1976 IN REVIEW
The Packers of 1976 were a prime example of why Bart Starr had asked the fans for patience at his first press conference as head coach. Except for a four-game stretch in October, the team was nearly as ineffective as its counterparts from the year before. The team made a one-game improvement in its record (5-9), yet finished at the bottom of the NFC Central Division for a second year in a row. Offensively, the team dropped from 23rd to 26th, coming in ahead of only the expansion Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Atlanta Falcons. Defensively, the team improved two notches to 14th overall, but allowed opponents to score more points in 1975. When the Packers generated more rushing yards than their opponents, they usually won. In all but one instance, the team with the most rushing yards emerged victorious. The lone exception, the Vikings, who slipped past the Packers 17-10 on November 21 despite being outrushed 146-100 yards.
THE 1976 SWINE FLU "EPIDEMIC"
During the last swine flu outbreak, in 1976, the government tried to convince every American to get vaccinated. And in Wisconsin, that effort included showing this
public service announcement featuring Johnnie Gray and Steve Luke of the Packers. The swine flu outbreak, also known as the swine flu fiasco, or the swine flu
debacle, was a strain of H1N1 influenza virus that appeared in 1976. Infections were only detected from January 19 to February 9, and were not found outside Fort
Dix. The outbreak is most remembered for the mass immunization that it prompted in the United States. The strain itself killed one person and hospitalized 13.
However, side-effects from the vaccine caused five hundred cases of Guillain–Barré syndrome and 25 deaths. The relatively benign disease outbreak and the
vaccine reactions produced some political and sociological fallout. The vaccination program have been attributed to the political climate associated with President
Ford's re-election campaign in 1976.
NAME                NO  POS  HGT WGT COLLEGE         YR PR AG  G HOW ACQUIRED
Ron Acks            57   LB 6- 2 225 Illinois         3  9 31 13 1974 FA-New England
Bert Askson         88   TE 6- 2 225 Texas Southern   2  4 30 14 1975 FA-NO (1973)
Bob Barber          70   DE 6- 3 240 Grambling        1  1 24 14 1976 Trade-Pittsburgh
David Beverly       11    P 6- 2 180 Auburn           2  3 26 14 1975 FA-Houston
John Brockington    42   RB 6- 1 225 Ohio State       6  6 27 14 1971 Draft-1st round
Carlos Brown        19   QB 6- 3 210 Pacific          2  2 24 13 1975 Draft-12th round
Willie Buchanon     28   CB 6- 0 190 San Diego State  5  5 25 14 1972 Draft-1st round
Jim Burrow          41    S 5-11 180 Nebraska         1  1 26  3 1976 Draft-8th round
Fred Carr           53   LB 6- 5 240 Texas-El Paso    9  9 30 14 1968 Draft-1st round
Lynn Dickey         10   QB 6- 4 210 Kansas State     1  5 26 10 1976 Trade-Houston
Dick Enderle        67    G 6- 2 250 Minnesota        1  8 28  3 1977 FA-San Francisco
Gale Gillingham     68    G 6- 3 265 Minnesota       10 10 32 14 1966 Draft-1st round
Johnnie Gray        24    S 5-11 185 Cal St-Fullerton 2  2 22 14 1975 FA
Jessie Green        86   WR 6- 2 185 Tulsa            1  1 22  1 1976 Draft-10th round
Jim Gueno           51   LB 6- 2 220 Tulane           1  1 22 14 1976 Draft-9th round
Charlie Hall        44   CB 6- 1 190 Pittsburgh       6  6 28 14 1971 Draft-3rd round
Don Hansen          58   LB 6- 2 220 Illinois         1 10 32 12 1976 Trade-Seattle
Willard Harrell     40   RB 5- 9 182 Pacific          2  2 23 13 1975 Draft-3rd round
Dick Himes          72    T 6- 4 260 Ohio State       9  9 30 14 1968 Draft-3rd round
Bob Hyland          55    C 6- 5 255 Boston College   4 11 31 14 1976 FA-Giants (1975)
Mel Jackson         71    G 6- 1 267 USC              1  1 22 13 1976 Draft-12th round
Randy Johnson       16   QB 6- 3 205 Texas A&I        1 10 32  3 1976 FA-Wash (1975)
Steve Knutson       60    T 6- 3 254 USC              1  1 24 12 1976 FA
Mark Koncar         79    T 6- 5 268 Colorado         1  1 23 14 1976 Draft-1st round
Bob Lally           58   LB 6- 2 230 Cornell          1  1 24  2 1976 FA
Steve Luke          46   DB 6- 2 205 Ohio State       2  2 22 14 1975 Draft-4th round
Chester Marcol      13    K 6- 0 190 Hillsdale        5  5 26 14 1972 Draft-2nd round
Larry McCarren      54    C 6- 3 248 Illinois         4  4 24 14 1973 Draft-12th round
Mike C. McCoy       29   CB 5-11 183 Colorado         1  1 23 14 1976 Draft-3rd round
Mike P. McCoy       76   DT 6- 5 275 Notre Dame       7  7 27 14 1970 Draft-1st round
Rich McGeorge       81   TE 6- 4 230 Elon             7  7 27 14 1970 Draft-1st round
Steve Odom          84   WR 5- 8 174 Utah             3  3 23 12 1974 Draft-5th round
Dave Osborn         41   RB 6- 0 208 North Dakota     1 12 33  6 1976 FA-Minn (1975)
Ken Payne           85   WR 6- 1 185 Langston         3  3 25 14 1974 Draft-6th round
Tom Perko           56   LB 6- 3 233 Pittsburgh       1  1 22 14 1976 Draft-4th round
Dave Pureifory      75   DE 6- 1 255 E. Michigan      5  5 27 14 1972 Draft-6th round
Alden Roche         87   DE 6- 4 255 Southern         6  7 31 14 1971 Trade-Denver
Dave Roller         74   DT 6- 2 270 Kentucky         2  3 26 14 1975 FA-S. Cal (WFL)
Barty Smith         33   FB 6- 3 240 Richmond         3  3 24  8 1974 Draft-1st round
1976 PACKER TRADES - TRANSACTIONS
MAR 30 - Lost WR Barry Smith (Tampa Bay), LB Ken Hucherson (Seattle) and S Al Matthews (Seattle) in the NFL expansion draft
APR 1 - Signed RB Ken Grandberry (S.CALIFORNIA-WFL), RB Cliff Taylor (CHICAGO), CB Derrick Williams (LOS ANGELES), OT Steve Knutson (ATLANTA), G Larry Butler (CHARLOTTE-WFL), OT Phil Brazeau (PORTLAND-WFL), DT Chris Stecher (PORTLAND-WFL), WR Steve Haggerty (HAWAII-WFL) and RB Howard Strickland (S.CALIFORNIA-WFL)
APR 2 - Traded QB John Hadl, DB Ken Ellis, a 1976 4th-round draft choice (through Philadelphia-WR Steve Largent) and a 1977 3rd-round choice (RB Tim Wilson) to HOUSTON for QB Lynn Dickey
JUN 11 - Acquired WR Earl Thomas from ST. LOUIS for an undisclosed draft choice. Signed RB Tom Jakubowski, LB Jerry Dandridge (15th round), K Tim Black, OT Larry Johnson and P-K Bruce Barnes
JUL 15 - Released RB Tim Jakubowski
JUL 20 - Waived K Tim Black and RB Ken Grandberry
JUL 30 - LB Larry Hefner retired
AUG 2 - Signed WR Ron Mayo. OG Jim Miller retired. Placed DT Chris Stecher (knee) and LB Jerry Dandridge (knee) on injured reserve. Released P-K Bruce Barnes, C Bill Cooke, WR John Green, TE Ray Hall (17th round) and DE Larry Johnson (59 player - 2 All-Stars)
AUG 3 - Placed WR Earl Thomas (did not report) on reserve list (61 players - 2 All-Stars)
AUG 13 - Released WR Curtis Leak (11th round)
AUG 18 - Traded a 1977 4th-round draft choice (C Ted Petersen) to PITTSBURGH for DE Bob Barber
AUG 23 - Waived RB Terry Wells, DE Drew Taylor, WR Ron Mayo, WR Nate Hawkins and LB Tom Hull. Placed WR Gerald Tinker (knee) on injured reserve and DB Jim Burrow (knee) on 15-day inactive list (51 players)
AUG 26 - Traded a 1977 12th-round draft choice (LB Rod Martin) to OAKLAND for WR Ollie Smith
AUG 31 - Traded OG Bill Bain to DENVER for a 1977 3rd-round draft choice (G Rick Scribner)
SEPT 6 - Traded K Joe Danelo to NEW YORK GIANTS for a 1978 10th-round draft choice (C Mark Totten) and a 1977 7th-round (C Derrel Gofourth). Placed LB Jim Carter (broken arm), WR Aundra Thompson (back), DB Derrick Williams (broken leg), OL Keith Wortman and QB Don Milan (wrist) on injured reserve. Waived DT Steve Okoniewski and RB John Henson (14th round) (43 players)
SEPT 15 - Traded an undisclosed draft choice to PHILADELPHIA for WR Don Zimmerman
SEPT 21 - Purchased LB Don Hansen from SEATTLE for cash
NAME                NO  POS  HGT WGT COLLEGE         YR PR AG  G HOW ACQUIRED
Ollie Smith         89   WR 6- 3 200 Tennessee State  1  3 27 13 1976 Trade-Oakland
Perry Smith         45   CB 6- 1 195 Colorado State   4  4 25 13 1973 FA-Oakland
Ken Starch          32   RB 5-11 219 Wisconsin        1  1 22  6 1976 FA
Cliff Taylor        27   RB 6- 0 195 Memphis State    1  2 24  7 1976 FA-Chi (1974)
Tom Toner           59   LB 6- 3 235 Idaho State      3  3 26 11 1973 Draft-6th round
Eric Torkelson      26   RB 6- 2 194 Connecticut      3  3 24 14 1974 Draft-11th round
Bruce Van Dyke      61    G 6- 2 255 Missouri         3 11 32 14 1974 Trade-Pittsburgh
Steve Wagner        21    S 6- 2 208 Wisconsin        1  1 22 11 1976 FA
Gary Weaver         52   LB 6- 1 225 Fresno State     2  4 27 14 1975 FA-Oak (1974)
Clarence Williams   83   DE 6- 5 255 Prairie View     7  7 29 14 1970 Trade-Dallas
Don Zimmerman       80   WR 6- 3 195 NE Louisiana     1  4 26  2 1976 Trade-Phil
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
1976 PACKERS DRAFT (April 8-9, 1976)
RND-PCK NAME                POS COLLEGE
1a     8 Traded to Los Angeles in John Hadl trade     
1b    23 Mark Koncar (A)     OT Colorado
2     39 Traded to Los Angeles in John Hadl trade
3a    70 Traded to Pittsburgh in Bruce Van Dyke trade
3b    72 Mike C. McCoy (B)   DB Colorado              
4a   101 Tom Perko           LB Pittsburgh            
4b   117 Traded to Houston in Lynn Dickey trade (C)   
5    132 Aundra Thompson     RB East Texas State      
6    166 Traded to Houston in Paul Robinson trade     
7    192 Traded to Cincinnati in Pat Matson trade     
8    218 Jim Burrow          DB Nebraska 
9    245 Jim Gueno           LB Tulane 
10   274 Jessie Green        WR Tulsa 
11   301 Curtis Leak         WR Johnson C. Smith 
12   328 Mel Jackson         OG USC
13   355 Bradley Bowman      DB S. Mississippi
14   386 John Henson         RB Cal Poly-SLO
15   413 Jerry Dandridge     LB Memphis State 
16   440 Mike Timmermans     OG Northern Iowa 
17   467 Ray Hall            TE Cal Poly-SLO
A-From Oakland for Ted Hendricks (1975) B-From Kansas City in MacArthur Lane trade (1975) C-Acquired from Philadelphia in Bill Lueck trade (1975)
Bold Italics - Played for the Green Bay Packers
1976 PRE-SEASON RESULTS (2-4)
JULY (0-1)                              RESULT      RECORD    ATT STARTING QB              LEADING RUSHER              LEADING PASSER              LEADING RECEIVER
31 G-CINCINNATI BENGALS                L 17-23      0- 1-0 50,245 Lynn Dickey              Barty Smith (24)            Lynn Dickey (145)           Eric Torkelson (3-49)
AUGUST (2-2)
7  M-TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS              W 10- 6      1- 1-0 53,421 Carlos Brown             Willard Harrell (73)        Don Milan (78)              Jessie Green (2-32)
15 at New England Patriots             W 16-14      2- 1-0 28,448 Carlos Brown             Willard Harrell (55)        Carlos Brown (148)          Steve Odom (3-82)
20 at Buffalo Bills                    L  0-37      2- 2-0 33,706 Carlos Brown             Willard Harrell (25)        Carlos Brown (77)           Ken Payne (2-150
28 G-NEW YORK GIANTS                   L 16-20      2- 3-0 56,267 Lynn Dickey              Willard Harrell (54)        Lynn Dickey (137)           Willard Harrell (4-43)
SEPTEMBER (0-1)
3  M-ATLANTA FALCONS                   L  7-26      2- 4-0 54,989 Lynn Dickey              John Brockington (27)       Lynn Dickey (182)           Eddie Beil (3-51)
1976 REGULAR SEASON RESULTS (5-9)
SEPTEMBER (0-3)
12 G-SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS (0-0)         L 14-26      0- 1-0 54,628 Lynn Dickey              Willard Harrell (43)        Lynn Dickey (119)           Willard Harrell (4-13)
19 at St. Louis Cardinals (1-0)        L  0-29      0- 2-0 48,842 Lynn Dickey              Willard Harrell (23)        Lynn Dickey (104)           Barty Smith (3-10)
26 at Cincinnati Bengals (1-1)         L  7-28      0- 3-0 44,103 Lynn Dickey              John Brockington (26)       Lynn Dickey (45)            Rich McGeorge (2-28)
OCTOBER (3-2)
3  G-DETROIT LIONS (1-2)               W 24-14      1- 3-0 54,758 Lynn Dickey              Willard Harrell (111)       Willard Harrell (40)        Steve Odom (2-45)
10 M-SEATTLE SEAHAWKS (0-5)            W 27-20      2- 3-0 54,983 Lynn Dickey              Barty Smith (84)            Lynn Dickey (215)           Ken Payne (6-64)
17 G-PHILADELPHIA EAGLES (2-3)         W 28-13      3- 3-0 55,115 Lynn Dickey              Barty Smith (51)            Lynn Dickey (226)           Willard Harrell (3-91)
24 at Oakland Raiders (5-1)            L 14-18      3- 4-0 52,232 Lynn Dickey              Willard Harrell (41)        Lynn Dickey (303)           Ken Payne (6-120)
31 at Detroit Lions (3-4)              L  6-27      3- 5-0 74,582 Lynn Dickey              Barty Smith (67)            Lynn Dickey (93)            Rich McGeorge (4-29)
NOVEMBER (1-3)
7  M-NEW ORLEANS SAINTS (2-7)          W 32-27      4- 5-0 52,936 Lynn Dickey              Willard Harrell (52)        Lynn Dickey (138)           Ken Payne (3-35)
14 at Chicago Bears (4-5)              L 13-24      4- 6-0 52,907 Lynn Dickey              John Brockington (71)       Lynn Dickey (181)           Steve Odom (6-92)
21 M-MINNESOTA VIKINGS (8-1-1)         L 10-17      4- 7-0 53,104 Carlos Brown             John Brockington (51)       Carlos Brown (82)           Ken Payne (3-29)
28 G-CHICAGO BEARS (5-6)               L 10-16      4- 8-0 56,267 Carlos Brown             Carlos Brown (22)           Carlos Brown (125)          Ollie Smith (4-121)
DECEMBER (1-2)
5  at Minnesota Vikings (9-2-1)        L  9-20      4- 9-0 43,700 Carlos Brown             John Brockington (27)       Carlos Brown (93)           Ollie Smith (4-47)
12 at Atlanta Falcons (4-9)            W 24-20      5- 9-0 23,116 Randy Johnson            John Brockington (89)       Randy Johnson (165)         Ollie Smith (5-91)
G - Green Bay M - Milwaukee
From the July 31, 1976 game program, a date which had the Cincinnati Bengals in town for an exhibition game.

In 1976, head coach Bart Starr was entering his second year at the helm. What follows is a two-page article on his team heading into the ’76 campaign.

One of the big things that happened that summer was the visit of President Gerald R. Ford to the Packers’ home base in Green Bay. 

(SOURCE: Packerville, USA)

THE VINCE LOMBARDI SCRAPBOOK (1976): "Following the life of Green Bay’s legendary head coach, The Vince Lombardi Scrapbook is one that we’d recommend for students of this era in Packers history. With classic photography by Vernon Biever, and also period photos from throughout his life (as well as newspaper clippings — hence the “scrapbook” concept), there is much to learn here. A fine volume." - Packerville, USA for more pictures and content