NAME                NO  POS  HGT WGT COLLEGE         YR PR AG  G HOW ACQUIRED
John Anderson       59   LB 6- 3 228 Michigan        11 11 32 14 1978 Draft - 1st round
Albert Bell         88   WR 6- 0 170 Alabama          1  1 24  5 1988 FA
Scott Bolton        82   WR 6- 0 188 Auburn           1  1 23  4 1988 Draft - 12th round
Jerry Boyarsky      61   NT 6- 3 290 Pittsburgh       3  8 29  2 1986 FA - Buffalo
Don Bracken         17    P 6- 0 205 Michigan         4  4 26 16 1985 FA
Dave Brown          32   CB 6- 1 197 Michigan         2 14 35 16 1987 Trade - Seattle
Robert Brown        93   DE 6- 2 267 Virginia Tech    7  7 28 16 1982 Draft - 4th round
Curtis Burrow        5    K 5-11 185 Central Arkansas 1  1 25  1 1988 FA
Mark Cannon         58    C 6- 3 270 TX-Arlington     5  5 26 16 1984 Draft - 11th round
Alphonso Carreker   76   DE 6- 6 271 Florida State    5  5 26 14 1984 Draft - 1st round
Paul Ott Carruth    30   RB 6- 1 220 Alabama          3  3 27 15 1986 FA - Birm (USFL)
Chuck Cecil         26    S 6- 0 184 Arizona          1  1 23 16 1988 Draft - 4th round
Patrick Collins     25   RB 5- 9 188 Oklahoma         1  1 22  6 1988 Draft - 8th round
John Corker         53   LB 6- 5 240 Oklahoma State   1  4 29  2 1988 FA - Mem (USFL)
Dave Croston        60    T 6- 5 280 Iowa             1  1 24 16 1987 Draft - 3rd round
Kenneth Davis       36   RB 5-10 209 TCU              3  3 26  9 1986 Draft - 2nd round
Dale Dawson          4    K 6- 1 212 Eastern Kentucky 1  2 23  4 1988 FA - Philadelphia
Burnell Dent        56   LB 6- 1 236 Tulane           3  3 25 10 1986 Draft - 6th round
Clint Didier        80   TE 6- 5 240 Portland State   1  7 29 15 1988 FA - Wash (1987)
Dean Dorsey          9    K 5-11 195 Toronto          1  1 31  3 1988 FA - Philadelphia
John Dorsey         99   LB 6- 2 243 Connecticut      5  5 28 16 1984 Draft - 4th round
Phillip Epps        85   WR 5-10 165 TCU              7  7 29  6 1982 Draft - 12th round
Brent Fullwood      21   FB 5-11 209 Auburn           2  2 24 14 1987 Draft - 1st round
Tiger Greene        23   DB 6- 0 194 W. Carolina      3  4 26 16 1986 FA - Atl (1985)
Joey Hackett        89   TE 6- 5 267 Elon             2  3 28  9 1987 FA - Denver (1986)
Darryl Haley        74    T 6- 5 265 Utah             1  6 27 13 1988 FA - Cleve (1987)
Ron Hallstrom       65    G 6- 6 290 Iowa             7  7 29 16 1982 Draft - 1st round
Tim Harris          97   LB 6- 5 235 Memphis State    3  3 23 16 1986 Draft - 4th round
Nate Hill           90   DE 6- 4 273 Auburn           1  1 22  3 1988 Draft - 6th round
Johnny Holland      50   LB 6- 2 221 Texas A&M        2  2 23 13 1987 Draft - 2nd round
Norman Jefferson    38   DB 5-10 183 LSU              2  2 24  2 1987 Draft - 12th round
Kani Kauahi         62    C 6- 2 271 Hawaii           1  6 28 16 1988 FA - Sea (1986)
Perry Kemp          81   WR 5-11 170 Calif St (PA)    1  2 26 16 1988 FA - Cleve (1987)
Blair Kiel          10   QB 6- 0 205 Notre Dame       1  4 26  1 1988 FA - Ind (1987)
Mark Lee            22   CB 5-11 189 Washington       9  9 30 15 1980 Draft - 2nd round
Don Majkowski        7   QB 6- 2 197 Virginia         2  2 24 13 1987 Draft - 10th round
Chris Mandeville    44    S 6- 1 213 Cal-Davis        2  2 23  2 1986 FA
Larry Mason         34   RB 5-11 205 Troy State       1  2 27 15 1988 FA - Cleve (1987)
Aubrey Matthews     88   WR 5- 7 165 Delta State      1  3 25  7 1988 FA - Atlanta
Rich Moran          57    G 6- 2 275 San Diego State  4  4 26 16 1985 Draft - 3rd round
Mark Murphy         37    S 6- 2 201 West Liberty St  8  8 30 14 1980 FA
1988 IN REVIEW
The young Packers continued to struggle under new head coach Lindy Infante. Infante had earned an eviable reputation as an offensive coordinator, most recently with Cleveland, and had been a head
coach in the USFL. The young Packers had problems with the new offensive system, and the offense lagged all season, wasting several strong efforts by an improving defense. The team would get off to
a 0-5 start, and after back-to-back wins would go on a 7 game losing streak to drop them to 2-12. However the team would end the year on a positive note by winning their last 2 games for a 4-12 record,
but lose out on the top pick of the 1989 college draft.
PACKER FINANCES IN THE 1980s AND 1990s
While the Packers remained a profitable franchise in the 1980s, the handwriting was clearly on the wall. The war with the USFL and the increasing costs of doing business were putting a strain on the
future of the team. The team turned a $2.09 million profit in 1985, and followed that up with a $3.08 million profit the following fiscal year. The team was also building up its reserves in order to compete in
the free agency market. With the USFL ending its war in 1985, the team was able to cut its payroll 15 percent, and was aiming to cut it another 10 percent in 1987. The team also took steps to increase its
revenue, when, in 1985, 72 suites were added to Lambeau Field, which increased the facility's capacity to 56,926.  The suites sold out in hours. Five years later, the Packers spent $8.263 million to erect
36 new suites and 1,920 club seats in south end zone. The construction added 2,617 total seats and capacity increased to 59,543. The final expansion prior to the renovation of 2001-2003 came in 1995,
when Green Bay spent $4.7 million to enclose the north end zone with 90 more suites, which added 1,347 to increase capacity to 60,890. By 1990, the net worth of the franchise was estimated at over
$125 million. Revenue from television rights had continued to climb, so that in 1990 the team pulled in $25 million from broadcast rights, and reported a profit of $2 million. Team president Robert Harlan
significantly boosted the team's income by aggressively marketing the Packers logo and opening a Packer Pro Shop to sell Packers gear and paraphernalia. The team was losing roughly $2.5 million a
year by playing home games in nearby Milwaukee and Madison, whose stadiums did not have lucrative luxury seats. Beginning in 1995, the Packers played all their regular season home games at Lambeau Field in Green Bay. The world of NFL financing also changed in the late 1980s. The Plan B free agency was a type of free agency that became active in the National Football League in February 1989. Plan B free agency permitted all teams in the NFL to preserve limited rights of no more than 37 total players a season. If a player was a protected Plan B free agent, he was incapable of signing with another team without providing his old team the first opportunity to sign him again. The rest of the players were left unprotected, liberated to negotiate contracts with the rest of the teams in the league. The system lasted for three season, when eight players sued the NFL in U.S. federal court, and, in 1992, a jury found that Plan B violated antitrust laws and awarded damages to the players. The decision led to the NFL's adoption of a salary cap in 1994, a maximum amount of money each team can pay its players. The cap is determined via a formula based on the revenue that all NFL teams receive during the previous year. By the late 1990s, Harlan announced that the corporation had a negative cash flow in 1998 and expected the same in 1999. Noting that every other team in the league would have either new or improved stadiums by 2003, which would include year-round revenue sources such as restaurants and shops, Harlan petitioned Wisconsin state legislators for help in 'saving the franchise.' The result - the expansion of the Lambeau Field and the creation of a "total experience for fans" to what it is today, and the positioning of the franchise to compete in the 21st century.
NAME                NO  POS  HGT WGT COLLEGE         YR PR AG  G HOW ACQUIRED
Bob Nelson          79   NT 6- 4 275 Miami            1  2 29 14 1988 FA - TB (1986)
Tom Neville         72    G 6- 5 300 Fresno State     3  3 26  2 1986 FA
Brian Noble         91   LB 6- 3 252 Arizona State    4  4 25 12 1985 Draft - 5th round
Shawn Patterson     96   DE 6- 5 261 Arizona State    1  1 23 15 1988 Draft - 2nd round
Ron Pitts           28   DB 5-10 175 UCLA             1  3 25 14 1988 FA - Buff (1987)
Gary Richard        46   CB 5- 9 171 Pittsburgh       1  1 22 10 1988 Draft - 7th round
Ken Ruettgers       75    T 6- 5 280 USC              4  4 26 15 1985 Draft - 1st round
Patrick Scott       83   WR 5-10 170 Grambling        2  2 24 16 1987 Draft - 11th round
Sterling Sharpe     84   WR 5-11 202 South Carolina   1  1 23 16 1988 Draft - 1st round
Ron Simpkins        51   LB 6- 1 234 Michigan         1  7 30  7 1988 FA - Cin (1986)
Walter Stanley      87   WR 5- 9 179 Mesa             4  4 27  7 1985 Draft - 4th round
Scott Stephen       54   LB 6- 2 232 Arizona State    2  2 24  8 1987 Draft - 3rd round
Ken Stills          29    S 5-10 186 Wisconsin        4  4 25 14 1985 Draft - 8th round
Lavale Thomas       45   RB 6- 0 205 Fresno State     2  2 24  1 1987 FA
Keith Uecker        70    G 6- 5 284 Auburn           4  6 28 16 1984 FA - Denver (1983)
Mike Weddington     52   LB 6- 4 245 Oklahoma         3  3 27 16 1986 FA - NJ (USFL)
Ed West             86   TE 6- 1 243 Auburn           5  5 27 16 1984 FA
Blaise Winter       68   DE 6- 3 275 Syracuse         1  4 26 16 1988 FA - SD (1987)
Keith Woodside      33   RB 5-11 203 Texas A&M        1  1 24 16 1988 Draft - 3rd round
Randy Wright        16   QB 6- 2 203 Wisconsin        5  5 27  8 1984 Draft - 6th round
Max Zendejas         8    K 5-11 184 Arizona          2  3 24  8 1987 FA - Wash (1986)
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
1988 PACKERS DRAFT (April 24-25, 1988)
RND-PCK NAME                POS COLLEGE       NOTES
1     7 Sterling Sharpe      WR S. Carolina 
2    34 Shawn Patterson      DE Arizona State 
3    61 Keith Woodside       RB Texas A&M 
4a   88 Rollin Putzier       NT Oregon        (A) 
4b   89 Chuck Cecil           S Arizona 
5   116 Darrell Reed         LB Oklahoma 
6   144 Nate Hill            DE Auburn 
7   173 Gary Richard         CB Pittsburgh 
8   200 Patrick Collins      RB Oklahoma 
9   228 Neal Wilkinson       TE James Madison 
10  256 Bud Keyes            QB Wisconsin 
11  284 Traded to Seattle in Dave Brown trade
12  312 Scott Bolton         WR Auburn 
A-From LA Raiders in James Lofton trade
Bold Italics - Played for the Green Bay Packers
1988 PRE-SEASON RESULTS (1-2-1)
AUGUST (1-2-1)                          RESULT      RECORD    ATT STARTING QB             LEADING RUSHER              LEADING PASSER              LEADING RECEIVER
6  G-NEW YORK GIANTS                   L  3-34      0- 1-0 41,455 Marc Wilson             Larry Mason (33)            Wilson/Kiel (55)            Kenneth Davis (3-30)
13 at Indianapolis Colts               L 21-25      0- 2-0 53,720 Don Majkowski           Brent Fullwood (29)         Blair Kiel (70)             Perry Kemp (3-42)
19 M-KANSAS CITY CHIEFS                T 21-21      0- 2-1 32,361 Marc Wilson             Kevin Willhite (25)         Randy Wright (149)          Frankie Neal (5-60)
27 MADISON-NEW YORK JETS               W 27-24      1- 2-1 42,098 Randy Wright            Paul Ott Carruth (46)       Randy Wright (149)          Walter Stanley (5-102)
1988 REGULAR SEASON RESULTS (4-12)
SEPTEMBER (0-4)
4  G-LOS ANGELES RAMS (0-0)            L  7-34      0- 1-0 53,769 Randy Wright            Brent Fullwood (25)         Randy Wright (130)          Perry Kemp (4-67)
11 G-TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS (0-1)        L 10-13      0- 2-0 52,584 Randy Wright            Kenneth Davis (18)          Randy Wright (181)          Walter Stanley (4-36)
18 at Miami Dolphins (0-2)             L 17-24      0- 3-0 54,409 Randy Wright            Paul Ott Carruth (22)       Randy Wright (184)          Walter Stanley (7-87)
25 G-CHICAGO BEARS (2-1)               L  6-24      0- 4-0 56,492 Randy Wright            Kenneth Davis (18)          Randy Wright (242)          Sterling Sharpe (7-137)
OCTOBER (2-3)
2  at Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1-3)       L 24-27      0- 5-0 40,003 Randy Wright            Randy Wright (33)           Randy Wright (321)          Walter Stanley (6-107)
9  M-NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS (2-3)        W 45- 3      1- 5-0 51,932 Don Majkowski           Brent Fullwood (118)        Don Majkowski (210)         Ed West (3-63)
16 at Minnesota Vikings (4-2)          W 34-14      2- 5-0 59,053 Don Majkowski           Keith Woodside (54)         Don Majkowski (243)         Phil Epps (6-56)
23 M-WASHINGTON REDSKINS (4-3)         L 17-20      2- 6-0 51,767 Don Majkowski           Don Majkowski (38)          Don Majkowski (134)         Keith Woodside (4-78)
30 at Buffalo Bills (7-1)              L  0-28      2- 7-0 79,176 Don Majkowski           Brent Fullwood (41)         Don Majkowski (93)          Ed West (3-39)
NOVEMBER (0-4)
6  at Atlanta Falcons (2-7)            L  0-20      2- 8-0 29,952 Don Majkowski           Don Majkowski (36)          Don Majkowski (162)         Sterling Sharpe (5-61)
13 G-INDIANAPOLIS COLTS (5-5)          L 13-20      2- 9-0 53,492 Don Majkowski           Brent Fullwood (68)         Don Majkowski (216)         Sterling Sharpe (5-74)
20 M-DETROIT LIONS (2-9)               L  9-19      2-10-0 44,327 Don Majkowski           Brent Fullwood (22)         Don Majkowski (327)         Sterling Sharpe (8-124)
27 at Chicago Bears (10-2)             L  0-16      2-11-0 62,026 Don Majkowski           Brent Fullwood (14)         Don Majkowski (184)         Perry Kemp (5-87)
DECEMBER (2-1)
4  at Detroit Lions (3-10)             L 14-30      2-12-0 28,124 Randy Wright            Brent Fullwood (65)         Randy Wright (284)          Keith Woodside (7-40)
11 G-MINNESOTA VIKINGS (10-4)          W 18- 6      3-12-0 48,892 Randy Wright            Larry Mason (65)            Randy Wright (124)          Perry Kemp (6-108)
18 at Phoenix Cardinals (7-8)          W 26-17      4-12-0 44,586 Don Majkowski           Larry Mason (57)            Don Majkowski (255)         Perry Kemp (6-58)
G - Green Bay M - Milwaukee
Blair Kiel, the former Notre Dame quarterback and punter who played for Tampa Bay, Indianapolis and Green Bay in the NFL, died in April 2012. He was 50. After leading Columbus East High School to a state title as a senior in 1979, Kiel played for the Irish from 1980-83, completing 297 of 609 passes for 3,650 yards with 17 touchdowns and 32 interceptions. He set the record for the longest pass in Notre Dame history with a 96-yarder to Joe Howard against Georgia Tech in 1981. Kiel also averaged 40.67 yards on 260 punts, and had five rushing TDs for Notre Dame. Drafted by Tampa Bay in the 11th round in 1984, Kiel made three starts and appeared in 25 games in five seasons with the Buccaneers, Colts and Packers from 1984 to 1991. He completed 108 of 193 career passes for 1,296 yards and eight touchdowns and seven interceptions. Kiel also averaged 37.1 yards on 17 punts for the Colts.
August 21, 1988 – The Green Bay Packers agree to contract terms with a pair of offensive lineman as Lindy Infante gets set to open his first season as coach of the Green and Gold. The agreements reached with guard Ron Hallstrom and center Mark Cannon leave the Packers with two holdouts: wide receiver Phillip Epps and linebacker Brian Noble. “If everything goes well with Ron and he stays healthy, he’ll make the kind of money where he should be,” Hallstrom’s agent, Mark Bartelstein, says. Both Hallstrom and Cannon play in all 16 games in 1988. (SOURCE: Packer Hall of Fame)
July 20, 1988 – Production doesn’t equate to job security for Jessie Clark, as the rights to the veteran are relinquished by the Packers. Clark, Green Bay’s second-most productive ground gainer from 1983 through 1987, is let go because first-year head coach Lindy Infante and his staff believe the fullback is not a good fit for their offensive system. “I told Jessie this morning we are not in a position right now where we can afford the luxury of having a guy who is just a fullback – unless that guy is our starter,” Infante says. Respectfully disagreeing, Clark replies: “They don’t know much about me, obviously, because they only saw what I did last year.” Clark ends his career with the Lions, Cardinals and Vikings. (SOURCE: Packer Hall of Fame)
Defensive end Robert Brown
Brent Fullwood against the Bears
ABOVE - Dean Dorsey was the Packers' kicker for three games, in which he made one of three field goals and three of four extra points. He had an earlier 3-game tryout with Philadelphia, where he missed three of seven field goals but made all nine extra points. Max Zendejas, Dale Dawson and Curtis Burrow were the other Green Bay kickers in 1988.
BELOW LEFT - Perry Kemp
BELOW RIGHT - Paul Ott Carruth takes a handoff from Don Majkowski
LEFT - Drafted by Green Bay in 1988, Sterling Sharpe was named to five Pro Bowls and three All-Pro teams before his career was cut short by a neck injury. He led the league in receptions three times, yards once and touchdowns twice during his seven-year career. His 18 TDs in 1994 trail only Jerry Rice and Randy Moss in a single season all-time.

BELOW - Packers C Mark Cannon
VINCE LOMBARDI: MEMORIES OF A SPECIAL TIME (1988)" From the dust jacket notes: “…Loved, hated, admired, feared, praised and condemned — a man who aroused only the strongest of emotions — Lombardi coached the Green Bay Packers for nine seasons and, during this memorable time, together they won six divisional titles, five N.F.L. Championships and the first two Super Bowls. Then, after one restless year away from coaching, he took over the head-coaching job of the Washington Redskins and promptly drove the Redskins to their first winning season in 14 years. Vince Lombardi: Memories of a Special Time is the inspiring story of professional football's greatest coach, his winning football men and the dynasty that they built together. Here you will follow Lombardi from the early, formative years where he labored in obscurity at Fordham, St. Cecilia's and West Point, then later as an assistant to Jim Lee Howell with the New York Giants, and finally those unforgettable years with the Packers and the Redskins. Here are the battles that he and his teams endured together: the championships won, the miracles, the glory, the tears. Most importantly, you'll learn of the real impact that Lombardi, the coach, had upon his men as he drove them to obtain a pinnacle of success that has never again been equaled by any team, in any sport.” - Packerville, USA for more content and pictures
The 1988 Green Bay Packers - 4-12 (T-4th - NFC Central)
Head Coach: Lindy Infante