NAME                NO  POS  HGT WGT COLLEGE         YR PR AG  G HOW ACQUIRED
John Anderson       59   LB 6- 3 229 Michigan         6  6 27 16 1978 Draft - 1st round
Greg Boyd           72   DE 6- 6 280 San Diego State  1  6 29 12 1983 Trade - Denver
Byron Braggs        73   NT 6- 4 270 Alabama          3  3 23 16 1981 Draft - 5th round
Robert Brown        93   DE 6- 2 250 Virginia Tech    2  2 23 16 1982 Draft - 4th round
Rich Campbell       19   QB 6- 4 219 California       3  3 24  1 1981 Draft - 1st round
Ron Cassidy         88   WR 6- 0 180 Utah State       4  4 26 16 1979 Draft - 8th round
Jessie Clark        33   FB 6- 0 233 Arkansas         1  1 23 16 1983 Draft - 7th round
Paul Coffman        82   TE 6- 3 225 Kansas State     6  6 27 16 1978 FA
George Cumby        52   LB 6- 0 224 Oklahoma         4  4 27 15 1980 Draft - 1st round
Mike Curcio         57   LB 6- 1 232 Temple           1  3 26 14 1983 FA - Philadelphia
Lynn Dickey         12   QB 6- 4 203 Kansas State     7 11 32 16 1976 Trade - Houston
Mike Douglass       53   LB 6- 0 214 San Diego State  6  6 28 15 1978 Draft - 5th round
Dave Dreschler      61    G 6- 3 264 North Carolina   1  1 23 16 1983 Draft - 2nd round
Gerry Ellis         31   FB 5-11 225 Missouri         4  4 25 15 1980 FA
Phillip Epps        85   WR 5-10 165 TCU              2  2 24 16 1982 Draft - 12th round
Eddie Garcia        11    K 5- 8 178 SMU              1  1 24 12 1982 Draft - 10th round
Charlie Getty       77    T 6- 4 270 Penn State       1 10 31 16 1983 Trade - Kan City
Johnnie Gray        24    S 5-11 202 Cal St-Fullerton 9  9 30 16 1975 FA
Ron Hallstrom       65    G 6- 6 283 Iowa             2  2 24 16 1982 Draft - 1st round
Leotis Harris       69    G 6- 1 265 Arkansas         6  6 28  6 1978 Draft - 6th round
Maurice Harvey      23    S 5-10 190 Ball State       3  5 27  4 1981 FA - Denver (1980)
Estus Hood          38   CB 5-11 189 Illinois State   6  6 27 16 1978 Draft - 3rd round
Harlan Huckleby     25   HB 6- 1 201 Michigan         4  4 25 16 1980 FA
Tim Huffman         74    T 6- 5 282 Notre Dame       3  3 24 15 1981 Draft - 9th round
Eddie Lee Ivery     40   RB 6- 1 214 Georgia Tech     5  5 26  8 1979 Draft - 1st round
John Jefferson      83   WR 6- 1 204 Arizona State    3  6 27 16 1981 Trade - San Diego
Charles Johnson     99   DT 6- 1 265 Maryland         3  3 27 15 1979 Draft - 2nd round
Ezra Johnson        90   DE 6- 4 259 Morris Brown     7  7 27 16 1977 Draft - 1st round
Mike Jolly          21    S 6- 3 185 Michigan         3  3 24 12 1980 FA         
Terry Jones         63   DT 6- 2 265 Alabama          6  6 26  1 1978 Draft - 11th round
Syd Kitson          64    G 6- 4 264 Wake Forest      3  3 24 14 1980 Draft - 3rd round
Greg Koch           68    T 6- 4 276 Arkansas         7  7 28 15 1977 Draft - 2nd round
Jim Laughlin        62   LB 6- 1 222 Ohio State       1  4 25 15 1983 FA - Atl (1982)
Mark Lee            22   CB 5-11 188 Washington       4  4 25 16 1980 Draft - 2nd round
Cliff Lewis         56   LB 6- 1 224 S. Mississippi   3  3 23 16 1981 Draft - 12th round
Gary Lewis          81   TE 6- 5 234 Texas-Arlington  3  3 23 16 1981 Draft - 2nd round
Tim Lewis           26   CB 5-11 188 Pittsburgh       1  1 21 16 1983 Draft - 1st round
James Lofton        80   WR 6- 3 197 Stanford         6  6 27 16 1978 Draft - 1st round
Larry McCarren      54    C 6- 3 251 Illinois        11 11 31 16 1973 Draft - 12th round
Bart Starr Fired As Head Coach (December 19, 1983)
(GREEN BAY) - Nearly nine years to the day after he was hired as coach of the Green Bay Packers, Bart Starr, one of the great players in the team's history, was fired after failing to get the team into the National Football League playoffs this season. Starr, given the job on Christmas Eve in 1974, was dismissed by club President Judge Robert Parins. When he was hired, Starr quoted from Winston Churchill. On the day he was fired, Starr, a history minor at the University of Alabama, quoted from Theodore Roosevelt. "It's not the critic that counts, not the man who points out how the strong man stumbled or whether the doer of deeds could have done them better," he said. "The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly, who errs, and often comes up short again and again. Who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions and spends himself in a worthy cause. And who, if at best in the end, knows the triumph of higher treatment and high achievement. And who at worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly so that his soul shall never be with those cold and timid ones who know neither victory nor defeat." Parrins told Starr of his decision early Monday. "This kind of decision could not be predicated on emotion." Parins said at a news conference at Lambeau Field. He said that Starr "epitomizes the Green Bay Packers He's got a great Packer image " The decision came one day after the Packers lost 23-21 to the Chicago Bears on the final weekend of regular season play to finish 8-8. If the Packers had won, they would have been in the playoffs. Parins would not say if Starr would have been dismissed as coach if the team had reached postseason play. "Probably not, in terms of today," he said. "Obviously, if we'd been in the playoffs, we wouldn't have been here today." In addition to Starr, the contracts of the entire coaching staff were not renewed. They were Bob Schnelker (offensive coordinator), John Meyer (defensive coordinator), John Brunner (offensive backfield), Lew Carpenter (receivers), Ross Fichtner (defensive backfield), Monte Kiffin (linebacker), Ernie McMillan (offensive line), Bill Meyers (offensive line), Dick Rehbein (special teams) and Richard "Doc" Urich (defensive line). "The decision, while difficult, is not made out of emotion or frustration but on an overall evaluation of the needs of the franchise," Parins said in a statement. "We feel the position of head coach needs a fresh look." For Starr, 49, the decision boiled down to the team's record. "I haven't enjoyed enough victories here so I'm being relieved of my duties," he said. During his nine-year tenure, the Packers were 52-76-2. His best seasons were in 1978 (8-7-1) and 1982 (5-3-1). His only team to make the playoffs was in the strike-shortened 1982 season. It was the first Packers' team to reach postseason play since 1972. "Our won-lost record hasn't been commensurate with the growth we've had since I've been here," Starr said. DE Ezra Johnson, who has been with the Packers since 1977, said the firing "took me by surprise. I really didn't expect it."
Forrest Gregg Hired As Head Coach (December 24, 1983)
(GREEN BAY) - Forrest Gregg, who has patterned his career after that of the legendary Vince Lombardi, returned to the scene of his former coach's greatest triumphs Saturday when he signed a five-year contract to coach the Green Bay Packers. Gregg, 50, replaces Bart Starr, another of the stars who led Lombardi's Packers to greatness in the 1960s, who was fired after nine frustrating seasons at the helm of the Green Bay franchise. "I appreciate the opportunity to come back to Green Bay," Gregg said in a conference telephone call from Cincinnati. "The five-year contract gives me an opportunity to assess the talent on the football team and decide what we need to become a winner. We don't just have to look for the moment." When asked if this was the best coaching situation he had ever inherited, Gregg said "absolutely " "I think this is a typical team," he said. "They're obviously very strong on the offense. The team needs defensive help and I think we can get some of that help immediately." Packers' President Robert J. Parins made the announcement at a press conference at the team headquarters. Parins said the Packers had learned of Gregg's interest late Tuesday. On Wednesday they received permission from Cincinnati's Assistant General Manager Mike Brown to talk with Gregg. Gregg, whose tough stance in imitation of Lombardi, was said to be the cause of his failure in two previous coaching jobs, talked to a number of Packer officials before the deal was finalized Friday at a meeting in Chicago, Parins said. 
1983 PACKER TRADES - TRANSACTIONS
JULY 28 - Traded OG Derrel Gofourth to SAN DIEGO for a 1984 12th-round draft choice (WR Lenny Taylor)
AUGUST 17 - Traded a 1984 8th-round draft choice to DENVER for DE Greg Boyd
AUGUST 28 - Traded a 1984 9th-round draft choice to KANSAS CITY for OT Charlie Getty
1983 IN REVIEW
The Green Bay Packer offense in 1983 was running on high octane fuel all season. But the defense broke down on more than enough occastions to leave the Packers a .500 team at 8-8. The step back from the playoffs in 1982 meant the end of the Bart Starr era in Green Bay. Lynn Dickey, Gerry Eillis, James Lofton, Paul Coffman and John Jefferson led an offense which rang up 52 touchdowns, 429 points and 6,172 yards. Ellis became the first Packer to have more than 500 yards rushing and receiving in a season. Dickey cracked the 4,000-yard mark with 4,458 yards and 32 touchdowns. The defensive numbers were equally as large -  50 touchdowns, 439 points and 6,403 yards. The defense gave up more than 300 yards in 14 games and 400 yards in 8 contests. Facing a must win the season finale to win the a wildcard berth, Green Bay saw Chicago defeat them 23-21 on a Bob Thomas field goal with 10 seconds left. Bart Starr was fired as head coach the next day.
BART STARR AND THE ARIZONA FIREBIRDS
It was the final game of the 1983 season and the Bart Starr era. The Packers led for most of the contest in one of the coldest games ever played at Soldier Field. With less than a minute
remaining, Jim McMahon drove Chicago down the field against one of the worst defenses in the NFL and Bob Thomas kicked the winning field goal, while Starr sat on his timeouts and
watched his team out of the playoffs. The Packer legend was was fired the next day. Starr would never return to the NFL in a coaching capacity, but he did not walk away from football.
In fact, he tried to come back with a team that did not even exist when he was fired. Arizona NFL Expansion Limited was formed in 1980, and included such supporters as former AFL
Commissioner Joe Foss. The group spent more than $2 million trying to convince the NFL to place an expansion team in Phoenix. In February 1983, the group signed a lease with the
Gila Indian Community for 500 acres on the Gila River Reservation, 15 miles south of Phoenix. Organizer Bob Whitlow said his group had hopes to construct a privately financed domed
stadium, seating 72,000. On January 13, 1984, less than three weeks after he was fired in Green Bay, Starr was named the head coach and director of operations for the Firebirds. In
March 1984, Firebirds officials flew to Hawaii, hoping to have a chance to press their case to the NFL. Businessman Tom Stone, who wanted a majority interest in the proposed franchise,
joined the group, while Starr stayed behind to deal with other business interests.  The Firebirds were nearly driven to extinction in the fall of 1984, when Eagles owner Leonard Tose flirted with
the idea of moving his team to Phoenix. Faced with $42 million in debts, Tose had a deal in place to sell part of the team in return for a $45 million loan and a move to the desert. Commissioner
Pete Rozelle stepped in and arranged financing for Tose and the team stayed. By 1987, it appeared there was a chance the NFL would consider the Firebirds' bid, although there were two other
groups also bidding for a team. Starr's group hosted a nearly sold-out exhibition game in August 1987 between the Packers and the Denver Broncos at Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe. The dream
died for good on January 15, 1988, when St. Louis Cardinals owner Bill Bidwell announced he was moving the team to Phoenix. In February 1988, it was mentioned in some media reports that the Bart Starr-John Colbrunn-Joe Foss group was not dead yet, and could turn up in another city, but it was never to be. That July, the younger of Bart's two sons, Bret, then age 24, was living in Tampa, recovering from a cocaine addiction. After not hearing from him for several days, Bart flew to Florida and found his son dead on the dining room floor. Police said that Bret had died three or four days earlier from cardiac arrhythmia, a complication from his addiction.
NAME                NO  POS  HGT WGT COLLEGE         YR PR AG  G HOW ACQUIRED
Mike C. McCoy       29   CB 5-11 190 Colorado         8  8 30  9 1976 Draft - 3rd round
Mike Meade          39   RB 5-10 224 Penn State       2  2 23 16 1982 Draft - 5th round
Casey Merrill       78   DE 6- 4 255 Cal-Davis        5  5 26  5 1979 FA
Mark Murphy         37    S 6- 2 201 West Liberty St  4  4 25 16 1980 FA
Dwayne O'Steen      44   CB 6- 1 195 San Jose State   1  6 28  7 1983 FA - Tampa Bay
Chet Parlavecchio   57   LB 6- 2 225 Penn State       1  1 23  3 1982 Draft - 6th round
Guy Prather         51   LB 6- 2 229 Grambling        3  3 25 16 1981 FA
Larry Rubens        58    C 6- 1 250 Montana State    2  2 29 16 1982 FA
Ron Sams            70    G 6- 3 269 Pittsburgh       1  1 22  5 1983 Draft - 6th round
Randy Scott         55   LB 6- 1 222 Alabama          3  3 24  6 1981 FA
Bucky Scribner      13    P 6- 0 202 Kansas           1  1 23 16 1983 Draft - 11th round
Daryle Skaugstad    91   NT 6- 5 268 California       1  3 26  9 1983 FA - San Francisco
Ron Spears          79   DE 6- 6 255 San Diego State  1  2 23 13 1983 FA - New England
Jan Stenerud        10    K 6- 2 190 Montana State    4 17 39 16 1980 FA - KC (1979)
Karl Swanke         67    T 6- 6 261 Boston College   4  4 25 16 1980 Draft - 6th round
Rich Turner         75   NT 6- 2 261 Oklahoma         3  3 24  6 1981 Draft - 4th round
David Whitehurst    17   QB 6- 2 205 Furman           7  7 28  4 1977 Draft - 8th round
Rich Wingo          50   LB 6- 1 227 Alabama          4  4 27 16 1979 Draft - 7th round
Chet Winters        20   RB 5-11 204 Oklahoma         1  1 21  4 1983 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
1983 PACKERS DRAFT (April 26-27, 1983)
RND-PCK NAME                POS COLLEGE       NOTES
1a   11 Tim Lewis            DB Pittsburgh    (A) 
1b   20 Traded to San Diego in John Jefferson trade
2    48 Dave Drechsler        G N. Carolina 
3    58 Traded to Houston in Angelo Fields trade
4   104 Mike Miller          WR Tennessee 
5   132 Bryan Thomas         RB Pittsburgh 
6   160 Ron Sams              G Pittsburgh 
7   188 Jessie Clark         FB Arkansas 
8   216 Carlton Briscoe      DB McNeese St
9   243 Robin Ham             C West Texas St
10a 253 Byron Williams       WR TX-Arlington  (B) 
10b 271 Jimmy Thomas         DB Indiana 
11  299 Bucky Scribner        P Kansas 
12  327 John Harvey          LB USC
A-From New Orleans for Bruce Clark B-From Houston in Mark Koncar trade
Bold - Played for the Green Bay Packers
1983 PRE-SEASON RESULTS (1-3) 
AUGUST (1-3)                            RESULT      RECORD    ATT STARTING QB             LEADING RUSHER              LEADING PASSER              LEADING RECEIVER
6  G-CLEVELAND BROWNS                  L 20-21      0- 1-0 39,202 Lynn Dickey             Gerry Ellis (25)            Rich Campbell (153)         Ron Cassidy (3-51)
12 at Seattle Seahawks                 L 21-38      0- 2-0 54,443 Rich Campbell           Rich Campbell (17)          Rich Campbell (183)         Jessie Clark (3-25)
20 G-PHILADELPHIA EAGLES               L 14-27      0- 3-0 48,867 Lynn Dickey             Eddie Lee Ivery (37)        Lynn Dickey (196)           James Lofton (4-106)
27 at St. Louis Cardinals              W 39-27      1- 3-0 33,041 Lynn Dickey             Gerry Ellis (63)            David Whitehurst (105)      James Lofton (3-39)
1983 REGULAR SEASON RESULTS (8-8)
SEPTEMBER (2-2)
4  at Houston Oilers (0-0)             W 41-38(OT)  1- 0-0 44,073 Lynn Dickey             Eddie Lee Ivery (71)        Lynn Dickey (333)           James Lofton (8-154)
11 G-PITTSBURGH STEELERS (0-1)         L 21-25      1- 1-0 55,154 Lynn Dickey             Eddie Lee Ivery (53)        Lynn Dickey (290)           James Lofton (5-169)
18 M-LOS ANGELES RAMS (2-0)            W 27-24      2- 1-0 54,037 Lynn Dickey             Eddie Lee Ivery (54)        Lynn Dickey (288)           John Jefferson (6-91)
26 at New York Giants (1-2)            L  3-27      2- 2-0 75,308 Lynn Dickey             Eddie Lee Ivery (22)        Lynn Dickey (283)           John Jefferson (5-67)
OCTOBER (2-3)
2  G-TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS (0-4)        W 55-14      3- 2-0 54,272 Lynn Dickey             Jessie Clark (56)           Lynn Dickey (267)           James Lofton (4-112)
9  at Detroit Lions (1-4)              L 14-38      3- 3-0 67,738 Lynn Dickey             Eddie Lee Ivery (43)        Lynn Dickey (214)           Paul Coffman (4-58)
17 G-WASHINGTON REDSKINS (5-1)         W 48-47      4- 3-0 55,255 Lynn Dickey             Gerry Ellis (41)            Lynn Dickey (387)           Paul Coffman (6-124)
23 G-MINNESOTA VIKINGS (5-2)           L 17-20(OT)  4- 4-0 55,236 Lynn Dickey             Eddie Lee Ivery (46)        Lynn Dickey (383)           Gerry Ellis (6-81)
30 at Cincinnati Bengals (2-6)         L 14-34      4- 5-0 53,349 Lynn Dickey             Gerry Ellis (60)            Lynn Dickey (231)           Gerry Ellis (6-70)
NOVEMBER (2-2)
6  M-CLEVELAND BROWNS (5-4)            W 35-21      5- 5-0 54,089 Lynn Dickey             Gerry Ellis (86)            Lynn Dickey (228)           John Jefferson (7-102)
13 at Minnesota Vikings (6-4)          W 29-21      6- 5-0 60,113 Lynn Dickey             Jessie Clark (79)           Lynn Dickey (180)           John Jefferson (5-60)
20 M-DETROIT LIONS (5-6)               L 20-23(OT)  6- 6-0 50,050 Lynn Dickey             Gerry Ellis (87)            Lynn Dickey (123)           Paul Coffman (4-42)
27 at Atlanta Falcons (5-7)            L 41-47(OT)  6- 7-0 35,688 Lynn Dickey             Gerry Ellis (63)            Lynn Dickey (366)           James Lofton (7-161)
DECEMBER (2-1)
4  G-CHICAGO BEARS (6-7)               W 31-28      7- 7-0 51,147 Lynn Dickey             Gerry Ellis (141)           Lynn Dickey (345)           James Lofton (6-120)
12 at Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2-12)      W 12- 9(OT)  8- 7-0 50,763 Lynn Dickey             Jessie Clark (35)           Lynn Dickey (278)           Paul Coffman (4-53)
18 at Chicago Bears (7-8)              L 21-23      8- 8-0 35,807 Lynn Dickey             Jessie Clark (61)           Lynn Dickey (262)           Paul Coffman (4-122)
G - Green Bay M - Milwaukee
ABOVE - The 1983 Packer cheerleaders (Source: Wisconsin Historical Society)
The 1983 Green Bay Packers - 8-8 (T-2nd - NFC Central)
Head Coach: Bart Starr