1973 IN REVIEW
Any possibility that the Green Bay Packers would repeat as Central Division champions ended abruptly during a three-game stretch that left the team shaken and searching for answers. The club, unfortunately, did not address many of the problems down the stretch and stumbled to a 5-7-2 record and a third-place finish in the division. After hovering in second place for most of the first five weeks, the Packers were thrashed by the Rams, Lions and Bears in consecutive weeks. The Rams' Fred Dryer overpowered Malcolm Snider to register two fourth quarter safeties in the Rams' 24-7 win, and quarterback Bobby Douglass ran for 100 yards and four touchdowns in the Bears' 31-17 triumph. In between, the Lions tossed a 34-0 shutout for good measure.
THE QUARTERBACKING CAROUSEL OF 1973
To say the Packers had a hard hill to climb in repeating as division champs would be an understatement when examining the quarterbacking situation. Green Bay would use three starters during the season, and none of them would throw more than two touchdowns passes. Scott Hunter would be given the first shot at leading the team. Coming off a division title, Hunter was expected to mature into Bart Starr's legitimate successor. He started the first two games of the season, a win over the Saints and a tie with the Lions. He completed 12 of 25 passes with one touchdown. Head coach Dan Devine showed his short leash, by pulling Hunter in the second half of the Lions' game and putting in Jim Del Gaizo. The team had sent two second round picks to Miami for the promising prospect. Apparently, Devine saw enough to tab Del Gaizo as the starter for Week Three. Against Minnesota, Del Gaizo went 4-for-14 before Hunter was put back in an 11-3 loss. The following week, Del Gaizo started against the Giants and completed one of four passes for minus-four years. Hunter came in and went 6-for-7 to lead the Packers to a 16-14 win. Hunter won the starting spot back for the next two weeks. He was 6-for-11 against the Cbiefs, before Del Gaizo came back in. He tossed a 26-yard touchdown to Jon Staggers, but was also intercepted twice in a 10-10 tie. The next week, Hunter was a dismal 4-for-10 with an interception as the Rams routed the Packers, 24-7. Devine took one more shot with Del Gaizo, and the results were disastrous. With the team clinging to its playoff hopes (2-2-2), Del Gaizo was 5-for-9 before suffering a shoulder injury in the third quarter. Hunter came on and completed only one of ten attempts for minus-four yards and one interception. Detroit would roll, 34-0, and Del Gaizo would be out for a month. Hunter would be given one more start, on November 4 against the Bears. His numbers were atrocious, as he completed only three of 15 passes for 17 yards. He did throw a 5-yard touchdown to MacArthur Lane in a 31-17 loss. Hunter and Del Gaizo would never start again in Green Bay. Jerry Tagge was given the starts down the stretch, going 3-3 as the season slipped away. He would start the first six games of 1974, before the John Hadl era began.
NAME                NO  POS  HGT WGT COLLEGE         YR PR AG  G HOW ACQUIRED
Hise Austin         27   CB 6- 4 195 Prairie View     1  1 22  9 1973 Draft-8th round
Ken Bowman          57    C 6- 3 245 Wisconsin       10 10 30 14 1964 Draft-8th round
Kent Branstetter    71    T 6- 3 260 Houston          1  1 24  9 1973 FA
John Brockington    42   RB 6- 1 230 Ohio State       3  3 24 14 1971 Draft-1st round
Aaron Brown         74   DE 6- 5 270 Minnesota        1  7 29  8 1973 Trade-Kan City
Bob Brown           78   DE 6- 5 280 Ark-Pine Bluff   8  8 33 14 1966 FA
Willie Buchanon     28   CB 6- 0 190 San Diego State  2  2 22  6 1972 Draft-1st round
Fred Carr           53   LB 6- 5 240 Texas-El Paso    6  6 27 14 1968 Draft-1st round
Jim Carter          50   LB 6- 3 245 Minnesota        4  4 24 14 1970 Draft-3rd round
Jim Del Gaizo       12   QB 6- 1 198 Tampa            1  2 26  8 1973 Trade-Miami
Mike Donohoe        86   TE 6- 3 230 San Francisco    1  4 28 13 1973 FA-Atl (1971)
Ken Ellis           48   CB 5-10 195 Southern         4  4 25 14 1970 Draft-4th round
Len Garrett         88   TE 6- 3 230 N.Mex Highlands  3  3 25  2 1971 Draft-15th round
Gale Gillingham     68    G 6- 3 265 Minnesota        8  8 29 14 1966 Draft-1st round
Leland Glass        46   WR 6- 0 185 Oregon           2  2 22 12 1972 Draft-8th round
Les Goodman         25   RB 5-11 206 Yankton          1  1 23  6 1973 FA
Dick Gordon         85   WR 5-11 190 Michigan State   1  9 29  2 1973 FA-Los Angeles
Charlie Hall        21   CB 6- 1 190 Pittsburgh       3  3 25 13 1971 Draft-3rd round
Bill Hayhoe         77    T 6- 8 260 USC              5  5 26  6 1969 Draft-5th round
Larry Hefner        51   LB 6- 2 230 Clemson          2  2 24 14 1972 Draft-14th round
Don Highsmith       32   RB 6- 0 200 Michigan State   1  4 25  7 1973 Trade-Oakland
Jim Hill            39    S 6- 2 195 Texas A&I        2  5 26 13 1972 Trade-San Diego
Dick Himes          72    T 6- 4 260 Ohio State       6  6 27 14 1968 Draft-3rd round
Scott Hunter        16   QB 6- 2 210 Alabama          3  3 25  8 1971 Draft-6th round
Noel Jenke          55   LB 6- 1 225 Minnesota        1  3 25  2 1973 FA-Atlanta (1972)
Larry Krause        30   RB 6- 0 208 St. Norbert      3  3 25 14 1970 Draft-17th round
MacArthur Lane      36   RB 6- 1 220 Utah State       2  6 31 13 1972 Trade-St. Louis
Bill Lueck          62    G 6- 3 235 Arizona          6  6 27 14 1968 Draft-1st round
Chester Marcol      13    K 6- 0 190 Hillsdale        2  2 23 14 1972 Draft-2nd round
Al Matthews         29   DB 5-11 190 Texas A&I        4  4 25 14 1970 Draft-2nd round
Tom MacLeod         56   LB 6- 3 235 Minnesota        1  1 22 11 1973 Draft-3rd round
Ron McBride         24   RB 6- 0 200 Missouri         1  1 24  1 1973 FA
Larry McCarren      54    C 6- 3 240 Illinois         1  1 21  5 1973 Draft-12th round
Mike McCoy          76   DT 6- 5 285 Notre Dame       4  4 24 14 1970 Draft-1st round
Rich McGeorge       81   TE 6- 4 230 Elon             4  4 24 14 1970 Draft-1st round
Carleton Oats       73   DT 6- 3 260 Florida A&M      1  9 31  8 1973 Trade-Oakland
Dave Pureifory      75   DE 6- 1 250 E. Michigan      2  2 24 13 1972 Draft-6th round
1973 PACKER TRADES - TRANSACTIONS
JANUARY 25 - Traded DT Vern Vanoy and a 1973 5th-round draft choice to OAKLAND for DT Carleton Oats
JANUARY 30 - Traded OT Francis Peay to KANSAS CITY for DE Aaron Brown
JANUARY 30 - Traded LB Dave Robinson to WASHINGTON for a 1975 2nd-round draft choice
JULY 13 - Traded RB Bob Hudson to OAKLAND for RB Don Highsmith. Sold RB Demery Brandon to OAKLAND.
AUGUST 22 - Traded a 1974 2nd-round draft choice and a 1975 2nd-round draft choice to MIAMI for QB Jim Del Gaizo
SEPTEMBER 25 - Traded TE Len Garrett to NEW ORLEANS for a 1974 8th-round draft choice
NAME                NO  POS  HGT WGT COLLEGE         YR PR AG  G HOW ACQUIRED
Alden Roche         87   DE 6- 4 255 Southern         3  4 28 13 1971 Trade-Denver
Barry Smith         80   WR 6- 1 190 Florida State    1  1 22 14 1973 Draft-1st round
Perry Smith         45   CB 6- 1 195 Colorado State   1  1 22  8 1973 FA-Oakland
Malcolm Snider      67    G 6- 4 250 Stanford         2  5 26 14 1972 Trade-Atlanta
Jon Staggers        22   WR 5-10 180 Missouri         2  4 24 14 1972 FA-Pitt (1971)
Paul Staroba        85   WR 6- 3 204 Michigan         1  2 24  2 1973 FA-Washington
Jerry Tagge         17   QB 6- 2 215 Nebraska         2  2 23  7 1972 Draft-1st round
Ike Thomas          37   CB 6- 2 195 Bishop           2  3 25 13 1972 Trade-Dallas
Tom Toner           59   LB 6- 3 235 Idaho State      1  1 23 14 1973 Draft-6th round
Ron Widby           20    P 6- 4 220 Tennessee        2  6 28 12 1972 Trade-Dallas
Clarence Williams   83   DE 6- 5 255 Prairie View     4  4 26 14 1970 Trade-Dallas
Perry Williams      31   RB 6- 2 225 Purdue           5  5 26 14 1969 Draft-4th round
Cal Withrow         74    C 6- 0 230 Kentucky         3  4 28 14 1971 Trade-San Diego
Keith Wortman       65    G 6- 2 250 Nebraska         2  2 23  8 1972 Draft-10th 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
1973 PACKERS DRAFT (January 30-31, 1973)
RND-PICK NAME                POS COLLEGE 
1  -  21 Barry Smith          WR Florida State 
2  -  46 Traded to Dallas in Ike Thomas/Ron Widby trade
3  -  74 Tom MacLeod          LB Minnesota 
4  -  99 Traded to Los Angeles in Tommy Crutcher trade
5  - 124 Traded to Oakland in Carleton Oats trade
6  - 152 Tom Toner            LB Idaho State 
7  - 177 John Muller         G/T Iowa 
8  - 202 Hise Austin       DB/WR Prairie View 
9  - 230 Rick Brown           LB South Carolina 
10 - 255 Larry Allen        S/LB Illinois 
11 - 280 Phil Engle            G South Dakota State 
12 - 308 Larry McCarren        C Illinois 
13 - 333 Tim Alderson          S Minnesota 
14 - 358 Jim Anderson         DT Northwestern 
15 - 386 Reg Echols           WR UCLA 
16 - 411 Keith Pretty         TE Western Michigan 
17 - 436 Harold Sampson       DT Southern 
Bold - Played for the Green Bay Packers
1973 PRE-SEASON RESULTS (3-2-1)
AUGUST (3-0-1)                          RESULT      RECORD    ATT STARTING QB              LEADING RUSHER              LEADING PASSER              LEADING RECEIVER
4  M-CHICAGO BEARS                     T 13-13      0- 0-1 47,222 Scott Hunter             MacArthur Lane (42)         Scott Hunter (68)           Rich McGeorge (2-20)
11 G-BUFFALO BILLS                     W 10- 3      1- 0-1 56,267 Jerry Tagge              MacArthur Lane (60)         Scott Hunter (35)           Len Garrett (2-26)
18 M-HOUSTON OILERS                    W 33-14      2- 0-1 47,302 Scott Hunter             Don Highsmith (73)          Scott Hunter (107)          Jon Staggers (2-58)
26 at Kansas City Chiefs               W 21-16      3- 0-1 75,231 Jerry Tagge              MacArthur Lane (60)         Jerry Tagge (59)            Rich McGeorge (2-26)
SEPTEMBER (0-2)
1  G-PITTSBURGH STEELERS               L 22-30      3- 1-1 56,267 Scott Hunter             Don Highsmith (35)          Jim Del Gaizo (76)          Barry Smith (4-53)
8  at Cincinnati Bengals               L 10-13      3- 2-1 55,863 Scott Hunter             John Brockington (60)       Scott Hunter (78)           MacArthur Lane (4-16)
1973 REGULAR SEASON RESULTS (5-7-2)
SEPTEMBER (1-1-1)
17 M-NEW YORK JETS (0-0)               W 23- 7      1- 0-0 47,124 Scott Hunter             John Brockington (73)       Scott Hunter (107)          MacArthur Lane (2-32)
23 G-DETROIT LIONS (0-1)               T 13-13      1- 0-1 55,495 Scott Hunter             John Brockington (118)      Scott Hunter (80)           Barry Smith (4-72)
30 at Minnesota Vikings (2-0)          L  3-11      1- 1-1 48,176 Jim Del Gaizo            John Brockington (58)       Scott Hunter (44)           MacArthur Lane (3-36)
OCTOBER (1-2-1)
7  at New York Giants (1-1-1)          W 16-14      2- 1-1 70,050 Jim Del Gaizo            John Brockington (71)       Scott Hunter (86)           MacArthur Lane (3-43)
14 M-KANSAS CITY CHIEFS (3-1)          T 10-10      2- 1-2 46,583 Scott Hunter             John Brockington (106)      Jim Del Gaizo (89)          MacArthur Lane (4-38)
21 at Los Angeles Rams (5-0)           L  7-24      2- 2-2 80,558 Scott Hunter             John Brockington (18)       Scott Hunter (48)           Jon Staggers (2-30)
28 at Detroit Lions (1-4-1)            L  0-34      2- 3-2 43,616 Jim Del Gaizo            John Brockington (33)       Jim Del Gaizo (33)          Leland Glass (2-18)
NOVEMBER (1-3)
4  G-CHICAGO BEARS (2-5)               L 17-31      2- 4-2 53,231 Scott Hunter             John Brockington (66)       Scott Hunter (17)           MacArthur Lane (3-17)
11 G-ST. LOUIS CARDINALS (3-4-1)       W 25-21      3- 4-2 52,922 Jerry Tagge              John Brockington (137)      Jerry Tagge (67)            Jon Staggers (3-30)
18 at New England Patriots (2-7)       L 24-33      3- 5-2 60,525 Jerry Tagge              Brockington/Williams (35)   Jerry Tagge (267)           Jon Staggers (4-87)
26 at San Francisco 49ers (3-7)        L  6-20      3- 6-2 49,244 Jerry Tagge              John Brockington (89)       Jerry Tagge (107)           Rich McGeorge (2-41)
DECEMBER (2-1)
2  M-NEW ORLEANS SAINTS (4-7)          W 30-10      4- 6-2 46,092 Jerry Tagge              John Brockington (74)       Jerry Tagge (109)           MacArthur Lane (4-41)
8  G-MINNESOTA VIKINGS (10-2)          L  7-31      4- 7-2 53,830 Jerry Tagge              John Brockington (124)      Jerry Tagge (98)            Barry Smith (4-55)
16 at Chicago Bears (3-10)             W 21- 0      5- 7-2 29,157 Jerry Tagge              John Brockington (142)      Jerry Tagge (72)            Jon Staggers (3-72)
G - Green Bay M - Milwaukee
First-Round QB Picks Who Were Busts - Jerry Tagge played on national championship Nebraska teams in 1970 and 1971 before joining the Packers. But Tagge was no match for NFL defenses, as he passed for just three touchdowns (and 17 interceptions) over three seasons. Years later, Tagge was named an all-star of the Canadian Football League, but he could never shed the "bust" label. (Read more from Sports Illustrated)
1973 First Round Pick - WR Barry Smith
A wall calendar featuring the "World Famous Green Bay Packers." The calendar is advertising Hank Lefebvre's commercial photography business. (Credit - Wisconsin Historical Society)
Green Bay Packers player Dave Pureifory (#75) carries his helmet as he walks among fans to the practice field. Larry McCarren (#54) can be seen ahead of him in the distance. (Credit - Wisconsin Historical Society)
BART STARR - PROFESSIONAL QUARTERBACK (1973): Bart Starr — Professional Quarterback seems to be geared towards America’s youth, like many other Starr biographies. After all, who was a better role model in his era? It was written by Hamilton “Tex” Maule, a writer and editor with Sports Illustrated at the time of publication. Not a well-known volume, but worthy of inclusion in any Packer fan’s library. (CREDIT: Packerville, USA for more content and pictures)
VINCE LOMBARDI ON FOOTBALL (1973): One book (or set of books) you should have in your football library is Vince Lombardi on Football. This was released first in a two-volume boxed set, and then later with both combined in one bound volume (cover seen above). The amount of football knowledge contained in this book is staggering, and even if you don’t read anything, the collection of period photos is outstanding. You won’t be disappointed after purchasing this!  (CREDIT: Packerville, USA for more content and pictures)
RETURN TO GLORY (1973): Green Bay’s Packers — Return to Glory was published following the team’s 1972 Central Division championship season, which saw them finish 10-4 and advance to the NFC playoffs. The fans thought this could be the revival of the organization to the winning habits of the Lombardi Era, this time under the command of head coach Dan Devine. New Packer heroes came to the forefront — QB Scott Hunter, RBs John Brockington and MacArthur Lane, LB Fred Carr, K Chester Marcol and more. Unfortunately, the championship quest came to an end in Washington with a 16-3 loss. The real “Return to Glory” would have to wait more than 20 years.  (CREDIT: Packerville, USA for more content and pictures)
MEAN ON SUNDAY (1973):  “Ray Nitschke was not only the greatest middle linebacker in the history of professional football, he was also one of the most beloved of the extended and far-flung Green Bay Packer family. Mean on Sunday is Nitschke’s own story, as told to Robert Wells, prizewinning writer for the Milwaukee Journal. It follows Nitschke from his underprivileged boyhood in Chicago, through his playing days at East Proviso High School and the University of Illinois, and culminating with his extraordinary 15-year career with the Packers (1958-73).” — From the back cover of the second edition, 1998  (CREDIT: Packerville, USA for more content and pictures)