NAME                NO  POS  HGT WGT COLLEGE         YR PR AG  G HOW ACQUIRED
Kurt Allerman       60   LB 6- 2 222 Penn State       2  5 26 16 1980 FA-St.L (1979)
John Anderson       59   LB 6- 3 221 Michigan         4  4 25 16 1978 Draft-1st round
Charlie Ane         61    C 6- 1 237 Michigan State   1  7 29 16 1981 FA-KC (1980)
Steve Atkins        32   RB 6- 0 216 Maryland         3  3 25  3 1979 Draft-2nd round
Byron Braggs        73   NT 6- 4 290 Alabama          1  1 21 16 1981 Draft-5th round
Mike Butler         77   DE 6- 5 265 Kansas           5  5 27 16 1977 Draft-1st round
Rich Campbell       19   QB 6- 4 224 California       1  1 22  2 1981 Draft-1st round
Ron Cassidy         88   WR 6- 0 185 Utah State       3  3 24 11 1979 Draft-8th round
Paul Coffman        82   TE 6- 3 218 Kansas State     4  4 25 16 1978 FA
George Cumby        52   LB 6- 0 215 Oklahoma         2  2 25 16 1980 Draft-1st round
Lynn Dickey         12   QB 6- 4 220 Kansas State     5  9 30 13 1976 Trade-Houston
Mike Douglass       53   LB 6- 0 224 San Diego State  4  4 26 16 1978 Draft-5th round
Gerry Ellis         31   FB 5-11 216 Missouri         2  2 23 15 1980 FA
Derrel Gofourth     57    C 6- 3 260 Oklahoma State   5  5 26 15 1977 Draft-7th round
Johnnie Gray        24    S 5-11 185 Cal St-Fullerton 7  7 28  9 1975 FA
Leotis Harris       69    G 6- 1 267 Arkansas         4  4 26 16 1978 Draft-6th round
Maurice Harvey      23    S 5-10 190 Ball State       1  3 25 16 1981 FA-Denver (1980)
Estus Hood          38   CB 5-11 180 Illinois State   4  4 25 16 1978 Draft-3rd round
Harlan Huckleby     25   HB 6- 1 199 Michigan         2  2 23 16 1980 FA
Tim Huffman         74    T 6- 5 277 Notre Dame       1  1 22  4 1981 Draft-9th round
Eddie Lee Ivery     40   RB 6- 1 210 Georgia Tech     3  3 24  1 1979 Draft-1st round
John Jefferson      83   WR 6- 1 198 Arizona State    1  4 25 13 1981 Trade-San Diego
Jim Jensen          33   RB 6- 3 235 Iowa             1  5 27 15 1981 FA-Denver (1980)
Ezra Johnson        90   DE 6- 4 240 Morris Brown     5  5 25 16 1977 Draft-1st round
Terry Jones         63   DT 6- 2 259 Alabama          4  4 24 16 1978 Draft-11th round
Syd Kitson          64    G 6- 4 252 Wake Forest      2  2 22 11 1980 Draft-3rd round
Greg Koch           68    T 6- 4 265 Arkansas         5  5 26 16 1977 Draft-2nd round
Mark Koncar         79    T 6- 5 268 Colorado         5  5 28 14 1976 Draft-1st round
Mark Lee            22   CB 5-11 187 Washington       2  2 23 16 1980 Draft-2nd round
Cliff Lewis         56   LB 6- 1 226 S. Mississippi   1  1 21 16 1981 Draft-12th round
Gary Lewis          81   TE 6- 5 234 Texas-Arlington  1  1 21 16 1981 Draft-2nd round
James Lofton        80   WR 6- 3 187 Stanford         4  4 25 16 1978 Draft-1st round
Larry McCarren      54    C 6- 3 248 Illinois         9  9 29 16 1973 Draft-12th round
Mike C. McCoy       29   CB 5-11 183 Colorado         6  6 28 16 1976 Draft-3rd round
Casey Merrill       78   DE 6- 4 255 Cal-Davis        3  3 24 16 1979 FA
Terdell Middleton   34   HB 6- 0 195 Memphis State    5  5 26 12 1977 Draft-3rd round
Mark Murphy         37    S 6- 2 199 West Liberty St  2  2 23 16 1980 FA
1981 PACKER TRADES - TRANSACTIONS
APR 28 - Traded a 1981 4th-round draft choice to WASHINGTON for a 1981 4th-round draft choice (DT Richard Turner) and a 1981 5th-round draft choice (DT Byron Braggs)
JUL 22 - Traded S Steve Luke and an undisclosed draft choice to ATLANTA for S Frank Reed and LB Dewey McLain
AUG 11 - Released OT Milton Hardaway, K Skip Vernon, WR Phil Farris, C Bill McClung and S Greg Knafelc (81 players)
AUG 12 - Claimed WR Eugene Byrd off waivers from BALTIMORE. Placed FS Mike Jolly (knee), LB Ricky Skiles and OG Forest Valora on injured reserve (79 players)
AUG 18  - Released P Frank Garcia, S Frank Reed, DB Charles Cornelius, DE Rich Mohr, OT Rick Kehr and WR Pete Thompson. Placed WB Nickie Hall (arm), TE Bill Larson (knee), RB Willard Reaves (sciatic nerve), LB Larry Werts (knee) and FS Mike Jolly on injured reserve (60 players)
AUG 24 - Released OT Tim Stokes, S David Petway, K Rade Savich, WR Eugene Byrd and WR Melvin Hoover. Released LB Larry Werts (8th round) off injured reserve (55 players)
AUG 29 - Signed C Charlie Ane off waivers from KANSAS CITY (50 players)
AUG 31 - Released RB Eric Torkelson and C Larry Coombs (47 players)
SEPT 1 - Placed OT Tim Huffman (9th round), OT Buddy Aydellette and DT Chris Godfrey on injured reserve (45 players)
SEPT 9 - Placed RB Eddie Lee Ivery (knee) on injured reserve. Signed RB Jim Jensen
SEPT 17 - Traded WR Aundra Thompson, a 1982 1st-round draft choice, a 1982 2nd-round draft choice, a 1983 1st-round selection and a 1984 2nd-round choice to SAN DIEGO for WR John Jefferson and a 1982 1st-round draft choice (OG Ron Hallstrom)
SEPT 23 - Signed RB Delvin Williams.
SEPT 24 - Signed WR John Jefferson. Released RB Steve Atkins. Signed RB Eric Torkelson and RB Delvin Williams. Placed TE John Thompson (knee) on injured reserve
SEPT 29 - Placed OG Karl Swanke (knee) on injured reserve. Activated OT Tim Huffman from injured reserve
OCT 10 - Released RB Delvin Williams. Signed OT Tim Stokes.
OCT 14 - Signed OL Arland Thompson
NOV 4 - Signed S David Petway. Placed S Johnnie Gray (knee) on injured reserve
DEC 17 - Placed OL Derrel Gofourth (knee) on injured reserve. Signed OL Brad Oates off waivers from CINCINNATI
1981 IN REVIEW
Having gone 10-21-1 over the past two years, the pressure was on Bart Starr to win or else. Green Bay opened the season with a 2-6 record, marking the sixth time in seven years the Packers had a losing record at the midway point of the season under Starr. Squandering a 17-0 lead to Atlanta in Week 2 and losing Eddie Lee Ivery for the season in the opener for the second time in three years appeared to point the way toward a new head coach. In October, 90 percent of the respondents to a Racine newspaper's poll said it was time for a change. On September 17, Green Bay sent three draft picks (1981 first-round, 1982 second-round and 1983 first-round) and WR Aundra Thompson to San Diego for star WR John Jefferson and a 1981 first-round draft choice. Finally, in Week 9, the Packers began to show signs of life. Following a week of community events, Green Bay crushed Seattle 34-24. By Week 15, the Packers were 8-7 and in the playoff hunt. A 28-3 loss to the New York Jets in the season finale ended the playoff hopes, but an 8-8 record gave Packer fans hope.
ONE GAME FROM THE PLAYOFFS
By all accounts, the Green Bay Packers were well on their way to another losing record at the midway point of the 1981 season. With a 2-6 record, the team appeared to be in complete disarray, with many calling for the ouster of head coach Bart Starr, following the two previous seasons' combined 10-21-1 record. Then, as shocking as anything in the NFL that season, the Packers won six of their next seven games, and found themselves on the cusp of their first playoff berth since 1972. Thanks to Philadelphia's blowout win over St. Louis, the Packers only needed to beat the New York Jets in the season finale to wrap up the last wildcard slot in the NFC. The Jets found themselves in a similar position. After going 4-12 in 1980, New York started the season 0-3, with a quarterback controversy, an altercation between quarterback Richard Todd and sports writer Steve Serby and speculation about head coach Walt Michaels' job. Then, the Jets roared in the second half, winning six of seven before their season-ending game with the Packers. Led by their vaunted ‘Sack Exchange’ defensive line, the Jets sacked Lynn Dickey nine times and held Green Bay to 84 total yards. The Packer coaching staff put OG Arland Thompson in the starting lineup, and he was a basket case. The Packers elected to run behind him on consecutive plays at a critical point in the game. Second and 1 at the Jets' 13 quickly turned into a fourth-and-2 situation, and the season was lost. On offense, Richard Todd threw two touchdown passes, one each to Wesley Walker and Johnny (Lam) Jones. When the game was over, hundreds of fans charged the field, with dozens tearing down both goalposts in celebration.
RICH CAMPBELL - THE HEIR NOT SO APPARENT
Lynn Dickey was only 30 years old in 1980, but his body had been through the football wars and showed the scars. In a move which haunted the franchise for many years, Green Bay elected to draft Rich Campbell with the 6th pick in the 1981 draft. Hailed as a strong-armed quarterback who would be the team's future, it was quickly determined there was a flaw in Campbell's delivery. He would hardly ever see the field though and in four seasons attempted only 68 passes throwing nine interceptions to only three touchdown passes, completing less than 45% of his attempts. He could never unseat, who responded with the best year of his career in 1983, even though it wouldn't prove enough to save Starr's coaching career. One year later, Campbell was gone too. As for who the Packers passed on? LB and future Pro Bowler Hugh Green went next in the draft  to Tampa Bay, and San Francisco then selected future Hall of Famer Ronnie Lott.
NAME                NO  POS  HGT WGT COLLEGE         YR PR AG  G HOW ACQUIRED
Fred Nixon          84   WR 5-11 191 Oklahoma         2  2 22  8 1980 Draft-4th round
Brad Oates          72    T 6- 6 270 BYU              1  6 27  1 1981 FA-Cincinnati
David Petway        47    S 6- 2 207 North Illinois   1  1 25  5 1981 FA
Guy Prather         51   LB 6- 2 230 Grambling        1  1 23 16 1981 FA
Randy Scott         55   LB 6- 1 220 Alabama          1  1 22 16 1981 FA
Ray Stachowicz      16    P 5-11 185 Michigan State   1  1 22 16 1981 Draft-3rd round
Jan Stenerud        10    K 6- 2 190 Montana State    2 15 37 16 1980 FA-KC (1979)
Tim Stokes          76    T 6- 5 252 Oregon           4  8 31  7 1978 Trade-Washington
Karl Swanke         67    T 6- 6 251 Boston College   2  2 23  4 1980 Draft-6th round
Arland Thompson     71    G 6- 4 265 Baylor           1  2 23 10 1981 FA-Denver (1981)
Aundra Thompson     89   WR 6- 0 186 E. Texas State   5  5 28  3 1976 Draft-5th round
John Thompson       87   TE 6- 3 228 Utah State       4  4 25  2 1979 Draft-9th round
Eric Torkelson      26   RB 6- 2 210 Connecticut      7  7 29  8 1974 Draft-11th round
Rich Turner         75   NT 6- 2 260 Oklahoma         1  1 22 16 1981 Draft-4th round
Bill Whitaker       30    S 6- 0 182 Missouri         1  1 21 16 1981 Draft-7th round
David Whitehurst    17   QB 6- 2 204 Furman           5  5 26  2 1977 Draft-8th round
Delvin Williams     20   RB 6- 0 195 Kansas           1  8 30  1 1981 FA-Miami (1980)
Rich Wingo          50   LB 6- 1 230 Alabama          2  2 25 16 1979 Draft-7th 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
1981 PACKERS DRAFT (April 28-29, 1981)
RND-PCK NAME                POS COLLEGE       NOTES
1     6 Rich Campbell        QB California 
2    35 Gary Lewis           TE Tex-Arlington 
3    62 Ray Stachowicz        P Michigan St
4a   90 Traded to Washington
4b  105 Richard Turner       DT Oklahoma      (A) 
5   117 Byron Braggs         DT Alabama       (B) 
6   145 Traded to NY Giants in Randy Dean trade
7   172 Bill Whitaker        DB Missouri 
8   200 Lerry Werts          LB Jackson State 
9   227 Tim Huffman           T Notre Dame 
10  255 Nickie Hall          QB Tulane 
11  282 Forrest Valora       LB Oklahoma 
12  311 Cliff Lewis          LB S.Mississippi 
A-From Washington B-From Washington through LA from Green Bay
Bold - Played for the Green Bay Packers
1981 PRE-SEASON RESULTS (3-1)
AUGUST (3-1)                            RESULT      RECORD    ATT STARTING QB             LEADING RUSHER              LEADING PASSER              LEADING RECEIVER
8  at Dallas Cowboys                   W 21-17      1- 0-0 55,087 Lynn Dickey             Eddie Lee Ivery (42)        Lynn Dickey (196)           Aundra Thompson (5-51)
15 M-OAKLAND RAIDERS                   W 34-14      2- 0-0 54,710 Lynn Dickey             Steve Atkins (53)           Lynn Dickey (143)           James Lofton (5-142)
22 at Denver Broncos                   L  7-17      2- 1-0 72,450 Lynn Dickey             Steve Atkins (33)           Lynn Dickey (72)            Eddie Lee Ivery (4-25)
29 G-CLEVELAND BROWNS                  W 35-18      3- 1-0 56,191 Lynn Dickey             Eddie Lee Ivery (56)        Lynn Dickey (250)           James Lofton (5-76)
1981 REGULAR SEASON RESULTS (8-8) 
SEPTEMBER (1-3)
6  at Chicago Bears (0-0)              W 16- 9      1- 0-0 62,411 Lynn Dickey             Gerry Ellis (94)            Lynn Dickey (165)           James Lofton (5-84)
13 G-ATLANTA FALCONS (1-0)             L 17-31      1- 1-0 55,382 Lynn Dickey             Gerry Ellis (59)            Lynn Dickey (342)           James Lofton (8-179)
20 at Los Angeles Rams (0-2)           L 23-35      1- 2-0 61,286 Lynn Dickey             Terdell Middleton (45)      Lynn Dickey (125)           James Lofton (5-73)
27 M-MINNESOTA VIKINGS (1-2)           L 13-30      1- 3-0 55,012 Lynn Dickey             Jim Jensen (35)             Lynn Dickey (251)           James Lofton (8-101)
OCTOBER (1-3)
4  at New York Giants (2-2)            W 27-14      2- 3-0 73,684 Lynn Dickey             Harlan Huckleby (88)        Lynn Dickey (208)           Paul Coffman (6-92)
11 G-TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS (3-2)        L 10-21      2- 4-0 55,264 Lynn Dickey             Harlan Huckleby (57)        Lynn Dickey (219)           Gerry Ellis (6-48)
18 M-SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS (4-2)         L  3-13      2- 5-0 50,171 Lynn Dickey             Gerry Ellis (50)            Lynn Dickey (156)           Gerry Ellis (5-50)
25 at Detroit Lions (3-4)              L 27-31      2- 6-0 76,063 Lynn Dickey             Gerry Ellis (32)            David Whitehurst (243)      Gerry Ellis (7-89)
NOVEMBER (4-1)
1  G-SEATTLE SEAHAWKS (2-6)            W 34-24      3- 6-0 49,467 David Whitehurst        Gerry Ellis (127)           David Whitehurst (205)      James Lofton (4-63)
8  M-NEW YORK GIANTS (5-4)             W 26-24      4- 6-0 54,138 Lynn Dickey             Gerry Ellis (75)            Lynn Dickey (143)           Paul Coffman (4-68)
15 G-CHICAGO BEARS (3-7)               W 21-17      5- 6-0 55,338 David Whitehurst        Harlan Huckleby (71)        David Whitehurst (140)      James Lofton (5-80)
22 at Tampa Bay Buccaneers (5-6)       L  3-37      5- 7-0 63,251 David Whitehurst        Gerry Ellis (55)            Rich Campbell (168)         Gerry Ellis (11-76)
29 at Minnesota Vikings (7-5)          W 35-23      6- 7-0 46,025 Lynn Dickey             Gerry Ellis (77)            Lynn Dickey (294)           James Lofton (7-159)
DECEMBER (2-1)
6  G-DETROIT LIONS (7-6)               W 31-17      7- 7-0 54,481 Lynn Dickey             Gerry Ellis (46)            Lynn Dickey (279)           John Jefferson (8-113)
13 at New Orleans Saints (4-10)        W 35- 7      8- 7-0 45,518 Lynn Dickey             Gerry Ellis (64)            Lynn Dickey (218)           Gerry Ellis (5-26)
20 at New York Jets (9-5-1)            L  3-28      8- 8-0 56,340 Lynn Dickey             Gerry Ellis (44)            Lynn Dickey (96)            Gerry Ellis (4-14)
G - Green Bay M - Milwaukee
September 17th 1981 – The Green Bay Packers secure All-Pro wide receiver John Jefferson in a trade with San Diego that is hailed by Mike Christopulos of the Milwaukee Sentinel as “the biggest trade the Packers have made since Oct. 22, 1974 when Dan Devine, then coach and general manager, acquired quarterback John Hadl.” The Packers swap first-round picks in 1982 with the Chargers and also give up a second-round pick in 1982 and a first-round pick in 1983. “We’re pleased to consummate a trade for a player of this magnitude,” Packers coach Bart Starr says. “It gives us a tremendous added dimension to our passing game and takes a burden off James Lofton.” Jefferson catches 39 passes in 13 games in 1981. (Source: Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame)
May 4th 1981 – Packers president Dominic Olejniczak, whose position had reportedly been in jeopardy, is reelected to another term and is named chief executive officer of the Green Bay Packers as well. Rumors had Olejniczak, 72, stepping down. Instead, Olejniczak’s control is strengthened as the team’s management staff is restructured. Under the new setup, Olejniczak will have complete responsibility for the operation of the Packers corporation. Three men – head coach Bart Starr, corporate assistant Bob Harlan and assistant to the president Tom Miller – will report directly to Olejniczak. (Source: Packers Hall of Fame)
Milwaukee Sentinel - September 29th 1981
LEFT - Milwaukee Sentinel - October 20th 1981

ABOVE - Milwaukee Journal - October 28th 1981

BELOW - Milwaukee Journal - October 28th 1981