “three or four are playing now for the love of the game.” (Source: Packerville, USA)
PICTURED ABOVE LEFT AND MIDDLE: Chicago at Green Bay program from November 15th (CREDIT: Packerville, USA for more content and larger pictures)
PICTURE RIGHT: "Another youth-oriented book is next in our timeline of Packers literature. This one is focused again on Green Bay’s all-star quarterback, Bart Starr, and his upbringing and career in the NFL. Our particular copy of Bart Starr — The Cool Quarterback was obtained when it was withdrawn from a library collection." (CREDIT: Packerville, USA)
LOMBARDI: WINNING IS THE ONLY THING (1970) - Subtitled “The Men Who Made Football An American Obsession Talk About The Game’s Most Unforgettable Figure,” this large sized volume of Lombardi: Winning Is The Only Thing features tributes to former Packers’ head coach Vince Lombardi by Frank Gifford and Kyle Rote (who played for him in New York), Emlen Tunnell (New York and Green Bay), Bart Starr and Paul Hornung (Green Bay), Sam Huff and Sonny Jurgenson (Washington), and many more. It is “illustrated with almost 200 dramatic and memorable photos.” It is a great book.  (CREDIT: Packerville, USA for more pictures and content)
Willie Wood at practice