The 1963 Green Bay Packers - 11-2-1 (2ND - Western Conference)
Head Coach: Vince Lombardi
1963 PRE-SEASON RESULTS (5-1)
AUGUST (3-1) RESULT RECORD ATT RSH PSS RSH PSS STARTING QB LEADING RUSHER LEADING PASSER LEADING RECEIVER
2 College All-Stars at Chicago L 17-20 0- 1-0 65,000 142 149 162 191 Bart Starr Jim Taylor (51) Bart Starr (169) Ron Kramer (6-71)
10 Pittsburgh Steelers at Miami W 27- 7 1- 1-0 26,500 125 279 105 133 Bart Starr Tom Moore (57) Bart Starr (209) Max McGee (4-82)
17 at Dallas Cowboys W 31-10 2- 1-0 53,121 259 158 110 135 Bart Starr Jim Taylor (86) Bart Starr (112) Ron Kramer (5-79)
24 M-CHICAGO BEARS W 26- 7 3- 1-0 44,592 114 251 100 114 Bart Starr Jim Taylor (70) Bart Starr (224) Ron Kramer (6-101)
2 G-NEW YORK GIANTS W 24-17 4- 1-0 42,327 171 115 117 65 Bart Starr Jim Taylor (95) Bart Starr (135) Two tied with 3 each
7 Washington at Cedar Rapids, IA W 28-17 5- 1-0 13,500 101 226 123 187 Bart Starr Jim Taylor (53) Bart Starr (120) Max McGee (5-141)
1963 REGULAR SEASON RESULTS
15 G-CHICAGO BEARS (0-0) L 3-10 0- 1-0 42,327 77 73 107 124 Bart Starr Jim Taylor (53) Bart Starr (83) Tom Moore (4-32)
22 M-DETROIT LIONS (1-0) W 31-10 1- 1-0 45,912 204 112 67 80 Bart Starr Tom Moore (122) Bart Starr (122) Ron Kramer (3-38)
29 G-BALTIMORE COLTS (1-1) W 31-20 2- 1-0 42,327 168 187 80 253 Bart Starr Jim Taylor (72) Bart Starr (203) Boyd Dowler (5-74)
6 G-LOS ANGELES RAMS (0-3) W 42-10 3- 1-0 42,327 214 204 102 61 Bart Starr Jim Taylor (90) Bart Starr (183) Ron Kramer (3-53)
13 at Minnesota Vikings (2-2) W 37-28 4- 1-0 42,567 153 282 98 240 Bart Starr Earl Gros (67) Bart Starr (253) Boyd Dowler (6-80)
20 at St. Louis Cardinals (4-1) W 30- 7 5- 1-0 32,224 225 99 40 208 Bart Starr Elijah Pitts (77) Bart Starr (107) Ron Kramer (3-68)
27 at Baltimore Colts (3-3) W 34-20 6- 1-0 60,065 179 133 86 214 John Roach Jim Taylor (107) John Roach (156) Max McGee (3-73)
3 M-PITTSBURGH STEELERS (4-2-1) W 33-14 7- 1-0 46,293 248 251 123 155 John Roach Jim Taylor (141) John Roach (151) Moore/Fleming (2-48)
10 G-MINNESOTA VIKINGS (3-5) W 28- 7 8- 1-0 42,327 146 228 117 175 John Roach Tom Moore (82) John Roach (188) Boyd Dowler (8-134)
17 at Chicago Bears (8-1) L 7-26 8- 2-0 49,166 71 161 248 69 John Roach Tom Moore (50) John Roach (92) Max McGee (3-93)
24 M-SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS (2-8) W 28-10 9- 2-0 45,905 246 119 155 80 Bart Starr Jim Taylor (119) Bart Starr (107) Elijah Pitts (5-21)
28 at Detroit Lions (4-7) T 13-13 9- 2-1 54,016 31 263 88 188 Bart Starr Jim Taylor (28) Bart Starr (286) Boyd Dowler (9-178)
7 at Los Angeles Rams (5-7) W 31-14 10- 2-1 52,357 181 197 94 76 Bart Starr Jim Taylor (113) Bart Starr (205) Max McGee (7-105)
14 at San Francisco 49ers (2-11) W 21-17 11- 2-1 31,031 105 324 181 90 Bart Starr Jim Taylor (59) Bart Starr (306) Boyd Dowler (8-188)
1963 POST-SEASON SEASON RESULTS (1-0)
JANUARY 1964 (1-0) - 1963 NFL PLAYOFF BOWL
5 Cleveland Browns at Miami W 40-23 54,921 Bart Starr Earl Gros (80)
G - Green Bay M - Milwaukee
1963 IN REVIEW
One team kept Green Bay from a fourth consecutive Western Conference title and a shot at a third straight NFL championship - the hated Chicago Bears. The Packers only lost twice, giving them a 3-year record of 35-6-1, but both losses came to Chicago. At the end of the season, the Bears finished one-half game ahead of the Packers. Green Bay was hurt by the loss of Paul Hornung, who was suspended for the season due to gambling issues. The Packer running game dropped to second in the league behind Cleveland. Defensively, Green Bay was second to the Bears, and allowed a league-low nine touchdown passes. Only the Giants scored more points, and only Chicago allowed fewer on defense. When the season ended, Green Bay had the third best winning percentage in NFL history for a team not to make the playoffs since the format was adopted in 1933. THE GOLDEN BOY GETS TARNISHED - During the 1962 season, there was a steady stream of rumors about NFL players being involved with gamblers. Commissioner Pete Rozelle ordered an investigation. The 3½-month probe became a sensation, and Detroit's Alex Karras was at the eye of the storm. Paul Hornung's name rarely came up, at least publicly. Then, in January 1963, Hornung was called to Manhattan by Rozelle. Like Karras, Hornung took a polygraph test and passed it, admitting he had bet on games but never against his own team. Finally, on April 17, 1963, Rozelle issued his sentences, suspending Hornung and Karras indefinitely and fining them $2,000 each. Lions coach George Wilson and five other Detroit players also were fined. While Karras and the Lions protested their punishments, Hornung was contrite. During his suspension, Hornung often called Rozelle's office to clear everything from his attendance at the Kentucky Derby to his writing a magazine story about the NFL. Hornung and Karras were reinstated 11 months later, on March 16, 1964. Hornung played all 14 games that year, scoring five touchdowns and making 12 field goals en route to a team-leading 107 points. Even though his production fell off during the Packers' 1965 and '66 championship years, Hornung still had enough left to victimize the Colts in a big way again, scoring a team-record five touchdowns in a 42-27 win in 1965 at Baltimore. He also ran for 105 yards in the Packers' 23-12 championship victory over the Cleveland Browns. After an injury-riddled 1966 and watching the Packers win the first Super Bowl from the bench, Hornung was one of 11 Packers exposed to the expansion draft used to stock the New Orleans Saints. Selected by the Saints and signed to a hefty contract, Hornung retired in July rather than risk permanent injury. (ESPN Classic: Hornung excelled on the field and had fun off it)
REMEMBER JOHN ROACH
Probably not many people remember the subject of today’s posting... and if they do, they may be like us folks who only know of him from reading books or watching old highlight films. He is #10 in your game program — John Roach, backup quarterback for the Green Bay Packers from 1961 to 1963. Roach came to the Packers after playing for the Chicago (now Arizona) Cardinals in 1956, and again in 1959 and 1960. His numbers in Chicago for 1960 apparently made someone in the Packers’ front office take note. He played in 12 games, completing 87 out of 188 passes for 1,423 yards — including 17 touchdowns and 19 interceptions. The Packers were in the market for a backup to new starter Bart Starr, whose backups in 1960 were Lamar McHan and Paul Hornung. McHan was let go, and John Roach brought over from Chicago in 1961. Hornung did still remain a backup quarterback in 1961 as well. In his three seasons in Green Bay, Roach won NFL Championship rings for the 1961 and 1962 seasons with the team, even though he played very sparingly. His stats for the three years in the green and gold are: 45 passes completed out of 96 attempts for 1,002 yards — including 5 touchdowns and 14 interceptions. Roach went on to play for one more season in the NFL with the Dallas Cowboys in 1964. (SOURCE: Packerville.blogspot.com)
NAME NO POS HGT WGT COLLEGE YR PR AG G HOW ACQUIRED
Herb Adderley 26 CB 6- 1 210 Michigan State 3 3 24 14 1961 Draft-1st
Lionel Aldridge 62 DE 6- 4 245 Utah State 1 1 22 14 1963 Draft-4th
Jan Barrett 82 E 6- 3 230 Fresno State 1 1 23 3 1963 Draft-6th
Zeke Bratkowski 12 QB 6- 3 200 Georgia 1 8 30 6 1963 FA-LA
Lew Carpenter 33 FB 6- 2 215 Arkansas 5 10 31 14 1959 Trade-Cleve
Dan Currie 58 LB 6- 3 240 Michigan State 6 6 28 14 1958 Draft-1st
Willie Davis 87 DE 6- 3 245 Grambling 4 6 29 14 1960 Trade-Cleve
Boyd Dowler 86 E 6- 5 225 Colorado 5 5 25 14 1959 Draft-3rd
Marv Fleming 81 TE 6- 4 230 Utah 1 1 21 14 1963 Draft-11th
Bill Forrester 71 LB 6- 3 240 SMU 11 11 31 14 1953 Draft-3rd
Forrest Gregg 75 G 6- 4 250 SMU 7 7 29 14 1956 Draft-2nd
Hank Gremminger 46 DB 6- 1 200 Baylor 8 8 30 14 1956 Draft-7th
Dan Grimm 67 G 6- 3 245 Colorado 1 1 22 14 1963 Draft-5th
Earl Gros 40 FB 6- 3 230 Louisiana State 2 2 23 13 1962 Draft-1st
Dave Hanner 79 DT 6- 2 260 Arkansas 12 12 33 14 1952 Draft-5th
Urban Henry 83DE/DT 6- 4 265 Georgia Tech 1 2 28 14 1963 FA-LA (1961)
Ed Holler 65 LB 6- 2 235 South Carolina 1 1 23 2 1963 Draft-14th
Ken Iman 53 C 6- 1 230 SE Missouri St 4 4 25 14 1960 FA
Bob Jeter 21 E 6- 1 205 Iowa 1 1 26 13 1960 Draft-2nd
Henry Jordan 74 DT 6- 3 250 Virginia 5 7 28 14 1959 Trade-Cleve
Ron Kostelnik 77 DT 6- 4 260 Cincinnati 3 3 23 13 1961 Draft-2nd
Jerry Kramer 64 G 6- 3 245 Idaho 6 6 27 14 1958 Draft-4th
Ron Kramer 88 E 6- 3 240 Michigan 6 6 28 12 1957 Draft-1st
Norm Masters 78 T 6- 2 250 Michigan State 7 7 30 14 1957 Trade-Det
Max McGee 85 E 6- 3 205 Tulane 8 8 31 14 1954 Draft-5th
Frank Mestnik 35 FB 6- 2 220 Marquette 1 1 25 11 1963 FA
Tom Moore 25 HB 6- 2 220 Vanderbilt 4 4 25 12 1960 Draft-1st
Ray Nitschke 66 LB 6- 3 240 Illinois 6 6 26 12 1958 Draft-3rd
Jerry Norton 23 P 5-11 195 SMU 1 10 32 14 1963 Trade- Dall
Elijah Pitts 22 HB 6- 1 205 Philander Smith 3 3 24 14 1961 Draft-13th
Jim Ringo 51 C 6- 1 235 Syracuse 11 11 33 14 1953 Draft-7th
John Roach 10 QB 6- 4 200 SMU 3 6 30 8 1961 Trade-St. L
Dave Robinson 89 LB 6- 3 245 Penn State 1 1 22 14 1963 Draft-1st
Bob Skoronski 76 T 6- 3 250 Indiana 6 6 29 14 1956 Draft-5th
Bart Starr 15 QB 6- 1 200 Alabama 8 8 29 13 1956 Draft-17th
Jim Taylor 31 FB 6- 0 215 LSU 6 6 28 14 1958 Draft-2nd
Fuzzy Thurston 63 G 6- 1 245 Valparaiso 5 6 28 14 1959 Trade-Balt
Jesse Whittenton 47 DB 6- 0 195 Texas-El Paso 6 8 29 14 1958 FA-Bears
Howard Williams 29 DB 6- 1 190 Howard JC 2 2 25 7 1962 FA
Willie Wood 24 DB 5-10 190 USC 4 4 26 14 1960 FA
NAME NO POS HGT WGT COLLEGE YR PR AG G HOW ACQUIRED
Bart Starr 15 QB 6- 1 200 Alabama 8 8 29 13 1956 Draft-17th
Jim Taylor 31 FB 6- 0 215 LSU 6 6 28 14 1958 Draft-2nd
Fuzzy Thurston 63 G 6- 1 245 Valparaiso 5 6 28 14 1959 Trade-Balt
Jesse Whittenton 47 DB 6- 0 195 Texas-El Paso 6 8 29 14 1958 FA-Bears
Howard Williams 29 DB 6- 1 190 Howard JC 2 2 25 7 1962 FA
Willie Wood 24 DB 5-10 190 USC 4 4 26 14 1960 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
1963 PACKERS DRAFT (December 3, 1962)
RND-PICK NAME POS COLLEGE
1 - 14 Dave Robinson DE Penn State
2 - 28 Tom Brown DB Maryland
3a - 29 *-Dennis Claridge (A) QB Nebraska
3b - 42 Tony Liscio T Tulsa
4a - 54 Lionel Aldridge (B) G Utah State
4b - 56 Carlton Simons C Stanford (AFL)
5a - 63 *-Jack Cverko (C) G Northwestern
5b - 70 Dan Grimm T Colorado
6a - 76 *-John Simmons (D) E Tulsa
6b - 84 Jan Barrett E Fresno State
7a - 93 Gary Kroner (E) HB Wisconsin
7b - 95 Olin Hill (F) T Furman
7c - 98 *-Turnley Todd LB Virginia
8a - 104 Keith Kinderman (G) HB Florida State (AFL)
8b - 112 Louis Rettino FB Villanova
9 - 126 *-Bill Freeman T Missouri South
10 - 140 Earl McQuiston G Iowa
11 - 154 Marv Fleming E Utah
12 - 168 Daryle Lamonica QB Notre Dame (AFL)
13 - 182 *-Bill Kellum T Tulane
14 - 196 Ed Holler LB South Carolina
15 - 210 *-Gene Breen LB Virginia Tech
16 - 224 Coolidge Hunt FB Texas Tech
17 - 238 Thurman Walker E Illinois
18 - 252 Louis Hernandez G Texas-El Paso
19 - 266 *-Herman Hamp HB Fresno State
20 - 280 Bobby Brezina HB Houston
A - from Pittsburgh Steelers for Tom Bettis - B - from New York Giants for Paul Dudley - C - from Washington Redskins for Ben Davidson - D - from Dallas Cowboys - E - from Cleveland Browns for Ernie Green - F - from Pittsburgh Steelers - G - from Dallas Cowboys * - Juniors
1963 PACKER TRADES - TRANSACTIONS
APRIL 26 - Traded DE Bill Quinlan and DB John Symank to NEW YORK for 1964 3rd round
MAY 15 - Signed DT Urban Henry.
JULY 18 - FB Louis Rettino (8th round) left camp.
JULY 29 - Waived HB Bobby Brezina, B Karl Korenz, T Olin Hall and G Earl McQuiston (48 players on roster)
AUG 3 - Waived E Thurman Walker
AUG 4 - Waived LB Coolidge Hunt, T Wayne Puterbaugh and B John Fabry. (47 players on roster)
SEPT 3 - Traded OG Ed Blaine to PHILADELPHIA for 1964 4th round. Cut FB Frank Mestnik and HB Doug Nart.
SEPT 10 - Traded E Gary Barnes to DALLAS for 1964 5th round. Placed LB Ed Holler and T Tony Liscio on waivers.
SEPT 11 - Acquired P Jerry Norton from DALLAS for 1964 6th round
OCT 4 - Activated HB Frank Mestnick from taxi squad. Waived E Jan Barrett.
OCT 29 - Claimed QB Zeke Bratkowski on waivers from LOS ANGELES. Placed DB Howie Williams on waivers.
DEC 4 - Placed LB Ray Nitschke on injured reserve. Activated LB Ed Holler from taxi squad.
PACKERS SET UP TRUST FUND TO KEEP VINCE, NY COLUMNIST SAYS
JAN 2 (New York) - The Green Bay Packers have set up a $250,000 trust fund for coach Vince Lombardi to keep him from accepting an attractive offer from the Los Angeles Rams, Joe Williams, sports editor of the Scripps-Howard newspapers, reported today. "The Rams had offered to assume his contract, which still has three years to go, and, additionally, to cut him in for 10 percent of the club ownership," Williams wrote in his column. "By way of further enticement," Williams said, "Ram representatives had introduced him to the fiscal magic of the capital gains gimmick; at the end of five years he could sell his 10 percent and pick up a bundle." (Packer President Dominic Olejniczak said he had "no comment" on the story. Lombardi refused to comment on it.) Williams reported that the Rams made the offer to Lombardi shortly before Lombardi guided the Packers to their 16-7 victory over the New York Giants in the NFL championship game here last Sunday. Lombard admitted giving the Ram's proposition dep consideration, Williams said. "It was a proposition I had to consider," Williams quoted Lombardi as saying. "I owe it to my family. These people (Green Bay) pay me good money, but there isn't much left after taxes. I have a wife, son and daughter. I am obligated to their future security." Williams further reported "the Rams' offer was only one of several he (Lombardi) received in recent months. It happened to be the best, and the capital gains gimmick was mighty attractive."...MET WITH DIRECTORS: As a result of the offer, Lombardi met with directors of the Green Bay club before the game against the Giants. "Out of the meeting came this arrangement - a quarter-million dollar trust fund which matures in 10 years," Williams reported. "This was in no sense a showdown or ultimatum," Williams quoted Lombardi. "These people are my friends. They understand my situation. I'll never forget their consideration." Williams said the fact that "Lombardi forced the meeting was indicative of unrest."
PACK CALLS VANDY
JAN 2 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - Dick Voris, chief talent scout for the Packers, revealed today that the Packers contacted Ron Vander Kelen, Wisconsin quarterback and ex-Preble High star, this morning and that Vandy's reaction was "good." Voris said that the Packers had stayed away from him previously because of a statement made by Vander Kelen on TV that he did not think he would have much chance with the Packers because of the presence of Bart Starr and John Roach.
EARL OHLGREN, FORMER PACKER, DIES AT 44
JAN 2 (Park Rapids, MN) - Earl Ohlgren, former University of Minnesota and Green Bay Packer football player, died Monday following a heart attack. He was 44. Ohlgren, a native of Cokato, Minn., played on Minnesota varsity teams on 1937-39 under Bernie Bierman and played end for Green Bay in 1941-42. Ohlgren was a creamery manager at Park Rapids.
PLAYOFF PLAYBACK: PACK 45-0 ON DRY FIELD, CONSENSUS
JAN 3 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - The reaction hereabouts to the Packers' big victory over the Giants boils down, just about unanimously, to two points: (1) Sam Huff is a bum and (2) the Packers would have won 45 to 0 on a good field. There is some disagreement to that dry field score. It ranges from 17-0 to 45-0, with some of us realists giving the Giants a few points. Our prediction was 31-10. Thoughts on the score, of course, are based on the Packers' handling of the Giants (16-7) in the frozen, howling dust bowl. The Packers came up for the game. They were real high. They were alert. They had that extra step so noticeable when a team is revved to the sky. A good field, such as in Green Bay for the 1961 championship game, would have permitted the Packers to dig in - to get some real force behind every step they took. Everybody was handicapped by the lack of cleats and/or the cement-like dirt floor of Yankee Stadium, but one guy really suffered. (Rippled rubber-soled shoes were used.) That would be Jim Taylor, the fullback who depends on good footing to control his great balance and powerful thrusts. He rushed 31 times - the most he had ever carried in a single game. Nobody complained - especially Taylor, but wouldn't it have been wonderful to see him barrel on a good field? The complaints about the rough treatment accorded Taylor after the plays had stopped were universal in this town. Huff was the principal culprit in this drama and it was no coincidence that he was hanged in effigy downtown Sunday night. The shocking thing is that Taylor continuously absorbed an elbow in the chops, a fist in
the stomach, or a foot or knee in the back "in full view of TV," as one guy put it. It is generally referred to as "piling on" but that's a bit polite. Sins of omission on the part of the officials (such as not calling personal fouls - especially in a championship game, when the big money is at stake) can shorten a player's career. Taylor likes it rough but even Jim found it hard to stomach the Giants' efforts to disable him. Coach Vince Lombardi was extremely happy after the game but he found it hard not to display his feelings toward the lack of calling unnecessary roughness. Lombardi insists that his players play it clean. And to watch his own players get mistreated unfairly with no protection from the officials was downright disturbing. The Willie Wood incident was ironic because it brought forth the only personal foul call of the game. Wood, in protest of an interference call, accidentally knocked the official down. He was ejected from the game and the Pack was given 15 yards. That business put the ball on the Packers 18-yard line. After two passes failed, the Giants were suddenly nicked for two straight holding penalties. Four plays later Don Chandler punted on fourth down, 42 yards to go. Perhaps it seems odd to even mention the officiating but at least it doesn't sound sour grapes when you win. Regardless, the reaction is just great. And this promises to be a warm winter despite the temps!...Dan Currie is representing the Packer players at the NFL Players' Assn. convention opening in Hollywood, Fla. today. The Bears sent a player to the meeting for the first time - Mike Pyle. The Eagles' Pete Retzlaff is president. The players are beginning study of five proposed changes: 1. Income tax relief for pro football players. 2. Increase in the minimum salary for preseason games. The current pay is $50 and some want it raised to $100. 3. Job placement service for players during the offseason. 4. Deadline for receipts of player contracts for the new season. Veteran players want copies of contracts by May 1 for study before signing. 5. New sources of income for the league's pension fund.
WHAT OTHERS SAID
JAN 6 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - How did out-of-Packerland writers picture the championship game? The New York "hometown" flavor is missing due to the newspaper strike but here is a sampling of the comments, including some by NY scribes who are syndicated in papers around the country...MELVIN DURSLAG (Hearst Headline Service) - "The feeling grew from the start that the Giants yearned for a back sedan from which they could open with a chopper on Jim Taylor, the Green Bay fullback. Dutch Schultz handled guys with kid gloves compared to how Sam Huff of New York put the head on Taylor. Sam would have killed him if he could have lined up a favorable witness. The resiliency of Taylor was magnificent. Each time the train ran over him, he got up and dusted him. By the end of the third quarter, he finally convinced the Giants that he wasn't leaving, and, visibly discouraged, they let him alone the rest of the game."...MILT GROSS (New York Post) - "It was only an incident after the game, but somehow it put the bedrock of Green Bay's victory into proper perspective. Bruising Jim Taylor, his arms, elbows and knees raw where flesh had been skinned off, was getting into his clothes when a friend came to shake his hand. 'You still alive, Jim?' the friend asked. 'It's not their fault,' said Taylor, 'they tried for 60 minutes and I'm still here. They tried all afternoon to get me. Huff and their defensive line were roughing me up but we were just as rough. Maybe a little rougher.' There was one point when an unidentified Giant threw himself and his full 200 plus pounds forcefully upon Taylor after the Packer ball carrier already was down. Jim was lying on his back so that the defender had an unprotected target. He landed on Taylor much in the fashion of a man bouncing on a trampoline."...TEX MAULE (Sports Illustrated) - "They came bundled in parkas and greatcoats and blankets and most of the 64,892 of them yelled, "Beat Green Bay," through the gelid afternoon. But in the end, making their way through the early dark and the swirling wind to the subway, they accepted a sad truth: this was still not the year. For the truth, to New Yorkers, was just as bitter as the weather and just as evident: The Green Bay Packers are a better football team than the New York Giants. They won the championship on a field better suited to ice hockey than to football. The atrocious conditions, however, had nothing much to do with the 16-7 score. In balmier weather, the Packers might have won by a far healthier margin."...DICK CULLUM (Minneapolis Tribune) - "Someone said, 'Isn't is too bad that the football playing youth of the country was exposed to such a display of foul play as the New York Giant engaged in Sunday?' Perhaps but another way of looking at it is that the nation's football youth got a vivid demonstration in the futility of foul practices in sport. A team which sets out to win by such means only beats itself. The team which concentrates on playing the game is usually the winner. Green Bay went to Yankee Stadium to play football - and did."...JIM KLOBUCHAR (Minneapolis Tribune) - "The Packers' muscular might and unflinching poise rolled back the Giants in a primitive slugging match in the gales of Yankee Stadium. It was a raw physical fight, one of the most brutal in championship history, in which the man they call the caveman of pro football, middle linebacker Ray Nitschke, and fullback Jim Taylor carried the decisive weapons."...ARTHUR DALEY (New York Times) - "The Packers brought their own weather with them for the championship playoff against the Giants. This was more advantageous than bringing along their own referee. The officials performed with their usual competent neutrality, but there was nothing neutral about the weather. It favored the Packers with a prejudice that was both outrageous and shameless. The Packers are primarily a running team, and the Giants are a passing team. Runners can run under any condition, but passers require a certain amount of help from the weatherman. Paralyzing cold numbs the fingers of their receivers and robs the throwers of the sensitive feel they must have when they grip the ball. Wind wreaks havoc with their aerials. For Y.A. Tittle, the weather on Sunday was particularly dangerous. Not only was he hamstrung by cold and wind, but it was also the worst king of wind. It allowed for no adjustments such passer must make when he throws into it or with it. This one swirled crazily in circles."...BEN DUNN (Detroit News) - "Neither numbing cold nor swirling, unpredictable wind could completely stay pro football's ablest couriers. The Packers delivered as expected."...RED SMITH (New York Herald Tribune) - "'Football,' says Vince Lombardi, 'is a game of blocking and tackling. People keep trying to add complexities, but they simply don't exist.' Conceived that way, coached that way and played that way, football can be unspectacular if not downright dull. That's how Lombardi's Packers played it for the professional championship of the mercenary world against the Giants, who specialize in the spectacular, the complex pass patterns, the big bomb. It was unspectacular, preserved from dullness only because it was anybody's ball game until the last two minutes. Ray Nitschke, the Packers' mighty middle linebacker, received a sports car as the outstanding player. It isn't often a defensive player gets these awards. Election of Nitschke suggests that the jurors have some understanding of the Lombardi brand of football. It also reflects the nature of this encounter. The key plays, even the key mistakes, were defensive plays."
PACK AIMS AXE AT THIRD TITLE AXIOM
JAN 6 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - No team ever wins a third straight playoff in the NFL? The Packers may be the team to put the axe to that long-term rule. By winning the 1962 world championship in Yankee Stadium a week ago, the Packers became the sixth team to win two straight playoffs and thus become eligible to try for the unprecedented third. Just to get the record straight, it must be duly reported that the Packers are the only team in NFL history to win three straight world championships. But this was done before the playoff system was started in 1933. The Pack won its triple in 1929-30-31. To these three, the Packers have added world titles - by winning playoffs - in 1936, 1939, 1944, 1961 and 1962. A record eight! The Bears, Lions, Eagles, Browns and Colts each won two straight playoffs. Three of them (the Eagles, Browns and Colts) never made the saw offs the third year. The other two (Bears and Lions) made it but lost. Here's what happened to the five pretenders to the three-straight world crowns: The Bears won the playoff in 1940 (73-0 over the Redskins) and 1941 (37-0 over Giants) and then faced the Redskins in 1942, only to lose 14-6. The Bears also made it into the playoff in 1943 and beat the Redskins 41-21. The Eagles won the playoff in 1948 (7-0 over the Cardinals in a snowstorm) and in 1949 (14-0 over the Rams in a rainstorm), but Greasy Neale's team finished third in 1950. The Lions beat the Browns twice (17-7 in 1952 and 17-16 in 1953) but the Clevelands roared back with a vengeance to end Detroit's bid for No. 3 by a 56-10 score in 1954. The Browns followed that 1954 victory with a 38-14 playoff win over the Rams in 1955 but the Browns weren't around in '56, finishing fourth. The Colts beat the Gants (23-17 in the overtimer in 1958 and 31-16 in 1959) but couldn't make a return showing as the Packers started their reign in 1960. We don't recall the ages (tsk tsk) of the players of those five clubs, but you all know that Coach Vince Lombardi has a youthful Packer team in the works. Only five of the first 23 (including two left tackles) are 30 or over - Max McGee 30, Jim Ringo 31, Dave Hanner 32, Bill Quinlan 30, Bill Forester 30. If, as they say, youth must be served, the Packers will have a reasonably good shot at that tough third. But, man, it will be a rugged task. It was bad enough in '62, what with everybody plotting weeks ahead. Packer enemies, to be sure, will be plotting all winter. Green Bay's scalp will be a bigger prize in '63. The Giants, unable to score a touchdown from scrimmage in two playoffs, still aren't convinced. As Frank Gifford told the New York QB Club the other day, "We feel we could have beaten them (Packers). Without taking anything away from Green Bay, which is a great team, we thought we were just as good or better. But there always is another year." This, of course, is the feeling in Detroit.
BIG QUESTION: WILL SENATE QUIZ HALAS?
JAN 7 (Washington) - Chicago Bears fullback Rick Casares and owner-coach George Halas face questioning by Senate investigators in connection with a subcommittee study of gambling in professional and amateur spots. That disclosure is the latest development in a long weekend for the NFL, rocked by rumors of a scandal and the furor created by Casares' revelation that he had taken to lie detector tests. Sen. John McClellan, D-Ark., chairman of the Senate Investigations subcommittee declined to give details but other sources said Sunday night that subcommittee agents will interview Casares, Halas and others in Chicago. At the same time, they said there was no basis for reports that investigators already were in Chicago...DENIED BY MCCLELLAN: In Chicago, the Sun-Times said that McClellan denied that the investigators will question Casares or Halas. He added that the preliminary investigation now underway has not revealed sufficient information to warrant a public hearing. "There may be such evidence tomorrow, but I don't know," the Sun-Times quoted McClellan as saying. "You can't tell what might develop in the morning or next week, or even next month. I can tell you that we are not sending any special senate investigators to Chicago regarding the current rumors of a football scandal there." Paul K. Stoddard, special agent in charge of the Milwaukee FBI office, today refused to confirm or deny his office is taking part in the investigation. When asked if the FBI agents were investigating the Green Bay Packers, Stoddard said, "I have no comment at this time. That's all I can say right now." Local FBI agents also refused to comment when contacted by the Press-Gazette. Amid the still-smoldering rumors and Casares' admission that he had taken the tests on Oct. 17, 1961, and again late last month, NFL Commissioner Pte Rozelle threw another pail of water on what amounts to an active volcano. "There is no evidence of wrongdoing by any individual right up to the minute. The investigations are continuing and will continue as long as the rumors continue, and the rumors will probably continue as long as the sport remains popular."...PART OF STUDY: That, said Rozelle, is the only word the NFL can issue on the storm that hit last Friday and raged again Saturday when Casares said he had submitted to the tests. McClellan told a reporter that the subcommittee's inquiry into professional football is only part of a study the group has been making for many months. Committee spokesmen officially have declined to comment on the year-old study of college spots, but it was learned some time ago that the Senate group is checking bank records and income tax returns of several known gamblers, some athletes and at least one university football coach.
MENTION HORNUNG, KARRAS AS SCANDAL REPORTS SWIRL
JAN 8 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - Two more star names, Paul Hornung and Alex Karras, have been introduced as reports of a betting scandal continued to swirl around the NFL. Amid the rumors and conjectures Monday, these developments came to light: 1. That Hornung, celebrated halfback of the champion Green Bay Packers, was revealed as a friend and potential business associate of a man who admittedly has bet heavily on pro football games. 2. That this same man employs Phil Handler, assistant coach of the Chicago Bears, and is acquainted with Bear fullback Rick Casares, who already has figured in the investigation. 3. That a bar business partner of Karras, standout defensive tackle of the Detroit Lions, has been questioned about gambling, presumably by FBI agents. 4. That the Senate Investigations subcommittee planned a probe of the situation and that the NFL was continuing its own investigation. Despite these new developments, there has been no disclosure of wrongdoing. News of the NFL's investigation came into the open last Friday when it was revealed that George Halas, owner-coach of the Bears and co-founder of the league 42 years ago, had asked NFL Commissioner Pete Rozelle to look into published rumors of a scandal. The NFL's official stand is that the investigation is one of several it conducts every year and that it will not discuss specific individuals or cases. The consensus of league players, coaches and club officials is that there is no substance to rumors of a betting scandal. However, it is known that wagering on NFL games is a big business and has grown with the popularity of the league. Chicago's American said Monday that Abe Samuels, who admitted betting up to $90,000 in a single football season, knew Hornung, Handler and Casares. The newspaper quoted the lumber company owner and duplicating machine executive as saying he had known Hornung for about 10 years and had offered him a duplicating machine franchise for Louisville and had employed Handler as a lumber salesman for about 10 or 12 years. The American also reported Casares as saying, "I've met Abe Samuels a few times, but I knew him as a businessman." Casares was the first player whose name was published in connection with the investigation. He said last Saturday that he had taken two lie detector tests at the request of the league, one in 1961 and the other late last month, and had answered "no" to questions about fixing games, being offered bribes and if he had ever intentionally fumbled. "I passed them all," Casares said. Hornung told the American he had known Samuels for some time and was interested in the duplicating machine franchise. The halfback also said he had never been approached about shaving points in a game, had never been asked to take a lie detection test and knew of no teammate who had been. "I'm positive no player would be stupid enough to get mixed up with any gamblers," Hornung added. "It would jeopardize his career, his family and his future." Karras' involvement in the investigation was revealed by the Detroit News. The News said that Jim Butsicaris, partner with his brother John and Karras in a Detroit bar, had been questioned by FBI men last week...'THIS IS RIDICULOUS': At Los Angeles, where is he working out for the NFL pro bowl game Sunday, Karras told the Associated Press that he had been told by Jim Butsicaris that "several police were talking to him Sunday. He didn't say what kind of questions. Just questions about gambling and that sort of thing." Earlier, the aroused star lineman told the News: "This is ridiculous. I have a family and the Butsicaris boys have families. They are trying to brand us guilty of something. I've put out 100 percent for
the Lions every time I've gone on the field." Karras denied to the Associated Press that he had said he would quit the Lions or sue the club if forced to give up his interest in the bar. General Manager Edwin Anderson of the Lions told the AP: "To me this is much to do about nothing. We're going to study this and when Alex comes back to Detroit we'll make a decision. There's no reason to panic. I think all our boys are clean." Spokesmen for the Senate subcommittee said talks with Casares and Halas were planned, but it was emphasized that the committee's probe of gambling in sports had been going on for months.
VINCE TOLD PACKERS PLACES TO AVOID
JAN 8 (New York) - A professional football team, like a girls' dormitory, has to have rules to curb the exuberance of the young. (Football players and girls may have other interests in common besides rules, but prudery forbids prying into this.) Anyhow, the ordinary rules governing the players' deportment are simple and easy to understand. For example, when the Green Bay Packers go into training camp, Vince Lombardi lays it out for them - lights out at 11 p.m., midnight on Saturdays, a $500 fine for getting caught out after curfew, $10 a minute for being late for practice or a meeting, $150 for getting caught standing at a bar. After the season opens, bars are not necessarily off limits, although certain ones are for reasons which Lombardi made clear to his players during the week before the Packers' first game with Detroit in 1962, the game Green Bay won 9-7. "I had a visit the other day from two FBI men," the coach told his players. "They told me they are keeping a closer watch than ever on all professional sports. The attorney general reads every report that comes in on professional sports and you all know what that means. You have all had this explained before, but I will explain it again. There are hundreds of thousands of dollars bet on pro football. Now, these FBI men didn't mention anybody on this team or any other, but everyone is being watched. They gave me the names of two restaurants in Chicago that are owned by hoodlums. You know the name of one because I've told you, and I'll give you the other now."...OFF AND OUT: "I've already told you what places are off-limits in Green Bay. As other places crop up in other towns, I'll tell you about them. If you are found in one of those places, you won't be fines. You'll be off our ball club and out of pro football. This may seem a harsh rule, but every team in the NFL has received the same warning, not once but several times. Each coach lays down his own rules about curfew and keeping fit and cultivating an interest in convent girls, but there is a rule that applies to all players on every team." This league had not forgotten, and must not forget, the gay times which Frank Filchock and Merle Hapes of the New York Giants enjoyed in 1946 when a punk named Alvin Paris who hoped to bet right on the Giants' championship game with the Chicago Bears. Through the latter part of the season just concluded, there were rumors of indiscreet behavior by some of the most widely known players in the league. There was never any suggestion that anybody was selling out, only reports that this guy or that one had been seen hanging out with sharpies. There were also reports, somewhat more ominous, about bookmakers scrubbing several names off the board. usually this means the bookmakers have reason, or think they have reason, to believe that things are not what they seem. Bookmakers can be misinformed on these matters, of course, but generally speaking their news sources are pretty reliable. Money actually does talk to these boys at least. When there is a sudden rush of betting without visible support from the laws of probabilities, the lads get suspicious. That is why Bert Bell, when he was commissioner of the league, kept a day to day check on the betting odds on all games. In his youth, Bell was a pretty high roller himself. He knew where to go for information. Any sudden shift in odds was reported to him quickly, and he would get on the phone to lay down the law to any clubs involved. Pete Rozelle, Bell's successor, didn't have the same contacts, so he has done the next best thing. He has employed a staff of experienced investigators to keep tabs. Rozelle said the other day that players on the Chicago Bears and three or four other teams had been seen in the wrong places or with the wrong people. He said a staff of 16 investigators trained in the FBI had not dug up any evidence of hanky-panky. For the time being, apparently, that's got to be good enough. It is devoutly hoped here that Rozelle and his investigators are right, and there is no evil but only the appearance of evil. If, however, a few guys who can still play football should suddenly disappear from the league, nobody will be deceived.
NFL PLAYERS, COACHES DOUBT SCANDAL RUMORS
JAN 8 (Associated Press) - "It is hard for me to believe that any NFL player would become involved with gamblers," said Lou Groza of the Cleveland Browns. "What the hell do you think we're going to do, jeopardize our families in a thing like this?" asked Bill Quinlan of Green Bay's champion Packers. "It would be pretty difficult for one of my players to throw a game without me catching him in the game films," said Pittsburgh Coach Buddy Parker. Those and similar replies came from NFL players, coaches and club officials today in Associated Press survey to determine the general reaction in a league still simmering from rumors of a betting scandal. Players and officials alike grappled with the situation and reacted in varied tones ranging in intensity from calm and matter-of-fact to angry and incredulous. Groza, a 12-year NFL veteran and the league's all-time top scorer, said he could not believe players would be involved "because of the league's policing policy to discourage players from associating with such people." "As far as I am concerned," he continued, "you meet too many good people in this game to become involved with the bad ones." Said Quinlan, a 6-year vet and one of the league's top defensive specialists: "The whole thing is completely ridiculous. I've never heard of anything that wasn't on the up and up. The NFL has been good to us. We all have our responsibilities." Parker gave what appeared to be the prevailing view when he answered, "This is all news to me. I never heard of anything like that." A Minnesota spokesman said the club had no knowledge of any rumors until the broke in the press. "We have had no contact from the league or any investigators," he said. "So far as we know the Vikings are not involved in any way." Dick Pesonen, defensive back for the New York Giants who formerly played with Minnesota, said, "I've certainly never been approached by anyone and never heard of anyone who has." "No Baltimore players have been questioned," said Colts General Manager Don Kellett, emphasizing that the club plans no investigation of its own. "This is strictly a league matter and we are leaving it to the commissioner to handle."
FOSS DENIES RUMOR LINKING AFL WITH BET SCANDAL TALK
JAN 9 (Associated Press) - Commissioner Joe Foss of the AFL, taking the stage after his NFL counterpart, denied today rumors linking his league with the increasing talk of a betting scandal in professional football. Foss, in Los Angeles, told the Associated Press: "No governmental investigatory agency, at either the federal or state level, has been in contact with the AFL office." While quashing the stories of investigations by outside agencies, Foss also said that no information had come to the AFL which would cause him to order lie detector tests, a power he has under league rules. "I'm not so naive, however," said Foss, "to think that in any league of this kind, with so many players, that there would may not a few boys who would have some contact or association with people who might be considered tainted." "All you have to do," continued Foss, "is bump into the wrong kind of person on the street, let someone stretch a point, and they'll say you're associating with them. We're always on the lookout in such a matter, but there's been no contact by governmental bodies and as far as the league know there's no cause for any contact. You know," said Foss, in a lighter vein, "I've got a few FBI friends - and to my knowledge I haven't seen one in a year. But when these guys come into a thing like this, they don't come up and introduce themselves. And you really don't know they're around." Foss stepped into the situation that first flared Friday and since has produced little fire but much smoke after newspaper reports linked the AFL with the same rumors of betting coups and point-shaving that originally hit the NFL. NFL Commissioner Pete Rozelle, emphasizing that no investigation in his league "stemmed from federal agencies," said Tuesday that league investigations being conducted in Chicago and Detroit have uncovered "nothing more than questionable associations." Names that have been injected into the reports include halfback Paul Hornung of the champion Green Bay Packers, tackle Alex Karras and linebacker Wayne Walker of the Detroit Lions and Chicago Bears' fullback Rick Casares. There have been no charges made against any NFL player and the league has maintained that its investigation, routinely conducted as in past years, have turned up nothing of a criminal nature. Rozelle's statement said: "There have been conflicting reports regarding the sources which instigated the NFL's current investigation of rumors involving player personnel. None of these stemmed from federal agencies. An investigation of rumors in Detroit was initiated recently on the basis of information made available through the cooperation of Detroit Police Commissioner George Edwards. The Detroit police, while conducting surveillance of individuals they described as known hoodlums, observed Lion football players publicly in the company of various individuals under surveillance. The investigation of rumors in Chicago was initiated originally more than a year ago on the basis of information developed from NFL sources. I would like to stress that nothing more than questionable association has been discovered in these two unrelated investigations of rumors." Rozelle said it has been NFL policy to check down even the flimsiest rumor. While admitting he knew "about half" of the six gamblers mentioned in a Detroit police report, Walker insisted, "I have nothing to hide." Walker volunteered to take a lie detector test if anyone doubts his honesty. "They can wire me up and ask me any questions they want." Walker said. "I'm ready any time they are." Walker said he had loaned his car last summer to Jimmy Butsicaris, part owner of the Lindell Bar, a Detroit saloon frequented by sports personalities. Butsicaris has no police record. He said he had loaned his car to Butsicaris during the seven weeks he was in
training camp in nearby Bloomfield Hills and did not know Butsicaris planned to make a trip to Cleveland for an exhibition game. "I didn't know my car was in Cleveland," Walker said. "At least, not until later." Butsicaris and his brother, John, are partners in the Lindell Bar with Karras.
GREEN BAY ADDS DULL CHAPTER TO SCANDAL
JAN 10 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - A writer from Newsweek called Wednesday and inquired, among other things: "Where do the gamblers hang out in Green Bay?" Answer: "Gamblers? There aren't any." "Where do you go and put down a bet?" Answer: "No place around here. Closest would be Milwaukee or Chicago." And so it went. As the national magazine pieced together information from each league city concerning the so-called pro football scandal. The "chapter" on Green Bay promises to be unusual - if not drab by comparison to New York, Chicago, Detroit and the others. Elmer Madson, our town's chief of police who snooped out a lot of gamblers around the country during his career with the FBI, laughed about the gambling tag. He, too, had received a call, this from a Chicago newspaper, inquiring about gambling in Green Bay. "I figured he wasn't too well informed about us when he asked what our population was," Elmer said. The chief made these points: "There is not a man in town making his living on gambling. A bookie here would die fast. It would be impossible for a gambler or a football player to remain anonymous in Green Bay. We didn't even see any parlay cards around here this season. We're not so concerned with gambling here as we are with con men - in things other than football." It's not easy to make a big bet since it must be handled by a bookie of sorts and, as Madson pointed out, nobody is starving in Green Bay. Reportedly, there are a couple of spots in Milwaukee where bets can be handled - plus the places in Chicago. Where in Milwaukee or Chicago? That's a 14-carat secret, of course! "We're too loyal to do any big betting - even with the spreads," Madson explained, referring to the feeling that most folks in our town would bet with their hearts. The chief felt that there is some betting done hereabouts "but it's mostly for pure pleasure and by people who can afford it." Office and factory pools and one fan betting with another make up just about 100 percent of Green Bay's "gambling." When the scandal reports broke, mention was made of the Lions asking Alex Karras, their star tackle, to get out of the tavern business. This, of course, brought to mind the Packers' Jess Whittenton, who operates King's X restaurant and bar, and Fuzzy Thurston, who operates The Left Guard, the same kind of establishment, in Menasha. "The Chicago newspaperman brought that up and I explained to him that there is a definite difference between a tavern and a supper club in Green Bay and Chicago," Madson said. Placed operated by Whittenton and Thurston are for the entire family and "most of their trade is local other than salesmen coming through," he added. Both went into business with the blessing of the Packers. Anyhow, if anybody sees a "gambler" around town we'd like to see him!
QUINLAN IN DEFENSE
JAN 10 (Lawrence, MA) - Big Bill Quinlan, defensive wingman of the NFL champion Green Bay Packers, came out today in defense of his fellow players against rumors of dumped games. In an interview with Bill Ferguson, sports editor of the Lawrence Eagle-Tribune, Quinlan said: "This talk about point-shaving by anybody in our league is ridiculous. I think I'm in a pretty good position to know because for six years I've played in the league and for four of the six the teams I've been with have figured in championship games. Of that experience I'll swear this - that each and every ballplayer I've ever been associated with plays it to win." The 245-pound, 6-foot-3 Quinlan has been with Green Bay for four years after two with Cleveland. "The thing is," he told Ferguson, "pro football is the sport in the country today. Most fans realize that it's already bypassed baseball in appeal and when you have a situation like that there are going to be scandal stories. Sure, the gamblers will be attracted. But I guarantee you that is spite of the gamblers trying to make a fast buck, this game is clean. Do you know what happens in our locker room, for example, before every game we play? Every player goes down on his knees and he prays. I'm not ashamed to admit it. In fact, I'm proud," Quinlan said.
TOM MOORE FOR TAYLOR - IF
JAN 11 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - If Jim Taylor had been unable to play for West in the Pro Bowl in Los Angeles Sunday, the Pack's Tom Moore would have been called into action. West Coach Vince Lombardi said at the time Taylor was rushed to the hospital with what didn't turn out to be appendicitis that he'd add Moore (if) because "Moore knows our system." Taylor had nothing more than a tummy ache and Tommy can watch the game in the comfort of his home in Goodlettsville, Tenn., via television. Lombardi never has lost a game as head coach in the LA Coliseum. He led the Packers to four straight wins there and won a game there as West head coach. This will be the 13th Pro Bowl and the West team is favored by 3 1/2 points...Green Bay's Babe Parilli has been voted by his Boston Patriot teammates as the team's most valuable player. The former Packer missed the final five games with a broken collarbone. Before the injury, he directed Boston to a 6-2-1 record...The Eagles acquired halfback Paul Dudley from the Giants today in a trade for the draft rights to Louis (Buddy) Guy, Mississippi back. Guy was the Eagle's third round draft pick this year. The Giants got Dudley in a trade with the Packers last year.
AUSTIN INTERESTED IN BROWN JOB
JAN 12 (Los Angeles) - Green Bay Packer offensive line coach Bil Austin said Friday night he is interested in coaching the Cleveland Browns. Austin's name came up after Paul Brown was fired as the Cleveland coach and general manager Wednesday by owner Arthur Modell. "I have not been contacted by Mr. Modell," Austin said. "But if he called me, I'd be very happy to talk to him." The 33-year-old Auston, youngest of Coach Vince Lombardi's assistants, added that "if Mr. Modell is interested in me, he would have to get permission from Vince to talk to me. I would like to be a head coach someday," Austin added, "but I am not sticking my neck out. I've had a happy association in Green Bay, and I won't apply for a head coaching job unless I am offered." Austin said he recently had turned down an offer to coach the Oakland Raiders in the AFL. "I want to stay in the NFL," he said. Austin is in Los Angeles helping Lombardi and Phil Bengtson get the West squad ready for Sunday's Pro Bowl game with the Eastern All-Stars.
MOORE RUSHES TO PRO BOWL; WILL REPLACE AILING TAYLOR
JAN 13 (Los Angeles) - An undetermined stomach ailment sidelined Green Bay fullback Jim Taylor Saturday and made a toss-up of today's 13th annual Pro Bowl All-Star game at the Coliseum between the Western and Eastern conferences of the NFL. Taylor, voted Associated Press NFL Player of the Year after leading the league in rushing with 1,474 yards and in scoring with 114 points, was under treatment at a hospital in Burbank after suffering a recurrence of stomach pains Friday night. Dr. J.W. Nellen, Packers team physician, said no conclusion had been reached regarding Taylor's illness but added, "It looks like he'll be in the hospital for a couple of days." He said appendicitis was "a possibility in all cases like this," but refused to speculate further. "X-rays were taken but no conclusion has been reached," he said. Taylor was in the hospital on a similar complaint earlier in the week but resumed workouts and had been expected to start for the Western Conference. With Taylor, the West had been rated as a slight favorite...SMITH TO START: Green Bay halfback Tom Moore, who filled in for ailing Paul Hornung much of the season, was summoned from Goodlettsville, Tenn., as a replacement for Taylor. Game time is 3 o'clock, Green Bay time (Channel 5). West Coach Vince Lombardi of Green Bay said, however, that J.D. Smith of San Francisco was earmarked for Taylor's place at fullback. That would give the West a starting backfield of Johnny Unitas and Lenny Moore of Baltimore, Dick Bass of Los Angeles and Smith. In reserve are Tommy Mason of Minnesota and Jim Phillips of Los Angeles. The West has built an 8-4 lead over the Eastern Conference by winning the last three games and five of the last six. Much of the same cast is back again, led by pass-master Unitas, who won the outstanding player award of the game in 1960 and 1961 and threw the touchdown pass with two seconds left that pulled out a 31-30 triumph a year ago...SEES HIGH SCORE: With Green Bay's Bart Starr around to help Unitas, New York's Y.A. Tittle and Dallas' Eddie LeBaron pitching for the East, both squads packed with top receivers and weather conditions ideal, another high scoring scramble is in prospect. If there is a
tie, a sudden-death overtime will be played. Each member of the winning team receives $800 and each loser $600. The big gainers are the charities to which the sponsoring Los Angeles Newspapers contribute a big chunk of the receipts. East coach Allie Sherman of New York will open with Tittle at quarterback in a backfield that also includes Jim Brown of Cleveland, John David Crow of St. Louis and Tommy McDonald of Philadelphia...DUEL RENEWED: Bobby Mitchell of Washington will alternate at flanker with McDonald at the head of a brilliant corps of pass catchers that also includes Del Shofner of the Giants, Sonny Randle of St. Louis and Preston Carpenter of Pittsburgh. An added touch is the renewal of the coaching duel between Sherman and Lombardi, both Brooklyn-born and both former assistants with the Giants. Lombardi is threatening to take permanent possession of his old co-worker with five victories over him in the last two years, including the last two championship playoffs.
'DOC' LOMBARDI'S QUICK CURES FIXED PACK FOR THIRD PERIODS
JAN 13 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - The Packers pulled many spectaculars in their history-making 13-win, 1-loss league season. And one of the stickouts was their defensive play in the third quarters of the 14 contests - not to mention the championship game. Whatever tonic Dr. Vince Lombardi and medics Phil Bengtson and Norb Hecker administer between halves, it should be worth patenting. The Bay defensive unit has given up only 16 points in the third quarters of the 14 league games - an average of 1.1 points per period. Green Bay's ferocious enemies scored just one touchdown and three field goals in Quarters 3 and the defense actually never allowed the TD. It was an 85-yard runback of a Boyd Dowler punt by Abe Woodson of the 49ers in Milwaukee. That was in Game 6, which means that the Bays pitched blanks in the first five. The field goals came in Game 7, a 34-yarder by Dick Bielski in Baltimore; in Game 10, an 18-yard field goal by Bielski in Green Bay; and in Game 11, a 47-yard field goal by Milt Plum in Detroit. Actually, nobody crossed Green Bay's goal line in the third quarter all season while the regular scrimmage defensive unit was on the field. The four scores were made against the platoons. The Packer defensive team turned in a fantastic performance, allowing just 148 points - an average of 10.5 per game. That's a throw-back to the old days - when the scoring was low and the players worked on offense and defense. The Bay defenders pitched three shutouts - vs. the Bears, Cardinals and Giants, and had one other game in which the foe didn't get a touchdown, the Colts who settled for two field goals in Baltimore. The Bays allowed just seven points in three other games - Vikings, Lions, and Bears. And just to show Joe Phan their defense was no fluke, the defenders set the Giants down without a point in the Yankee Stadium deep freeze. The Giants' only score (a touchdown) came when Erich Barnes blocked Max McGee's punt - in the third quarter, at that. And speaking of the title game, letters are still coming in from fans around the county, commenting on the contest or asking about the purchase of the Press-Gazette of Dec. 31...FANS SPEAK OUT: One Packer fan, a Mr. R.A. Thomas of Millington, N.Y., enclosed a copy of a letter he had sent to sportswriter Hy Goldberg of the Newark Evening News. Thomas' letter to the News follows: "I read your comments regarding the Packer-Giant football game and I wish to reveal mine - not about the game, but about your deploring comments. I believe you have a responsibility to be unbias and fair in your remarks. The procedure in which you glorify the Giants and sympathetically recognized the Packers as champions is nothing short of poor sportswriting. According to you, the Packers backed into the championship. 'Frost bite and fumbles' is your way of giving praise to a great football team that beat the Giants. Why wasn't the running of Taylor, Hornung and Moore, the strong defensive and offensive lines, and the passing of Starr recognized as the deciding factor rather than the weather? I seriously doubt if the Giants could have come any closer in winning the game if the weather would have been warmer. The Giants have a good ball club but let's face it - the Packers are the Packers, so why hide it. To prove that I am an impartial fan, I will also send a copy of this letter to Titleland, Wisconsin." Michael T. Raybeck of Danbury, Conn., included this paragraph in his letter: "I did not like the reception some of your players received from the fans in Yankee Stadium but I guess it didn't bother them too much. Sam Gruff said you can be beaten, but I don't think he can make the team that can beat you." How about that...Sam Gruff!
SHERMAN GETS REVENGE, EAST WINS
JAN 14 (Los Angeles) - Allie Sherman finally has a victory today over Vince Lombardi, his old New York buddy, even if it took one of Jim Brown's finest days, five fumbles, two dropped touchdown passes and a field goal by a guy with the shakes. Sherman, the young scholarly coach of the New York Giants, got his revenge Sunday in the Eastern Conference's 30-20 victory over Lombardi's Western Conference stars in the 13th NFL Pro Bowl All-Star game. Sherman called it a "great team victory and well played game under the circumstances." Lombardi, like Sherman a Giant assistant before starting his championship reign at Green Bay, called it a "comedy of errors." Most of the 61,374 who watched the sloppy but exciting struggle at the Coliseum under sunny skies and 60-degree temperatures probably would agree the answer was somewhere in the middle. On the positive side, the East has the brilliant running of Cleveland's Brown, who proved he's just as good as ever by carrying 17 times for a record of 141 yards, scoring two touchdowns on a 50-yard gallop and a one-yard power plunge and setting up a third score with a 33-yard burst through three or four would-be tacklers. There was the clutch 19-yard touchdown pass from Y.A. Tittle to Preston Carpenter that pulled the East into a 20-20 tie early in the fourth quarter after it blew a two-touchdown lead, and the field goal by flu victim Lou Michaels that snapped the tie. And there was the tremendous play of Gene (Big Daddy) Lipscomb and Jim Katcavage...LOST IN SHUFFLE: But that side of the East' first victory over the West in four years and Sherman's first over Lombardi in six ties since he became New York coach tended to be lost in the shuffle of fumbles by Abe Woodson of San Francisco that cost two touchdowns, a bobble by Johnny Unitas that led to Michaels' field goal, and sure touchdown passes dropped by Gail Cogdill and Ron Kramer of the West. Sherman said the West offense was hurt by the loss of Packer fullback Jim Taylor, who was stricken with hepatitis last week and returned to his home in Baton Rouge, La., Sunday. "He's a pretty fair boy and his absence made a big difference," Sherman said. Taylor was replaced in the lineup by Packer halfback Tom Moore, who alternated at fullback. Other Packers seeing extensive service were center Jim Ringo, offensive tackle Forrest Gregg, guard Jerry Kramer, linebacker Bill Forester and safetyman Willie Wood. Quarterback Bart Starr of Green Bay took over the West offense in the second period and hit on four passes to set up the West's only score of the first half, a 49-yard field goal by Tommy Davis. "It was a comedy of errors," insisted Lombardi. "You can't win ball games on mistakes. I mean when you drop the ball three times in the open, twice when it means sure scores, then you are making mistakes."...HANDED IT TO THEM: "We just handed it to them in the fourth quarter," echoed Unitas, whose passing included a record 87-yard completion to Cogdill, had rallied the West into the lead on a 17-point
third quarter burst. Lenny Moore, also of the Colts, said the presence of ex-Colt Lipscomb made all the difference in the game. "It was one of Big Daddy's best days and it's tough to be on the opposite side when he has one," said Moore. The key play came with 6 minutes left, the score tied, and Unitas back to pass. He was hit by Lipscomb and Katcavage, dropped the ball, and Big Daddy plopped his 6-foot-8, 290-pound frame on the football on the West 25. Michaels, so wobbly that Sherman was reluctant to let him play, kicked a 27-yard field goal three plays later. On the kickoff, Woodson jitter-bugged looking for an opening as he headed up field. He ran smack into Cleveland's Galen Fiss, who separated the ball with a ferocious tackle. Dallas' Don Bishop picked it up and raced 20 yards with the clinching touchdown...RECEIVED GAME BALL: Happiest man was Bishop, who received the game ball while Brown was named the outstanding player for the second straight year and Lipscomb was chosen the top lineman. Bishop had an uncomplicated explanation of his touchdown run. "Somebody hit him and I just picked up the ball and somebody yelled run," he said. "So I did."
TAYLOR HAS HEPATITIS, FACES LENGTHY REST
JAN 14 (Los Angeles) - Fullback Jim Taylor of the Green Bay Packers is suffering from infectious hepatitis and will return to Louisiana for hospitalization, it was disclosed Sunday after the Pro Bowl game in which Taylor was to have played. Dr. James W. Nellen, Packer team physician who was called by Taylor Monday when the fullback first complained of stomach pains, said the diagnosis was definite but the ailment appeared to be minor. "However we treat all these cases as if they were major and he will be hospitalized," the doctor said. Treatment of the virus infection of the liver will require a prolonged period of rest, the doctor said. Taylor did not attend Sunday's game and already was en route to Baton Rouge, La. Coach Vince Lombardi made the first definite disclosure regarding Taylor's illness in the dressing room. Taylor said earlier he was still not feeling well but had been told there was no need of him remaining hospitalized here. "They tell me I've got a mild liver infection," Taylor said. "It could be something on the order of hepatitis. I'll need a lot of rest." "I'm sorry for the boy," said Lombardi. "It's an unfortunate thing to happen. I'm sure he wanted to play very much."
TITLETOWN FETE TO HONOR CITY BADGER STARS, 'HOME' PACKERS
JAN 15 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - A Titletown Appreciation Banquet designed to honor Green Bay's contributions to the University of Wisconsin Big Ten champions and the members of the World Champion Green Bay Packers who reside in Green Bay will be held at the Elks Club Monday, Jan. 28, it was announced today. The banquet is being planned and sponsored by the Elks, the Green Bay Chapter of the University of Wisconsin Alumni, and the Green Bay Packer Alumni. Representing each group as co-chairmen are Jack Chriske, Exalted Ruler of the Elks; Fred Stender, Wisconsin alumni chapter president; and John Martinkovic, Packer alumni president. Jim Boex is program chairman. Badgers to be honored are quarterback Ron Vander Kelen, Jim Hennig and Lee Fawbush, halfback Gary Korner, defensive back John Fabry, end Bob Freimuth, and kicker Don Hendrickson. Vander Kelen is the former Preble High star, Kroner and Fabry are Premontre High alumni, Freimuth is from East, Hennig and Hendrickson are from West. Fawbush, a sophomore with the Badgers, just moved to Green Bay from Bemidji, Minn. with his parents during the holidays. Green Bay residents among the Packers are quarterback Bart Starr, ends Gary Knafelc and Lew Carpenter, defensive tackle Henry Jordan, offensive tackle Bob Skoronski, defensive backs Jess Whittenton and John Symank and linebackers Ray Nitschke and Nelson Toburen. Wisconsin Coach Milt Bruhn will be the main spearer for the Wisconsin boys while the speaking representative for the Packers will be named later, along with a toastmaster. A color and sound film of the Rose Bowl will be part of the program. The parents of the Wisconsin players and wives of the Packers will be guests at the 6:30 p.m. dinner. Ticket Chairman Ed Richter reports that tickets are now on sale at the Elks Club at $3 each. Ladies and student are welcome to attend, Richter said.
TAYLOR FACES NEW TESTS IN HOSPITAL
JAN 15 (Baton Rouge, LA) - Fullback Jim Taylor of the NFL champion Green Bay Packers was in a hospital again today, facing more tests to determine whether he has hepatitis, a liver infection. Taylor became ill last week in the training camp of the West squad preparing for Sunday's Pro Bowl game, won 30-20 by the East. He entered a hospital at Burbank, Calif., early in the week and was released after a short stay and resumed drills. He was returned to the hospital Friday night and sent home Sunday with word from his physician that he had hepatitis, an infection that requires long bed rest as part of the treatment. After an examination here, Taylor's doctor said that while hepatitis was "a very good possibility, we have no definite confirmation." "We'll have further tests in the hospital," the doctor said as Taylor was admitted Monday night. "We want to keep him under observation. The time required will depend upon the clinical course. If everything goes well, he'll be discharged in a few days. But if he still does not feel well,
or develops further symptoms, he may be there longer. There is a possibility he might be discharged from the hospital after the clinical tests, for further treatment and rest at home." Taylor, 26, picked as the NFL player of the year in an Associated Press poll, said he had lost 10 pounds and was down to 211. "I'm not feeling well, haven't had a normal appetite for a week or more," said the former Louisiana State University star. But he added, "The more I rest, the more comfortable I feel."
COULDN'T LOSE TEMPER: NITSCHKE
JAN 18 (Milwaukee) - Green Bay Packer linebacker Ray Nitschke said Thursday night that his fellow players were angry because the New York Giants "roughed up" fullback Jim Taylor in the NFL championship game but there was nothing they could do about it. "We didn't like any part of it," Nitschke said. "Jimmy was getting beat up something awful. But we couldn't lose our tempers. We played to win. It is the officials' business to handle things like that. Personally, I think the game got out of hand." Nitschke and halfback Lew Carpenter were guests at the third annual sports night at Pius High School. Also on the program was Milwaukee Braves' manager Bobby Bragan. Carpenter predicted the Packers would remain a title contender this year because "under Coach Vince Lombardi you give 110 percent, not 100 percent." He added: "I am not a starter with the Packers but I am happy to sub at any position on this team." Bragan promised the 600 persons in attendance that the Braves would to their best to keep the state's winning tradition. He lauded both the Packers and the Wisconsin football team which won the Big Ten title.
16TH CHOICE SIGNS
JAN 18 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - Coolidge Hunt, the 16th draft choice, has signed a Packer contract, Coach Vince Lombardi announced today. Hunt, a fullback at Texas Tech, stands 6-3 and packs 214 pounds.
VORIS RESIGNS PACKER POST TO JOIN 49ERS
JAN 19 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - Dick Voris, the Packers' director of player personnel since 1960, announced Friday night he will become a defensive line coach with the San Francisco 49ers. Voris' departure marks the first change in the Vince Lombardi coaching staff that lifted the Packers from the NFL cellar in 1958 to three western division titles and two NFL championships. Other assistants, notably line coach Bill Austin, defensive coach Phil Bengtson and defensive backfield coach Norb Hecker, have been prominently mentioned for coaching jobs elsewhere in the league. Voris, who was made the Packers' chief talent scout after Jack Vainisi died in 1960, said he was leaving to "get back to full time coaching." "Coaching is my real love," he said. "This has been my life since 1948. I'm leaving Green Bay with mixed emotions. Working with a great coach like Vince Lombardi has been a wonderful experience." During his tenure with the Packers, Voris has helped to land such young talent as defensive back Herb Adderley, guard Ed Blaine, tackle Ron Gassert, halfback Elijah Pitts, fullback Earl Gros, end Gary Barnes and linebacker Nelson Toburen. Adderley became a regular in his second year in the NFL last year and Blaine and Gros are expected to play more prominent roles in 1963. Voris thus rejoins 49er head coach Red Hickey. They were assistants under Hampton Pool on the Los Angeles Ram staff in 1954. The Packer aide graduated from San Jose State in 1948 and after a fling at high school coaching, became coach at Hartnell Junior College, Calif., and had two undefeated seasons. After a year with the Rams, Voris became chief assistant to Red Blaik at West Point and then took over the head job at Virginia.
COMPLETE RECOVERY FOR TAYLOR IN COUPLE OF MONTHS, REPORT
JAN 20 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - Jim Taylor will have complete recovery in a couple of months. "And I'll be in good shape when practice starts." That's the Jim Taylor story - right from bedside, via telephone, at Baton Rouge General. The Packers' big fullback and league's most valuable player says he's feeling "okay but I can't do a thing - just rest and read and watch television." A real muscleman, who constantly exercises, Taylor laughed when asked about his exercises, explaining: "I can't do anything - just rest. I'll be down in bed for three weeks after I get up. I hope to be able to do a little work after that." Taylor's illness has been diagnoses as hepatitis - a liver infection. "It's a mild case," Jim said, adding: "It had been coming on for six or eight weeks and I started getting cramps the week before the Pro Bowl game." Jim apparently had been pretty well infected when he played against the Giants in the championship game. Taylor's weight had been down later in the season, dropping as low as 204 when he was on the west coast. Taylor never showed any effects of the disease in the playoff as he ran tremendously hard. He was gang tackled on just about all of his 31 carries and took much unnecessary punishment along the way. "I weigh 207 now, and they've got me on a diet," Taylor said. The muscular athlete says he'll leave the hospital next week and then stay in bed at his home in Baton Rouge. Tests will be completed Tuesday. Jim is being treated by Dr. Bruce Baer. He's anxious to see the pictures of the championship game. "I should get them pretty soon," he said. Taylor had been booked to show the films at a number of banquets and he was also scheduled to pick up several special awards at functions in the south, but "I'll stay put for a while." Jim said "this is the first time I've been in the hospital since I was burned. And it's no good." He was hospitalized for two weeks when he spilled hot grease on his hand and foot in a home accident during the 1959 season. Another member of the Pack's high scoring backfield has a bit of trouble. That would be Packer quarterback Bart Starr, who has consulted a doctor in Leeds, Ala., about his injured back. Bart was kicked in the back while attempting to tackle Erich Barnes following a blocked field goal attempt in the third quarter of the Pro Bowl game. Starr was holding the ball for kicker Tommy Davis. The injury forced West Coach Vince Lombardi to keep his Packer QB on the bench the rest of the game. Starr
and his family are visiting at the home of his wife's family in Leeds. Bart's injury isn't serious and will clear up with treatment. Also on the medical front, Ron Kostelnik and Ron Gassert have undergone surgery for injuries that hobbled them during the season. Kostelnik had an operation on his shoulder; Gassert on his knee. On another front, the Cowboys announced in Dallas Saturday that the Packers will meet the Cowboys in Dallas' 16th annual Salesmanship Club game in the Cotton Bowl Saturday night, Aug. 17. Last year's game drew a crowd of 54,000. This year's contest marks the first time the game has been played on a Saturday night. It has been a Friday night fixture for several years.
VANDY CONSIDERING HALF DOZEN OFFERS
JAN 20 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - Wisconsin quarterback Ron Vander Kelen, who convinced the skeptics with his Rose Bowl performance, will huddle Sunday with his attorney and his coach to chart a professional football career. The Green Bay senior has a half dozen pro offers to consider. He described four of them Saturday as "real good deals." But an announcement on his final decision won't be made until Tuesday. "I'm going to make up my mind tomorrow, but I have two final examinations to take Monday and I'd like to be able to concentrate on them so I'm not going to sign anything until the next afternoon or evening," Vander Kelen said. The National, American and Canadian football leagues all are represented in bidding for Vander Kelen's talents. The New York Titans of the AFL drafted Vander Kelen on the basis of his regular season play. After the passing ace rewrote the Rose Bowl record book Jan. 1 in a losing cause against Southern California, NFL representatives dropped in on him like long lost relatives. Even Vander Kelen's hometown Packers are after him. And he's still a bit awed by that circumstance. The Packers are Vander Kelen's sentimental choice. Early this season, he said playing football in Green Bay had always been a goal but that he didn't believe he'd ever be good enough to be considered. Vander Kelen made it clear, however, that contract figures now will dictate and that the counsel of Wisconsin Coach Milt Bruhn and Madison attorney Gene Calhoun had been sought to keep him from wavering. The Canadian team bidding for Vander Kelen is Winnipeg. "Sure, I'll play there if their offer is best," he said. Vander Kelen would not identify the National League teams, other than Green Bay, that have offered him contracts. Outside of 90 seconds of action in 1959, Vander Kelen's college football career opened and closed in his senior year. In the single season, he directed Wisconsin to a Big Ten championship, was named the conference's most valuable player, and topped Associated Press balloting as Wisconsin athlete of the year.
RON VANDER KELEN SIGNS WITH MINNESOTA
JAN 22 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - Ron Vander Kelen signed with the Minnesota Vikings this noon. The University of Wisconsin's sensational quarterback flew out of Madison this morning for Minneapolis and the contract-signing ceremony. The destination of the plane was the first indication of the club Vandy had planned to sign with. He kept his decision secret until today. The former Preble star signed a one-year pact, details of which were not revealed. The 23-year-old Vander Kelen was not drafted by NFL clubs but was besieged by NFL teams following his tremendous showing in the Rose Bowl game. He set a Rose Bowl record by gaining 406 yards, all but five in the air. Vander Kelen said there was "no special one reason for picking Minnesota, it was a combination of things. I think I'll have more opportunity to play here and I think Coach Van Brocklin can help me with the finer points of quarterbacking. There were other reasons, too, but those were the main things." The ex-Preble High ace, who plans to return to his home Thursday for the mid-year school break, said that four teams were in the running for his services. In addition to the Vikings, he said the Packers, Bears and Denver Broncos of the AFL were seriously considered. He indicated the final choice may have been between the Packers and Vikes and that "it was a very difficult decision, but I think I made the right one." The Packers had hoped to sign the aerial ace, Dick Voris, the club's chief talent scout, said the Bays had been in constant touch and "we've offered him a good contract." In Minnesota, Vander Kelen joins the Vikings' Fran Tarkenton, who has completed two seasons as the clubs' starting QB, and John McCormick, who understudied Tarkenton as a rookie last year. Norm Van Brocklin, coach of the Vikings, said he plans to bring Vander Kelen in early - "as soon as he gets out of school so that we can give him a refresher course. We'd like to have him catch up with Tarkenton on the play system." Van Brocklin said, "We'll give him a good chance to play." The Viking mentor, a one-time quarterback star with the Rams and Eagles, said 'we think he's a real good quarterback prospect. He won in the best conference in the country, didn't he? He has plenty of guts. He showed that in the Wisconsin games. He's like Tarkenton - a scrambling type of quarterback. It's not good to scramble when the protection breaks down it's better than losing yardage." Vandy played only 90 seconds of varsity ball before winning the Wisconsin quarterback job as a senior last fall. He topped the Big Ten in passing and total offense while directing the Badgers to an 8-1 record and a berth in the Rose Bowl.
TAYLOR LEAVES HOSPITAL FOR REST AT HIS HOME
JAN 22 (Baton Rouge, LA) - Jim Taylor, all-pro fullback of the NFL champion Green Bay Packers, walked out of a hospital Monday for rest at home after doctors completed medical tests. His attending physician confirmed the original report of a Burbank, Calif., physician that Taylor, ailing and losing weight at the time, had hepatitis - a virus liver affliction. But the 211-pound former Louisiana State University star is showing "excellent powers of recuperation," his physician said. Taylor left the hospital a week after he entered it. He came to his hometown for the medical checkup after flying home from California, where he had to skip the Pro Bowl game at Los Angeles. Taylor, Associated Press NFL Player of the Year, has wife, Dixie Jo, and their two children with him. His mother and two brothers also make their home here. The doctor's statement, released by the hospital, said, "His liver function study continues to show progressive improvement, and the results of other diagnostic tests were favorable. He has shown excellent powers of recuperation and is relatively free of symptoms at this time," the report added. Barring complications, it concluded, "It is anticipated he will be able to resume normal activities in the not too distant future."
PACKERS LOSE ONLY THREE OF 19 DRAFTEES TO AFL, VORIS SAYS
JAN 22 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - Who says it's tough to make a world championship team? Of the 19 eligible-to-be-signed players chosen by the titled Packers in the recent draft, only three have fled to the safety of the AFL. The remaining 16 indicated that they aim to battle for berths on the Packer roster, it was revealed by Dick Voris, the Packers' departing chief talent scout, at the Mike and Pen Club luncheon at the Elks Clubhouse Monday noon. The Packers haven't got all 16 in the contract cooler since some of them have college eligibility left but, Voris pointed out, the unsigners have shown a definite desire to join up with Green Bay come graduation. Several choices already have been announced as signed and the two topsters are end Dave Robinson of Penn State, the first choice, and tackle Tony Liscio of Tulas, the third pick. No. 2 pick Tom Brown of Maryland, a halfback, has some college baseball eligibility left and thus will wait to sign with the Pack - unless he decides to give pro baseball a shot this spring, Voris said. Lost to the AFL are linebacker C.B. Simons of Stanford, the fourth pick; halfback Keith Kinderman of Florida State, the eighth pick obtained in a trade with the Cowboys; and quarterback Daryle Lamonica of Notre Dame, the 12th choice. The Bays also selected eight futures - for delivery in 1964. Terming the 1962 draft "better than a year ago," Voris said that "we were able to get five of the 18 players we rated the highest in the country." He listed them as Robinson, Brown, Liscio, guard Lionel Aldridge of Utah State, the fourth pick obtained in a trade with the Giants; and end Marv Fleming of Utah, the 11th choice. "We had picked Fleming around the fourth round," Dick recalled, "but we withdrew our choice before the next club picked after we had heard (via telephone) that he was with Canadian scouts. I finally succeeded in getting in touch with him and he told us that he hadn't signed with Canada. We then picked him on the 11th round." Other points mentioned by Voris: "Robinson refused to get into a bidding fight between the Packers and the AFL club. He never worked one club against the other. We were thinking mostly of linemen in the draft but when Brown was still there on the second round we selected him. There was a run on linemen by the other clubs, making Brown available. The 1962 draft has more depth than the draft of 1961. People were surprised that we drafted a future on the third round (QB Dennis Claridge of Nebraska) but he's a real good quarterback prospect and we know he would go early. The fact that we didn't pick Vandy (Ron Vander Kelen) in the draft might have kept other clubs from selecting him. They assumed we knew something about him. We rated Vady about the same as Lamonica but didn't pick him because he gave us the impression in a television interview that he'd rather play elsewhere. We offered him a good contract. Gary Kroner (Badger kicker and back) is the best of the kicking prospects. He's the third fastest member of the Wisconsin team and has good hands. He'll be tried as a kicker and flanker." Voris has only a few more weeks as a Packer. He'll leave soon for San Francisco where he'll join the 49er coaching staff. The one-time college coach, who set up the Packers' last two drafts, helped grab such young stars as Herb Adderley, Ed Blaine, Earl Gros, Elijah Pitts, Ron Gassert, Gary Barnes and Nelson Torburen. He signed the last two first picks - Gros and Robinson. Dick expressed regret at leaving Green Bay and "a great coach like Vince Lombardi." He said he enjoyed his association with the Packers but "coaching is my first love and this was an opportunity for me to get back into fulltime coaching."
PACKERS COULDN'T GIVE NO-CUT PACT, SAYS VINCE
JAN 22 (Green Bay) - The Green Bay Packers acknowledged today that they lost out in the bidding for a hometown sensation, University of Wisconsin quarterback Ron Vander Kelen, because it was the club policy never to issue a "no-cut" contract. Vince Lombardi, head coach and general manager of the world champions, said after hearing that Vander Kelen had signed with the Bays' NFL rivals in Minnesota, "We would have liked to have him, but we couldn't ignore policy."
PACKERS INVADE CLASSROOM
JAN 24 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - The current popularity of the Packers has reached even into the educational realm of Northeastern Wisconsin. Sharon Martin, a St. Norbert College senior doing student practice-teaching at nearby West De Pere High, found a new way to teach algebra - using equations involving Packer player numbers. Sharon, a math major at St. Norbert, is doing her student practice-teaching for a freshman algebra class at West De Pere High. Encouraged to use visual aides, Sharon erected a bulletin board display involving the use of Packer numbers to teach equations. Accompanying the display were magazine photos of the Packer players in action. Example equation: Two times Willie Wood plus Packer X equals Ron Kramer minus Bart Starr. Who is Packer X? Sharon realized that all of the students didn't know the Packer numerical roster, so she assisted some by supplying some of the numbers. In the equation above, for instance, she disclosed that Ron Kramer was 88 and Bart Starr number 15 for the Packers. Sharon found the display "was a good motivating factor" in this particular portion of the course. "I thought I caught one of the fellows in class reading a magazine," she disclosed, "but it turned out that it was a Packer roster." Raymond B. Clouthier, supervisor of student teachers at St. Norbert, praised here for the "initiative and creativity" Miss Martin
has displayed. "I have no doubt that she will make a good teacher," he said. Sharon said she is "a long-time Packer Backer." Asked were she would like to eventually teach, she replied, "In Wisconsin, or someplace where I can make it back for the home games." Her hometown, it should be added, is Green Bay. She is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. C.W. Martin, 1502 Rosalie Lane. If you haven't figured it out, Packer X is Tom Moore.
TOM HEARDEN IN DEEP COMA
JAN 26 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - Tom (Red) Hearden, former head football coach at East High School and St. Norbert College and defensive coach of the Packers, is in critical condition in St. Vincent Hospital after suffering a severe stroke Wednesday morning at his home, 722 Emilie St. Hearden has been in a deep coma since the collapse. A backfield star at East High in the early 1920 and subsequently co-captain of Notre Dame's football team in the days of the late, great Knute Rockne, Hearden compiled a spectacular record as a high school and small college coach at East High prior to World War II. He repeated his success at St. Norbert before resigning for post graduate study at the University of Wisconsin. After completing his work at the university, during which time he also assisted with the Badger varsity, Headen became defensive coach of the Packers. He held that post when he suffered a severe stroke in May, 1957 from which he never fully recovered.
PACK SCORED ON 41 PERCENT OF SEASON'S DRIVE
JAN 27 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - In groping around for different ways and means of yelling about the Packers' fantastic season of 1962, we came upon a new yardstick. This manner of measurement was applied to the Pack 10 or 12 years ago but the resulting percentages were so lousy that we just forgot about it, until this season. The plan is to determine how the Packers (offense) batted when they took the ball from scrimmage and how the enemy offense "hit" when they had the ball. During the league campaign, the Packers put the ball in play from scrimmage 158 times and carried on for 65 scores (50 touchdowns and 15 field goals). That makes for a score-success average of .411 - no mean feat when you figure the ball must be moved many yards through 11 assorted grizzlies to produce a touchdown or field goal. And it wouldn't be stretching a point too far to say the Packers scored almost every other time they had the ball. This is phenomenal. Unfortunately, there is no other-team record for purposes of comparison but this 41 percent offense will do as a starter. The Packer defense offers something of a comparison and, of course, an amazing record of stinginess of its own. the 14 foes went to bat 160 times against Green Bay and came out with 23 scores (14 touchdowns and 9 field goals). That makes a percentage of .143 - which is a far cry from the Pack's .411. The defense hurled shutouts three times and had three other games where the enemy scored but one. Only three
teams scored more than one TD on the Pack - the Vikings at Minneapolis (3), the Lions at Detroit (2) and the 49ers in San Francisco (3). Offensively, the Packers batted .500 or over in eight games. Their two best days were in Minneapolis, 8 "hits" in 12 at bats for .667, and in Philadelphia, 7 for 11 for .636...The Packers will be represented by President Dominic Olejniczak and GM-Coach Vince Lombardi at the league meetings in Miami next week. The convention starts Tuesday and runs through Thursday. The meetings are in the Kenilworth Hotel where Rozelle was elected commissioner three years ago, Pete was given a three-year contract at the time but a year ago the owners extended the $50,000 pact for five years - through 1966. Vince and his wife, Marie, will vacation in Jamaica after the meetings.
WORD ON NFL BETTING PROBE NOT RELEASED
JAN 27 (New York) - The NFL's investigation of pro football betting continued Saturday but league headquarters said no announcement could be expected during the winter meetings of the league starting Tuesday at Miami Beach, Fla. "The investigation is not on the agenda, but it certainly will be discussed," said a league spokesman. "The Commissioner has said he will make no announcement until the investigation has been completed. Although he will be conducting the league meetings, he also will be in touch with the investigation. However, he will not be able to complete it during the course of the meetings." In the meantime, the league plans to take up its regular business in the three-day session scheduled to run through Thursday...1925 TITLE DISPUTED: One of the items to be discussed is a petition by Pottsville, Pa., to restore its Maroons the 1925 league championship. Joe Carr, then league president, nullified the championship and gave it to the Chicago Cardinals because of a claim that Pottsville invaded the territory of the old Frankford Yellowjackets to play a game with a Notre Dame all-star team built around the Four Horsemen. The Cardinals have been carried in the league records as the champions since that action although Pottsville actually had beaten them in a game billed as a "title contest." Charlie Berry, former umpire and NFL official who played on Pottsville, has interested himself in the case. A progress report on the Pro Football Hall of Fame at Canton, Ohio, will be made. A selection committee recently voted on the first men to be placed in the Hall of Fame, but the results of that vote have not been announced...PROPOSE RULE CHANGES: There also will be a report on the player benefit plan and television. The Dallas club has proposed a change in the playing rules that would changes the spot of enforcement for a foul by the offensive team in the end zone to the line of scrimmage rather than the point of infraction. A holding penalty call against Dallas in a 1962 game with Pittsburgh cost the Cowboys an automatic safety and eventually meant the different in a 30-28 ball game. Another proposed change would permit no more than the legal three timeouts in the last two minutes of play, even in case of injury, the clock would be kept running if the legal timeouts had been exhausted. The league will consider setting up an injured reserve list, similar to baseball's rule, by which players can be caried on a club roster while injured but still not count against the 36-player limit. There is also the usual proposal to increase the player limit to 38 men during the regular season, an increase of two. Another suggestion would have the home club wear white uniforms and the visiting clubs their traditional home colors.
JOINER SIGNS WITH EAGLES
JAN 27 (Philadelphia) - Quarterback Bob Joiner, a free agent, has been signed by the Philadelphia Eagles, General Manager Vince McNally announced today. Joiner was a Green Bay draft choice for 1962 and remained with the Packers in training until the final cut. He played his college football at Presbyterian.
PAT PEPPLER NAMED PACKER TALENT SCOUT
JAN 28 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - Albert (Pat) Peppler, Wake Forest College assistant football coach, has been named the Packers' chief talent scout, it was announced today by Coach-GM Vince Lombardi. Peppler succeeds Dick Voris, who resigned recently to join the coaching staff of the 49ers. Voris, former Virginia coach, was with the Pack for two years. The new Packer was due in Green Bay today and will work with Voris for the next few days. Peppler, who has been on the Wake Forest staff one year after eight years of high school coaching, has been scouting college talent in the east and southeast for the past five years. Voris said Peppler was "one of our top men in the east." A native of Baltimore, Peppler is no stranger in these parts. His family moved to Shorewood and he was a three-sport star, football, baseball and basketball, at Shorewood High before entering Michigan State in 1941. He later entered the Air Corps and served as a basic flight instructor. He was graduated from M State in 1948 after lettering in football, baseball and basketball. Before serving eight years as an assistant at North Carolina State, Peppler coached at East Lansing High and Grant High in East Lansing, Mich., winning a state title at each school. Peppler is married and has three boys and three girls.
LAMBEAU, HUTSON, BLOOD, HUBBARD IN 'HALL'
JAN 29 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - Four Packer immortals, headed by Curly Lambeau, are among the 17 charter members in the National Professional Football League Hall of Fame. Joining Lambeau, the Packers' founder and head coach for 31 years, are Johnny Blood, Cal Hubbard and Don Hutson. The 17 men, whose feats and contributions brought pro football from rages to riches, includes players, coaches, club founders and league commissioners. They will be enshrined in a magnificent edifice under construction at the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, O., where the NFL was organized Sept. 17, 1920. Selected by unanimous vote of the National Board of Selectors, the honored men are (in alphabetical order): Sammy Baugh, quarterback, Washington Redskins (1937-52); Bert Bell, NFL Commissioner (1946-59); Joe Carr, first pro football czar (1921-39); Dutch Clark, quarterback, Portsmouth (Ohio) Spartans and Detroit Lions (1931-38); Red Grange, halfback, Chicago Bears (1925-37); George Halas, player, coach, founder, Chicago Bears; Mel Hein, center, New York Giants (1931-45); Pete (Fats) Henry, tackle, Canton Bulldogs, Akron Indians, New York Giants, Pottsville Maroons, Pittsburgh Steelers (1920-30); Cal Hubbard, tackle and end, New York Giants, Green Bay Packers, Pittsburgh Steelers (1927-36); Don Hutson, end, Green Bay Packers (1935-45); Curly Lambeau, plyer, founder, coach, Green Bay Packers (1919-49); Tim Mara, founder, New York Giants (1925-59); George Preston Marshall, founder, Washington Redskins; John (Blood) McNally, halfback, Milwaukee Badgers, Duluth Eskimos, Pottsville Maroons, Green Bay Packers, Pittsburgh Steelers (1925-39); Bronko Nagurski, fullback and tackle, Chicago Bears (1930-37, 1943); Ernie Nevers, fullback, Detroit Eskimos and Chicago Cardinals (1926-37); Jim Thorpe, halfback, Canton Bulldogs, Oorang Indians, Cleveland Indians, Toledo Maroons, Rock Island Independents, New York Giants (1915-26). Official announcement of the charter group was made today by Dick McCann, director of the National Professional Football Hall of Fame, who said: "There are the milestone men of pro football. Their deeds and dogged faith wrote the history of this great game." The four Packer selections compiled a total of 58 years of pro football service in Green Bay. Lambeau heads the group with 31 years, 1919-49. Hutson, rated the greatest offensive end in all football, played 11 years, 1933-45. Blood was with the Pack nine years, 1928-36. Hubbard wore the Green Bay uniform seven years, 1929-35. Hutson played with no other pro team, coming to the Packers straight off the Alabama campus after stardom in the Rose Bowl. Lambeau went on to coach the Cardinals and Redskins and the College All-Stars before retiring five years ago. The selections were made after two searching conferences. The board, comprising 14 members, including this writer, held their first meeting in Chicago, Dec. 3. at which time they agreed the charter members in the Hall of Fame should be by unanimous vote. Players had to be retired three years to be considered. In Chicago, the selectors agreed that each would submit a maximum of 20 players names and 10 non-players for consideration at the first balloting meeting which then was held in New York on Dec. 29. The collective list of nominations totaled 80 at this meeting. Employing a cautious elimination process, the selectors deliberated almost four full hours before taking their historic vote. "The selectors can be proud of their dedicated efforts," McCann said. "When you look back over the great long line of pro football players, it wasn't an easy task to settle upon just a few. Many have been great. But this is a long, firm stride toward catching up with the past." The Board will meet annually to consider nominations from fans. Their next selection meeting will be held on the eve of the 1963 world championship game. No set number of players will be picked each year (although, naturally, there will never be as many at one time in the future as this year). Nor will the unanimous vote necessarily always apply. The selectors will set up such ground rules at each meeting. The NFL recognized Canton as the site of the Hall of Fame April 27, 1961, after considering requests of numerous other cities. A building fund of $400,000 was raised in three weeks almost entirely within the Canton area. The building will include an exhibition area for mementoes and modern display. Commissioner Pete Rozelle broke ground for the building last Aug. 11 when the New York Giants and St. Louis Cardinals met in the first annual Hall of Fame Game.
VANDER KELEN SALUTED AT 'TITLETOWN' FETE
JAN 29 (Green Bay) - Native and adopted "sons" of the Green Bay Packers and the University of Wisconsin football teams were honored Monday night by some 400 fans at a "Titletown" appreciation dinner. Wisconsin quarterback Ron Vander Kelen, a native of Preble who recently elected to sign with the Minnesota Vikings instead of Green Bay's NFL champions, was saluted with many of the pro stars he will face on the field next season. Among the Packers honored were Bart Starr, Jess Whittenton, Johnny Symank, Ray Nitschke, Lew Carpenter and Henry Jordan. Other Green Bay area members of the Wisconsin football team on hand were John Fabry, Gary Kroner, Don Hendrickson, and Jim Hennig...MOST COLORFUL: Green Bay defensive coach Phil Bengtson, representing coach Vince Lombardi who was in Miami for the NFL meeting, called Vander Kelen "one of the most colorful football players to come out of the college ranks for some seasons." "Speaking for the Packers, we wish him the best of success in pro football with two exceptions - the two Sundays he plays against us," Bengtson said. Wisconsin Coach Milt Bruhn said that Vander Kelen turned in "one of the finest football jobs I have seen" in leading the Badgers to the Big Ten football championship in 1962 and a trip to the Rose Bowl. "I have never seen a young man develop so much in forward passing," Bruhn said.
HUFF STUNNED BY BITTER FAN REACTION
JAN 29 (New York) - Dark storm clouds hang low over the violent world of Sam Huff. Smilin' Sam is a trouble man, bewildered by bitter "fan" mail and clippings that start, "Dear Sir, you rat..." Critics complain that Sam carried the violence too far in his personal duel with Jim Taylor of Green Bay in the NFL title game a month ago. They claim Huff was guilty of piling on and committed extracurricular mayhem on the person of the Packers' fullback. Huff insists he played rough, but not dirty, football. "I never hit him (Taylor) when he didn't have the football," said Huff. "I don't remember ever hitting him after the whistle. The official was right there. If you hit a man after the whistle, I am sure he would call it. It was rough all right, but not dirty. I think our game with Chicago was even rougher, but nobody complained about any dirty play. You can't afford to play dirty in this league. When two 240-pounders come together it is bound to be rough but the owners and coaches of the New York Giants do not advocate or teach dirty football." The mail has been so bitter that Huff's wife and family have been shaken. "My wife wants me to quit," said the Giants' middle linebacker. "I don't want to do that. But I can't figure it out. One year you're the greatest, the next year you're the dirtiest. You should see the letters I get with the clippings. Most of them mention that television show I did about "The Violent World of Sam Huff." One fellow wrote, 'I'm surprised at you the way you played against Taylor. But even when I see you in commercials you can't resist grabbing your own son by the face guard.' How about that? People never stop to think what that sort of stuff does to a man or his family. I don't want to be labeled a dirty player but I don't know what to do about it. One of the pictures they keep sending me shows me with my arms around Taylor like we're fighting while the officials and the other players are playing the ball. It doesn't say that Taylor had just fumbled. Sure, I grabbed him but how did I know he had fumbled? Taylor and all the good backs in the league have fantastic days if you don't go after with sharp, crisp tackles. If you try to
to pussyfoot with them, they'll run all over you. A lot of people ask what I was saying to Taylor during the game. We had words. Defensive players and offensive players often have words. He is a talkative fellow, too. He'll say something like, 'I'm going to run over you next time. You won't stop me.' Naturally, I had something to say, you. I haven't read any comments from the Packer players. The clippings I get are mostly from people who saw the game on television. As good as TV is, it doesn't show everything." Taylor, talking by telephone from his home in Baton Rouge, La., said "some hard feeling" existed between himself and Huff. "Sam Huff is a great one for piling on. He has always done it. Sam likes being there on the top of the pile. But I'm not saying Huff played dirty against me. I haven't seen our game movies," Taylor said in an exclusive interview with the Norfolk, Va., Ledger-Star. "But somebody was in there twisting my head. And somebody was in there digging a shoulder and elbow into me. I had a few words with Huff about it. I still hurt from that game with the Giants, particularly my elbow. It was smashed up pretty good. And on an out-of-bounds play I bit my tongue and ended up swallowing blood for the rest of the game. I still don't know how that happened. I mean I don't know where the blow came from." The NFL's leading rusher and Most Valuable Players, recuperating from an attack of hepatitis, "I don't know that more penalties for unnecessary roughness should have been called. One time when we played Baltimore there was a lot less piling on than in the Giants game. And the Colts were called eight or night times for unnecessary roughness. Vince Lombardi is a calm guy on the sidelines usually. But in the Giants game he was all over the officials to stop the rough stuff. I kept waiting for them (the officials) to stop it but they never did." Taylor carried the ball 31 times against the Giants, about 10 times above his average. He came face to face with Huff a number of times and admits they had words. "I can't remember exactly what I said. But I would have to say he was piling on and I wanted that to stop. I never heard so many people criticizing a player as Huff has been criticized. I'm sure all his critics aren't Green Bay Packer or Jim Taylor fans." Huff and the Giants were so disturbed about the reaction that they held a special showing of the title game films to let newsmen draw their own conclusions. The writer was one of those invited to watch. This observer saw the title game in person and thought it was a rugged contest, played under impossible weather conditions in fierce cold on a frozen field with gale winds. Taylor, obviously, was the target of the Giants' defense as Paul Hornung was sub-par. In our opinion, the officials were a bit slow on the whistle in some cases, but they often are in a Green Bay or Cleveland game for both Taylor or Jimmy Brown are known for the extra yardage they pick up on the so-called "second effort." After looking at the film, we found Huff was right in his comments about the Taylor fumble. However, there was an instance in the fourth period when Huff did seem to pile on and elbowed Taylor. Earlier in the game, Huff was completely out of a play when he was hit by a Packer from the blind side and knocked atop a heap so that old No. 70 (Huff) was the last man on top of the pile. Huff also was involved in another questionable play in the first half when he might have hit Taylor after the whistle. This was a game of gang tackling in which Y.A. Tittle also suffered some indignities. It was a rough ball game. No doubt about it. But it didn't look like a dirty game either in person or in the films. Innocent or guilty, the boo birds will have a field day with the violent Sam Huff next season. It will be interesting to see how he reacts.
FAME HALL 'INCENTIVE' TO PLAYERS - LAMBEAU
JAN 30 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - Charter members of the NFL Hall of Fame were "thrilled" and "honored" over the selections, announced Tuesday. Curly Lambeau, founder and head coach of the Packers for 31 years, said the pro hall of fame would be an incentive to all players "because it will keep their name alive long after their playing days are over." Lambeau said he was "personally thrilled." Curly is wintering in Palm Springs, Calif. Don Hutson said in Racine "they've got me in some pretty fast company there, and it's a great honor." Wandering Johnny Blood couldn't be reached in New Richmond, Wis., where he headquarters, and the colorful figure undoubtedly is vagabonding, probably on the west coast. Cal Hubbard, the fourth Packer selected, commented that when he was a player he was always afraid he wouldn't make the team. "I'm happy to make this one," he said. It was like making the varsity al over again for the immortals. "It really takes me off my feet. I'm flattered to be chosen in that kind of company," said Red Grange, the one-time Galloping Ghost from Illinois who starred with the Chicago Bears. Ernie Nevers, the versatile Stanford player who once scored 40 points for the Chicago Cardinals against the Bears, said: "I'm very honored to be with all those boys, very happy and a bit surprised." Grange and Nevers were two of 17 former players, coaches and officials who were selected by a special 14-man panel to be the first enshrined in the pro Hall of Fame at Canton, Ohio. Five of those honored are no longer living. Dutch Clark called it his greatest thrill since he was picked on the Associated Press All-American team in 1928. "I came from a small school (Colorado College) and didn't know how good I was myself," Clark said. "I remember how Alan Gould (then sports editor of the Associated Press) took delight in telling about me and his selection. I felt my play as a pro vindicated his selection." Hein, acknowledging he was both honored and surprised, called it a great idea which "should be an inspiration for athletes to play harder." Nagurski said, "This is probably the highest honor a football player can receive," and Baugh said, "It is an honor and a pleasure to be picked with such a fine group of men." Marshall said, "It's a wonderful thing. I'm delighted I was selected."
'VANDER KELEN? MY MAN,' SAYS PACK ROOKIE ROBINSON
JAN 31 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - Carmen Jake Stathas introduced Dave Robinson to Janis Vander Kelen, steno at Brown County Motors, Wednesday afternoon. The Packers' big first draft choice registered immediately, "I know that name. He's my man. He threw the ball to me four times in the Hula Bowl. Say hello to him for Davey." Robinson, a defensive end and linebacker prospect from Penn State, was referring to quarterback Ron Vander Kelen, the Pride of Preble and the University of Wisconsin who signed with the Vikings last week. Janis knows about Ron, too. They're cousins. Robinson confessed that he knows something about the Packers, having seen them on television several times and read about them. "They're the greatest team in the world and there isn't room for much. But I'll be ready when I come back." The rookie, who wears a moustache, said he decided on Green Bay over San Diego because "they are the best. I really don't care where I play - end or linebacker, just so I play." Robinson explained that he wants to report to training camp at about 240 pounds - "maybe a little more." He's carrying 232 now. The newcomer said he expects to be playing against the Packers in the College All-Star game. Which will be the last time he teams up with Vander Kelen, who is a cinch to get an All Star bid...PROJECT OF THE YEAR: Trying to get in touch with Johnny Blood. We called his home base, New Richmond, Wis., the other day for comment on his hall of fame selection and the operator there said: "He's not here. We don't know where he is. And we don't know when he's coming back." And that's why he was known as the Vagabond Halfback. There's a guess that he's in California - maybe Los Angeles...Jerry Kramer has been hired by the Schroeder Hotel chain as a public relations consultant. The big guard will work of Milwaukee and live in Green Bay...On record as opposing the Packers' appearance in the Thanksgiving Day game in Detroit, Coach Vince Lombardi said in Miami beach Wednesday that "I'll stay open minded. If the commissioner wants it (the Packers in Detroit Thanksgiving Day) we'll go along with him. The schedule won't be set for another couple of months. I think Detroit should keep the Thanksgiving Day game. It has quite a bit of tradition. The opponent should be rotating. The bad thing is getting a team ready for Thursday after playing a game on Sunday."
LOMBARDI NAMED TO BRAVES BOARD
JAN 31 (Milwaukee) - Packer Coach Vince Lombardi has been named to the board of directors of Milwaukee Braves, Inc., the Braves said today. The announcement was made by Braves' President John McHale and William Bartholomay, chairman of the board. The two Milwaukee officials met with Lombardi in Florida Wednesday. Lombardi is attending the NFL meetings there. Lombardi, who in three years led the Packers from their poorest season in history to a NFL title and then repeated this year, said he has been a baseball fan all his life. "I'm very happy to join the new ownership in a common interest to promote professional sports in Wisconsin," Lombardi said. Bartholomay and McHale, who led Lombardi on a tour of the Braves' new West Palm Beach, Fla., training camp, said they were "extremely happy to include on their board man so dedicated to professional sports."
LIZ BLACKBOURN UNDERGOES SURGERY
JAN 31 (Houston) - Lisle Blackbourn, 63, former Marquette and Green Bay Packer football coach, underwent surgery in Methodist Hospital Wednesday to correct an abdominal aneurism. Hospital attendants said Blackbourn was doing fine. They said he was expected to remain in in the intensive care unit of the hospital for a few days.
PACK ACCEPTS CHALLENGE TO MEET CHIEFS - IN BASKETBALL
JAN 31 (Manitowoc) - The World Champion Green Bay Packers have accepted the challenge of the Central State League champion Manitowoc County Chiefs. The teams will meet here (in a basketball game) Saturday night, Feb. 23. "I don't think we're quite ready to meet them in football, but we'll handle 'em in basketball," Coach Hal Haberman of the Chiefs said, with a chuckle. Norb Hecker coaches the Packerderms, who include most of the Packer gridders living in this area during the offseason. The game will be played at the Lincoln High Fieldhouse. The preliminary will have a Green Bay touch, too. St. Patrick of Green Bay, unbeaten in 43 straight grade school games, will meet St. Paul, unbeaten leader and defending champion in the Manitowoc County Parochial League.
KNAFELC GOING INTO 'MOVIES' WITH CAUTION
FEB 1 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - Gary Knafelc is going into the field of television and movie acting with caution. The Packers' handsome end, who has signed a contract with Warner Brothers, put it this way: "I like it in Green Bay and I have a good job (Coleman School Supply) in addition to football. I proved to myself that I could do that (acting) and I'm not going to rush into it." Gary emphasized that the Hollywood pact will not interfere with his football. "I have no intention of retiring," said the 31-year-old grid veteran. Knafelc will leave Monday for Hollywood to start work. "I'll have a coach and will receive training for whatever parts are available. I expect to come back and forth to handle my business," Gary said. Knafelc said the studio does not intend to capitalize on his connection with football, explaining "they'll change my name. They may keep the first name, but the last name is too hard to pronounce. Everybody says it different." Oddly enough, Knafelc was discovered during a Packer game. Jim Phillips of Warner Brothers (not the Ram end) was sitting on the Ram bench with actor John Bromfield during the Packer-Ram game last December. Bromfield had met Gary in Green Bay during the rodeo at the Arena in 1961 and they had become friends. After the game, Knafelc met Phillips in the Coliseum tunnel leading to the dressing room and the Warner Brothers executive invited Gary to take a screen test. "I was contacted by an agent and at his request I shipped the studio some film of my television shows. They then had me fly out for the test. I lost 12 pounds in the week I was being tested," Gary said...If Paul Hornung is in good shape next year, the Packers will repeat as champions. That's the opinion of Jerry Kramer, who added "if Hornung returns as well conditioned as he was in 1961..." Big Jerry said his injured ankle (midway in '62) has healed perfectly and didn't bother him last year but explained that a detached retina he suffered in '62 was giving him a little trouble. He said he planned to have a checkup because his eye still flickers occasionally...Joe Francis, former Packer quarterback who played in Canada the last two seasons, has been named as assistant coach at his alma mater, Oregon State, Pineapple Joe, 26, replaced Bob Gambold who resigned to become an assistant at Stanford. Francis apparently has decided to quit playing pro ball...The Packers' TV voices, Ray Scott and Tony Canadeo, will head the annual combined banquet put on by the Northwestern Wisconsin Purchasing Agents Assn., and the Valley Industrial Salesman's Assn., at the Elks Club Wednesday night.
PEPPLER SEES JOB AS BIG CHALLENGE
FEB 3 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - Pat Peppler, the Packers' chief new talent scout, views his new work as "a wonderful opportunity." Peppler, 40, has been in the coaching field for the past 15 years and he says he's looking forward to his job with the Pack as "a big challenge," pointing out: "Coming out of college coaching to an organization like Green Bay is a lucky break. The program here is well established. They're top people here." The new Packer says he has kept in touch with pro football "by scouting talent in Green Bay the last four or five years." Peppler was recommended to Coach-GM Vince Lombardi by the man he is succeeding, Dick Voris, who resigned recently to become an assistant coach with the 49ers. Pat is making his second trip to Green Bay. "I was here back around 1939 for a Packer-Lion game. I've always been impressed by the enthusiasm of Green Bay. You've got to have that to succeed," he said. Peppler and Voris, acquainted out east while Dick coached at Virginia and Pat at North Carolina State, settled a real estate problem in a hurry. Peppler bought Voris' four-bedroom house at 458 Bretcoe Drive, and Voris put his family in a car and headed for San Francisco Friday. Pat will move his wife and six children in shortly. The Pepplers have three of each - Pam 14, Susie 12, Walter 10 1/2, Terry 7, John 2 1/2, and Jim 10 months...Guess what Johnny Blood, the unpredictable, said when asked for comment on being selected to the pro football hall of fame? "Verne Lewellen should have been in there in front of me and Hubbard. They (the fame board) missed a couple of guys but I guess you've got to lucky as well as good." Blood was visiting Curly Lambeau in Palm Springs, Calif., also named to the hall, when the selections came out last week. "We had a ball together, and can you imagine the Los Angeles Times claimed him as a resident," he roared via telephone. Blood said he went out to the Rose Bowl after "watching us win the championship in little old New York. I had hoped to see Wisconsin win, too. I just stayed out there."...Want to read more on the Paul Brown firing? Send 40 cents to Ra-Ka, Inc., Hanna Bldg., Cleveland 15, Ohio, for a 32-page booklet on Brown, the Browns and the Browns' players. The book is the fruit of the unemployed sportswriters of Cleveland's newspapers, which are on strike. Because of the strike, Cleveland fans just haven't been able to read about the sports story of the century in the Ohio city. But now they can buy the booklet. It's good reading!...And speaking of Cleveland, Clarke Hinkle, the onetime Packer fullback great, is now with Republic Powdered Metals in that city. His picture, as a Packers, was featured on the front page of the company's monthly paper.
'ASSISTANCE' PACT PUT VINCE ON BRAVES' BOARD
FEB 6 (Milwaukee) - A reason Vince Lombardi of the Green Bay Packers is now on the board of directors of the Milwaukee Braves dates back four years to an informal "mutual assistance" pact between Wisconsin's two big professional sports teams, it was revealed today. Remember the early months of 1959 when the Braves were laying plans to gain a third consecutive World Series berth and the Packers were still locking their wounds from the worst season in their history? John McHale arrived in Milwaukee as the new vice president and general manager of the Braves. Lombardi arrived in Green Bay as general manager and head coach of the Packers. Now it is early 1963, and McHale and Lombardi are still the two most important directors of pro sports in the state. But the prosperity of their teams has been reversed. This winter the Packers can lay plans for a fourth consecutive NFL championship playoff berth, while the Braves lick their wounds from their worst season in the decade they have been in Milwaukee. "All my life," McHale said, who came to Milwaukee from the Detroit Tigers, "it's been my belief that one professional sport should help another whenever possible. It benefits all of us. The Rigers and the Detroit Lions have always had had a fine relationship." So McHale, he and the Braves organization came to the aid of the Packers and their new boss, Lombardi, back in 1959. "We did all we could," said McHale, "to give the Packers a plug on our speaking trips throughout the state. There were other things, too. We knew then that a professional team can't be on top all the time. We've got to help each other. Many of our fans are their fans, just as many of their fans are also our fans."...QUINN WAS DIFFERENT: This was different thinking than that which prevailed when John Quinn was the Braves' general manager. Quinn, now general manager of the Philadelphia Phillies, gave an example of his thinking on cooperation between different segments of pro sports when his team played the Braves here last summer, the same night the Packers were playing in the College All-Star game in Chicago. The Braves placed a number of television sets throughout County Stadium so their fans could also have a chance to watch the Packers. Quinn was highly critical of the Braves for this, claiming baseball was being done a disservice. McHale disagreed with Quinn. McHale said Lombardi, who came to Green Bay from the New York Giants, felt just as he did that pro teams living in the same area should try to help each other. So last month, McHale sent out a call to Lombardi for help. They met in Florida and Lombardi agreed to take a seat on the board of directors of the Braves and pitch in to assist the baseball team anyway he could. McHale said that so far Lombardi was not a stockholder in the new Braves organization, but probably will become one...LOMBARDI HAS IDEAS: "He has ideas that can help us now and is a very respected sports figure for us to have on our side," said McHale of Lombardi. "Vince already has given us one good idea," said McHale, which we probably will
use this year. He told us how successful his weekly television program, originated in Green Bay and carried on other Wisconsin stations, had been. With our expanded television coverage this year, I think we will try a similar show featuring our new manager, Bobby Bragan."
TAYLOR, HUFF MEET AGAIN - ON TELEVISION
FEB 6 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - Jim Taylor is "coming along fine." That's the word from Tom Miller, Packer publicist who talked to the Packers' big fullback via telephone. Jim is recuperating from hepatitis at his home in Baton Rouge, La. Taylor, who became ill Jan. 9, is now allowed to get up on occasion and his physician has said he can engage in light activity in a couple of weeks. Also in the near future is a flight to New York and a television appearance with, of all people, Sam Huff, the Giants' linebacker. Taylor and Huff will narrate the championship game film. Sam has been accused of "dirty" football - chiefly involving Taylor - in the championship game and complaints from fans around the country and in New York have been snowballing. Accusations have even been hurled at the Huff's children - the two in school, Sammy Lee Jr., 9, and Kathy, 6. They have one other child, Joe D., 2 1/2. The rough play of the game was magnified by television. And come to think of it, it's a good thing the television cameras didn't pierce some of the old Packer-Bear slaughter matches. Remember Ed Sprinkle? Lee Artoe? And that big John Schiel?...A letter came to the Packer office Tuesday, addressed to "Mr. Wonderful." Naturally, it was for Paul Hornung. The sender was a Barbara Levand of Philadelphia. Barbara enclosed duplicate copies of a petition and asked that Paul sign each. She will then forward one to the post office department and keep the other as a souvenir. Here's the petition and wait'll Washington gets this: "We the undersigned (Barbara and friends) address this petition to the United States Post Office. We feel that the Post Office should initiate a commemorative Paul Horning stamp. Since Mr. Hornung has made No. 5 a household word, it is only fitting that his image be on each 5 cent stamp. We feel confident that if such a stamp were issued the usually unpleasant parting of the ways between man and his money would actually become a joy. Think of what one receives in return for mere silver - a treasure in miniature - the Golden Boy. A Paul Hornung commemorative stamp certainly would be an inducement for the general American public to support the activities of the United States Post Office. Gentlemen, we thank you."
PACKERS FACE BIGGEST CHALLENGE IN HISTORY
FEB 7 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - What's ahead for the Packers in 1963? Ray Scott, the Pack's television voice and face for seven years, didn't predict any won-lost totals but he feels that "the season of 1963 shapes up as the most intriguing in the history of the Packers." Scott, the Pennsylvania from Minneapolis who confesses to a big spot in his heart for the Packer version of Wisconsin, addressed 350 persons at the annual banquet of Valley industrial salesmen and purchasers at the Elks Club Wednesday night. "The Packers have won two straight world championships. They will be going for their third in a row. That will be the biggest challenge ever faced by any sports organization," he declared. Displaying little love (naturally) for the Lions, despite the one Detroit fan present, Scott said, "I can't wait to see the Packers play the Lions. What a game that will be. Can you imagine a team that hasn't scored in the last eight quarters against the Bears and having beaten the Packers playing Green Bay?" The radio and TV pro, who does Twins' baseball in the offseason, expressed disappointment that "people put such an emphasis on the Packers' one loss (26-14 to the Lions) last year. That's the only game people seem to remember. Can you imagine being a sitting duck like the Packers and losing only one game?" Besides that one loss, the Packers scored 19 victories - six in preseason, 13 in league and the championship game. Scott paid tribute to the Packer coaching staff headed by Vince Lombardi, the players and "all persons connected with Green Bay." He said he had been asked many times the "why" for the Pack's success. "There are many reasons," Ray said, "but one thing I always stress is that the Packers have the hardest working staff in sports. Once that season starts they think nothing but football and they work at it." Sharing the speaker's mike with Scott was his TV sidekick, Tony Canadeo, who related some of his experiences as the Pack's Gray Ghost. The session was opened to questions and answers later and joining in the answering was Tom Miller, the Pack's publicity director. Toastmaster for the affair was big Al Sampson, sports director of Channel 2. Russ Petreat, city purchaser, and Mayor Roman Denissen spoke briefly.
TOBUREN DELAYING DECISION ON FUTURE
FEB 10 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - Nelson Toburen hasn't made a decision on his future yet. "I'll wait until after I talk to the doctor," the Packers' big linebacker said Saturday. Toburen will be examined shortly by Dr. Jim Nellen, the Pack's physician. "Naturally, I'd like to play," the 230-pounder said, adding: "I've given some thought to law school if I can't play." Nellie suffered a damaging back injury making a head on tackle of Johnny Unitas in the Packer-Colt game here Nov. 18. Toburen wore a chin to hip cast until shortly before the championship game Dec. 30 and now wears a neck harness. He went out to New York with the team for the playoff. Toburen and his family arrived in Green Bay Friday night after an offseason vacation at his parent's home in Colby, Kan., and in Reno, Nev., where his wife has relatives. He returns to work at Jerry's Industrial Distributors next week. Nellie was the second left linebacker lost in two weeks last season. Dan Currie injured his knee in the Eagle game in Philadelphia Nov. 11. One week later it
was Toburen. Currie returned to action Dec. 2, with Ken Iman filling in the hole.
MENTAL ATTITUDE TO DECIDE 'THIRD'
FEB 12 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - Bart Starr thinks the Packers can win a third straight world championship "if we have the right mental attitude." The Packers' quarterback, who won the league passing championship in 1962, answered the questions at the Mike and Pen Club luncheon at the Elks Club Monday noon. And the Pack's chances of repeating was brought up. "Physically, we'll just be as good," Starr pointed out, "but our mental attitude will decide our chances. It's tougher to win when you're on top and it's so easy to become complacent. We would even be better physically next season with the addition of some new players and we're really a young team." Starr said winning the world championship in 1962 "was my biggest thrill. Coach Lombardi made me feel even better in his letter to the players after the season. He wrote that the greatest achievement was not in winning the championship but rising to win the championship when we fell. He was referring to coming back after losing in Detroit. This showed, he said, what kind of men you are." Admitting that he'd like to play two or three more years yet, Starr said he "certainly enjoyed playing. It's a game of cat and mouse trying to out-guess the defenses."...ASKED ABOUT ROTE: Bart was asked how he felt Tobin Rote would do with San Diego. The onetime Packers QB (1950-56) recently left Canadian football to sign with the Chargers of the AFL. Starr, who understudied Rote as a rookie in '56, said "Tobin should do real well if he doesn't get hurt. If Blanda (George, former Bear QB) can make it, I'm sure Tobin can." Starr, busy with speaking engagements, will leave the banquet circuit later in the month to pick up the football. He'll work with the Florida State eleven for a short time and then take part in a football clinic at the University of Kentucky.
TAYLOR GETS MAC AWARD; 'WEIGH' 214
FEB 14 (Milwaukee) - Jerry Kramer accepted the first annual Milwaukee Athletic Club Pro Award of the Year award on behalf of the winner, Jim Taylor, at a dinner program at the MAC here Wednesday night. Taylor was reached at his home in Baton Rouge by telephone and his conversation with Kramer and Toastmaster Lloyd Larson was amplified in the banquet hall. Convalescing from hepatitis, Taylor said he has been "up and round and my weight is at 214. I've been playing a little gold and feel fine." He was feeding his herd of Black Angus cattle when Jerry called. Jim was asked about the recent uproar concerning Giants Sam Huff's so-called rough
handling of Taylor in the championship game. Taylor merely said "it was a rough game but not any rougher than any other game." Kramer later recalled for the audience an earlier Packer-Giant game in which he was to block Huff on plays Taylor carried the ball up the middle. "Jimmy whispered to me once 'slide off your block some so I can sting him a little,'" Kramer laughed. Jerry said that rivalries are built up between most fullbacks and middle linebackers because they meet each other so much. He said, "Taylor and Huff have a natural rivalry. They play it hard on the field but they are good friends off the field." Phil Bengtson, Packer assistant coach who spoke on behalf of Coach Vince Lombardi, who is on vacation, and Tom Miller, Packer publicist, both praised Taylor in talks.
PACKER POLY GRADUATES MAKE GOOD
FEB 17 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - So how would you like to be an ex-Packer? From a world championship team? Prof. Vince Lombardi has 14 graduates of Green Bay U still active in the NFL. And that's a big bundle when you consider that Vince has headed Packer Poly only four years. The fact that 14 stayed with their future teams reflects the success of the Packers - three Western Division titles and two world crowns in their four campaigns. All six of the players traded off for draft choices last year cut the buck with their new employers. The half-dozen includes Tom Bettis, who is a proven-pro linebacker, and Lee Folkins, who certainly ranks as the league's Sophomore of the Year. The other four are Ernie Green of the Browns, Oscar Donahue of the Vikings, Paul Dudley of the Giants (and now the Eagles), and Ben Davidson of the Redskins. Folkins didn't catch a pass as a Packer rookie in '61 but he wowed the league in snaring 39 for 536 yards and six touchdowns in Dallas last year. Folkins, who lives in Seattle, says he was considering leaving pro ball after his year in Dallas. He pointed out: "When I was first traded to Dallas, I was pretty disappointed - mostly because of the possibility of championship money. I also had made quite a few friends on the Green Bay team and throughout the town. After my first season with Dallas, I looked upon the trade as a promotion rather than a demotion. I started 12 of the 14 games in Dallas and played more than I would have in five years in Green Bay. At the beginning of last season, I was planning on considering that my last year in pro ball because of two or three reasons. The most important is the fact that I have a degree in mechanical engineering and the longer I stayed away from my field the tougher it would be to break in. As a result of this past season, however, I intend to play if possible for four or five more years. Tom Landry is in my estimation an excellent football coach and the Cowboys should improve considerably in the next two or three years." Green was complimented highly by Coach Parul Brown during the season for his "fine attitude" and the rookie back picked up 139 yards in 39 attempts backing up Jimmy Brown. He also returned 13 kickoffs for 250 yards. Donahue caught 16 passes for 285 yards and one touchdown in his first year under Coach Norm Van Brocklin. Dudley saw considerable relief action with the Giants before getting hurt and thus missed a chance to play against the Pack in the playoff. The other Lombardi tradees who are still in the NFL are Alex Hawkins and Lamar McHan, Colts; Billy Howton, Cowboys; Billy Butler, Vikings; Dick Pesonen, Giants; Tim Brown, Eagles; Bob Freeman and Dale Hackbart, Redskins. Butler originally was sold to the Cowboys and then traded to the Vikes. Pesonen was sold to Minnesota and then traded to NY. Hawkins was obtained by the Colts in a cash deal and McHan was traded for a draft choice. Brown, Freeman and Hackbart were traded for draft picks...BATTED 1.000-PLUS: Actually, Lombardi has made only three
player-for-player trades. He sent Howton to the Browns for Bill Quinlan and Lew Carpenter in his first trade. Later, he traded Marv Matuszak to the Colts for Fuzzy Thurston and A.D. William to the Browns for Willie Davis. Vince batted 1.000-plus on those trades. Quinlan, Thurston and Davis are regular starters and Carpenter ranks as the league's top offensive handyman. He can play all backfield spots and the ends. Matuszak and Williams have departed the NFL and Howton is playing out the string in Dallas. Any trades coming up? The boys in the backroom seem to think Vince will do some dealin'. So we'll see!
HOMETOWN TO HONOR TAYLOR
FEB 20 (Baton Rouge, LA) - Green Bay Packer fullback Jim Taylor will be honored by his hometown followers at a dinner here Feb. 28. The all-pro tailback is recuperating from hepatitis, a liver ailment that sidelined him just before the Pro Bowl game in Los Angeles, Calif. Jan. 13. Program sponsors said they hope to obtain Packer Coach Vince Lombardi plus a number of Taylor's college and pro teammates for the dinner. Taylor played high school football in Baton Rouge, where he made the All-State prep team before gaining All-America honors at Louisiana State University.
IT'S OFFICIAL - MOVIE SHOWS PACK WON 16-7
FEB 21 (New York-Green Bay Press-Gazette) - Official pictures of the frozen Packer-Giant championship game are available. And, guess what, the score hasn't changed a bit. It's still 16-7, Green Bay! The film of the Dec. 30 sawoff was unveiled here Wednesday for the press, radio and TV - plus NFL officials, and the camera work was so good you could see the goose pimples on the baton twirlers' legs. Cameras froze up in the eight-degree chill and 50-mile blasts and had to be thawed over open bonfires in the dugouts at Yankee Stadium. They had to fall back on spare cameras, kept warm under blankets and sweaters. One cameraman had suffered a frozen index finger. During the game, a camera on a high platform was blown off, tripod and all. You would never know about the cameraman's troubles from watching the films. Jerry Kramer kicked his three field goals on schedule. Jim Taylor, roughed up considerably in a rugged ball game, scored his touchdown. The Giants' score on Jim Collier's recovery of the punt blocked by Erich Barnes came through clearly. Sam Huff was rough but no more than the others in these pictures. There was one debatable incident where Huff might have been guilty of piling on Taylor. There was considerable jawing back and forth between various Giants, including Huff, Andy Robustelli and Dick Lynch, and the Packers. It appeared from the films that Willie Wood did not strike the official deliberately when he protested a call of interference against him late in the game. Wood sprang up in a hurry and rushed in the direction of the official who had just passed by. After he was tossed out, Wood hung his head dejectedly and covered his eyes with his hands as he sat on the Packer bench. The 30-minute color movie, called "Pro Football's Longest Day," soon will be made available to public groups, youth organizations and church societies. It also was announced that Del Shofner, all-pro pass catcher of the Giants, has been named sports director for the commercial sponsor which will circulate the film. Shofner will make personal appearances in conjunction with showings of the movie. Groups wishing to obtain copies of the film should write to Del Shofner in care of Old Gold Spin Filters Sports Bureau, 430 Park Avenue, New York, 22, N.Y.
NADOLNEY, 1922 PACKER, DIES
FEB 22 (Houston) - R.F. Nadolney, 64, Houston real estate man and former Notre Dame and Green Bay Packer lineman, died Thursday in a local hospital. Nadolney played tackle three years for the Fighting Irish and was a member of Notre Dame's undefeated teams in 1919 and 1920. He was a guard on the 1922 Packer team.
KOSTELNIK REPORTS PROGRESS AFTER SURGERY ON SHOULDER
FEB 24 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - Ron Kostelnik, the Packers' fifth defensive linemen, is feeling "much stronger" following surgery on his left shoulder. Kosetlnik, who returns to the Packers for his third season next summer, underwent surgery by Dr. Jim Nellen, the Pack's physician, last month. He had suffered from stretched ligaments in the shoulder and the ligaments were shortened by surgery. "I bought some weights and I'm working on them every day to toughen the shoulder. It feels good," Kostelnik said at his new home in Cincinnati. The 260-pounder is spending the offseason working toward his master's degree at his alma mater, Cincinnati University. Ron and his wife recently bought a home. They're expecting a newcomer in a couple of months.
PACKER PICK TO TRY HAND AT BASEBALL
FEB 27 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - Tom Brown, the Packers' No. 2 draft choice, has signed a contract with the Washington Senators' York, Pa., farm team in the Eastern League, it was announced today by George Selkirk, the Senators' new general manager. Brown received an estimated bonus of $20,000 for signing, the AP said today. Brown will report to the Senators' camp at Pompano Beach tonight and is scheduled to start work Thursday. Brown, a two-sport star at Maryland where he intercepted 11 passes and hit .449 in his senior year, reportedly would like to give baseball a try before he definitely switching to one sport or the other. He played the last two years in a summer league in Pierre, N.D. Packer Coach Vince Lombardi planned to talk with the 22-year-old athlete today. Brown's case is similar to the Dale Hackbart episode in 1960. The former Wisconsin quarterback signed with the Pittsburgh Pirates and then was shipped out to Fargo, N.D., in the Northern League. The long bus trips - plus the curve ball, convinced Dale that baseball wasn't his dish. He
returned to the Pack in 1960 and since was traded to the Washington Redskins...The AFL Tuesday held its third annual draft of "futures" (redshirts) selected by NFL clubs. Three of the Packers' eight futures were tabbed - Nebraska quarterback Dennis Claridge, the fifth choice, by Oakland; Virginia center Turnley Todd, the seventh choice, by Dallas; and Fresno State back Herm Hamp, the 19th choice, by San Diego. The futures were selected for delivery in 1964. They all have another year of eligibility left. The AFL actually is drafting players brought to its attention by the NFL. Thirty-two players were chosen - four by each team.
1,000-YARD CLUB HAS 11 MEMBERS
MAR 1 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - The 1,000-yard club, an exclusive organization of the NFL running back who have gained that much or more in a single season, now has 11 members, including Jim Taylor and Tony Canadeo, present and past Packers backs. The feat has been accomplished 18 time. Jim Brown of Cleveland, the record holder with 1,527 yards, has topped 1,000 yards four times. Taylor, the league's most valuable player in 1962, has done it three times; Steve Van Buren of Philadelphia and Joe Perry of Baltimore twice each. Canadeo accomplished his 1,052 yards in a head to
head battle with Van Buren in 1949. Tony was running with the second losingest team in Packer history (2-10) while Van Buren's Eagles won the East with 11-1 and then took the world title. All of the 1,000-yarders, except Canadeo, Van Buren and Beattie Feathers of the Bears are still active. Feathers was the first to break the barrier in 1934 and his 1,004 yards was the record for 13 years. Taylor has exceeded 1,000 yards in his last three seasons, with 1,101 in '60, 1,307 in '61 and 1,474 in '62. Brown missed the 1,000 yards in '62 but Taylor had two new "partners" - John Henry Johnson of the Steelers with 1,141 and Dick Bass of the Rams with 1,033
10 PACKER PLAYERS NOW CITY HOMEOWNERS
MAR 3 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - The number of Packer players owning their own homes in Green Bay has doubled in one year. Ten players are now on the city tax rolls - as against five a year ago. Latest to join the mortgage parade are Ray Nitschke, Hank Jordan, Jerry Kramer, Boyd Dowler and Jess Whittenton. Nitschke, Kramer and Dowler are spending their offseason here. This quintet joins Johnny Symank, Gary Knafelc, Bart Starr, Bob Skoronski and Lew Carpenter who have been Green Bay taxpayers for from two to four years. Fuzzy Thurston owns his own home in Menasha where he operates a restaurant while Nelson Toburen in his second offseason as a home renter in Green Bay. Also in the homeowner group is Tom Bettis, the seven-year veteran who is now a Steeler. Dowler and the Missus will move into their home, 508 N. Fisk, in a couple of weeks. The Ray Nitschkes are already in, 829 Neufield, but they're busy painting and sanding. Bachelor Whittenton, also a restaurant man, is ready to move into his home, Route 7, Ashwaubenon. The Kramers and Jordans live across from each other on Careful Drive. It's interesting to note that all of the players have their homes on the west side - which is close to their big workshop, City Stadium. The five holdovers are Gary Knafelc, 1260 Raleigh; Carpenter, 1181 Raleigh; Skoronski, 1635 Forest Glen; and Starr, 1624 Chateau. The Toburens live at 950 Liberty. The entire Packer coaching staff, plus personal director Pat Peppler - seven in all - are homeowners. Coach Vince Lombardi set the tone himself when he took over the Packer reigns in January of 1959. He looked over the city for possible building sites on his first visit here and in a matter of months the Lombardis were settled in their own new home, 677 Sunset Circle. Norb Hecker was the last of the coaches to get the mortgage bug, moving into his own-built home in the Forest Glen area last December. Later arrival Tom Fears and his family are forgetting about sunny California at 401 Simonet. The others are Phil Bengtson, 3138 Linck Court; Bil Austin, 837 Ernst Drive; Red Cochran, 706 Allouez Terrace. The fastest worker was Peppler. He arrived last month to take over the duties of Dick Voris, who quit to become an assistant coach with the 49ers, and promptly bought Dick's home, 458 Bretcoe Drive...Ernie Nevers, the onetime halfback great who was named to the pro football hall of fame recently, pitched a compliment at the Packers the other day while commenting that the pro game needs some new offenses. Ernie said he'd like to see some of the clubs use the single and double wing and short punt and then added: "There is too much passing now and not enough running. That is, with the exception of the Green Bay Packers. I think that's one reason why that club is so
popular. I Nobody knows whether they will run or pass when they come up to the line of scrimmage. The Packers hit low and hard, which is a by-product of a good running attack."
TOBUREN SAYS HE MAY QUIT PRO FOOTBALL
MAR 5 (Green Bay) - Green Bay Packer linebacker Nelson Toburen, who missed the last five games of the 1962 NFL season because of a serious neck injury, said Monday night that he may quit pro football. "I still have a little numbness in my fingers and my neck gets tired," the 24-year-old former Wichita star said. "The doctor hasn't given me a definite answer about playing again but I kind of doubt I'll play again." Toburen, a 6-foot-4, 230-pound linebacker in his second years with the Packers, suffered a dislocated neck vertebra when he tackled Johnny Unitas of the Baltimore Colts Nov. 18 at Green Bay.
HORNUNG'S KNEE OKAY, SAYS DOCTOR
MAR 8 (Green Bay) - Paul Hornung of the Green Bay Packers was given a clean bill of health Thursday when the NFL star had his injured knee examined by the club physician. Dr. Nellen said the knee which kept the scoring ace under wraps most of the 1962 season has responded well to treatment and no surgery is indicated. Hornung, himself, said the knee feels fine. To demonstrate the point, he played his first basketball game of the season Thursday night for the Packer squad and tossed in 15 points.
TAYLOR NOT YET READY FOR STRENUOUS WORK
MAR 8 (Baton Rouge, LA) - "Yeah, I'm getting a little stronger, but not enough for strenuous work yet," drawled Jimmy Taylor, in his easy Louisiana voice. The all-NFL fullback of the Green Bay Packers walked out of a hospital Jan. 21, recovering from hepatitis - a virus liver affliction. Taylor, 27, said the doctor "says I'm clear of the infection and I don't expect it will affect me in any way next season. But it's nothing to play around with," the former Louisiana State University ace said with emphasis. "I haven't felt strong enough for any strenuous work. My doctor told me the stronger I feel the more I can increase my activity, and if I feel like I've done too much, I should slow down." Taylor said he probably will have to stick to light activity another six weeks to two months. During the next month or two, he'll head for Green Bay, Wis., to talk over his contract with General Manager-Coach Vince Lombardi. "I hope to be back in full strength in time for the All-Star Game in Chicago next August," Taylor commented. Taylor, Associated Press NFL Player of the Year last year, said he would report to Green Bay early in June, the usual time. "I'm enjoying the family life. I've been reading a lot, taking it easy, taking my two children to the parks, playing a little golf," he said. He confessed he could manage a modest 85 to 90 on the links. "But since I started playing a full 18 recently," Taylor said. "I've been using a golf cart. I'm in no condition to walk 18 holes yet."
WHO'S FOR 1963 F-GOAL KICKING?
MAR 10 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - Who's for field goal and extra point kicking on the 1963 Packers? That's Coach Vince Lombardi's pleasant little problem but news the other day that Paul Hornung's knee is a-okay gain puts Hornung and Jerry Kramer in the same bootin' boat. Hornung injured his right knee in the first quarter against the Vikings in Minneapolis last Oct. 14 and he never quite regained his strength the rest of the season. Kramer took over and was nothing short of fantastic. He tried 11 field goals and hit on nine of them for a success figure of 81 percent. He connected on 38 of 39 extra point tries, the lone "loss" being blocked in the final game in Los Angeles. In addition, Jerry tried four field goals in the championship game and made three of them despite the trickiest, coldest and meanest win this side of Siberia. Before his injury, Hornung kicked 14 extra points in 14 attempts and converted six of 10 field goal tries. Both men won crucial games with their kicking. Hornung kicked a field goal in the last few seconds, his third of the game, to tip the Lions here 9-7. Kramer's booting was the difference in the championship game. Both tied Packer records last season, Hornung booting seven in the 49-0 win over the Bears and Kramer doing likewise in the 49-0 victory over the Eagles. Kramer came out of nowhere last year. Few folks knew he had an iron toe - other than the daily visitors to Packer practice. Gamewise, Jerry did nothing more than kick off. Hornung has scored 311 of his 501 Packer points with his trusty right toe - 149 extra point and 54 field goals. He has an all-time field goal success percentage of 52. Paul played second fiddle to Fred Cone as a rookie in 1957 and tried four long shots - the high 40s. He then handled the kicking by himself until he was hurt. It's interesting to note that the Packers have had only two extra points "fail" since Lombardi has been here. That's rather special when you consider that 167 touchdowns were scored in the four years. The two "missed" extra points were blocked - by the 49ers in the final game of 1959 and by the Rams in the final game last year, both on the west coast. The "miss" chalked up against Hornung in 1958, which was Scooter McLean's lone season, was also a blockee. And the culprits were those 49ers. Regardless of who gets the nod next season, it appears that the Pack's field goaling and extra pointing will be in good hands, or feet...Exterior construction of the Professional Football Hall of Fame has been completed. Work now begins on the interior and the building should be completed by about Aug. 1. Dedication ceremonies,
including the induction of the first 17 members into the Hall, are set for Saturday, Sept. 7 as part of a full weekend at the Hall site in Canton, Ohio. The Cleveland Browns and Pittsburgh Steelers meet in a preseason game on Sept. 8. Dick McCann, director of the Hall of Fame, is in Green Bay to gather up historical material on the Packers. He'll look over files kept by George W. Calhoun, Otto Stiller and the Packers.
HAVE ORIGINAL PACK JERSEY? REMEMBER 'HALL'
MAR 12 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - Do you have an original Packer jersey - one bearing the advertising "Acme Packing Company" or "Acme Packers?" That would be a prize catch for the professional football hall of fame in Canton, O., according to Dick McCann, director of the hall, who spoke at the Mike and Pen Club luncheon at the Elks Club Monday noon. "There must be a jersey like that somewhere - maybe in somebody's attic," McCann said, explaining that he's hot on the trail of any and all football relics. McCann has been in Green Bay a couple of days, looking over old Packer films, newspaper clippings and other mementos. "But there is much digging to be done. Just spread the word and maybe somebody will turn up something that the world of professional football would like to see," Dick said. As curator of the hall, McCann said he can set a value on articles given to the hall for display and "this value can used as a tax deduction. We will preserve the item forever and will give credit to the donor in the display." McCann put his plea for pro football historical items this way: "Let somebody else share with you the satisfaction of recalling that particular player, moment, team or game." Football relics can pop up in the strangest places. Dick Told about a football blanket and letter sweater owned by the immortal Jim Thorpe. "That blanket was used for years to wrap up the jack in the trunk of a car - to keep it from making noise. And each time the owner changed cars, he put the blanket around the new jack. The letter sweater was used for years as a mattress for a dog. That sweater still has a good luck ribbon on it. It was sewed on by a friend of Thorpe's who said it would bring him luck." Displays in the hall will be dramatic, Dick said, explaining: "We will recreate scenes with large figures, drawing and pictures. There will be recordings - voices of players, interviews. We have Thorpe's voice, telling of a practice day. We have recordings of some of the great announcers and most of the great pro stars. This will be a modern museum in every respect. Visitors will be able to press a button to see a picture of the 1922 Packers for instance. You may be able to dial a number and listen to a player talking or a part of a broadcast of a game. There will be two theaters in the hall, one seating 40 people and the other seating around 125. There will be 20-minute films shown every hour on the hour. On Saturdays and Sundays, there will be continuous movies for kids. We will have a complete library. There will be a copy of every program for every game played. There will be copies of league and team press books." Work on the exterior of the main buildings, which are located on a 14-acre track of "pro football land," has been completed and work on the interior is underway. "We're shooting for a July 15 opening date. Dedication will be held Sept. 7 and the following day the Steelers and Browns will play an exhibition game in the stadium next to the hall," McCann said. The people in Canton raised $400,000 for the construction of the buildings but a Pro Football Foundation will be established shorty to give fans throughout the country an opportunity to participate, Dick said, adding: "Many fans from around the country wanted to contribute in the original setup, but the money was all raised in Canton." PS - If you have a relic prospect, write to Dick at the Hall of Fame in Canton.
PACKERS LUCKY, MCDONALD SAYS
MAR 12 (New York) - The Philadelphia Eagles' star pass receiver, Tommy McDonald, had plenty to say about the NFL champion Green Bay Packers today - but none of it complimentary. "The question I'm asked most at every banquet I attend is whether New York Giant linebacker Sam Huff roughed up Packer fullback Jim Taylor in the
championship game," McDonald said. "I think it was blown way out of proportion. Taylor is big enough to take care of himself. I think if Sam had given him any gruff, Taylor would have taken action." McDonald also said that if the Packers had met the Detroit Lions after the Lions upset Green Bay Thanksgiving Day, the Lions would have won again. "The Packers were lucky to win their first meeting (by a 9-7 score). And the Lions certainly beat them good Thanksgiving Day. Bart Starr found out what it's like to lay on bis back. I think if they'd played again, the Lions would have knocked them off," he said.
STARR TO HEAD YOUTH BOWLING
MAR 13 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - Bart Starr has found an outlet for his intense interest in youngsters. The Packers' quarterback will work with young - boys and girls 8 through 15 - in a new physical fitness and bowling program. He has signed on with th4e Consolidated Bowling Corp. of America, which operates the Fox River Lanes, and today announced the formation of the Bart Starr Physical Fitness and Bowling Youth Program. "I guess it's no secret how I feel about young people. And I am most anxious for this opportunity to work with them. This type of program will offer physical fitness as well as competition in bowling," Starr said. This, in effect, is a pilot program in that the program could expand throughout Wisconsin and even nationally. Youngsters in two age groups - 8 through 12 and 13 through 15 - will receive free bowling instructions from Starr and his assistants as a starter. Competitive league bowling will be made available and "we hope to interest the parents enough so that they can compete with their youngsters on a handicap basis." Starr doesn't profess to be a Hank Marino "but I'm looking forward to teaching the sport." The veteran signal caller has been harping on physical fitness in his many speeches to youth groups around the country "but as Coach Lombardi says physical fitness isn't really valuable unless it can be competitive. Bowling offers that competitiveness for the youngsters." Starr will conduct the program on Saturday mornings at Fox River Lanes and the first season will be conducted Saturday morning, March 23.
RENEWAL CARDS SENT TO PACK TICKET HOLDERS
MAR 13 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - Renewal cards were mailed to all 1962 Packer season ticket holders (both Green Bay and Milwaukee) Tuesday, GM-Coach Vince Lombardi announced today. The return date is April 15. Lombardi, who said the 1963 schedule will be announced as soon as it is received from the league office, revealed a new Milwaukee record appears to be in the making. Judging by the number of new orders already placed, the Milwaukee season ticket total should pass 35,000, he said. A year ago, 28,665 were sold there. The world champions have played to sellout crowds for all home games, including exhibitions, in both Green Bay and Milwaukee the past two years.
PACK CAGERS BENCHED FOR YEAR BY LOMBARDI
MAR 14 (Sturgeon Bay-Green Bay Press-Gazette) - Coach Vince Lombardi has benched the Packer basketball team for the season. Norb Hecker, coach of the Packer cagers, informed Chan Harris, editor of the Door County Advocate, that Lombardi had forced the team to cancel its remaining games after its game in Sturgeon Bay last Sunday. Hecker apologized to Harris and Sturgeon Bay for "the behavior of some members of our team." He was obviously referring to Fred Thurston and Boyd Dowler who were responsible for the two principal interests. Thurston once shoved a Sturgeon Bay player to the floor and Dowler whistled the ball out of bounds when he disagreed with a referee's decision, the ball bouncing off th4 ref's shoulder. However, Hecker said in the letter that this was the first rough game the Packers played and he thought Sturgeon Bay coach kept telling his players "to run us into the ground." "As you know these fellows are highly competitive and don't like to lose," Hecker wrote. "During a football game, they can let off steam by taking it out on the other fellow bur during a basketball game this is sort of hand to do, and they are football players and not basketball players." Only six of the 11 players showed for the game. Others beside Dowler and Thurston were Lew Carpenter, Jerry Kramer, Ray Nitschke and John Symank. Hecker also played.
FRIDAY'S TAYLOR DAY IN LOUISIANA
MAR 14 (Baton Rouge, LA) - They pay tribute to a Titan here Friday. It'll be Jim Taylor Day in the Bayou Country and the strength-soaked Green Bay fullback will be honored with a luncheon at the Capital House and gifts from well-wishers. Vince Lombardi and Paul Hornung will be there. So will Jerry Kramer, Taylor's roommate on the road. Gov. James H. Davis has proclaimed it Taylor's Day in Louisiana Friday and that makes it official. In the opinion of many, the honor for the LSU All-American is long overdue. Taylor, a Virgo who is recovering from a recent siege of hepatitis, was born to play football. He was born in football season - Sept. 20, 1935, to be exact. It's only fitting that Taylor should have been born in football season, just as it is only proper that the unforgettable season, just as it is only proper that the unforgettable nuptials between Ted Williams and the
Boston Red Sox should have taken place in the springtime of 1938. Taylor, many times in the shadow of less deserving and even less effective fullbacks, had the best year of his career this past '62 season. It was Taylor-made for him. He finally caught up with Jim Brown, surpassing Brown in two categories, rushing and scoring. It marked only the third time in NFL history that the same player has won both rushing and scoring titles in the same year. Steve Van Buren of the Philadelphia Eagles and Brown of Cleveland were the other two to win the honor. Taylor made the All-Pro again in '62, and was also awarded the Jim Thorpe Trophy in addition to being named the Outstanding Player in the AP poll. He finished second to Tittle in the UPI poll. Taylor, the No. 2 draft choice of the Packers in 1957, went up with the Packers in '58, when Green Bay had a dismal season. He showed up well in his last two games on the coast and the next year became Lombardi's starting fullback. "I didn't know if I'd ever make it," Taylor said recently. "I was playing behind the New Iberia, La., boy, Howie Ferguson, and toward the end of '58, the Packers were trying out a lot of people at fullback. After the start of the '59 season, however, I thought I could stick it out." Despite his brute strength, Taylor has labored under many handicaps. In high school, he played defensively his junior year because the Baton Rouge High Bulldogs had a pair of fine offensive backs. At LSU, he experimented academic troubles in his first semester, and had to go to Hinds Junior College before enrolling at LSU again. He made All-American at LSU his senior year and led the SEC in scoring in both his junior and senior years. Did he ever think he'd become the star he is today? "Never," is the way Jim puts it. "Stardom was always too far a goal for a stumbling guy like me." He credits a lot of people for his success, among them his wife, Dixie Jo. "She helped me with my books, and that meant a lot to me." Jim, Dixie, and children Jo Beth (five years) and Jim Jr., (3 months) presently reside here on Maxine Street in the offseason. Today, Taylor says he's feeling stronger and hopes to be at top strength for the 1963 season. Friday's his day. His alone. He will remember it past the time when his pretty Joe Beth becomes an even prettier lady. It will stick with him long after James Charles (Chip) Taylor, Jr., puts on football clothes. Friday's Jim Taylor Day. It wouldn't be so wrong to make a weekend out of it.
KLEIBHAN, FORMER PACKER, DIES
MAR 15 (Milwaukee) - Funeral services will be held Saturday for Adolph E. Kelibhan, 65, who played with the NFL Green Bay Packers in the early 1920s. Kelibhan died Wednesday in the Veterans Administration Hospital at Wood where he had been a patient for a month. Survivors include three sons. After his football playing days were over, Kleibhan became an accomplished bowler and remained active in sports as a football and baseball referee.
PACKER FIVE TO PLAY REMAINING GAMES ON CARD
MAR 15 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - The Packer basketball team will play the rest of its scheduled games this season, Norb Hecker, coach of the cagers, said today. Coach Vince Lombardi had ordered the rest of the games cancelled following a complaint of extreme roughness in a game at Sturgeon Bay Sunday, but reconsidered Thursday. Hecker explained that advance tickets had been sold and arrangements already made by sponsors of the remaining games, all benefits.
WALT DISNEY OFFERS THANKS FOR PACKER-SIGNED FOOTBALL
MAR 16 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - Walt Disney has expressed his appreciation to the Packers for an autographed football they sent the cinema giant for permanent display in his famed "Disneyland." In a letter to Russ Mortenson, Wisconsin manager of Standard Theaters, Inc., he wrote: "I received the football signed by the Green Bay Packers and have placed it among my favorite mementos. It was a very nice gesture and I hope you will thank each member of the team for me. The Green Bay Packers is truly one of the all-time great football teams in the history of the professional league and I am honored to have such a keepsake. With kindest personal regards. Sincerely, Walt Disney."
34 NFL TILTS SQUEAKERS; KRAMER SKIS
MAR 17 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - "You've got to win the close ones," the old bromide goes. Thirty-four NFL games, more than a third of the entire schedule, were decided by seven points or less during the '62 season. And 20 of the 34 resulted in scored in which the margin was three points or less. The Packers batted 1.000 in their three closies, beating the Lions 9-7, the Rams 20-17 and the Colts 17-13. The Giants registered the most narrow decisions, seven, winning six of them and losing one. In the opposite director, the Packers won two games by 49-0 scores...The shortest game in the league last year was the Packer-49er game in Milwaukee Oct. 21. Elapsed time was only 2:07. The longest was that 35-35 tie between the Cowboys and Redskins in Dallas Sept. 16. It took an even three hours. The Packers and 49ers threw only 27 passes (incompletions stop the clock). GB had 35 rushes, the 49ers 36. The clock just kept running that afternoon, it seemed. But games are getting shorter in the league. The average league game lasted 2 hours and 27 minutes last year, compared to 2:35 in '61. Halftime intermission was cut from 20 to 15 minutes last year, accounting for some of the shorter average...The Mike and Pen Club will see the color film of the Packer-Giant championship game. Del Shofner will be on hand, representing the film sponsoring the picture. His Packer shadow, Jess Whittenton, can't make it. Jess and Jerry Kramer are leaving this weekend for some skiing at Aspen, Colo. And Jess says "that big Jerry is really good on skis." Packer guard Ed Blaine is wintering at the University of Missouri, majoring in zoology. He is in pre-med school and hopes to do research.
GIANTS ROUGHER THAN PACKERS IN PLAYOFFS - FILM IMPRESSION
MAR 20 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - The much-heralded color, king-size film of the Packer-Giant championship game has been witnessed. And it's terrific - football photography at its best. The picture was shown for the first time in Wisconsin at a luncheon of the Mike and Pen Club at the Elks Club Tuesday noon. So what's with Sam Huff and the Giants' treatment of Jim Taylor and other ball carriers. There is little sense at this point in naming names, since that already has been done, but we did get one general impression in the Dept. of Unnecessary Roughness: The Giants were a darned sight rougher football team than the Packers. The Giants beat up the Packers. The Packers merely beat the Giants. The Packers played their usual tough game on defense. They hit as hard as the Giants but they have a knack of putting on the brakes once the Blue Shirt is down. Coach Vince Lombardi s death on roughness penalties; the Packers take no chances on getting 'em. They turn the other cheek. We are slightly prejudiced (and that's an understatement), but we went away from the picture all steamed up. Lee Remmel's comment after viewing the picture was this: "You wonder how the Packers ever won." Del Shofner, the Giants' fine offensive end who was here on behalf of Old Gold Spin Filters, sponsor of the film, was asked what he thought of the Giants' defensive plays. The likeable pass catcher pointed out a reason: "This had been eating on them for 52 weeks," Shofner said, referring to the Giant defense's humiliation in the 37 to 0 loss to the Packers in the 1961 championship game. "They were wild all season thinking about that game. They took a lot of abuse about losing to Green Bay. And that made 'em pretty rough in New York," Del added. Nelson Toburen, Packer linebacker who viewed the film, smiled when asked for his comment: "Football is a rough game and this game was a rough one." The real marvel of the picture is how the camera caught the fierce action, the icy cold, the wind, the Packers' elation at the end, and the disappointment of the Giants. The viewer is "set up" beautifully for the game by scenes of little Green Bay and then big New York. Accompanying the film were Shofner, Carl Linquist, Spin Filter publicist and former United Press International writer, and Ed Sabol, president of Blair Motion Pictures, which filmed the game. As a rather sour sequel today, a UPI story datelined Green Bay said that members of the Mike and Pen Club (1) booed during showing of the film and (2) Toburen had announced his retirement from pro football. The gathered group did no booing and Toburen made no announcement. Toburen, injured in the Colt game last Nov. 18, said today "my immediate plans are to try and strengthen my neck and then work out with the Packers when training begins. The final decision will have to be made by my doctor after that." Nellie has purchased 50 percent interest in Jerry's Industrial Distributors and plans to stay here.
PACKER DRAFTEE BROWN TALK OF SENATORS' CAMP
MAR 20 (Pompano Beach, FL) - Tommy Brown, the bonus player signed three weeks ago on the University of Maryland campus, was the talk of the Washington Senators' camp Tuesday as the club took a day off from exhibition games. Brown is hitting .500 with 9 hits in 18 at bats including a double and home run. His defensive play at first base also has been exceptional. Dick Phillips, who had been playing first in the absence of Rogelio Alvarez, has moved to third. Alvarez, the Cuban, still is unable to get out of Cuba. Brown won the Atlantic Coast Conference batting title last year with a record .444 average and also was the second draft choice of the Green Bay Packers of the NFL.
CHANCE BROWN TO LEAP FROM COLLEGE TO MAJORS
MAR 21 (Pompano Beach, FL) - Tommy Brown, one of the finest two-sport athletes to come out of the Atlantic Coast Conference since Duke's Dick Groat, has an outside chance of duplicating Groat's feat of vaulting from college ball to the major leagues. Groat stepped from the Blue Devils' campus to the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1952 and played in 95 games his first year. Eight years later he won the most valuable player award. At Duke, he was All-America in basketball, and a baseball star. Brown, just out of the University of Maryland, was signed to a Washington Senators' contact three weeks ago. The Senators lured him away from the Green Bay Packers of the NFL, who had selected him as their second draft choice. He was fourth choice of Buffalo of the AFL. Tommy reported to the Senators' training camp, supposedly just for a look before being assigned to a farm team. But after six full games and one pinch-hitting assignment, he is batting .476 with 10 hits in 21 times at bat, including a double and a home run. Brown played the outfield in sandlot ball, in an amateur league in North Dakota, and in college until last year, when he shifted to first base and set an ACC record by hitting .449. The Senators are short a first baseman because of the absence of Cuban Rogelio Alvarez, and Brown had started the last six game at first. He has had coaching from George McQuinn, on temporary duty with the Senators. When the Senators were routed 18-3 by the Yankees in Fort Lauderdale Wednesday and Joe Pepitone and Roger Maris clouted home runs, the biggest cheer of the day still was earned by Brown. Tommy made a leaping stop of a hot smash toward right field by Tony Kubek, scrambled to his feet, and threw Kubek out to loud applause. He has made only one error, that a throwing miscue on a tricky bouncer, and had made excellent saves of wild throws. Tommy said it was a long-time love of baseball that turned him to that sport instead of football. Football people in Green Bay and Buffalo told him he would make quicker money in their game. He signed for a bonus with the Senators believed to be between $18,000 and $20,000. "I was hoping I could make the Senators' AA team in York, Pa., the modest youngster said today, "because I know it would be to my advantage to play regular. I'll do anything they tell me. But it's nice to be in the big leagues, it's always been my dream, and the fellows sure have been good to me." Vernon said the Senators were planning to farm Brown out, but now will have to take a much longer look. One American League umpire, impressed by Brown's attitude, said the other day, "Son, you're playing as though you like the big leagues." "I sure do," Tommy replied.
SHOFNER COMPLIMENTS SYMANK IN 'ANSWER'
MAR 21 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - Del Shofner pitched a compliment at Johnny Symank during the course of his question and answer period at the luncheon meeting of the Optimist Club at the Downtowner Wednesday noon. Shofner, Giant offensive end, had just show the color film of the Packer-Giant championship game. Shofner was asked if the Giants changed their passing strategy after Willie Wood was thumbed out in the third quarter and aimed their attack at Wood's successor. "No, we didn't make any adjustments. That John Symank is a real pro and we had to respect him just as we did Willie Wood. We went right on with our game plan. We might have changed some if Wood had been replaced by a rookie, but we couldn't with Symank out there." Shofner also paid tribute to Jess Whittenton (Pack cornerback who always guards Shofner) and laughed: "Jess not being here makes this about the only time I've been able to get away from him." Jess, an Optimist club member, is skiing in Aspen, Colo., but he was represented by his cousin and business partner, Don Whittenton.
PACKERS PLAYS BEARS, COLTS, RAMS, VIKINGS HERE
MAR 24 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - The league schedule is out. And the Packers have been shouldered with a murderous season start in defense of their Western championship. Green Bay plays the Bears, Lions, Colts and Rams - in that order, in the first four games. The Bays will meet the Bears, Colts, Rams and Vikings in Green Bay and Lions, Steelers and 49ers in Milwaukee. The complete schedule was announced for the NFL's 44th season today by Commissioner Pete Rozelle. The Packers will be seeking their fourth straight Western Division championship and an unprecedented third straight World championship. And that makes for an interesting possibility. If the Packers win the West, they can go for that history-making No. 3 in their own backyard since the title game is scheduled in the home park of the Western winner on Dec. 29. But the road
leading up to the Magic Game 15 is of immediate concern to the forces of Vince Lombardi. After the four games, the Packers play three on the road - at Minnesota Oct. 13, at St. Louis Oct. 20, and at Baltimore Oct. 27 - before coming home for the Steeler and Viking games. The Nov. 17 date send the Packers to Chicago and then to Milwaukee for the 49er test. The Bays close action with three nationally televised games - the Lions in Detroit Thanksgiving Day Nov. 28 and two Saturday games on the West Coast, the Rams in Los Angeles Dec. 7 and the 49ers in San Francisco Dec. 14. The Packers will be opening against the Bears for the first time since 1960 and that game wasn't a happy occasion. The Bears broke loose in the fourth quarter for a 17-14 victory, although the Bays went on to win the first of their three straight Western titles. The Bears were Green Bay's third game the last two years. Green Bay will be playing the Eastern Division Cardinals for the second straight year. The Bays beat 'em in Milwaukee in a tough 17-0 game last season. The Packers last played their other Eastern opponent, Pittsburgh, in 1960 and won 19-13 with a TD in the last minute. The Lions, No. 2 team to Green Bay the last three years, plays the Cowboys and Browns in their Eastern games. Green Bay's championship game opponent the last two years, the Giants, aren't on the Bays' league card by they'll undoubtedly be favored to meet the Pack in the '63 title game. The Giants play the Colts and the 49ers in the Western sector. They open with four games on the road, then return home to meet the Browns Oct. 13. Green Bay's traditional rival, the Bears, will open four parks - at Green Bay, at Minnesota Sept. 22, at Detroit Sept. 29, and their own Wrigley Field against Baltimore Oct. 6. There will be one inter-conference game each of the 14 weeks. "We think it's a good schedule," said Rozelle. "But people and plans do not make good schedules. Competition does. The league has balance and that's what makes a successful season. The '63 schedule has much to live up to. Paid attendance in the NFL topped four million for the first time in '62."
PACKER SEASON TICKET TOTAL MAY HIT 40,000 IN MILWAUKEE
MAR 25 (Milwaukee) - The Packers' three games in Milwaukee may be sellouts before the world champions assemble for the summer training camp. Col. O.C. Krueger, director of Packer operations here, said Sunday that "daily lines at our ticket office indicate we should easily surpass the goal of 30,500 season tickets set by Vince Lombardi and could very well hit 40,000. The season sale last year was 28,881. Many season ticket holders have returned their renewal cards and have requested additional tickets. The stadium seats 44,500 for football and last year we averaged 45,513 for three league games and the annual Shrine game," Krueger said. The 1963 Milwaukee schedule has the Packers meeting the Detroit Lions Sept. 22, the Pittsburgh Steelers Nov. 3 and the San Francisco 49ers Nov. 24. A sellout is also expected for the annual Shrine game, which send the Packers against the Bear Aug. 24.
KRAMER SEES NO PACKER PACT WOES
MAR 28 (Milwaukee) - A team championship in sport usually is followed by a few contract problems, but Packer guard Jerry Kramer doesn't think Vince Lombardi will have much trouble with the Packers. "It boils down simply," Kramer said in a Milwaukee interview Wednesday. "If you had a real good year, the contract Coach Lombardi mails out includes a raise. If you had a bad year, you get a cut. You negotiate from there." The Packer' salaries are a well kept secret, but it's doubtful many can expect a cut after the Packers' second straight NFL championship. And then the maximum cut is 10 percent. Although many think the Packers have the highest payroll in the NFL, Kramer disagrees. "I'd say the Los Angeles Rams are tops," he said. Kramer disclosed that he and quarterback Bart Starr plan to conduct a football camp for boys 13 to 18 years old June 23 to July 15, just before the Packers open training. "With the consent of Coach Lombardi, we're going to set up headquarters at St. Norbert College and work out at the Packers' practice field," Kramer said. "We hope to have Boyd Dowler, Ray Nitschke, Jesse Whittenton and Henry Jordan help out. We're going to run the camp just like the Packers. Complete details will be announced soon."
'GOOD LUCK' CARPENTER BRINGS TEAMS TITLE MONEY
MAR 31 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - It was suggested that Lew Carpenter is a good luck charm. He agreed: "I must be!" The Packers' versa-stylist, who backs up such stars as Jim Taylor, Paul Hornung, Max McGee, Boyd Dowler - and even Bart Starr in a pinch, had completed nine seasons of pro football. And he has pocketed playoff money after seven of those campaigns, with three different teams - the Lions, Browns, and Packers. The Bays' benchman, who doesn't mind collecting splinters "as long as we win," has been in six world championship playoffs and one divisional playoff. Carpenter collected championship checks totaling $20,947 - three as a winner and three as a loser. The divisional playoff, which his team lost, produced an extra game's salary. Lew, a 30-year-old since last Jan. 12, played with the Lions in 1953-54-55 and then spent a year in service. He was traded to the Browns in '57 and played two years under Paul Brown before coming to Green Bay in Vince Lombardi's first trade. Carpenter was a spare tire in the trade at that, coming here with the key figure, Bill Quinlan, for Billy Howton. Carpenter's championship game winnings reflects the increase to winners and losers in the past 10 years. As a rookie in '53, Lew hauled in $2,423,10. Detroit was a loser in '54 and the check was reduced to $1,585.36. The Lions, with Bobby Layne out, skidded to last place in '55...BROWNS DROPPED TITLE: The Browns were losers in the title game in '57, but Carpenter collected his biggest check to date, $2,750.30. The next year wasn't a complete loss due to the divisional playoff and the game salary. Next stop Green Bay! Lew played considerable as a Packer "rookie" in '59 after Taylor's home accident but the playoff green didn't start coming until '60. In quick order, he piled up checks of $3,105.14 (loser in Philadelphia), $5,195.44 (winner in Green Bay) and $5,888.19 (winner in New York). Carpenter has worked little in Green Bay. He handled the ball just 28 times in the last three seasons. He carried 60 times in '59 when Taylor was hurt. He has specialized in offensive end in the past two seasons...WORKS AT FULL TILT: Lew's not complaining about the lack of work - "it means that nobody's getting hurt." But Carpenter really is a hard worker. He goes full tilt, and then some, in every practice. He's always ready. And he ranks as one of the league's leading utility players. Carpenter finished with seven pass catches in '62 - the only times he handled the ball in league play. In the previous year, he carried once from scrimmage, caught three passes and returned six punts. In 1960, he rushed once, caught one pass and returned nine punts. Lew's busiest season was 1955, when he carried 137 times for 534 yards - an average of 4 per carry. Asked to compare the three different division champions, Carpenter quickly tabbed "Green Bay as the best," explaining: "The Packers have much more balance than the Lions of the '53 era and the Browns of the mid-1950s."...BALANCE BIG DIFFERENCE: "We have won more men than the Lions. The limit was only 33 then, but our team has strength in passing and running. And we have much more depth. The Lions depended mostly on the pass and I guess you'd have to call them a passing team. The Browns were just about all running on the other hand. They built their attack around Jimmy Brown." Carpenter just turned 30 last Jan. 12 and he's looking forward to his 10th campaign. "I love this game a lot and I want to play as long as I can," said Lew.
JFK HOLDS APPIL FOOL TALKS WITH ST. NORBERT COLLEGE HEAD
APR 1 (Appleton Post-Crescent) - Two Irish Catholic presidents, John F. Kennedy (United States) and the Rev. Dennis M. Burke (St. Norbert College, West De Pere), held high-level "vigahrous" conferences over the weekend - at least according today in the April Fool edition of "The St. Norbert Times," weekly student newspaper. In its first all-April Fool edition, the paper ran a photo taken in 1960 of the then Senator Kennedy and Father Burke, when Kennedy made a campaign stop at the school in the spring. The lead story stated that JFK was backing the student government plans at the school. The topic of student government has been receiving a lot of attention at St. Norbert in recent weeks. The story quotes the President talking to Father Burke "as one Irish Catholic president to anothah..." In a bulletin preceding the story, the "Times" reported that Kennedy had also approached Green Bay Packer Coach Vince Lombardi over the weekend, in the hopes of luring Lombardi away from the World Champions to the White House touch football team head spot. The paper announced that both Lombardi and Kenndy were "unavailable for comment."
PACKERS VISIT DALLAS AUG. 17
APR 2 (Dallas) - The Dallas Cowboys of the NFL completed their preseason schedule Monday with the Los Angeles Rams making up two-fifths of it. The Cowboys meet the Rams Aug. 8 at Los Angeles to start the exhibition schedule and then play the Rams again Aug. 24 at Portland. The Green Bay Packers come to Dallas Aug. 17, the Cowboys play the San Francisco 49ers at Bakersfield, Calif., Aug 30 and Sept. 7 meet the Detroit Lions at New Orleans.
NITSCHKE COLLECTS SHINY DIVIDEND FOR TITLE PLAY
APR 5 (New York-Green Bay Press-Gazette) - Ray Nitschke collected a shiny dividend Thursday for his brilliance in the Packers' 16-7 victory in the championship game. The Packers' middle linebacker received a new car here - his reward for being selected the game's outstanding player. This makes the second year in a row a Packer won the coveted Corvette. Paul Hornung won it in 1961. Nitschke's selection, roundly applauded by the press, radio and TV personnel after the game, was announced immediately after the game but the presentation was delayed until the end of the New York newspaper strike. The award was made by Sport Magazine. Ray has completed five years with the Packers and he came to Green Bay on the draft choice, a third, the Packers received as a payment from the Giants for John Martinkovic. Martinkovic played that season with NY and then retired.
CITY STADIUM REVENUES $267,416 ABOVE EXPENSES DURING SIX YEARS
APR 7 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - Not counting payments on the construction debt, operating revenues in the first six years of operation were $267,416 more than operating expenses for City Stadium, home of the Green Bay Packers. The figure is from the audit of Stadium Commission records by John D. Culligan, certified public accountant. The audit is part of a booklet prepared for the commission to explain stadium operations for Green Bay residents and to answer frequent inquiries from municipalities thinking about building stadiums. Operating revenues for six years totaled $376,348. This included a net of $190,485 in Packer Corp. rent payments after $105,000 of its total $295,000 in payments to the city was credited toward stadium enlarging and improvements projects. Net income from city operations of the parking lots at the stadium for the six years was $82,999 after $50,000 of total parking income of $132,999 was credited toward stadium improvement projects. Oter revenue included a net of $16,849 from the 1961 NFL championship, after deduction of $11,813 in game expenses from total income of $28,662 from the game, $68,990 from concession contracts, and $15,300 from scoreboard advertising. The Packer payments for the six years do not include $52,000 paid last Jan. 25 toward construction of the new $170,000 office and locker room building at the stadium. Green Bay advanced the remainder of the money, which will be paid over an agreed term by the Packers. Total operating expenses for the six years at the stadium were $108,932. This included $49,602 for maintenance, cleaning and servicing, $29,273 for temporary labor including parking attendants, and $19,777 for utility bills. The stadium was built with a $960,000 bond issue and a $150,000 loan from five Green Bay area banks. During the six years, $443,612 in principal and interest payments were made. The debt is now down to $825,000, $750,000 left from the bond issue and $75,000 to pay the banks. Packer rent of $30,000 yearly, since raised by $5,000, was to play half of the original bond issue. During the first six years, the Packers also paid $166,536 for capital projects. This latter Packer money includes $145,286 in 1961 for the addition of 6,300 seats, $7,500 paid for a down payment when the stadium land was bought, and $11,485 to make the press box a three-deck structure when the stadium was built...OTHER CONTRIBUTIONS: The audit also lists as contributions toward the stadium $8,000 in concession stands built by the operator, the $10,000 scoreboard clock installed by Longine-Whitnauer Co., and $9,095 from a sales sharing promotion of the Pabst Brewing Co. Including the original construction debt of $1,110,000, a total of $2,211,723 in receipts and appropriations from general city funds was made over the first six years of operation. This included $473,294 from the city, $105,000 in Packer rents which went toward expansion programs., $50,000 from Brown County for development of the parking lot, also used by the Veterans Memorial Arena, and the $267,416 in excess of operating revenues over expenses. A total of $1,597,059 of city money was spent on original construction, purchase of the land, parking lot preparation, and addition of $97,355 in field lighting in 1960...MORE SEATS PLANNED: The text of the commission report on the history of the stadium and its expansion that "plans are being formulated for additional seats, with the exact number as yet to be agreed upon by the Packer Corp. and the Stadium Commission." The commission last week also received City Council authorization for addition of a second scoreboard. The board will become city property after $35,000 in advertising revenue is made by General Indicator Co. Another project this year is the conversion of present locker rooms to public toilets, on which bids will be opened April 10.
30 YEARS! PACKERS BOAST FIRST RUSH CHAMP - TAYLOR
APR 7 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - It took over 30 years, but the Packers finally have a league rushing champion. That would be Jim Taylor, whose rushing total of 1,474 yards was officially proclaimed today as the best of 1962 in the NFL. No Packers had ever won the league rushing title - at least since 1932 when the NFL and some of the teams started keeping what are known as statistics. Today marks the start of the NFL's annual publication of official figures on the '62 campaign. Other totals will be revealed during the next dozen days by Jim Kensil, NFL publicity chief and aide to Commissioner Pete Rozelle. Taylor's official totals are 272 attempts, 1,474 yards, an average of 5.4 yards per carry, and 19 touchdowns. His longest run was 51 yards - vs. the Bears in Chicago. Jarrin' Jim's rush total breaks a string of five straight by Jim Brown of the Browns, but his figure ranks 53 yards short of Brown's record of 1,527 set in 1958. Brown finished fourth with 996 yards. Taylor wound up with highs for the most attempts, yards and touchdowns. Amos Marsh had the best average, 5.6, on 802 yards in 144 trips. The longest run was 77 yards by Willie Galimore of the Bears. Willie also had the bet one-game showing - 181 yards in 22 attempts vs. the 49ers. So what does Taylor think about all this? What about his hepatitis? The burly fullback was reached at his home in Baton Rouge, La., Saturday. "That shows that we got the best line," Taylor modestly noted when told that his official figures will be announced to the sporting world Sunday. "That line makes it very easy for me, and I'm thankful to everyone of those linemen up there," said Jim. Taylor was reminded that his second effort and determination are his special trademarks, and he added: "That's the way I play, that's my style. I try to be the best football player I can - and the best in my position. I always want to give all the effort I have." Referring to his illness, Taylor said, "I've been feeling fine. Been playing quite a bit of golf and this afternoon I'm going to try some handball. Next week I'm going in for some tests and I'll be up in Green Bay for a visit in about three weeks." Jim said he may do some promotional work for the H.C. Lee Co., a clothing firm, in Dallas. He was in the Texas city last week to work out details...RUSHING RARITY: Taylor's big rushing total paced the Packers to the league's rushing championship. The team finished with 2,460 stripes - a good bit ahead of second place Pittsburgh, which had 2,333. The Bays' total is 426 short of the record of 2,885 set by the ground-mad Lions of 1936. The Packers certainly rank as a rushing rarity of modern times. Coach Vince Lombardi instilled the urge to run when he took over the Pack in '59 and they now have two straight team ground championships under their belts. They won the rush crown with 2,350 in 1961 and finished well up the list in '59 and '60. Before Lombardi, the Packers had won just one rushing title - in 1946, the year after Don Hutson retired. They won it that year with 1,765 yards.
STARR CAPTURES NFL PASS TITLE
APR 8 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - Bart Starr was officially proclaimed today as the NFL's passing champion. The Packers' brainy quarterback succeeds Milt Plum, the Lions' signalist who had won the title in 1960-61 as a member of the Browns. Starr beat out Y.A. Tittle, the Giants' strong-armed thrower, in posting his first aerial championship and the first for the Packers in 21 years - since Cecil Isbell won it in 1941-42. Passing standards are based on an average of a percentage of completions, touchdown passes, and interceptions and average gain in yards. Starr ranked first in the two percentages - that really count - completions and interceptions. Bart completed an amazing 62.5 percent of his passes - an all-time Packer high - and a minute 3.2 percent of his passes were intercepted. He completed 178 out of 285 passes for 2,438 yards and 12 touchdowns and had only nine intercepted. His average gain per pass attempted was 8.55 yards. Starr's championship climaxed a long uphill fight for the former Alabaman. He ranked 24th as a rookie in 1956, 9th in '57, 15th in '58, 9th in '59, 6th in '60, and 3rd in '61. Starr was accuracy plus throughout the '62 season. He never hit below the 50 percent mark, hitting that figure in the first and last games. In between, he had one 83.3 percenter - 10 out of 12 against the 49ers in Milwaukee Oct. 12; and three 75 percenters - 9 out of 12 vs. the Bears Sept. 30, 15 for 20 vs. the Eagles Nov. 11, and 15 for 20 vs. the Rams Dec. 2. Starr went through eight games without an interception. John Roach, Bart's understudy, hurled 12 times and completed three for 33 yards. The rest of the Packer passing was accomplished off option runs, including Max McGee's pitch when he was rushed on a punt. The throw was intercepted by Merlin Olsen, the Rams' rookie tackle, and turned into a TD. Paul Hornung completed four out of six while Tom Moore had two completions in five passes - both for touchdowns. Elijah Pitts tried two passes and missed both.
MCGEE, DOWLER TIE; EAST LEADS WEST?
APR 10 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - Airborne. The Western Division, NFL, was once known as the Passing Division. Not so anymore. The league's first three pass receiving leaders are from the Eastern sector - Bobby Mitchell of the Redskins, with 72 catches for 1,384 yards; Sonny Randle of the Cardinals, with 63 for 1,158 yards; and Bobby Conrad of the Cards, with 62 for 954. And for added proof: The Western Division clubs hurled 2,586 passes last year, compared to the East's 2,770. And the team passing champion came out of the East, the Giants, although let's not forget that the individual air champ was a gun-packin' westsider from Green Bay, Bart Starr. And speaking about Green Bay, it's interesting to note that our world champion Packers finished well down the list, but closely bunched, in pass receiving. This, of course, points up Coach Vince Lombardi's demand for aerial balance. The Bays' two outside receivers, Max McGee and Boyd Dowler, each caught 49 passes - a dead heat if we ever saw one. Ron Kramer, the muscleman in the Pack's glue fingered trio, nailed 39. That makes for a total of 135. The three receivers were virtually even in the distance department. Max averaged 16.7 yards per catch, Kramer 15 and Dowler 14.8. They grabbed 12 TD passes - seven by Kramer, three by McGee and two by Dowler. Max and Boyd occupied 15th and 16th places in the final figures announced by the NFL today. Kramer was 26th. The rest of the receiving was handled by Jim Taylor, the safety valve with 22 catches; Tom Moore, 11; Paul Hornung, 9; Lew Carpenter, 7; and Elijah Pitts, 3. Two touchdowns were in this group - both by Hornung, including an 83-yarder against the Rams in Los Angeles.
14, 22, 29, 31: IT'S PACKER THEFT STORY
APR 11 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - 14, 22, 29, 31. Nope, this isn't the stock page. Those figures are merely placed in that sequence to show how the Packers have improved in the past four Lombardi seasons in the Dept. of Interceptions. The Packers, with 31 steals in 1962, were hailed as the league's pass interception champions today in the official figures for the 14-game league card released by the NFL. The Steelers and Redskins tied for second with 28, while the Giant and Eagles each had 26. The Packers also had the individual interception champion - Willie Wood, who stole nine. Sophomore Herb Adderley, in his first full season as a regular, ranked second with seven, thus giving this pair more than half of the club total. One of GB's interceptions went for a touchdown - a 50-yard return by Adderley against the Bears here. The two other members of the defensive secondary grabbed eight enemy passes, hank Gremminger getting five and Jess Whittenton three. Ray Nitschke was the only linebacker to make a steal, nabbing four of them. Singles were chalked up by three defensive linemen - Dave Hanner, Hank Jordan and Bill Quinlan. The biggest leap in interceptions was from 1959 to 1960 - from 14 to 22. The Bays had four interception leaders in '59 - Bill Forester, Bob Freeman, John Symank and Em Tunnell, with two each. The Pack's defensive coaches, Phil Bengston and Norb Hecker, set interception goals for each year and that mark was reached. They shot for 20 in '60 and made 22, with Whittenton's six setting the pace. Each member of the secondary (Gremminger, Symank, Whittenton and Wood) grabbed five interceptions to lead the club to 29 in '61. Wood now has 14 interceptions in two seasons. The versatile halfback, who played quarterback at Southern Cal, understudied Tunnell as a rookie in 1960. He won the league's punt return championship in '61 with an average of 16.1 yards per. He finished second last season with an 11.9 average.
DOWLER SIXTH AMONG PUNTERS
APR 13 (New York) - Tommy Davis, who boomed one kick 82 yards, was officially crowned the NFL's punting champion Friday. Final statistics released by by the league show Davis kicking 48 times for an average of 45.6, just grabbing the title from Los Angeles' Danny Villanueva. The Rams' kicker punted 87 times for a 45.5 average. Sam Baker of Dallas was third with a 45.4 average, followed by Detroit's Yale Lary with 45.3. The Packers' Boyd Dowler ranked sixth with an average of 43.1 yards on 36 kicks. Max McGee didn't kick enough to be ranked and finished with an average of 35.4 on 14 boots. San Francisco took the team title, solely on Davis' kicking. No other players attempted a punt. Davis punted
by the league show Davis kicking 48 times for an average of 45.6, just grabbing the title from Los Angeles' Danny Villanueva. The Rams' kicker punted 87 times for a 45.5 average. Sam Baker of Dallas was third with a 45.4 average, followed by Detroit's Yale Lary with 45.3. The Packers' Boyd Dowler ranked sixth with an average of 43.1 yards on 36 kicks. Max McGee didn't kick enough to be ranked and finished with an average of 35.4 on 14 boots. San Francisco took the team title, solely on Davis' kicking. No other players attempted a punt. Davis punted for a total of 2,188 yards. Los Angeles was second, with Villanueva accounting for all of the Rams' 3,960 yards.
'62 GRID JUGGERNAUTS TOP PACK SCORERS, 2ND IN ALL-TIME NFL
APR 14 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - The 1962 Packers were the highest scoring team in Green Bay history and the second highest in the history of the NFL. Green Bay was officially credited with 415 points in statistics revealed today by the NFL and that beat by a healthy margin the 391 scored the previous year. The league record of 466 points was set by the air-minded 1950 Los Angeles Rams. The '62 Packers set a league record for touchdowns scored by rushing - 39, breaking the old league mark of 37 set by the renowned 1941 Chicago Bears and the Packer mark of 32 set in 1960. These Bears finished '41 with 396 points, which ranks behind the Pack's 415. The Packers rolled up 53 touchdowns, the third highest in league history (the aforementioned Rams scored 64 and the Bears of '41 scored 56), 52 extra points and 15 field goals for their record point total. The TD total broke the Packer mark of 49 set in 1961. Green Bay also possessed the individual scoring champion. That would be Jim Taylor, the fullback who scored 19 touchdowns for 114 points, which is the same number of points scored by the losing 1949 Packer team. Taylor's TD total broke the record of 18 set by Steve Van Buren in 1945 and matched by Jim Brown in 1958. The Packers now have won the scoring title four straight year. Paul Hornung won it in 1959 with 94, in 1960 with 176, and 1961 with 146. Hornung and Jerry Kramer, who went to the placekicking line when Paul was hurt in the fifth game, scored 74 and 65 points respectively. Hornung put together 7 touchdowns, 14 extra points and 6 out of 10 field goal attempts. Kramer did an amazing job in relief, booting 9 field goals in 11 attempts and 38 out of 39 extra point tries. His one PAT "miss" was blocked. And as a wonderful climax Jerry won the championship game with his kicking, hitting three in the Yankee Stadium wind tunnel...BRIEFS: The Packers' Vince Lombardi is the only head coach in the NFL who has never coached in a regular season game that resulted in a tie...Home sweet home in the NFL in '62 was a big joke. Visiting teams won more games than the host club, 48 to 46, and four games finished in ties. The Giants and Packers were both 6-1 on the road while the Bears, Steelers and 49ers were 5-2...The annual meeting of the Packer stockholders will be held at the WBAY building at 8 p.m., Tuesday, May 2...Gary Knafelc's name has been changed to Gary Kincaid for his work in movies and television.
FEW RUNAWAYS ON NFL PUNT RETURNS
APR 16 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - Some years you just can't put away a dime. And, likewise, some years it is rather difficult to score a touchdown. Despite all the booming and banging in the NFL last year, only two touchdowns were scored on punt returns and one of those came on a blocked punt. Abe Woodson of the 49ers scored one - on an 85-yard return of a Boyd Dowler punt, and Roosevelt Taylor of the Bears scored the other - on an 11-yard return of a blocked Danny Villanueva boot. That's all. The year before nine punts were returned for TDs. That seems like normal. But wait a minute. Only one punt was returned for a touch in
1960, and that was after a blocked punt, a six-yard by the Ram's LoVetere. And the high lows preceded '60. There were 11 in 1959 and two in '58. It appears that the returners and/or punters are more careful on alternate years. The 14 teams returned 367 punts last year. So what? Ten years ago, the 12 teams in the league returned 499. We're walking on football eggs these days? Cautious! Just one more moment of your TV time: The Packers' Willie Wood finished second to the Lions' Pat Studstill in the punt return race. Wood, who was the defending champion, averaged 11.9 yards on 23 returns through the shooting gallery. Studstill averaged 15,8 yards on 29 returns. Wood's winning average in '61 was 16.1 on 14 returns. Jack Morris of the Bears ranked third with 10.4 and that Mr. Woodson lugged 19 back for an average of 9.4. Abe averaged 5.2 without that 85-yarder, which, incidentally, was the longest in the league last season. The record is 98 by Gil LeFebvre of Cincinnati in '33. Two other Packers engaged in returning punts. Elijah Pitts lugged seven back for an average of 2.4 yards while Ron Kostelnik (how did he get in here) had one return for zero yards. Detroit won the punt return championship with an average of 12. The Vikings were second with 11.0 and the Packers were third with 9.4...Clem Collard, who is Tom Miller's right hand man in the press box in Green Bay and Milwaukee, noted today that Packer press box aid John E. Fitzgerald of Milwaukee died. Fitzgerald, in his 70s, was one of the owners of the old Milwaukee Badgers pro football team. With his sons, Fitzgerald has helped Collard keep order in Milwaukee press boxes at Packer games for years. The funeral will be at Holy Redeemer Church Wednesday morning.
HORNUNG BANNED INDEFINITELY IN NFL BETTING INVESTIGATION
APR 17 (New York) - Paul Hornung of the Green Bay Packers and Alex Karras of the Detroit Lions were suspended indefinitely by the NFL today. Five other Detroit players were fined $2,000 each and the Detroit club was fined $4,000 as a result of an investigation into pro football betting. The five Detroit players were fined $2,000 each for betting $50 each on the 1962 championship game between the New York Giants and Green Bay. The players are John Gordy, an offensive guard; Gordy Lowe, a defensive halfback; Joe Schmidt, middle linebacker; Wayne Walker, linebacker; and Sam Williams, defensive end. They were not suspended...PROBE NOT COMPLETED: Commissioner Pete Rozelle supervised the investigation and announced the findings at a news conference in his office. According to the Louisville Courier-Journal, Hornung was playing golf at the time of Rozelle's announcement and unavailable for comment. Rozelle said investigation of allegations that Carroll Rosenbloom, president of the Baltimore Colts, had bet on league games, was not completed. He pointed out that Rosenbloom had denied the charges in a sworn affidavit and said the probe had been delayed by legal proceedings involving the Baltimore owner. Rozelle promised the Rosenbloom investigation would be completed in the near future. Rozelle said Hornung, the league's most valuable player in 1961 with the championship Packers but hobbled by injuries during most of the 1962 season, has placed bets on NFL and college games in some instances reaching the sum of $500, from 1959 through 1961. Rozelle said Hornung also had transmitted specific injury information concerning NFL games for betting purposes. The commissioner said this constituted serious breaches of the player's contract and the league's bylaws and constitution which forbid betting on games. He is a halfback. Karras, the 250-pound defensive tackle of the Lions who said in a television interview he bet on games but only for cigarettes and cigars, was judged guilty of associating with individuals described by Detroit police as "known hoodlums." Rozelle said Karras had made at least six significant bets on NFL games since 1958 ranging from $50 to $100. He said there was no evidence of any criminal wrongdoing or any evidence that Karras sold information for betting purposes or even bet against his own team. Asked when it would be possible to review the indefinite suspensions of Hornung and Karras, Rozelle said: "The earliest that any consideration could be given to the review of their cases would be in 1964." Neither Hornung nor Karras will receive any pay while under suspension. The incident involving Gordy, Lowe, Schmidt, Walker and Williams was said to have resulted when Karras invited his Detroit mates to watch the televised title game at the home of a friend in Miami while the squad was in the Florida city last December. The investigation revealed Karras bet $100 on Green Bay and five teammates each bet $50 on the Packers. Rozelle said there were no other instances of betting by the five men who were fined the maximum $2,000 for a single violation. The Detroit club was fined $4,000 because a report to Coach George Wilson by the Detroit Police Dept. last August "of certain associations by members of the Detroit team" was not forwarded to the proper club authority and also because unauthorized individuals were permitted to sit on the Lions' bench during games. Summarizing an extensive investigation that included 52 separate interviews and covered several months, Rozelle found no evidence of criminal wrongdoing designed to influence the outcome of games. "There is no evidence that any player ever has bet against his own team. There is no evidence that any NFL player has sold information to gambler. There is clear evidence that some NFL players knowingly carried on undesirable associations which in some instances led to their betting on their own team to win NFL games. There is clear evidence that contrary to league policy many players have been free in giving information concerning their team. There is evidence that not all member clubs in the league have been diligent as league policy requires in taking precautions against undesirable associations by players and in following through on league directives concerning necessary safeguard."...REGRETS RUMORS: Rozelle said the league deeply regretted that some players had suffered mental anguish because of inferences drawn in highly publicized accounts of rumors or partly developed facts. He gave as example Bob St. Clair, San Francisco tackle, and added: "There is absolutely no evidence of wrongdoing on the part of St. Clair." Rick Casares, Chicago Bears' fullback, also was mentioned among those connected with gamblers in rumors. The commissioner also said many players technically violated the rules by betting on $1 football cards and making token bets of little value with friends. He said these players, not mentioned by names, had been reprimanded and no further action on them was to be expected. In the Hornung case, Rozelle said the Packers' star halfback met a wealthy unnamed West Coast businessman, prior to the East-West college fame in 1956 at San Francisco. He said the man bet on college and pro games and developed the habit of calling Hornung with football queries. Rozelle said Hornung began placing bets on NFL and college games in 1959 though his friend. They normally talked twice a week by phone. He said the Notre Dame graduate usually bet $100 or $200, but on several instances bet $500. The
pattern was said to have continued through 1960 and 1961 but ceased during the 1962 season. Rozelle said Hornung broke even in his betting, except for one season when he made $1,500. He said there was no evidence he ever bet against the Packers or sold information for betting purposes or performed less than his best. In the Karras case, Rozelle also found no evidence the player ever bet against his own team, sold information or performed less than his best. Karras is a former All-America at the University of Iowa.
'GREAT SHOCK,' COCHRAN SAYS; VINCE AWAY
APR 17 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - Assistant Packer coach Red Cochran said the suspension of star halfback Paul Hornung by NFL Commissioner Pete Rozelle was a "great emotional shock." "It's as big a surprise to me as to anyone else," said Cochran after Rozelle announced the indefinite suspension of Hornung for betting on games. "This hurts us," said Cochran. Head Coach and General Manager Vince Lombardi had left Green Bay this morning and was unavailable for comment. President Dominic Olejniczak of the Packers said he did not want to make any comment until after he had conferred with Lombardi. Quarterback Bart Starr said he was "shocked at the news. We all think the world of Paul. He's a great football player." Starr said he also was "disappointed" by the suspension. "Technically, Paul will be hard to replace," said Starr. "It also might hurt the team psychologically." But, said Starr, "I don't think this will hurt the team. We couldn't let it." Cochran said Hornung has been one of the "leaders" on the squad. "When the emotional shock wears off," said Cochran, "we will have to face the realization we'll have to get along without him." Flanker back Boyd Dowler said he didn't "know what to say. It's a heck of a shock."
VINCE LOOKS TO '63, HORNUNG TO '64
APR 18 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - Vince Lombardi looked to the '63 season. And Paul Hornung hopefully eyed '64! These were the major developments today following the indefinite suspension of Hornung Wednesday for gambling on pro football games. The suspension was handed down by NFL Commissioner Pete Rozelle. Coach Lombardi, who was nursed Hornung into stardom, said today that "this will make us a closer knit team." "We've had tougher blows and we've recovered." He referred to the loss of Hornung, Boyd Dowler and Ray Nitschke to service en route to winning the 1961 championship - plus losses of other personnel due to injuries. Lombardi, who installed Hornung as his key offensive back when he took over the Pack in '59, said in a statement: "I am shocked and hurt. I thought a great deal of Paul. He always gave me 100 percent in football. He meant a great deal to the Packers. While there is no evidence of criminal intent, that is shaving of points and so forth, the caliber of play was not affected. However, there was a definite violation of the player contract and constitution and bylaws of this league in regard to gambling which is punishable by suspension. The commissioner had no other alternative, because, if allowed to continue, it could lead to more serious consequences." Hornung, reached in Louisville where he lives with his mother, Mrs. Loretta Hornung, said, "I'm sorry for letting down the people in Green Bay. They've been good to me." The former Notre Dame star and Heisman Trophy winner said he has "reason to believe that my case will be reviewed a year from now." He said he does not plan to appeal. Reminded that he'll still be at the peak of his football age in 1964, Hornung said he definitely wants to return to the game, noting that "football is my life." Hornung is 27. His birthday is Dec. 23. At a press conference in Louisville Wednesday night, Hornung said "I did wrong. I should be penalized. I just have to stay with it. I made a terrible mistake. I realize that now. I am truly sorry, What else is there to say? I have given the true facts to Commissioner Rozelle and he has made his decision based on the facts." Hornung said his bets were "sociable, made with friends. Strictly sporting." He said that in one season he probably made eight or nine bets, $100 to $200 each "I always gave 100 percent in every game I played in. I am especially sorry that the confidence placed in me by my coaches and teammates has been destroyed. I have never done anything to hurt the Packers." Of a finding of Rozelle's investigation that Hornung gave a West Coast businessman info on football, Hornung said it was "just what anybody would ask. Like 'how do the Packers look'?" Hornung said he quit betting after the '61 season "because I realized I was being foolish." Hornung
pointed to his mother: "I feel more hurt because of my mother more than myself." Mrs. Hornung, often to a visitor to Green Bay, was saddened by the news but said, "I'm proud that Paul did not try to cover up. He admitted his mistakes."
CANADA, AFL CLOSED TO BARRED PLAYERS; KARRAS PLANS 'ACTION'
APR 18 (New York) - Professional football on both sides of the border slammed its doors today on two suspended stars of the NFL and rallied behind NFL Commissioner Pete Rozelle in his smashing blow at gambling influences. A penitent Paul Hornung and an outraged Alex Karras, two of the sport's biggest names caught in the web of the latest sports scandal, apparently were left with no recourse except possible future forgiveness of the league - not earlier than 1964. The rival American League, battling the NFL for the spectator dollar, and the Canadian League, a refuge for ousted American players in the past, said they have no place for the two players accused of wagering on games. "Under no circumstances will they be permitted to play in the AFL until their suspension are lifted," Joe Foss, commissioner of the AFL, said in a formal statement in Dallas. Sidney Halter, commissioner of the Canadian League, said: "I would refuse to register any contract submitted by a CFL club with a player suspended by an American league for betting on games." Hornung, halfback and frequent scoring leader of the champion Green Bay Packers, and Karras, 250-pound tackle of the Detroit Lions, drew indefinite suspensions Wednesday in a sweeping action by Rozelle that also resulted in fine for five other Detroit players and a $4,000 penalty against the Detroit club. Hornung and Karras were accused of making bets on games, usually in the $50 to $200 range, over a period of years. The commissioner said there was no evidence of any so-called "fixes." That is, they were not found to have bet against their own club, sold information to gamblers or shaved points. The other five players, each fined $2,000 for betting $50 apiece on Green Bay to beat the New York Giants in the 1962 playoff game were: John Gordy, guard; Gary Low, defensive back; Joe Schmidt, all-league middle linebacker; Wayne Walker, linebacker, and Sam Williams, defensive end, all of the Lions. Detroit was fined for failing to take proper action on undesirable associations reported by police. Rozelle, in announcing the result of extensive investigations which included 52 separate interviews, emphasized, "There is no evidence that any NFL player has given less than his best in playing any game." He made it clear, however, that he will not tolerate gambling of any sort in the league nor permit association of players with characters who might create public suspicion. In this stand, he had virtually the unanimous support of the league directors, his bosses. Rozelle said Hornung's betting habits stemmed from his acquaintance with a West Coast businessman, whom Hornung met in 1956 in San Francisco. Investigation showed Hornung placed several bets through this friend, the commissioner added, saying in one year the triple threat halfback made $1,500. Karras' reaction to the suspension was entirely different. "It comes as a shock to me," the big lineman, also 27, a onetime All-America at Iowa, said at his home in Detroit. "I haven't done anything I am ashamed of and I am not guilty of anything." He said he had hired an attorney and planned to fight the league action. However, he could not hide his pessimism. He said he figured the ban is for life and that he and a group of friends are going ahead with plans to operate a Detroit bar. Rozelle said Karras had made at least six bets since 1958 through a business associate. The commissioner said that the bets were for $50 until last year when the Detroit tackle bet $100 on the Lions to beat Green Bay on Thanksgiving Day - which they did - and $100 on the Packers against the Giants in the title game, won by Green Bay 16-7. Karras was called on the carpet by Rozelle in mid-January after he had revealed in a television interview that he sometimes bet on games. He was accused by Detroit police of associating with "known hoodlums." Gordy said he was stunned by the penalty but he said he will accept it willingly. "I think it's probably a greater testimony to the integrity of our game than anything else," he said in an interview at San Jose, Calif. The Lions' veteran said his infraction and that of his friends seemed an innocent thing at the time. "We all were sitting around in Miami watching the Green Bay-Giants championship game on television," he related. "In the group of us we decided to get up a bet on the game. Everyone just did it without thinking. Our regular season was over. This was the only time I ever bet on a football game." Among the NFL owners, the only discordant note on Rozelle's action - and it was a mild one - was voiced by William Clay Ford, president of the Lions. He said the Lions will comply fully with the commissioner's order but added: "Compliance does not mean that we agree with the nature or extent of the penalties imposed." "The decision was extremely severe," Ford said at a news conference at the Lions' office. "Rozelle took so long to come up with a decision. I'm sure he must have made a thorough investigation." In a statement issued by the Lions, Ford said: "The management of the company does not believe it has been derelict in supervision of its affairs or personnel. However, we do not and will not condone the kinds of violations of league rules mentioned in the commissioner's statement. As a matter of policy, the management of the Detroit Football Co. will continue to exercise the closest possible supervision and control over the conduct of its personnel in order to protect the good reputation we have enjoyed in professional athletics." Rozelle, a dapper man of 37, indicated that his office had no further evidence of irregularities. Asked about Rick Casares, Chicago Bears' fullback whose name had been mentioned in investigations, he said: "The league had found no evidence to support such charges." He said a probe of allegations that Carroll Rosenbloom, owner of the Baltimore Colts, bet on games is not completed. This is the first big scandal to hit the NFL since the 1946 championship game between the New York Giants and Chicago Bears. Merle Hapes, a Giant halfback, was suspended for not reporting a conversation with a gambler under investigation for game-fixing. Later, Frank Filchock, the Giants' quarterback, was also suspended. Both were restored to good standing by Commissioner Bert Bell, but not before Filchock had played several years in the Canadian League.
MCCLELLAN HAILS NFL, ROZELLE
APR 18 (Washington) - Sen. John L. McClellan, D-Ark., commended the NFL Wednesday "for taking effective action to clean up conditions in professional football." McClellan's statement was made after the announcement in New York of the indefinite suspension of two NFL players and the fining of five others as a result of an investigation into pro football betting. The announcement by NFL Commissioner Pete Rozelle was described by McClellan as "definite step in the right direction." McClellan is chairman of the Senate Investigation Subcommittee which is probing into alleged sports fixing and gambling. In a brief statement, McClellan said Rozelle had cooperated with the staff of the subcommittee in its investigation and added the inquiry is continuing not only with respect to pro football but also "in other areas of sports fixing and gambling." McClellan told a reporter that Rozelle had come here a few days ago to confer with him and advise him of the announcement made Wednesday. McClellan said he understood Rozelle had also talked with Atty. Gen. Robert F. Kennedy. While declining to say whether any of the players involved in Wednesday's announcement would be called by the subcommittee to testify, McClellan said some of them have been interviewed by the staff. "We're still investigating the whole overall picture," he said. Bert Rose, Minnesota Vikings - "We have complete confidence in Rozelle's judgment. The league couldn't have a better man handling this matter for us." Vikings Coach Norm Van Brocklin - "Horning and Karras are veteran players. They knew what they were risking by gambling, even though they were sure there was nothing crooked about it. Rozelle had to be tough to protect the game." Lou Spadia of the San Francisco 49ers - "No shaving of points was found - no player was found to have bet against himself or sold information for gambling purposes." Art Modell, president of the Cleveland Browns - "I'm certain the NFL is a stronger organization today than it was yesterday. It is gratifying that Pete Rozelle took this decisive and forceful action." Dan Reeves, president, Los Angeles Rams - "Any threat to the integrity of our game must be eliminated, regardless of the cost to any individual. I am not familiar with details of the investigation, but I have full confidence in the commissioner and therefore in his decision." Jack Mara, president, New York Giants - "I think the commissioner and the league office conducted a very thorough and painstaking investigation. The New York Giants are satisfied they have done a good job." George Halas, owner-coach, Chicago Bears - "I am gratified but not surprised that commissioner Rozelle's report reveals Chicago players were not involved. When stories were in the headlines last January, I said I was convinced not a single one of the Bears was involved. I also expressed complete confidence in the integrity of our fullback Rick Casares, who unfortunately was mentioned in some stories because he volunteered to take several lie detector tests. I know how much these stories hurt Casares, a great player and tremendous competitor, and I'm delighted that the commissioner's report vindicated Casares." Tec Schramm, general manager, Dallas Cowboys - "I think the commissioner was extremely wise in the manner in which he conducted the investigation, securing all the facts and completing his thorough investigation rather than giving out a round-by-round account."
FANS CHEER HORNUNG DURING FILM, SING BLUES DOWNTOWN
APR 18 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - How do Packer fans feel about Paul Hornung now? If spontaneous reaction at a Wednesday night bowling banquet is a reliable barometer, they have swiftly closed ranks behind their fallen hero. The appearance of white-clad "Number 5" on the screen at a showing of last December's Packer-New York Giant playoff film triggered a round of applause, whistles, cheers - and a lone boo - from approximately 60 Green Bay Major bowlers following their banquet at Van Boxel's Redwood Inn. Later, as Hornung bulled for 11 yards on a second quarter sweep off the "option" he made famous, one viewer was heard to intone in awe, "The best, the best." Little doubt of the prevailing sentiment remained, however, when Hornung's face again flashed upon the screen in a filmed tour of the Packer dressing room immediately following the 16-7 victory. There was vigorous applause and a boisterous cheer, much louder than the one which had greeted his first "appearance." And nary a boo. Elsewhere in the city and area, fans offered clashing and loudly positive opinions. "He was a sacrificial lamb," said one. "He got just what he deserved," declared another. But all agreed they were "shocked and surprised" by the blow to their team, the world champion the last two seasons. "They called him the Golden Boy, but don't make any mistake about it, this is no gaudy ornament they were talking about - it's a solid 18 carat football player," said druggist John Holzer, 49. who had pinned a crepe paper arm band to his coat. "Anyone who watches a practice could pass along as much information as Hornung did," according to Holzer, whose store walls are covered with hundreds of Packer pictures, some dotted with black bows. "Just about everybody in the United States has gambled," Holzer said. "He makes more money. His $500 bet is like a dime bet for most of us." Then Holzer held up five fingers and insisted, "Maybe five like him come along in a lifetime." "He was a sacrificial lamb," said Gerald H. Zuidmulder, 30, a salesman. "So he bet, so what? He didn't bet against the team. What employer would want an employee who was afraid to wager on the success of his company? Mostly this is sad not so much because Hornung is a great player, but because it puts pressure on Vince Lombardi, a great person." Stirling Watts, 53, a canning company manager, saw it the other way. "Hornung was always favored in every way," Watts said. "He got just what he asked for. He broke a clause in his contract. He should have known better. Mostly, I feel sorry for Vince Lombardi, Packer coach. It's a shame because Hornung was great." "How could he do it to us?" moaned a comely young Green Bay stenographer. "He had everything to win and we were rooting for him." "All the kids had faith in him. They wanted to be just like him. Now, I don't know," said warehouse and part-time youth worker Roger Van Beaver. At "Speed's" Bar, where Hornung often sang with the trio, making up his own words as he went along, they played only blues Wednesday night. In the Lyric Lounger, another favorite Hornung hangout, the community sing boomed out, "Who's Sorry Now," and "When Irish Eyes Are Smiling." Hornung used to be the quarterback of a college football team known as the Fighting Irish. "Everybody bets once in a while don't they?" asked one patron. "I don't see any harm if a fellow bets on his own team to win, or if he bets on a game in which he isn't involved," said one man. But, said another, "this is going to hurt football all the way around." One man said he had heard rumors of FBI agents being here in recent weeks checking telephone calls made by Packers during the season. As for Hornung's loss, "It's going to mean something. He's the greatest player inside the eight yard line," said another man. "I don't know, we got along without Hornung when he hurt his knee last year," said another. "Sportswriters say Hornung inspires the team. If that is so, he'll be missed in a way we can't immediately see," said one man. Another said, "Most of us feel bad about it - not that we're losing a player on the team but that he, Hornung, lost so much personally. Why? Because everybody liked him." And still another summed it up with, "We won it last year without him most of the season, so we shouldn't be hurt this year." "What's we do now?"
PLAYERS, COACHES SHOCKED, SORRY
APR 18 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - Reaction from Packers coaches, both past and present, to Paul Hornung's suspension ranged from shock to sorrow. There also was a note of irony, provided by offensive tackle Bob Skoronski of the defending world champions. "Paul played basketball with us one night this winter," Skoronski said, "and before the game he told us 'my ambition is to make the comeback of the year.' We all want him to come back in 1964 and if I know Paul he wants to play again. He has a great heart. This is a great surprise. We all like and respect him and we'll miss him." Tom Moore, the reserve halfback who currently stands to benefit most from the indefinite suspension of Green Bay teammate Hornung, is accepting his potential role reluctantly. "I was surprised and sorry to hear about it," said Moore, former Vanderbilt star who played in the shadows of Hornung for three years at Green Bay. "Everyone hates it happened," Moore said from his Nashville, Tenn., home Wednesday. "I don't think he figured any harm would come from it. Like he said, he made sociable wagers that didn't have any outcome on the games." Moore said he himself had never been contacted by gamblers. "I've never been in a position yet to have much effect on a game," he explained. "This makes me sick," said guard Jerry Kramer, who took over some of Hornung's placekicking duties last season. "We all thought the world of Paul. He was a great pro. You can't tell how much this will hurt us. I hate to see a good guy like him get fouled up." Kramer said that Hornung was called to the NFL office in January. "All of us," he said, "thought it was just routine. We thought all name players were being called from every club, matter-of-factly." Asked if the players would welcome Hornung back, Kramer said, "Definitely, but a layoff, say one year, very definitely affects a players' performance." Quarterback Bart Starr said, "I am shocked, of course. I don't care to comment too much. I'd just as soon our coaches did our commenting." Fullback Jim Taylor, reached at his Baton Rouge, La., home, said he would have no comment. Boyd Dowler said, "That was a terrible personal shock. He'll be hard to replace. We can just hope for the best." Ray Nitschke said, "It's a shame. I think a lot of Paul Hornung and still do. He made a mistake and he'll want to pay for it." Phil Bengtson, Lombardi's chief assistant, said the news hit the Packer office like a thunderbolt. "It came so suddenly that it's hard to analyze the effects. Hornung was an integral cog in our offense. You just don't go out and replace people like that." Backfield coach Red Cochran said: "When the emotional shock wears off, we will have to face the realization that we'll have to get along without him." Packer President Dominic Olejniczak said, "Naturally, we're disappointed" but that he was "real confident" that Rozelle "carefully weighted all the facts" before making his decision. "Apparently he had no other choice," said Olejniczak, here to attend the Milwaukee Press gridiron dinner. Liz Blackbourn, former Packer coach who signed Hornung to his first Packer contract in 1957, called it "a real shame." "I don't think, however, it will damage pro football," said Blackbourn. "If Hornung or another player had been found guilty of shaving points or throwing a game, it would have done irreparable damage. He (Hornung) is not a bad fellow. But I don't realize he was discreet in the company he kept or the people he idolized." Don Hutson, a former Green Bay great, said: "This is terrible. It's hard to understand why a fellow like Hornung, who certainly made plenty of money as a player, would do something like that. It sure was a dumb thing to do, to put it mildly." Bob Forte, a Packer captain 10 years ago, asserted, "I can't believe it. It's the shock of my life. Here's a great football player, with a great future, taking a chance on losing out for a few bucks. It's terrible. I talk before spots groups three or four times a week telling how clean and honest professional football is and now what do I say?" Other former Packers commenting were: Buckets Goldenberg - "It's a tragedy. This is a tremendous blow to professional football. The sport will lose face as a result. On the other hand, the league had to take a proper stand in view of what it found."...Cecil Isbell - "This looks very black in the public eye. It's bound to hurt the youth of this country. It makes me sick. Here's a fellow (Hornung) earning about $30,000 a year as the result of being a great football player and practically throwing it away for $50 bets. His whole future may be shot."...Ted Fritsch - "I still find it hard to believe. I can remember when (the late) Bert Bell, former MFL commissioner, hung big posters in all the dressing rooms - 'No Gambling or Association With Gamblers.' It wasn't something Hornung wasn't warned about, but I will reserve judgment until all the facts are revealed because there may be extenuating circumstances."...Tony Canadeo, another onetime great Packer running back who now assists in the telecasts of their games, said, "It was always written into the contracts. Horning apparently volunteered the information about his betting and that should go in his favor."
CONDUCT TO DETERMINE HORNUNG, KARRAS FUTURE
APR 19 (New York) - Paul Hornung and Alex Karras can hope for reinstatement by 1964 if they avoid betting on football games and shun bettors or undesirables. "Their future course of conduct and their attitude would be important," said Commissioner Pete Rozelle of the NFL who indefinitely suspended Hornung, the Green Bay ace, and Karras, 250-pound Detroit tackle, Wednesday. "They must avoid the things they were found to have done before - betting and associations," said Rozelle in his office. He repeated he would not even consider a review of their cases until after the 1963 season. Rozelle had been sampling opinion about his drastic action, following a lengthy investigation. He had suspended the two stars indefinitely, fined five other Detroit players $2,000 each for betting on the 1962 title game, and fined the Detroit club $4,000 for failing to keep a closer check on its players. "Within the league, I would say the reaction has been very, very good," said Rozelle. "I have not had a chance to read all the columns. As far as the public is concerned, it is too early for any mail. I have one wire from a man in New England who thinks I was too harsh on Hornung."...VARYING DEGREES: "The effect of all this, I would hope, will be good. We did not find evidence of any of the major things that had been mentioned in rumor and no one else did, apparently. I think this reflects on the creditability and integrity of the game. There are varying degrees of offenses. Some we can't condone although they may not find any evidence of players shaving points or taking money from gamblers." Rozelle re-emphasized that the case of the five other Detroit players - Joe Schmidt, John Gordy, Gary Lowe, Wayne Walker and Sam Williams - should be put in its proper perspective. He pointed out that his original statement called their one-time violation "an act that cannot be condoned because of the strict rules of the NFL but one should in no way adversely affect the reputation of those involved." Rozelle declined to set any date for the completion of the investigation of Carroll Rosenbloom, owner of the Baltimore Colts. However, it was pointed out that the original announcement read that Rosenbloom denied charges of betting on league games and that each individual making the charges had since repudiated or withdrawn the allegations in affidavits or signed statements."..."PAUL TOLD US": Asked how the investigation of Hornung's betting had developed. Rozelle said: "We developed information of phone calls in a certain pattern. Paul talked to someone. We didn't know who. We called him in and Paul told us." Rozelle said Karras had been questioned in Miami in early January and that the league was aware that his betting covered more than cigarettes and cigars as he said in a television interview. The commissioner said Karras has acknowledged the betting in the course of several meetings. The case of Karras and the five other Lions betting on the Green Bay-New York Giant title game in 1962 while watching the game on TV in Miami resulted from checking with several players. "We got admissions," said Rozelle. Hornung, former Notre Dame
star was subdued and humble when he spoke about the decision. "I did wrong," he said in Louisville. "I should be penalized. I just have to stay with it." His salary at Green Bay of about $30,000 and at least as much in endorsements probably will be lost. Karras vowed that he would fight for the right to play again and would support his family as a bartender and pro wrestler. He has a pro wrestling date April 27 in Detroit against one Dick (The Bruiser) Afflis, a onetime Packer lineman. In fact, Karras may launch a full-time wrestling career that would pay him "twice as much, almost, as I make with the Lions." Karras and wrestling promoter John Doyle scheduled a meeting today to discuss a meeting today to discuss a $40,000 contract to become a full-time pro mat man, Karras said.
BAN HURT DETROIT MORE THAN PACKERS, SHULA, TEENER AGREE
APR 19 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - One of the many reactions of the Hornung-Karras suspension was this from a teenager: "They got hurt more than us." Translation: The Lions are hurt more by the loss of defensive linemen Alex Karras than the Packers by the loss of halfback Paul Hornung. We promptly dismissed the thought until this morning when an Associated Press story quoted Don Shula, new coach of the Colts, as follows: "The suspensions will hurt the Lions more than the Packers." Shula makes this teener look good since Don coached defense for the Lions for three years before replacing Weeb Ewbank in Baltimore. Don put it this way: "Green Bay had to play a lot last year without Hornung (due to an injury). The Packers made the adjustment and won. The Lions will have more trouble making the adjustment. I know how much Karras means to Detroit. He is one of the all-time great tackles. When you take a guy like that out of the lineup, he is bound to be missed." Karras will be replaced by Mike Bundra, who backed up Karras and Roger Brown as a rookie. Hornung's successor likely will be Tom Moore, and, as Shula pointed out, "There's nothing wrong with Moore." Detroit's defensive line has generally been hailed as the fastest and strongest in pro football. Packer fans had to agree after that unit throttled the Bays' offense and hurled Bart Starr for losses totaling 110 yards in the Thanksgiving Day game last year. The loss of Hornung certainly can't be minimized. He had a tremendous knack for scoring - from inside the 10-yard line and with his kicking toes, from as far away as 55 yards, and he added what the ad writers might call zest, tang or dash to the Packer attack. In addition, he was a constant double threat with the ball in his hands because of his passing ability. Fortunately, Coach Vince Lombardi has hammered the "no one man is greater than the team" thinking into his team. That is why the Packers have been successful despite the loss of key personnel, including Hornung, under Lombardi. Though Hornung has been in and out for the last two years (service in '61 and injuries in '62), this will be Lombardi's first Hornung-less season. You can be sure Vince will have made the proper adjustments come the opening of the league season Sept. 14...Fans around Green Bay continued to buzz today over the Hornung suspension and comments were plentiful. Here are two from John Biolo, highly successful football coach at West High and a former Packer, and Barber Charley Cole. Biolo said: "What Hornung did was not an honorable thing and he had the penalty coming. But his attitude is honorable. He admits he was wrong, and he is accepting his punishment like a man. And this is something that can be pointed out to all the kids that idolize him. While the penalty is severe and shocking, it is proper. But Paul's admitting is mistake and the fac that there is no evidence of shaving points has kept football from being hurt as much as basketball was by the fixes. The bad thing is that Karras is not willing to accept his punishment. He can really hurt the game with that kind of attitude." Cole, summing up reaction Thursday, said: "Sympathy is with Hornung. Some people didn't like him because of his extracurricular activities, but I think this has made people rally around him. They don't condemn him, they just say he was foolish and silly. A lot of people say well, he only bet $100. But that isn't the point. The thing is betting like this brings a gambling element into the game and they can't allow that."
PACKERS SET SIX PRESEASON GAMES; MEET GIANTS HERE
APR 20 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - The Packers will play six preseason games, starting with the College All Star game Aug. 2 and ending with an invasion of Columbus, Ga., Sept. 7, it was announced today by Coach-GM Vince Lombardi. The non-league card is highlighted by back-to-back appearances by the world champions in this home parks. The Packers will meet the Bears in the 14th annual Shrine Game in County Stadium Saturday night, Aug. 24, and then follow with the third annual Bishop's Charities game against the Giants in City Stadium Labor Day Night, Sept. 2. After the All Star game in Chicago, the Bays will meet the Steelers in the Orange Bowl in Miami Saturday night, Aug. 10. Then, the Bays meet the Cowboys in Dallas Saturday night, Aug. 17. In the tuneup before the league opener Sept. 15, the Bays will meet the revitalized Redskins in Georgia, also a Saturday night test.
SENATE INVESTIGATORS MAY QUIZ GRID PAIR
APR 20 (Washington) - Professional football stars Paul Hornung and Alex Karras may be asked to testify under oath here about the bets that led to their indefinite suspension, it was learned Friday. "We may put them under subpoena," Sen. John L. McClellan, D-Ark., chairman of the Senate's Permanent Investigations Subcommittee, told a reporter. "We will make a decision on that later after we have examined the evidence obtained by our overall investigation of gambling, point-shading and other activities connected with sports, both professional and amateur," the senator added. At the same time, McClellan said he was not now at liberty to discuss published reports that his Senate investigators first discovered that Hornung, star of the champion Green Bay Packers, was placing bets with Las Vegas, Nev., gambler. "It would be improper and unfair to me to discuss details of our investigation until we are ready to present them at a hearing," McClellan said. McClellan previously congratulated Commissioner Pete Rozelle of the NFL for his drastic moves to stamp out gambling in the professional sport. Rozelle applied the indefinite suspensions to Hornung and Karras, all-league tackle for the Detroit Lions, fined five other Detroit players for betting on football games and also slapped a penalty on the Detroit club. McClellan said that when public hearings start, "our witnesses will not be limited to the several players suspended and fined in this particular case." A group of Senate investigators has been busy recently in Las Vegas, Nev., where legalized gambling is closely linked with many sports activities.
THERE IS EVIDENCE HORNUNG GAVE MORE THAN HIS BEST
APR 21 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - The Paul Hornung suspension wasn't just a bad dream. It's true. The bombshell that shook our town at 1 o'clock Wednesday afternoon has fizzled out. The pieces have been swept up and everything is a bit more in focus today. Out of the damages are these two good things, among others: (1) There is no evidence that he gave less than his best and (2) Hornung made a clean breast of his part. Commissioner Pete Rozelle spoke No. 1 for the entire sports world to have and behold and Packer Coach Vince Lombardi pounded this home when he added "Paul has always given me 100 percent." No. 2 has to do with Hornung's attitude when Rozelle handed down the suspension. He immediately said he did wrong and added "I am truly sorry." That was the right thing to do, of course, but in Hornung's case it was just natural for him to admit his wrong. He's that kind of guy. Julius Tucker, the Notre Dame businessman who handled Paul's business affairs until a few years ago, knew him since '53 when he enrolled at Notre Dame. Tucker negotiated Hornung's first two contracts with the Pack and also his contract with Wilson Sporting Goods. "Paul has always been fine, humble - and he never lied. He's always been open and above board - never dishonest about anything," Tucker said, adding: "I'd bank my last dollar on him." Tucker was in Green Bay for a Hornung Night shortly after Paul signed in the spring of 1957 and in 1960 for the funeral of Jack Vainisi, former Packer talent scout who recommended that the Packers draft Hornung. Tucker said, via phone from South Bend, Hornung had "many temptations while playing college ball. He was offered money but it meant breaking an NCAA rule and he never would take it. He couldn't be bribed under any circumstances." The South Bend native, who has handled business for many Notre Dame stars, said, in referring to the suspension, "I don't think Paul realized what he was doing, but Rozelle had no choice." Tucker handled Hornung's money until after he got a start in pro football. "And that story about Paul wanting to buy his mother a mink stole is true. He knew that's what she always wanted and he bought her one with his first pay from Green Bay. I always admire him for the way he has taken care of his mother." Frank Scott, the New York agent who handles promotion for top athletes including Hornung, described the Packer star as "the Mickey Mantle of football" in his ability to attract endorsement offers. Scott said Hornung is the finest man he has met in his business and termed him "cordial, polite, loyal and a decent human being," Scott said he intends to "stick by" Hornung and do what he can do to help him. But he admitted the commercial demand for Hornung's name as a product endorsement will diminish as a result of the suspension. If you don't know Hornung, and he has many friends in Green Bay, the figures speak for themselves: He has scored 575 points in six Packer seasons - an average of 96 per, and he has rolled up 2,798 yards in 625 carries for a rushing average of 4.4. This is evidence that Paul gave more than his best!
POLICE HOLD AFFLIS AFTER KARRAS
APR 23 (Detroit) - Wrestler Richard (Dick the Bruiser) Afflis was held for investigation of aggravated assault following a barroom brawl early today involving Alex Karras, suspended Detroit Lions pro football star. Police
said the incident at the Lindell Bar involved the Bruiser, Karras, Jams Butsicaris and five bar patrons. Butsicaris is Karras' associate in the tavern business. Karras has a wrestling exhibition scheduled with the Bruiser Saturday night. He was suspended indefinitely by the NFL last week for betting on the league's game. Afflis, 34, was taken to a hospital where five stiches were used to close a cut under his left eye. He also was treated for facial bruises. The aggravated assault complaint was made by Butsicaris. Police gave this account of the brawl: Afflis entered the bar, which is frequented by sports figures, about 1 a.m. and spke abusively to Butsicaris and Karras. When Butsicaris refused to serve Afflis and warned him to temper his remarks, the Bruiser grabbed Butsicaris by the shirt front and swung at him...POOL CUE INJURY: Patrons jumped into the melee and Butsicaris broke loose and called police. Afflis said he believed the cut below his eye was inflicted by a pool cue wielded by a patron. Afflis, who played guard for the Green Bay Packers during the 1951-54 seasons, indicated he was miffed at Karras for repeatedly calling him a third-rate football player. Karras denied he had ever disparaged the Bruiser's football prowess. Afflis denied that the incident might have been intended to stimulate interest in the upcoming wrestling match...'MURDER THE BUM': "Let anyone who says this is a publicity stunt get all beat up like this and be taken by the police to the hospital," Afflis said. "Then let's see them call it a publicity stunt." As to the upcoming bout, Afflis said, "If I'm out of jail, I'll murder the bum." Police Commissioner George Edwards said the incident would not change his recommendation that Karras be allowed to become a partner in the Lindell Bar. "I don't see why any advertisement of this sort should affect my recommendation," the commissioner said. "I hope they have a good crowd for their fight."
PACKERS TRADE QUINLAN AND SYMANK TO GIANTS
APR 26 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - Bill Quinlan and Johnny Symank went east today in a three-cornered trade between the Packers, Giants and Eagles. Quinlan, the Packers' regular right defensive end, and Symank, a regular defensive back for four of his six Packer seasons, were traded to New York for a high draft choice. The Giants then traded Quinlan to Philadelphia for Gene Gossage, a regular defensive end. Vince Lombardi, who revealed the trade today simultaneously with the Giants and Eagles, said the departure of Quinlan opened the way for some "good looking prospects" in addition to the reserves from a year ago, Ron Kostelnik and Ron Gassert. Chief among the newcomers are Dave Robinson, the Bays' first choice, and Tony Liscio. Lombardi said, "I am sorry to see Johnny go. He has been a wonderful player for Green Bay." The coach, starting his fifth season at the Bay helm, explained that "there may be later developments," indicating that there was more trading to be done. Nobody was saying about the "size" of the draft choice - other than it's in the first five. Quinlan, 30, was obtained from the Browns in Lombardi's first deal as the Pack's chief in 1959. Bill came with Lew Carpenter in exchange for Billy Howton. Quinlan played regular defensive end for the last four seasons. Quinlan should step into regular employment in Philly, but there may be a strange twist. If Paul Brown succeeds in buying the club, Bill will find himself under the care of the coach who traded him to Green Bay. There was little love lost between Brown and Quinlan. Gossage, 28, likely will fit into the Giants' scheme as an offensive tackle, although he played defense in Philly. He's considered a better offensive prospect. Thus, both clubs will be strengthened by the trade. The deal gives Symank an opportunity to play regularly. The scrappy Symank never liked sitting on the bench and, as he put it today, "I feel I'll have a good chance to play regularly in New York." Symank, a fierce competitor, said he greeted the trade "with mixed emotions. I hate to leave the Packers because I came up with them and I have so many friends here, but I want to be in there playing." Johnny said he plans to remain here in the offseason. A salesman for Edward T. Ver Halen Co., Symank is a west side taxpayer. Incidentally, Symank likened the trade to the deal that sent Tom Bettis to the Steelers. "Tom made the adjustment okay and he's playing regularly out there and he's living here," Johnny explained. Quinlan, reached at his home in Lawrence, Mass., wasn't exactly pleased with the trade but pointed out that "I'll miss Green Bay and I'm sure I did a good job out there." Reminded that Brown might buy the Eagles, Bill laughed, "This is like jumping from the frying pan into the fire." The Packers' defensive unit is down to 13 players with the departure of Quinlan and Symank, not counting linebacker Nelson Toburen, who suffered a serious injury during the '62 season and was removed from the roster, and Ken Iman, who shifted from offense to fill in at linebacker. The others are linemen Willie Davis, Dave Hanner, Hank Jordan, Gassert and Kostelnik; linebackers Bill Forester, Dan Currie, Ray Nitschke; and backs Jess Whittenton, Hank Gremminger, Herb Adderley, Willie Wood and Howard Williams, who filled Toburen's spot on the roster...Symank, 27, was the Pack's 23rd draft choice in 1957. He made the team as a rookie and intercepted nine passes playing left safety opposite Bobby Dillon. John stayed at left safety in '58 and then split safety work with Dillon and Em Tunnell in '59. Symank was the regular right safety in '60 and left safety in '61. In his six seasons, Symank intercepted 18 passes and returned them 366 yards. He'll be shooting for the left safety job in New York. The position is held by Allen Webb. Jim Patton is the other safety.
PACKER VETERAN ROSTER CUT TO 33
APR 28 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - The Packers have lost three of their world championship number in 10 days. Paul Hornung, Bill Quinlan and Johnny Symank. The roster has shrunk from 36 to 33. Hornung departed unexpectedly a week ago Wednesday when he was suspended by Commissioner Pete Rozelle for gambling. Quinlan and Symank were traded by Coach Vince Lombardi to the Giants Friday. Only 33 left? The roster lists 34, but one is a long shot with plenty of nerve. That would be Nelson Toburen, who suffered serious neck and back injury tackling Johnny Unitas in the Colt game here last Nov. 18. Toburen is going to test himself in training camp. With the suspension one week and a trade the next, the Packers are well shaken up. And there may be another trade. Lombardi hinted as much when he announced the Quinlan-Symank exchange for a high draft choice. Lombardi isn't sitting back on his two-championship laurels. He indicated that he'd trade shortly after the club roared to its second straight world championship last December. He has pulled one trade. Everybody's on the alert - the fans and the players. Doting time is about over. Opening of practice is only 2 1/2 months away. The business of the past few days affects Jerry Kramer, Tom Moore, Ron Kostlenik, Ron Gassert and Howard Williams the most at the moment. Kramer, who handled the placekicking when Hornung was hurt, continues in his No. 1 kicking capacity. Oddly enough, Jerry is also affected by the Lions' loss of Alex Karras. "I won't have to look at him next season. And is he ever good. Wow," Jerry exclaimed. Kramer made tremendous strides as a field goal kicker, converting 10 out of 12 and then winning the championship game with three more. Tom Moore steps into Hornung's spot at left half - just as he did in 1962 when Hornung was hurt. And this brings up the Pack's big howitzer - Jim Taylor, who was named the league's most valuable player in 1962 - an honor won by Hornung the previous year. Taylor is in Green Bay for a few days and he says that "I'm back to normal now," following his bout with hepatitis last winter. Jim has been toughening up playing handball and he expects to be "myself" when practice starts. Jim will be an even larger objective for the enemy with Hornung out of the picture, although Taylor won the league scoring and rushing championship with seven Hornung-less games last year...UNDERWENT SURGERY: Kostelnik and Gassert, both of whom underwent surgery to cure ailments during the offseason, will be candidates to work in Quinlan's spot. Kostelnik had a shoulder condition corrected; Gassert a knee. Dave Robinson, Tony Liscio, Dan Noecker, and Bruce Puterbaugh - all in the 240-pound range - are among the first-year men who have the best chance of breaking to the defensive line. Williams moves up to the No. 5 spot in the defensive backfield. With three players already gone, the newcomers on hand have an unusual opportunity to break into the championship lineup. Returning will be Bob Jeter, the onetime Iowa star who was the Pack's "cab" squad last year. Jeter spent most of the season working with the defensive backfield.
'HOPE AND PRAY I'LL BE BACK IN '64' - PAUL
APR 30 (Worcester, MA) - Paul Hornung will do everything possible to get his suspension lifted in 1964. The Packers' star halfback, heartened by a standing ovation, said Monday the friendship of retiring basketball great Bob Cousy has been a "turning point in my life." Hornung was suspended indefinitely two weeks ago for betting on NFL games. Cousy's hometown threw the basketball immortal a gigantic farewell party Sunday night at the Worcester Auditorium, but the man he met less than three years ago when both modeled for a sports clothing firm stole the show. Several thousand gave Hornung a tumultuous welcome at the affair. He recounted how Cousy had telephoned him when the latter was in Los Angeles during the NBA playoffs to make sure he would still attend the ceremonies. Slowly, haltingly, Hornung told the crowd: "Believe me, this is a memorable night for me, a night I'll never forget. This has encouraged me more than anything else to keep going." Hornung admitted it was his first public appearance since the suspension. "I'll never forget Cousy for inviting me here and reassuring me that I'd be welcome. I had a few speaking engagements, mostly high schools, but they called and said that under the circumstances, I'd better not come," Hornung said. "But since then two of them have called back and said they wanted me. And I received so much encouragement from people last week that I've begun to feel better. But the real turning came here. The public was so wonderful to me that now I know I can keep going. I'll do everything in my power so the suspension will be lifted in 1964. Meanwhile, I'll keep busy. I'll wait for the clouds to lift a little, then I'm going to produce some stage shows with a promoter in Louisville. And I'll help coach a high school team there. But I hope and pray I'll be back in the NFL in 1964. I have no animosity toward (Commissioner) Pete Rozelle. I broke a rule and my contract which I'll try to rectify in the future. Rozelle simply did his job." Two friends never left Hornung's side during the dinner. One was Frank Gifford of the NFL's New York Giants. The other was the guest of honor - a guy named Cousy. Gov. Endicott Peabody, one of the banquet speakers, told the audience that Hornung has "admitted his errors and wants to come back. And here in Massachusetts, we want him back."
NAME TUNNELL GIANTS AIDE
MAY 2 (New York) - Former Green Bay Packer defensive back Em Tunnell, who was a personnel and game scout for the New York Giants last year, will become a special assistant coach for the Giants this season. The NFL Giants announced Wednesday that Tunnell will continue his scouting chores, but in addition will work with defensive backs and kick-return teams during the preseason training drills. The 37-year-old Tunnell played for the Giants before joining the Packers in 1959.
PACKERS SHOW NET PROFIT OF $255,501; HOPE TO ADD SEATING
MAY 3 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - Prosperity, it's wonderful. Although presented with proper restraint, this was the dominant theme as General Manager-Coach Vince Lombardi announced a record net profit of $255,501.81 on 1962 operations to stockholders of Green Bay Packers, Inc., at their annual meeting in the WBAY auditorium Thursday night. At the same time, Lombardi further reported a record demand for season tickets in both Green Bay and Milwaukee, virtually assuring the defending world champions of a home sellout for the still distant 1963 NFL season and announced "there is a possibility we will add several thousand seats to City Stadium." Artistically, he also predicted the Packers will be "tough to knock off the pinnacle we are on now," despite the loss of Paul Hornung "if we are hungry enough." Lombardi also disclosed these intriguing financial facts: The corporation's net profit represents an increase of $80,426.35 over the Packer all-time high of $175,075.46 reached a year ago; That, as might be expected, their total operating income, $1,831,159.46, also was the highest in history - $35,701.90 more than the previous record in '61; That the gross profit was $509,862.73, of which California and federal taxes siphoned off $254,360.92. Breaking down the income figures with the aid of charts, Lombardi pointed out that $732,971 of the $1,445,626.77 derived from the Pack's 14 game was taken in at home, $712,656 on road games. "This," he observed, "is a very healthy situation." Other income included $357,678.57 from radio and television, or $244,000 more than a year ago, and $27,854.12 from program advertising and sales. Lombardi admitted, "We're in a fairly good financial position, but I don't see any reason to have an easing off on the field or in the office." "We're facing increased cost of operation year in and year out, as most businesses are," he pointed out. "It's an ever-spiraling thing." Season expenses, the Packer major-domo noted, rose to $850,456.72 in 1962, "an increase of $103,000 over last year." In addition to the rising cost factor, there is the possibility of reduced income in '63, Lombardi explained. "There can be a difference in road income," he said, revealing. "Instead of playing in Philadelphia, where we collected over $70,000 last year, we'll be playing in St. Louis this year. From what I understand, no visiting team received more than the league guarantee there last year. It's a small park
and the most we could expect to get is about $40,000, so you can see there could be quite a difference there alone. Of course, too, we had the income from the championship game last year and we are not at all sure," the Packer GM observed dryly, "that we'll be in another one this year." On the "profit" side, he reported, "we have the TV income, which is pleasant to look forward to. That will go up a little because we will be playing two Saturday afternoon games on national TV, for which we will receive $32,000. That will help offset the anticipated loss of income in St. Louis." Turning to the ticket front, Lombardi revealed "cards returned show request for 38,566 season tickets. Only 103 season tickets were not renewed. We also have new orders for 1,020 applicants who have asked for 3,227 tickets. Old ticket holders also have asked for 2,462 more. If we had the seats for them, our sale would thus be 44,255 right now. We hope to add additional seats before the 1963 season," Lombardi disclosed. "They would increase the capacity of City Stadium from 38,669 to 42,237. Even then, we would be oversold by 3,660, based on the orders already in hand. As far as Milwaukee is concerned, I'm very happy to tell you that we will sell between 40,000 and 42,000 season tickets there. As a matter of fact, we have had to stop the sale of individual tickets to accommodate the season ticket requests." In this connection, Lombardi noted, "In 1959, my first year, our sale in Milwaukee was 6,800. Last year, we reached 28,800, and we felt we had about reached our zenith there." He also reported with a smile, "Both charity games are way ahead of last year. In fact, I think I can say the Shrine game in Milwaukee is a sellout." Discussing the 1963 field prospectus, Lombardi declared, "Our outlook should be good despite the loss of Paul Hornung, which could possibly affect us psychologically. Hornung was a 100 percent football player. He is a winner and a tremendous leader on the field. He was a 100 percent football player, even when he was injured. But I believe we can take up this slack, somehow, somewhere." He also expressed pleasure with the Pack's 1963 draft, asserting: "I believe we had an excellent draft, despite the fact we drafted last." Assessing the Packers' title hopes, Lombardi added: "In spite of what some people may think, championships are not easy to come by. Still, we are the team to beat. As a result, it will be much more difficult for us in 1963 than it was in 1962." "I believe no team has ever won three straight championships since the playoff system was installed," he pointed out, but added, "If our team is hungry enough, the desire we have had the last two years, I believe we're going to be tough to knock off the pinnacle we're on now."
'WANTED TO QUIT' WHEN TOLD OF HORNUNG'S BETTING: VINCE
MAY 7 (New York) - Vince Lombardi was so shocked by the first news of Paul Hornung's football betting that he told Commissioner Pete Rozelle of the NFL that he wanted to quit. "I thought that I had fallen down somewhere along the line," said the coach and general manager of the champion Green Bay Packers. "Nobody bears down more than I on warning the players about gambling and questionable associations. And then to have it happen on my club. I told Pete I wanted to quit." Lombardi had advance notice from Rozelle of the pending suspension of his star halfback. "I was completely shocked," said Lombardi, who was in town for Time Magazine's cover dinner. "I had no idea Paul was involved. I was very upset at the time. When I thought it through, I realized that the league's action, although severe, was right. In Green Bay, the people were surprised. Paul was a likeable fellow who liked to be the center of attraction. He wasn't satisfied just to be in a room, he wanted to dominate it. That all helped him become a better football player. The people liked him but nobody excused him for what he did. I feel sorry for the boy." Nobody knows how the loss of Hornung will react on the Packers next season. "I have seen some of the players who were in to sign their contracts," said Lombardi. "We didn't discuss the Hornung matter. They did not bring it up. I don't think any one man is indispensable, but I'd be lying if I didn't say the loss of Hornung will hurt us. He was and is a great football player. If he can come back in 1964, and nobody says he will be permitted, it will all depend on what kind of condition he keeps himself in for the year. I understand he is going to help coach a high school team in Louisville. But, if it were more than a year, I don't know." Lombardi took an optimistic view on the Packers' reaction. "What happened might make us a closer knit football team," said the 49-year-old coach. "Sometimes it is good to have an obstacle to overcome, where in football or anything. When things go bad, we usually rise to the occasion." To fill Hornung's old spot at left halfback, Lombardi said he would experiment with Tom Moore, Elijah Pitts and Earl Gros. Moore and Pitts were halfbacks last year and saw plenty of action due to Hornung's knee injury. Gros was a rookie fullback behind Jim Taylor. "I was toying with the idea of making Gros into a halfback before the Hornung incident," said Lombardi. "I don't know if everybody realized it but everytime Paul ran the sweep it was an option. A boy has to have the feel for it. It is pretty hard to learn. Moor threw five times (2 for touchdowns) last year but Gros hasn't thrown as far as I know." To fill the defensive end position left open by the trade of Bill Quinlan, Lombardi has rookies Dave Robinson of Penn State, Lionel Aldridge of Utah State and Tony Lisco of Tulsa. Of course, Lombardi may make another deal, a distinct possibility.
MOST FANS AGREED WITH BAN
MAY 7 (Detroit) - Wisconsin and Michigan residents cried "too harsh," but most other NFL fans agreed with his decision to suspend Paul Hornung and Alex Karras, NFL Commissioner Pete Rozelle said Monday. Rozelle said his office got more than 200 letters commenting on the suspension of Hornung, Green Bay Packers' halfback, and Karras, Detroit Lions' tackle, for at least the 1963 season for gambling. He said, not counting letters from Wisconsin and Michigan, reaction ran 60-40 in favor of his decision. Letters from those two states, Rozelle said, indicated his action was "too harsh."
BIG DADDY LAUGHED WHEN PACKER FANS POURED BEER ON HIM
MAY 12 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - Big Daddy Lipscomb had one of his biggest laughs in City Stadium. The giant Steeler defensive tackle, who died in Baltimore early Friday morning, thought it was extremely funny that "they poured beer on Big Daddy." That was in 1960 - the year before Lipscomb was traded from the Colts to Pittsburgh. Packer fans were taken to task that day. Several beer cans were tossed on the field and some beer was poured on the departing Colts as they ran up the runway after the game. Being quite a fun-lover, Lipscomb wasn't unhappy in the least. He told a Baltimore scribe, "big Daddy got cooled off." Lipscomb wrestled at the Arena the previous winter and the monstrous man observed that the Packers ought to use Ron Kramer as defensive end. "Then Big Daddy wouldn't have to get blocked by him," he roared. Lipscomb declared that Kramer was a good blocker and "he gave Big Daddy trouble." Big Daddy and Ron were scheduled to meet when the Steelers play the Packers in Milwaukee Nov. 3. Lipscomb would have been all keyed up for this one. One of Big Daddy's special friends is former Packer Tom Bettis, now a Steeler linebacker, who will have the Steeler defense "high." Lipscomb almost became a Packer in 1953. Gene Ronzani, then Packer coach, considered grabbing him when the Rams put him on waivers that year, but the Rams withdrew waivers and kept him. He was traded to the Colts in 1956. Big Daddy would have caused quite a stir in Green Bay!...And speaking about big people, remember Ed Neal? The 285-pound blacksmith who was so strong he was afraid he'd hurt Packer opponents. Neal played over the center on defense - a middle guard, he was known as then. And he was explosive. Adrian Burk was QB for the Colts in his particular game in 1950 and Joel Williams was the center. After giving the play in the huddle and breaking for the line of scrimmage, Burk said he heard a quiet voice ask, "What number is it on?" Burk figured that Williams had forgotten and answered, "on four." Somewhere between calling "3" and "4," the powerful Neal unloaded in an explosive charge. The ball, Williams and Burk had a quick separation from each other. Big Ed was clever but Burk, then a rookie, never made that mistake again. He went on to stardom with the Eagles. Many is the center Neal dumped into the laps of the quarterback. He did it three times in a row against the Eagles in Philadelphia in '46. Roy Zimmerman or Allie Sherman was the quarterback, can't quite recall, but after the game Walt Kiesling, then line coach, remarked, "We could revolutionize this game if Ed could time his charge just right."...Fuzzy Thurston and Ray Nitschke will conduct a five-day football school for high school players at Pocono Pines, Pa., June 23-28. Paul Horning will take part in the CP telethon on WBAY-TV May 25. This will be Paul's first appearance here since he was suspended.
NFL PROBE RELIEVED ROZELLE
MAY 15 (Dallas) - The big thing to come out of pro football's gambling investigation was the fact that nothing bigger came out of it. That was Commissioner Pete Rozelle's feeling today as he met with NFL coaches, including the Packers' Vince Lombardi, at the league's first rules meeting here. Rozelle said he was "very definitely relieved that the intensive search had not turned up more than the findings that Paul Hornung of Green Bay and Alex Karras of Detroit, plus five other players on the Detroit club, had placed some bets on football games." "It was a painful experience to all of us," said Rozelle, "but the big thing to come out of it was that the situation had not grown more serious." The commissioner said what worried him mostly was the fact that he had made it a special project to get the rule against gambling before the players. "I always tour the training camps and tell each one personally," he declared. Rozelle said he was amazed at the death of Big Daddy Lipscomb of the Pittsburgh Steelers from narcotics and that, as far as he knew, no one in the league was aware that the player used heroin. Buddy Parker, the Texan who coaches Pittsburgh, said he did not know about it and that he was certain it was only recently that Lipscomb had begun using narcotics. Lombardi said Hornung would be missed mostly for his
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Steelers from narcotics and that, as far as he knew, no one in the league was aware that the player used heroin. Buddy Parker, the Texan who coaches Pittsburgh, said he did not know about it and that he was certain it was only recently that Lipscomb had begun using narcotics. Lombardi said Hornung would be missed mostly for his blocking. But Lombardi wasn't ready to say that the absence of the high scoring backfield star would mean the end of the Packers' hopes of staying on top. "We hope his loss doesn't hurt us that much," said Lombardi, giving little indication of worry. He revealed that Jim Taylor, the Green Bay fullback whom Lombardi said was not only a fine football player but a great leader, had fully recovered from hepatitis and will be back under full steam next season.
ARTIST HENRY NEW QUINLAN?
MAY 16 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - A kingsized artist with a highly developed penchant for contact has merged as a likely successor to the Packers' departed Bill Quinlan. That would be big mountainous 6-4, 270-pound Urban Henry, a member of the Los Angeles Rams' cab squad in 1962, whose signing was officially revealed today by Packer GM-Coach Vince Lombardi. Although Henry, a refugee from Canada who was signed as a free agent, has been "strictly a defensive tackle" up to this point, End Coach Tom Fears indicated the ex-Georgia Tech star will be given an early trial at Quinan's vacated defensive end. "He'll be the only man in camp with experience to be tried at that spot," Fears pointed out. "And there's not that much difference between the two positions." Henry, he added, "can do a good job. He's not as mobile as some but he makes up for it with size and strength." The erstwhile Ram could well become the leading candidate for Quinlan's old post, Fears admitted, "particularly if boys like Dave Robinson and Tony Liscio (two of the Packers' top draftees) don't do as well there as we hope." There was some question about the Berwick, La., native's physical condition, but it has been answered to the Packers' satisfaction, Fears revealed. "He had a pinched nerve in his neck last season and played in only one exhibition game," Tom said. "He was checked by a Packer physician before he signed, though, and the doctor was of the opinion that it was worth taking a chance on. He said the odds are against such an injury happening to Henry again." Better known at this point for his efforts on the gridiron, Henry paints with oils on velvet as a hobby, which Packer Publicist Tom Miller informs, "has caused so much comment in Los Angeles that he may turn the activity into a permanent career." A four-sports star in high school, Henry was the Rams' fourth choice in the 1958 draft but did not report to them until 1961 - after three years with Edmonton in the Canadian League. He immediately broke into the Ram lineup as a regular, playing almost full-time at defensive tackle. The Louisian giant has a reputation as a "meanie", a trait Fears describes in another way. "He's a rough tough boy who likes to be remembered," Tom says with a laugh. To which the Packers, who had some uncomfortable moments with their new comrade in 1961, can eloquently attest. Henry, it develops, lives only 15 miles from Packer fullback Earl Gros in Louisiana's famed Cajun country. "As a matter of fact," Fears confided with a chuckle, "when Georgia Tech was trying to recruit Gros a few years ago, the coach called in Henry to act as interpreter for Gros. He couldn't understand that Cajun talk."
STADIUM PLAN FOR BLEACHER SEATS APPROVED
MAY 16 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - The Stadium Commission Wednesday granted the Packer Corp. permission to install an unspecified number of temporary seats at City Stadium and recommended a two-year contract for a new concessions operator at the stadium. In granting the Packer Corp. permission to put in temporary bleacher seats, the commission specified that it will have to approve the location and layout plans for the seats. The exact number of temporary seats will depend on the location and layout factors, but the total is expected to be between 3,000 and 4,000. The present stadium seating capacity if 38,669, all of which have been sold as season tickets for Packer games this fall. Most of the bleacher seats will be installed at the north end of the stadium, where a new scoreboard also will be erected this summer. Some additional seat may be installed at the south end where a 6,000-seat permanent addition was constructed two years ago. Wally Proski, operator of a South Washington Street tavern and restaurant, submitted the high bid for the stadium concessions contract for the next two years. The Proski bid was to pay the city $28,000 for nine scheduled Packer games in the next two years plus 20 percent of gross income from any other games or events in the stadium during the two years. Union Sales Concession Co., holder of the concessions business since the stadium opened in 1957, was the only other bidder. Its bid was $23,000 for the nine games plus 20 percent of income from other games and events in the two years.
2 DOUBLEHEADERS IN NFL PRESEASON
MAY 19 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - A 35-game preseason schedule, including two doubleheaders, has been completed by NFL teams, Commissioner Pete Rozelle has announced. "The clubs have worked out one of the finest schedules in years," Rozelle said. "It certainly has the potential to match our record-breaking 1962 preseason attendance." A year ago, the NFL played before a record 1,070,725 fans in the preseason. In 1963, there will be two less dates (35 to 33) and one less game (36 to 35). The reduction in games is a result of St. Louis and Washington scheduling only four games each and the further reduction in dates is because of the added doubleheader in New Orleans on Sept. 7. The Cleveland Browns, who pioneered the doubleheader in pro football before a crowd of 77,683 last August, will host two games again this year on Aug. 17. The pairings are Detroit against New York and Baltimore vs. Cleveland. Baltimore and Detroit will also play in the New Orleans doubleheader. The Colts meet Chicago, and the Lions play Dallas. The preseason schedule opens Friday night, Aug. 2, with the world champion Green Bay Packers meeting the College All-Stars at Chicago. The Packers will be shooting for their 20th straight preseason victory. The streak dates back to 1959. The schedule will be completed on Sunday, Sept. 8 - one week before the opening of the regular season with the annual Hall of Fame game.
OFFICIAL: GREMMINGER, NITSCHKE TO RETURN
MAY 20 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - Two prominent figures in the Packers' surge to a second straight world championship last fall today officially indicated they will be among those present when Vince Lombardi opens '63 exercises for his flock in mid-July. Both members of the brilliant defensive platoon which last year restricted NFL opponents to a mere touchdown per game, the satisfied citizens are bruising Ray Nitschke and handsome Hank Gremminger. In the words of Packers' scholarly defense coach, Phil Bengtson, the bone-jarring Nitschke "reached his potential" in 1962. The former University of Illinois fullback's "arrival" was duly noted by Sport Magazine, which adjudged him the outstanding player in last December's elemental playoff struggle with the New York Giants at frigid Yankee Stadium. Nitschke, now a full-time resident of football's capital city, is heading into his sixth Packer semester. Gremminger, a seven-year veteran, also arrived last season - in a different sense. Already a competent cornerback, Gremminger was shifted to safety and made a spectacular adjustment. This move is credited with cementing the Packer secondary, which went on to lead the NFL in interceptions with 32. Gremminger, 28-year-old Baylor alumnus, contributed five to this total. This development produced another fringe benefit, according to Norb Hecker, the Pack's defensive backfield coach, who noted. "This move should add several years to Hank's playing career."
PACKER-CROW TRADE, ROSENBLOOM RUMORS FLY AT NFL MEETING
MAY 22 (St. Louis) - On the eve of their annual spring meeting, NFL club owners did most of their talking privately about suspensions, trade rumors and alleged betting by Baltimore Colt President Carroll Rosenbloom. Nothing startling was expected to emerge from the two-day meeting, which officially opened with a private session today. The owners are meeting for the first time since Commissioner Pete Rozelle suspended Paul Hornung of the Green Bay Packers and Alex Karras of the Detroit Lions for betting on games. When questioned Tuesday on how soon the suspensions would be reviewed, Rozelle answered: "I said at that time (last April) that the earlier possible time these cases could be reviewed would be after the end of the 1963 season or sometime in 1964. That still stands." Asked what will go on at the meeting, Rozelle replied that "we're going to try to settle some of the things we tabled at our winter meeting in Miami. Outside of that, there shouldn't be anything startling." On the agenda will be discussion of television and radio rights, the Pottsville, Pa., plea for the return of the 1925 NFL title, a disaster plan, player limit, players benefits fund and rule change recommendations. A decision had been expected on the alleged betting by Rosenbloom on league games some 10 years ago, but Rozelle said the case would not be brought up during the meeting because of a delay in the investigation. However, that did not keep the owners from talking privately about the Rosenbloom case and the suspensions of Hornung and Karras. Packer coach and
general manager Vince Lombardi had little comment on Hornung's suspension or on the chance for a review of the case. When asked about how the suspension of the Packers' star halfback would affect the team, Lombardi said simply, "We'll get along." Lombardi opened up a bit when queried about a rumored trade involving St. Louis Cardinal star halfback John David Crow. Information said the Packers would like fullback Crow to fill out the backfield ranks thinned by the illness of Green Bay fullback Jim Taylor and the suspension of halfback Paul Hornung. Lombardi said, "I certainly would like to have Crow. Who wouldn't? But I don't think the Cardinals want to trade with me; besides, I didn't come here to trade anyway." Cardinal President Charles Bidwell said, "Any intentions Lombardi may have of trading us anyone for Crow must be way out. We have no intention of trading Crow, but if Lombardi has any other ideas we'll be happy to talk to him but he'd better come see us." Cardinal Coach Wally Lemm agreed. "The only trade talk in which I was involved last week at a coaches' meeting in Dallas," Lemm said, "was an offer of unknown players for a first-line player whom we need as much as they do." Crow's 17 touchdowns last season was third best in the league. Most clubs contacted said few problems if any were expected. The most rousing statement to come out of preliminary get togethers to date was Green Bay Packer Coach Vince Lombardi's announcement that "we're the team to beat." The most important items on the agenda included a constitutional amendment to league rules increasing the player limit by two - from 36 to 38; a proposed rule change to keep a defensive team from scoring on a penalty committed by the offense in its end zone; and a decision on how to split the $926,000 received from television rights to the championship game between the players' benefit plan and the players' pool...SPLIT 50-50: The $616,000 received for television rights under the old contract was split 50-50. Lombardi said he favored the proposed increase in the player limit and would also go along with an increase in the players' welfare fund. Commissioner Pete Rozelle commented the coming season looks like a "prosperous" one for the NFL. He said ticket sales were ahead of last year, and he anticipated new attendance records in 1963. The way ticket sales are going it "indicates increasing interest" in professional football, he said. Secondary items on the league's agenda involved the prolonged hassle over the claim by Pottsville, Pa., that it was deprived of the 1925 championship which was eventually awarded to the Cardinals.
RINGO EYES 'HISTORICAL' ROLE, INKS 11TH PACT; BLAINE SIGNS
MAY 25 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - On the eve of the 1962 season, old warhorse Jim Ringo solemnly declaimed, "Now that my active years are numbered, I'm looking forward to playing on a historical team." The highly combative Syracuse University alumnus, whose signing for an 11th season was revealed today by Packer GM-Coach Vince Lombardi, will presented with this golden opportunity a few months hence. If the Packers' prideful all-pro center and his colleagues acquire a third straight NFL championship, they will scale a plateau hitherto unattained since the NFL converted to the two-division system in the mid-30s...SURPRISINGLY DURABLE: One of those who also will have a chance to share in such a commendable project, sophomore guard Ed Blaine, also was listed among the Pack's 1963 signees in Lombardi's announcement. Surprisingly durable, considering he is perhaps the lightest incumbent middle-man in pro football. Ringo has not missed a game since the waning days of the 1953 season - his rookie year. The Packers' seventh draft choice in '53, the Easton, Pa., resident has been an all-pro choice the last six years and the West squad's starting center five times during that span. Such honors have had a special significance for the hard-nosed Hungarian in recent years, and justifiably so. "There are only a few of us left," he explained in a philosophical moment last July, "who can fully appreciate what we have - Dave Hanner, Bubba Forester, and myself - the ones who went through what should I call them, the years of desolation and humiliation." The bull-shouldered Blaine flashed high promise as a swing man for the Packers' prize pair of offensive guards, Fuzzy Thurston and Jerry Kramer, as an NFL freshman last season. So much promise, in fact, that Line Coach Bill Austin was moved to term the ex-University of Missouri standout "one of the best rookie linemen to come along since I have been in pro ball." A resident of Columbus, Mo., Blaine is presently worked on his master's degree in zoology at Missouri. Blaine, who has a strong affinity for mountain climbing, intends to become a research zoologist.
PACKER FANS 'MORE THAN GENEROUS,' HORNUNG
MAY 26 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - The Packer fans of Green Bay and Wisconsin "have been more than generous," a sober, thoughtful Paul Hornung confided Saturday upon returning to the scene of his finest hours. Back on Green Bay soil for the first time since NFL Commissioner Pete Rozelle imposed a one-year ban for betting, Hornung said, "I've had a number of letters from fans in the area and throughout the state, and they have been very encouraging." "I just hope," the three-time NFL scoring champion added softly, "I can come back and be worthy of the faith they've placed in me." Hornung, here to appear on Channel 2's annual cerebral palsy telethon, revealed he has received more than 500 letters and telegrams from fans throughout the nation since the suspension was announced. Their prevailing sentiment? "They sounded like they were for me," the former Heisman Trophy winner, obviously grateful for those "votes of confidence," said. Any "crank" letters? "I didn't get one," he was happy to report. Hornung, looking fit and trim, said he owed his golden glow to a new hobby, golf. "I've been playing a lot of it," Peerless Paul explained. "I just took it up this year - seriously, that is. I probably played 10 to 15 times in my life before." Although he is modest about his game, the Notre Dame immortal's efforts have been rewarded with more than a modicum of success. "I had an 87 at Butte des Morts (Appleton) Thursday," he said. "I would say I was hitting the ball pretty good." The game of Scots has become a pleasant introduction to a conditioning regimen that could become more of a chore later in the year, Hornung admits. "It's easier to stay in shape when you have to do it," he pointed out, "so it's going to be a hard year." "When the football season begins, I'm planning to start working out with some team, probably a high school team, around Louisville. I'm also planning to play some winter basketball to stay in shape." The NFL's most valuable player of 1961 also will be active in other endeavors. He and a longtime Louisville friend, Bill King, have formed Productions, Inc., an organization devoted to "promoting auto and sports shows - a wide variety of promotions. We've just started, but things look good." Had any other opportunities presented themselves? "Yes, I've had some offers to coach," he revealed. "One of them came from a high school in Pennsylvania, which offered me a head coaching job." Paul, taking part in his second CP telethon, said he had accepted a second assignment because "meeting these kids and seeing their affliction, you want to help with this good cause." Hornung, who has "seen" several teammates since returning to the Fox River Valley Thursday, said he had to contact Packer Coach Vince Lombardi while here "but I understand he's out of town for the weekend." Did he have any opinion on the chances of his suspension being lifted for the 1964 season? "I hope so," Hornung said with fervor. "It's the only thing I can hope for."
AFTER HOLLYWOOD, GRID STILL LOOMS BIG IN 'KINCAID' FUTURE
MAY 29 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - Gary Kinkaid of Hollywood turned back to Gary Knafelc of Green Bay for the Mike and Pen Sports Club at the Elks Tuesday but bits of show business kept shining through the Packer end's personality as he related his movie and TV experience of the past four months. Although chuckling that "I think I must have had one of the quickest discoveries and shortest careers," the handsome and popular gridder indicated that there is still a chance he may return to show business although football still looms big in the immediate future. There is also the matter of his school supply business to consider, he noted, thus
making his career somewhat "indefinite" at the moment. In California, Knafelc made a pilot TV film which is being shown to various agencies in hopes of obtaining a sponsor, several TV commercials and had a part in a film called Palm Springs Weekend. In the movie, he portrays, of all things, a basketball player. After finishing the move on location and returning to Hollywood, Gary discovered that the entire TV staff he had been working under was fired, leaving him without any commitments. His original screen test is being passed around to the various studios, however, which could result in another call. Among the things he left in Hollywood was a chunk of weight. Now down to 210 pounds, Gary revealed that the first thing he was told upon arrival was to lose some weight in strategic places and get his clothes property tailored.
The 1963 Green Bay Packers basketball team (Source: Packerville USA)
REACTION BROUGHT OUT 'REAL PAUL HORNUNG' - STARR; 2 SIGN
MAY 30 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - Paul Hornung's reaction to his suspension has brought out the "real Paul Hornung." This is Packer quarterback Bart Starr's belief. "In the statements he made since he was suspended I think you have seen the real Paul Hornung. He made real foolish mistakes. He knew better. He said he was sorry. Sometimes by our mistakes we find ourselves," Starr told the AP's Jack Hand while in New York Friday to accept an achievement award as the best passer in the NFL. Starr pointed out that "Paul is a real fine person. I have a five-year-old son and Paul is his idol. I never have known him to shirk a responsibility." Bart said he feels Hornung's absence will be felt more psychologically than physically. "Initially, you think we will miss him tremendously and I am sure we will," said Starr. "Since he is gone, you have to make the most of it. We are blessed with fine men in back of him - Tom Moore, Earl Gros and Elijah Pitts. Tom did an outstanding job for us last year. When Paul went out with his bad knee and Tom came in, we didn't miss a stride. We played at least two-thirds of last year without Paul. Physically, Gros has more raw power than Paul. But he can't throw or at least he hasn't thrown. We run the option end so well that the other team doesn't know if you're going to run or throw. Moore can throw, perhaps not as good as Paul, but he is a threat." Starr pointed to Jerry Kramer's fine field goal record as proof that he could take up the slack in the kicking department. Asked if Kramer could add more yardage, if needed, Starr said, "We like to think we can get him closer in." Starr's quarterbacking generally is overlooked in the shouting about Jim Taylor and Hornung. He doesn't mind. "There is a little more to playing quarterback than throwing and handing off," he said. "It is the ability to work a team into a cohesive unit and take advantage of the defense. It is the end result. Not how you get it."...The Packers' co-captains are both set for the 1963 season. Signing of the defensive field leader, Bill Forester - plus defensive end Willie Davis, was announced today by Coach Vince Lombardi. The offensive captain, Jim Ringo, was revealed as satisfied with his '63 pact a week ago. Forester, like Ringo, is back for his 11th season. Davis is starting his sixth. The two defensive bulwarks are the same size, 6-3 and 240. Lombardi has announced thus far the sighing of five of the 24 players who carried the championship load in '62. This figure has been reduced by 22 by the trade of Bill Quinlan and the loss of Paul Hornung via suspension...Work on the Packers' new building on the north end of City Stadium will be completed shortly. The process of moving from the present office at 349 S. Washington will start in a couple of weeks.
MOORE, ROACH SET FOR 1963
JUN 1 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - Halfback Tom Moore and quarterback John Roach have signed contracts for the 1963 season, it was announced today by Coach Vince Lombardi. Moore, who filled in last season for the injured Paul Hornung, had a 3.1 rushing average, caught 11 passes for 100 yards and completed two of five tosses - for touchdowns. Moore is in his fourth season, Roach his third, as a Packer.
HOMES, JOBS HARD TO FIND FOR NEGROES IN GREEN BAY
JUN 2 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - There are few outward signs, but racial problems already present in Green Bay will continue to grow as the city's colored population begins an expected increase. Green Bay's racial problems lie pretty much below the surface of the community's day-to-day activities. Yet there is strong evidence to point to the problem. Community and civic leaders, aware of the problem, are beginning to take steps to avoid the violence and hatred present in other communities...LACK OF UNDERSTANDING: They are hampered, however, by a lack of knowledge and understanding on the part of most citizens. "They all know there's a problem but won't admit it," complained one civic official. Only a few Negro families now live in Green Bay. The population is so small, it almost doubles during the football season when Negro players join the Packers. "Green Bay is the same as any place else. You have the same problem here you have in any other city," is the summary of Joseph Harris, a Negro social worker at the Wisconsin State Reformatory. Harris has lived in Green Bay since 1959. Harris experienced discrimination problems when he first moved to Green Bay and rented an apartment near the downtown area. Later, after considerable difficulty, he purchased home on the East Side. "There would be rotten eggs and vegetables on my porch in the morning. Once someone painted, 'nigger, go home' on my door. But a deliveryman washed it off." The incidents continued for a time, until Harris reported them to the police. Then they broke off. He also received threatening telephone calls. He now has an unlisted number. Harris hasn't had much trouble in restaurants or other public places, but mainly because he tries to stay away from places where he thinks trouble may break out. "I may go into a tavern and have a couple of beers and there's no trouble," he said. "But I'm careful. I walk in, have my beers and leave again, without looking for anything. That's the only way." "Now most people treat me nicely," he relates. "I still walk down the street and hear some kid say to his mother, 'There goes that nigger man,' but I just ignore it." State laws which prohibit discrimination also may have a bearing. "If anyone refuses me, I'll get a lawyer and go right back. It'll cost someone." Somewhat unusual is the situation surrounding Negro members of the Green Bay Packers. Summed up by Vince Lombardi, head coach and general manager, it is simply, "Before the season and after it, there is a problem. Once a player makes the team and is around during the season, there is no problem." Trying to find housing for any of the Packer players during the season is difficult enough. Housing the Negro members of the team is even more difficult. The Packers, who will open their 1963 training camp next month, already have begun looking for housing, for both white and colored members of the team. While no Packer player has ever gone homeless, Negro players generally live in lower class apartments...WANTED FAMILY HERE: One Packer Negro attempted to bring his family to Green Bay last year and contacted a local real estate firm. "We found an apartment for him, but he refused it," said the realtor. The apartment was located above a restaurant at Three Corners, a busy intersection on the eastern fringe of the city's downtown shopping area. Despite efforts to prevent it, the consensus of leaders in the community is that the city's Negro population will increase. Organized meetings to discuss ways of keeping Negroes out of Green Bay are known to have been held, generally at private homes. Other attempts also are being made to keep the Negro population down. As an example, some city officials recently sought, and received, assurances from the U.S. Coast Guard that no Negro would be included in the five-man contingent assigned to Green Bay to man a Coast Guard rescue boat expected to arrive here in two weeks. Coast Guard officers pointed out only one Negro currently is assigned to the Ninth Coast Guard District, and he is at Racine...WON'T GET JOB: A Negro can't come to Green Bay and look for work, reported Harris. "He won't get a job." Harris said one Negro truck driver tried to find a job in Green Bay several months ago, but was turned down at every firm he applied. "The only way a Negro will come to Green Bay is if he already has a job," he said. Harris obtained his job at the Reformatory through Madison. A realtor predicted new industry would bring Negroes to Green Bay. "You get something like a foundry set up here, you'll attract Negroes," he said. He also reported, however, a foundry tried to locate here several years ago but went elsewhere when it encountered difficulties in finding a location. It would have employed Negroes. Because racial prejudice in Green Bay is generally below the surface, it is more difficult for local Negroes to overcome. "Down South I at least know where I stand," said Harris, summing up the problem. "Some man calls me a black nigger, he at least calls me one to my face. Here they don't have the nerve to do that. They'll shake my hand and call me friend, then put the knife in my back when I'm gone. There are plenty of these hypocritical and bigoted people in Green Bay." Harris agrees in the prediction that the community's Negro population will increase. "It's only a matter of time," he said. How the community reacts to the influx of colored people is, of course, up to the citizens. A group currently is being organized to ease the way for both whites and Negroes. A massive educational campaign is being discussed. There still are those who deny a problem exists in the community. These, according to the civic leaders, are hiding their heads in the sand, refusing to believe something that does exist. That Negroes will be living in Green Bay in ever-growing numbers appear certain. How they will be received remains to be seen.
TRADITION BIGGEST BAR TO THIRD TITLE, VINCE
JUN 4 (Milwaukee) - Coach Vince Lombardi of the Green Bay Packers thinks the two best positions to finish in the NFL are first or last. However, he dreads the thought of last place. Lombardi told newsmen at a dinner Monday night that the biggest obstacle in the Packers' bid for a third straight NFL title will be "one of tradition." "The structure of the NFL makes it difficult, nearly impossible, to repeat," Lombardi said. "I've always said that in our league it's best to finish either first or last. When you win the championship, everything is fine. And if you finish last, you have the first selection in the draft. It's awfully tough to build a championship club when you finish second, third or fourth." Lombardi, who rebuilt the league doormat into an awesome power after accepting his position at Green Bay in 1959, quickly pointed out that he has no intention of letting the Packers' strength dwindle. "Don't get me wrong," he said with a grin. "I don't want to even think of finishing last. If we do, someone else will probably get the Packers' job the same way I did," asserting that a major Packer problem will be psychological, Lombardi noted. "The Bears have only one thing on their mind. Beat the Packers! The Lions feel the same way and so do the 49ers, Colts, and everyone else. Only one team has won three successive titles and that was the Packers before the NFL divided into divisions." Lombardi said his biggest problem would be making good football players play great football in order to repeat as champs. "It may not make any difference whether the player is good. He'll have to play great because the person opposite him will be playing great," said Lombardi. Lombardi said that Earl Gros, an understudy for fullback Jim Taylor as a rookie last season, would be given a trial as a halfback replacement for Paul Hornung, who has been suspended indefinitely for betting on NFL games. "We thought about using Gros even before Hornung's suspension by Commissioner Pete Rozelle," the coach said. "It must be remembered, though, that we called the halfback option play 70 times last season. The halfback has to be able to throw the ball on the play and we'll have to find out about Gros." Lombardi called Hornung " a great football player - and even more important, a great leader." "I thought a lot of him," the coach said. "He was like a son. He did nothing morally or criminally wrong, but the commissioner did the right thing. The mistake Paul made was thinking that the rules were made for everyone but him." "You have to understand the boy to know what he did," Lombardi added. "The rules were made for everyone but him. He made a good deal of money. I wish I had made as much. He was a great leader and he just couldn't accept the normal as being different. I'm not saying it was morally wrong or morally right, but there's a big boldfaced part of his contract that spells that out," Lombardi said, and switched to thoughts of the future. Lombardi, who is also the Packers' general manager, said the club expected a season ticket sale of some 42,000 for the three league games in Milwaukee this year. That compares with 6,000 in 1958, the year before he joined Green Bay, Lombardi noted. The four NFL games in Green Bay are assured sellouts, with the seating capacity raised from 38,669 to 42,367 by installation of what Lombardi called "permanent-temporary" stands...Lombardi told fans of the Milwaukee Braves: "Don't panic." Lombardi serves on the board of directors for the new owners of the Braves. "The Braves are going through a difficult period," said Lombardi, who arrived at Green Bay to take charge of a team which had just posted its worst record since becoming a charter member of the professional football circuit. Lombardi said "don't be too harsh" on the Braves. The football boss said he is convinced the new ownership of the Braves will be successful. Lombardi, whose only experience in baseball was as a player on the Fordham University freshman team before he went on to become one of the famous "seven blocks of granite" on the school's varsity football team, said he expected the Braves to be back on top "within two or three years." "When I talk about the Braves being a success again," said Lombardi, "I don't mean in 10 years. I mean in the not too distant future." Lombardi said that as a member of the board he had the greatest confidence in Braves' President John McHale and Manager Bobby Bragan. Lombardi said his position with the Braves could be mutually beneficial to the Packers and vice versa. "What we have to do," said Lombardi, "is to educate people to come to Milwaukee County Stadium. If the Packers draw large crowds, this will help bring fans to Braves' game. On the other hand, we know that the Packers are not going to be on top forever and the Braves, by attracting good crowds, can help the Packers in their lean years."
THANKSGIVING DAY GAME IN DETROIT WILL BE ROTATED
JUN 4 (Milwaukee) - The Green Bay Packers terminate the traditional Thanksgiving Day game with the Detroit Lions after the 1963 contest, Packer Coach Vince Lombardi said Monday. After 1963, the game against the Lions will have to be rotated among other NFL teams but will continue to be played in Detroit, he added. "It's not worth it to us," Lombardi said. He explained that for the past two years the Packers got no more out of the nationally televised game than any other NFL team. Prior to that, they received an extra $10,000. Lombardi said the Lions had the advantage of playing the game at home, while the Packers found it difficult to prepare for the contest because of travel time and other factors.
ROOTING FOR PACK NOT CONFINED BY WHEELCHAIR
JUN 6 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - Joyce Speerschneider, 23, of 1130 Shea Ave., probably will never participate in athletics, but her enthusiasm as a rooter for her favorite football team is unbounded. Joyce was stricken with polio in 1955 and since then has been confined to her bed or a wheelchair. She is completely paralyzed except for her right arm and left hand. Doctors have given up on her chances of regaining use of her limbs and therapy treatments were stopped about two years ago. One of Joyce's big projects is rooting for the Packers and Jesse Whittenton in particular. During the season, she keeps a play-by-play account of each game and is always up-to-date on team statistics. Although unable to leave her home, Joyce has a full-time job working for a secretarial service. She keeps busy addressing envelopes, sometimes for orders up to 5,000. She is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Speerschneider. Joyce has three sisters, all married.
BEARS GET BETTIS IN STEELER TRADE
JUN 11 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - Burly Tom Bettis, a Green Bay resident and until very recently an employee of the Pittsburgh Steelers, today became a member of the Packers' immemorial enemies, the Chicago Bears. The Bruins acquired the former Packer linebacker from the Steelers Monday for a draft choice, Bear Owner-Coach George Halas announced from his Windy City headquarters. This exchange obviously will add zest to the Packers' next imbroglio with the Midway Monsters, who invade City Stadium Sunday, Sept. 15, to help the defending world champions baptize their 1963 season. Bettis, who toiled seven seasons for the Pack before being traded to Pittsburgh early in the 1962 season expressed himself as "pleased" with today's development. "It's closer to home, and, of course, I am a Chicago boy (he was born there March 17, 1933)," the amiable Purdue alumnus said, adding, "It's kind of ironic. When I lived in Chicago, I was drafted by the Packers and played for Green Bay. Now that I live in Green Bay, I will be playing for Chicago." Bettis is happy over the move for another practical reason. "I feel the Bears have a good chance and I want to play for a winner. You get a taste of championships and you're never satisfied with second place." That, it might be added, is where the renascent Steelers finished in the NFL's Eastern Division last season. Halas also expressed satisfaction with the transaction, noting, "We are getting an experienced linebacker who certainly knows the league. We remember him very well from his seasons with Green Bay. He is an intelligent player and expert at diagnosing plays." Last season, the 30-year-old veteran missed playing only one of 14 games, Bear publicity Dan Desmond pointed out, "as a welcome exception to an unprecedented run of serious injuries to Pittsburgh linebackers. As a result of the sidelining of two or three linebackers every week, Bettis was called up on to display his adaptability. Although he is primarily a middle linebacker, he was used at the corners at various times as well. Observers say he had a fine campaign but point out that if he had been able to concentrate on one position all season, he would have been an even greater defensive asset," Desmond said. "In the Playoff Bowl at Miami, he had a busy afternoon and among other things, intercepted a Milt Plum pass to stop one Detroit scoring drive."
HICKMAN TRADED TO SASKATCHEWAN
JUN 12 (Montreal) - The Montreal Alouettes and the Saskatchewan Rough Riders today announced a six-player football trade in which the Als obtained imports Ferdie Burket and guard Darrell Aschbacher and Canadian Bob Miller in exchange for former Green Bay Packer fullback Larry Hickman, guard Ron Brooks and a player to be announced later.
LATER THAN YOU THINK: PACK 'STARTS'
JUN 12 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - It's later than you think. The first official harbinger of the 1963 football season appeared Tuesday when Headmaster Vince Lombardi called the roll for a pre-training camp school for quarterbacks and interested rookies. Chief among these, in addition to incumbent QB Bart Starr, was the Pack's No. 1 draft choice, fast-maturing Dave Robinson of Penn State, the strapping All-American who is considered a leading candidate to replace the departed Bill Quinlan...ZANG ON HAND: Also present for preliminary briefing were homegrown Gary Kroner, the former Premontre luminary who went on to stardom at Wisconsin and was drafted seventh by the Packers; Chuck Morris, Mississippi halfback; Thurman Walker, Illinois end; Marv Fleming, Utah end; Preston Wright, Houston center; James Holler, South Carolina linebacker; John Johnson, San Jose halfback; Jan Barrett, Fresno State end; and Joseph Thorne, South Dakota State halfback. Likewise on hand was Terry Zang, ex-Marquette quarterback who transferred to Drake when the Warriors abandoned football and went on to complete 60 percent of his passes last season. He was signed as a free agent. Robinson and Morris, along with No. 3 choice Tony Liscio of Tulas, will report to the
All-Stars early next month. Because of a league rule prohibiting drills before July 1, the school is limited to classroom sessions. The Packers formally begin girding for defense of their NFL championships in mid-July when they launch preparations for their second consecutive match with the College All-Stars...Operations also were moving apace on another Packer front today. "Moving," in fact, is precisely the word. This is what Packer business office and coaching personnel are in the process of doing after yielding to the thud of hammer and the whine of saws in their old quarters at 349 S. Washington St. The corporation, hoping to accomplish the maneuver before this, had terminated its lease effective June 1, preparatory to moving into a new office building at City Stadium. But the new quarters aren't ready and won't be until July 1. Thus, when a remodeling crew moved into the old office, it didn't take long for the din to make an impression. Tuesday, the Packer staff retreated to temporary quarters in one room at the stadium.
STARR, KRAMER DROP YOUTH SPORTS CAMP
JUN 12 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - Because of what they termed "subtle negative attitudes by certain factions," the Packers' Bart Starr and Jerry Kramer have cancelled their proposed youth sports camp. They returned fees to registrants and included a letter that said, "We fell because of subtle negative attitudes by certain factors the true spirit of the camp was destroyed, and the response curtailed considerably." The camp, which would have used the facilities of St. Norbert College, was given somewhat grudging approval by athletic associations involving high school athletes within the state. There was an indication that the Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Assn. was ready to change its rules concerning such camps to make them illegal for students who still have eligibility remaining.
GREGG, JORDAN TO TOIL AGAIN AS PACK TACKLES
JUN 16 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - Lucky seventh? This figure normally may be associated with baseball but in this case it finds ready application to the status of six-year Packer veterans Forrest Gregg and Henry Jordan, whose signing for the 1963 NFL season was announced today by Head Coach Vince Lombardi. Obviously, in the wake of what has transpired the last two years, their collective seventh semester could only be "lucky" if they and their Packer colleagues should lope off with the NFL title for the third straight year - a plateau which has never been scaled since the league installed its divisional system in 1933. The '63 campaign, it goes without saying, also would be more pleasant for the Messrs. Gregg and Jordan if they should again merit all-pro honors. The dark-browed, raw-boned Gregg, an awesome 6-4, 250-pound rated by many the NFL's premier offensive tackle, has been so honored the last four years and the jet-like Jordan, a defensive tackle of spectacular skill, since 1960. The witty Virginian also was voted the most valuable lineman in the 1962 Pro Bowl game. A Southern Methodist product, Gregg was the Packers' No. 2 draft choice in 1956. Jordan, a University of Virginia alumnus, was one of Paul Brown's welcome contributions to the cause, having come to the Pack in a `1959 trade with Cleveland's erstwhile headmaster...Will Paul Hornung play for the Packers if he is restored to good standing by NFL Commissioner Pete Rozelle in 1964? The question is asked and answered by Sports Editor Tim Cohane in the latest issue of Look magazine, which hits the newsstands Tuesday. "Hornung, clayfooted halfback, will be restored to action by Rozelle in time for the 1964 season," Cohane predicts. "Whether he plays for the Packers or some other team will depend on how Green Bay fares without him this year and on the reaction of the players to what he did." Continuing with his analysis, Cohane observes, "To grow up in full, Paul needed a stern shock, and the suspension may be it. Like (Alex) Karras, Hornung is constitutionally unable to do anything dishonest on the field. In his betting, Paul was not even motivated by greed. His weekly bets from 1959 through '61 (he finally heeded prohibitions and quit betting in '62), placed through a Los Angeles gambling friend, ranged from $100 to $500. He broke even two years, won $1,500 the other. 'Hornung bet for thrill of it,'" Cohane quotes Packer coach Vince Lombardi as saying. "'Hornung bet for the thrill of it. The thrill lay in the fact that it was forbidden. I was fond of Paul and I'm sure he is fond of me and respects me. Yet, he still liked to feel that there was something he could put over me.' On April 4, two weeks before the announcement of the penalties, Lombardi was confronted by Rozelle in New York with Hornung's signed statement," the Look story continues. Vince was shocked, outraged, saddened. Rozelle and Lombardi left the commissioner's office at 3 p.m. and wandered around the town until 1 a.m. Misery was loving company. Over and over, the Green Bay coach said, "I warned him time after time never to bet, and he said he wasn't. How could he look me in the eye and keep lying?'" Cohane added, "At first, Lombardi felt he never wanted Hornung to play for him again. Later, in admiration of the way the halfback was facing up to trouble, the coach softened somewhat. 'Paul's contributions transcended his playing,' Lombardi said recently. 'He was the leader of the team, liked as well as respected because he was a great competitor.' If Lombardi could be sure Hornung would regain his 1960 and '61 form, he probably would welcome him back. If Paul's damaged knee recovers, as doctors believe it will, he would not be much of a risk, because he is only 27 and will be in fire to redeem himself. But," Cohane concludes, "his return will depend on those big interlocking questions: how the Packers do without him this year, and whether they still respect him."...As for Karras, Cohane noted, "he undoubtedly will be required to divest himself of all association with a Detroit bar, the Lindell AC (a $45,000 investment on his part) or the commissioner will hold him in suspension."
FUZZY JOINS JESS; DOWLERS ARE THREE
JUN 18 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - Fuzzy Thurston is quite a golfer, it develops. The Packers' left guard and proprietor of a restaurant called The Left Guard in Menasha was bustin' out all over the other night. He had fired a blistering 81 to rank third in the B flight of the Adler Brau tournament at Neenah Bridgewood. Thus, Thurston joins his fellow restauranteur, Mr. Jess (King's X) Whittenton, in the department of golf excellence. Jess is this side of a pro, firing regularly in the 70s...The NFL has lost a noted publicity director. That would be Dan McGuire, the handsome, silver-haired thumper for the 49ers, who resigned the other day to become a publicity for a casino and lodge at Sparks, Nev. McGuire, a real smiling Irishman, is well remembered here for his annual addresses before the Packer Women's Club in the early 1950s. Dapper Dan will be succeeded by Art Johnson, sports publicity director at San Jose State...Pat and Boyd Dowle have named their new daughter Kristen Patricia - a 6-pound, 10-ouncer at birth. Boyd had just enough time to see his wife and newcomer before catching a bus for Camp McCoy, where he is drilling as one of the 280 reservists assigned to the 32nd Division for summer training. He's working as an intelligence clerk with an artillery unit from Whitefish Bay...Dowler and Ron Gassert are among the latest to sign 1963 Packer contracts, Coach Vince Lombardi announced today. Dowler, rookie of the year in '59, is back for his fifth season. Dowler and Max McGee each caught 49 passes last year. With the trade of Bill Quinlan, Gassert will get a chance to win a starting berth. The 250-pounder was bothered by a knee injury last year but an offseason operation has "fixed" it...Tom Bettis, the Green Bayite traded from the Steelers to the Bears, says he'll commute from Chicago to Green Bay. "I'm getting closer to home," Tom said. There has been some talk of the Giants trading Johnny Symank, also a Green Bay taxpayer, to the Browns where he would replace Don Fleming, who was killed in an electrical wire accident. Symank is awaiting word.
1963 issue of All-Pro Football, which was a season preview issue of the upcoming football season (Source: Packerville USA)
GAS BOMBS ADD REALISM TO RED ARROW MANEUVERS
JUN 19 (Camp McCoy, WI) - This summer training ground for Wisconsin's 32nd National Guard division became a revolving battleground today. About 75 percent of the division's 5,250 men took part in war games between individual units. Chemical warfare added realism, with maneuvering infantrymen hounded by gas bombs thrown into the combat area by exercise umpires. Training continued into the evening with the troops taking turns acting as aggressors and defenders. Tonight's snipers could look forward to guard duty in bivouac areas Thursday night when their own areas could be hit with gas and simulated fire. The exercise is geared to refamiliarized the citizen-soldiers with their weapons and other equipment. The troops trained today in full combat outfit - full field pack, entrenching tool and steel helmets. The exercise will end Thursday and the men will return to garrison Friday. Back at the clerical job he held in division artillery headquarters when the division was on active duty last year at Fort Lewis, Wash., is Pfc. Boyd Dowler, the Green Bay Packers' flanking halfback. Dowler is one of 280 Army reservists training with the Red Arrow Division.
$23,000 SUIT FILED AGAINST PACKER CORP.
JUN 20 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - A suit charging the Green Bay Packer Corp. was "negligent" in controlling the crowd at a football game last December has been filed in civil court by a Milwaukee couple. Harley K. Johnson and his wife, Fern, are seeking $23,000 for injuries allegedly suffered by Mrs. Johnson during the Packer-Los Angeles Ram game at Milwaukee County Stadium Dec. 2, 1962. In his suit, Johnson alleges his wife was rendered "semi-conscious" and suffered injuries to her neck, chest and extremities during a scuffle to retrieve a football kicked into the stands during a field
goal attempt. Johnson's suit contends the Packers "should have known the course of the football was such that it would inevitably land in the midst of the defendant." It charged further the Packers were negligent in not providing ushers and supervisors to control the crowd. Johnson is seeking $18,000 in damages for his wife and $5,000 damages for himself. Packer President Dominic Olejniczak said he would have no comment on the suit. "The matter has been turned over to our legal counsel," he said. The Packers are represented by Atty. Fred Trowbridge, Sr. Olejniczak was served with a notice of the suit this morning. Action on the suit will go through Milwaukee civil court.
ED BLAINE WEDS IN ST. LOUIS
JUN 21 (St. Louis) - Ed Blaine, linemen for the NFL champion Green Bay Packers, was married here Thursday, Blaine, an All-American at the University of Missouri in 1961, was married to the former Susan Irene Cring of St. Louis. Both were students at the university. At the end of the football season, the couple will return to Columbia, Mo., where Blaine will resume his medical studies at the school.
PACKERS INK IMAN, GROS
JUN 22 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - Reserve center Ken Iman, who will get an early trial at linebacker, and fullback Earl Gros have returned their signed contracts, it was announced today by Coach Vince Lombardi. Iman, 6-foot-1, 230-pounds, has played offensive guard and center since he joined the Packers as a free agent three years ago. He saw his first linebacking duty last season while filling in for the injured Nelson Toburen and Dan Currie, and will get a chance to make another stab at the post this year. The 6-foot-3, 230-pound Gros carried the ball 29 times for 155 yards in his rookie season, averaging 5.3 yards a run. He could fall heir to the halfback spot left open by the suspension of Paul Hornung, but he'll have to beat out Tom Moore.
TAYLOR RUNS UP STEPS FOR STRENGTH
JUN 23 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - With Jum Taylor recovering from hepatitis and Paul Hornung receiving a suspension, the Packers' backfield prospects weren't too rosy a few months ago. There's no hope for Hornung for this year, of course, but Jarrin' Jim is himself again. That's the word from Jerry Kramer, who is just back from visiting with Taylor in Baton Rouge, La. That, friends, is good news. J.K. put it this way: "Jim has had blood test after blood test and they can't find a thing. He feels excellent and he's now working on his strength. Every day he runs up and down the steps at LSU stadium. He's real interested in his strength. He's getting as hard as a rock right now and his weight was 217 when I left. I know Jim (they're roomies) and he'll be back here as good as he was a year ago."...And speaking about Packers getting into condition, handyman Lew Carpenter keeps in shape by playing softball. You folks are all familiar with how he can play all the football positions in the book (except guard, tackle and center), so it really isn't much of a chore to play all positions on a softball team. Lew is chiefly a pitcher, however, but he decided to try catching in the Industrial League the other night. You guessed it, he got his little finger in the way of the bat and it's damaged a bit - enough to wear a bandage. Lew says he'll be okay come the start of training...The Packer staff gets together in Cleveland next week but not for football business. Coach Vince Lombardi will lead his aides (Phil Bengtson, Norb Hecker, Bill Austin, Red Cochran, Tom Fears, Pat Peppler, Tom Miller and Verne Lewellen) into the annual "triangular" against the Lions and Browns. Vince and Red will also compete in the pro-amateur preceding the Cleveland event.
ADDERLEY AND WOOD SIGN
JUN 24 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - Defensive backs Herb Adderley and Willie Wood have signed 1963 Packer contracts, Coach Vince Lombardi announced today. The team of Adderley and Wood intercepted 16 passes last season, and Adderley earned All-Pro honors for his seven steals. Wood led the NFL with his nine interceptions. Adderley is in his third season with the Packers and Wood is starting his fourth.
PACKERS OFFICIALLY OPEN FOR BUSINESS IN NEW QUARTERS
JUN 24 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - The Packers are now officially open for business in their new building at 1265 Highland Ave., just north of the stadium. Moving from the old quarters, 349 S. Washington, has been completed. The ticket office, located right front, has tickets available for those who ordered them. PS - There is plenty of parking room.
TONNEMAKER HURT ON CRASH AFTER DAUGHTER DIES
JUN 24 (Minneapolis) - Clayton Tonnemaker, former member of the Green Bay Packers, was injured in an automobile collision Saturday after leaving a hospital where his little daughter had just died of cancer. Laura Ann Tonnemaker, 4, has been hospitalized for treatment of a malignant brain tumor. Tonnemaker, later reported in satisfactory condition, required 20 stitches to close a gash on his head. His wife was released after treatment. Tonnemaker was an All-America football center at Minnesota in 1949.
EASIER TO PLAY MORE - TOM MOORE
JUN 30 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - Tom Moore is no longer the best Bench Back the Packers ever had. Moore is heir apparent to the left halfback position, vacated via the suspension of Paul Hornung last Apr. 17, although there's the matter of training camp competition from such folks as Earl Gros, Elijah Pitts and a flock of first-year hopefuls. Pitts backed up Moore last year while Gros, who worked behind Jim Taylor, will be tested at left half. Moore played behind Hornung during his three Packer seasons- not to mention a time or two in Jim Taylor's fullback slot. Toom took over LH when Horning was hurt in Minneapolis Oct. 14 and did the job until Paul returned later in the campaign. So what is Moore's approach to what likely will be his first season as a starter? "Yea, I know this will be my first off the bench," Moore said the other day from his home in Goodlettsville, Tenn., "and it will be physically easier to play more. I wasn't beat up as much last year as I was in the first two years. When you come in cold off the bench, the knocks seem harder." Tom pointed to another reason why he doesn't care about being a Bench Back. "It kills you emotionally, sitting there, and that's tiresome," he explained. Moore is getting ready for his new role by running about six miles
a day. "I've been running from my home to my mother's - it's mostly on country roads, and it's a little over six miles. My wife has been telling me to do my running on a football field or something but that's too much of a temptation to take it easy. At least this way when I get halfway to my mother's I've got to go the other three miles," Moore laughed. Tom said he'd like to play at around 205 pounds. "I'm about 207 now but I don't want to let my weight get down too low - like last year when I was at 197 for a while." For a bench star, Moore has done quite a bit of scoring. He counted 15 touchdowns, including 12 by rushing, and passed for three TDs on the option play. He carries a 4.2-yard average on 218 rushes, including 112 moves last year...The Packers came out with a 60-player training camp roster Saturday and 35 of the names had numbers attached. Thirty-four of the "numbered" are holdovers and the stranger in the group is Urban Henry, who has been assigned No. 83, which belonged to the departed Bill Quinlan. Missing are Johnny Symank, who was traded to the Giants, and Hornung. The 25 non-numbered players included Bob Jeter, the former Iowa back who was on the Pack's cab squad last year. The others are all first-year men. Coach Vince Lombardi announced the signing of Jeter; Chuck Morris, drafted No. 5 as a junior a year ago; and Josef Thorne, drafted No. 12 last year. Morris is a defensive back from Mississippi and Thorne is a fullback from South Dakota State. Fifteen of the possible 19 eligible draft choices have signed for the 1963 season. Second pick Tom Brown passed up pro football to play baseball with the Washington Senators and three others skipped to the AFL - Carlton Simons of Stanford, Keith Kinderman of Florida State and Daryl Lamonica of Notre Dame.
BROWN FARMED OUT
JUN 30 (Washington) - Tom Brown, rookie first baseman-outfielder, was sent Saturday to York, Pa., of the Eastern League by the Washington Senators. Brown, former University of Maryland baseball and football star, who was drafted by the Packers, is a bonus player and the Senators will not be allowed to replace him on their roster, which will be limited to 24 players with Brown gone. The 22-year-old switch-hitter led the Senators in spring training with a .312 batting average but was hitting .100 when sent down.
GIANTS TRADE SYMANK TO CARDINALS
JUL 3 (New York) - The New York Giants traded defensive back John Symank to the St. Louis Cardinals Wednesday for a high draft choice in the 1963 NFL draft of college players. Symank, 27, former University of Florida player, came to the Giants during the winter in a deal with Green Bay that also brought defensive end Bill Quinlan to the Giants for a New York draft choice. Quinlan later was traded to Philadelphia for guard Gene Gossage. Symank, a resident of Green Bay, broke in with the Packers in 1957 and made nine interceptions as a rookie. He reportedly was ticketed for the Cleveland Browns following the death of defensive halfback Don Fleming in an electrical accident last month.
BISHOP'S CHARITIES GAME COULD BREAK RECORD GATE OF 38,669
JUL 5 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - The third Annual Bishop's Charity game between the Packers and Giants Labor Day evening stands an excellent chance of beating the 1962 record of 38,669 for attendance at a non-league game at City Stadium, according to Edward Gagnon, general chairman. An additional 3,600 seats will be available this year because of new construction on the north and south ends of the field, upping the seating capacity to 42,300. Tickets went on sale this week when 24,531 tickets were received from the Packer office. Advance orders indicate a greater interest in the game than last year, which was a sellout. If the 1963 game draws a capacity crowd, it will be the third year the Charity game has broken exhibition game records. The Giants definitely will be out for a victory after six straight losses to the Pack. For the past two years, the game was a preview of championship contests for the year. In the Charity game of 1961, the Packers edged the Giants, 20-17, then went on to beat the Giants in the championship game in Green Bay, 37-0. Last year, the Packers beat the Giants, 20-17, in the Charity game, and then won at New York's home field, 16-7, in the championship.
PACKER GATE MAY HIT RECORD 400,000 WITH STADIUM ADDITION
JUL 7 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - The Packers figure to establish new home attendance standards in 1963. Nearly 400,000 will see the world champions in seven league games and two non-leaguers in Green Bay and Milwaukee, assuming, of course, the Shrine and Bishop's Charities classic draw capacity crowds. All nine games were sellouts in 1962, with attendance just short of 375,000. The higher figure for this year is being made possible by the addition of 3,600 seats to City Stadium, thus raising the capacity to 42,327. City Stadium is oversubscribed in season tickets for the four league games and tickets for the Bishop's Charities game Labor Day Night are now on sale. Sellouts for the five games would produce a total home gate of 193,345. Depending on the sale of standing room during the season, the Milwaukee attendance - for three league games and the Shrine test - could go close to 200,000. The game is set for Saturday night, Aug. 24. And there is good news from Milwaukee. Coach-GM Vince Lombardi announced Saturday that effective immediately the sale of season tickets for Milwaukee league game is terminated. The exact number of seasons sold has not as yet been determined although. Vince said, "It is in excess of 40,000. The exact figure will be announced later. I am extremely grateful for the outstanding response to the games in Milwaukee."...SHRINE SALE TO BEGIN: The reason for the termination is twofold - first, to give the Milwaukee office an opportunity to process existing orders and, second, to preserve some seats for agencies and individuals throughout the state who have been loyal for many years but for one reason or another
cannot purchase season tickets this year. All prepaid orders currently in the Milwaukee office will be processed. This applies to both season and individual games. On Aug. 19, a limited number of tickets for each of the three league games in Milwaukee will be offered at the regular agencies throughout the state. The sale of Shrine tickets will start July 15, but sales will be limited initially to members of the Shrine, with the public sale starting Aug. 1, depending on availability of tickets. The sale is dependent on the number of available after the request of season ticket holders have been fulfilled...ATTENTION RAILBIRDS: Packer practice is just one week away. The rookies report Saturday, July 12, and the first drill is set for Sunday. The veterans are scheduled to report Tuesday, July 23.
'HUNGER' TO DETERMINE PACKER' TITLE CHANCES: VINCE
JUL 10 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - That personal imponderable, emotion, will determine the Packers' 1963 title chances. This again is the professional conviction of Vince Lombardi, who formally begins a fifth season as the world champions' resident genius when he throws open the Pack's St. Norbert College training camp to 27 rookies next Sunday. (Thirty-three veterans are scheduled to report Tuesday.) "I think we're going to have a good football team," Lombardi conceded in presenting his annual prospectus to the Mike & Pen Sports Club at the Elks Club Monday noon. "How good depends on the team itself." Pinpointing the all-important emotional factor, which could easily swing the balance in the highly competitive NFL, Lombardi noted, "How hungry they are, how much desire they have - all these things remain to be learned during the first three weeks of camp." Keenly aware that no team ever has won a third straight NFL title, a hoary tradition which now challenges Lombardi and his 1963 cast, the Packer headmaster freely admitted, "It is at once our
ATTENTION, PACK: 'STARS START
JUL 11 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - And there were three. Weeks, that is. In the event you haven't checked the calendar of late, only 21 days separate the Packers from their 1963 baptism against the College All-Stars in Chicago's cavernous Soldiers' Field Friday night, Aug. 2. This fact was brought home with announcement from the Windy City that the 50-man All-Star squad today began flexing their muscles at Northwestern University in suburban Evanston for their match with the world champions. Coached for the sixth straight year by erstwhile Cleveland Brown pass master Otto Graham, the collegians will be striving to break a four-game losing streak in the August classic. The last All-Star success came in 1958, debut of Graham as head coach, when the Stars manhandled the Detroit Lions, 35-19. They scented an upset in last year's silver anniversary production, when they surprised by holding the Pack to a 21-20 edge through three quarters, but Vince Lombardi's prideful disciples erupted for three touchdowns in the last quarter to breeze, 42-30. The pros, with the Packers responsible for three of those triumphs, hold a 19-8 edge in the 29-year-old series. There also have two ties, one of them a scoreless deadlock in the carter 1934 games, in which the Bears represented the NFL. Graham will be assisted in preparing the collegians for their Aug. 2 assignment by Dick Stanfel, Johnny Sauer, Mike Scarry, Dante Lavelli and Tom O'Connell. Three of the 50 All-Stars will be joining the Packers following the game. Two of them, Penn State's Dave Robinson and Tulsa's Tony Liscio, are leading candidates to succeed the departed Bill Quinlan at defensive end. The other is defensive back Chuck Morris, an Ole Miss product. The 50th All Star, incidentally, was added only Wednesday. He is Washington State end Hugh Campbell, overlooked in the original selections. The All-Stars, who were issued equipment and underwent physical examinations today, are scheduled to start heavy workouts Friday. The Packers, who will be making their fifth appearance in the Chicago spectacle, open camp Sunday when 27 rookies are scheduled to report. They will be joined by 33 veterans Tuesday and full scale drills begin Wednesday.
JUL 11 (Cleveland) - The Dallas Cowboys traded offensive lineman Andy Cvercko, fifth draft choice of the Green Bay Packers in 1958, to the Cleveland Browns Wednesday for an unnamed draft choice. The 25-year-old Cvercko, a guard, has been a member of the Cowboys for two years after spending the 1959 and 1960 seasons with the Packers.
NEVER BREAK UP 'WINNER;' COULD HAPPEN TO PACK
JUL 12 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - Never break up a winning combination? Judging by a recent pronouncement, purposeful Vince Lombardi might amend this bromide to read - "Unless it is necessary." Thus indicating he doesn't hold with this philosophy, the Packer major-domo has intimated he may make some personnel "changes" - in addition to those necessitated by the loss of Paul Hornung and the departure of Bill Quinlan and John Symank - before he sends his defending world champions against the Chicago Bears in the 1963 inaugural at City Stadium Sept. 15. Lombardi, who might be excused for standing pat with a largely youthful lineup that has won three straight championships in the NFL's rugged Western Division, said, in answer to a question at this week's Mike and Pen Club session, "There's always something in the wind on trades." "It's good for the club and it's good for the player," he added. "It's not good for some players to be with a club too long. I'm always interested in getting some new faces if it doesn't hurt the club." As might be expected, Lombardi did not mention names. His needs, which he listed earlier, are a defensive end, to replace Quinlan, and a linebacker. He didn't say so, but there is also the possibility he will look beyond his squad, which presently includes heir apparent Tom Moore, Earl Gros and Elijah Pitts as prime contenders, for a successor to Paul Hornung. Perhaps taking his cue from such examples as the Baltimore Colts' ill-fated bid for a third straight NFL crown in 1960, when the ageing, complacent Hosses stumbled in the stretch, the Packer chieftain has never been one to be content with the status quo. He added six new faces to his 1960 divisional champions and four more to last year's titled
cast. In effect, the ex-Block of Granite already has broken with "tradition" by dealing the swashbuckling Quinlan, who anchored the Packers' defensive right flank the last four years, to the New York Giants - who in turn dispatched him to Philadelphia...PACKER PATTER: Lombardi, who welcomes 27 Packer rookies to the St. Norbert College training camp Sunday evening, will give the yearlings their first test at 10 o'clock Monday morning. They will be joined by the bulk of the veterans, scheduled to report by 6 o'clock Tuesday night. Some of them, by choice, will begin acquiring aches and strains with the freshmen Monday. Already on the scene and working out informally are Earl Gros, Jim Taylor, Forrest Gregg, and defensive captain Bill Forester, in addition to hometowners Bart Starr, Gary Knafelc, Gary Kroner and Lew Carpenter.
TAYLOR'S READY FOR NEW CAMPAIGN AFTER BATTERING ILLNESS
JUL 13 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - In the six months since the Packers outscrambled New York's vengeful Giants in frigid Yankee Stadium, two burning questions have arisen about the world champions. One, of course, was "How will the Packers fare without Paul Hornung?" And the other? "Will Jim Taylor be his old self again?" The answer to the first must, of course, await the movement of the calendar. But today there is a hearty affirmative to the second - from the man in question. Encountered at the Pleasant View driving range late Friday afternoon, a deeply-tanned Bayou Bronco waggled his driver behind a golf ball and swung with impressive force. His "swoosh" produced a whistling liner which eventually bounced to rest about 270 yards distant. "That was a little better," he said, half to himself, not without a modicum of satisfaction, before discussing the state of his health. Taylor, felled by infectious hepatitis shortly after the championship game, imparted with a broad smile, I went to the doctor a week ago Wednesday and he said everything was A-OK." Carefully teeing up another ball, he added over his shoulder, "I feel real good, that's the main thing." Taylor, whose weight dropped to 202 during his illness, reported, "I weighed 217 this morning, which is just about right to come in at. I'll maybe drop off five during camp, and that should do it." Looking just as indestructible as he did in churning to a record 19 touchdowns last season, the square-cut Louisiana State University alumnus revealed, "I've been playing a lot of handball." What about golf? "I haven't had a chance to play more than twice a month," he confided. "I've been so busy building a house." The NFL's 1962 "player of the year" admitted he has found time, however, to purchase another of his favorite exercises - running up and down the steps at LSU Stadium. "I've done some of it since I got here, too," he added. Looking to the 1963 season, Taylor conceded, "I know it's going to be tougher." He does not expect last year's successes to dampen his ardor for contact, which he has exhibited to a high degree in the past, the
thoughtful Louisian added. "I hope I'm the type of players who always has that burning desire every time I step on the field," he said soberly. "I just want to play the best game I can play every game."...PACKER PATTER: One of the Packers' two home grown hopefuls, Gary Kroner, is currently plagued with a pulled hamstring muscle in his right leg. "I got it in practice for the All-American Bowl game at Buffalo," he reported. Kroner, incidentally, was impressed with the competitive zest evinced by one of his fellow Packer fledglings, No. 1 draftee Dave Robinson of Penn State, in the All-American drills. "We didn't have too much contact, but he was always looking for it," Kroner said, adding with a smile, "He always wanted to know if it was a full go."...An eager participant in Friday afternoon's informal "workout" at the Oneida Street practice field, a touch football session, was Defense Capt. Bill Forester's No. 2 son, 8-year-old Mike. Flexing their muscles along with the Foresters were Boyd Dowler, Gary (Kinkaid) Knafelc, Ray Nitschke and John Fabry.
27 YEARLINGS TO ANSWER PACKER CHECK-IN TONIGHT
JUL 14 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - With some understandable trepidation, 27 rookie football players, from 26 assorted institutions of higher learning, tonight check into Lombardi U., better known as St. Norbert College most of the year. A certain amount of anxiety is, of course, to be expected. In this case, however, it is likely to be somewhat above average, since cracking the "Yankees" of pro football, as the Packers have come to be known in the metropolitan prints, may take considerable doing. Yet, surprisingly enough, these young hopefuls should be a good cheer. Despite the substantial challenge which will confront them when Lombardi calls his first class to order at 9 o'clock, there is a possibility as high as one-third of these NFL neophytes will win regular 1963 employment with the defending world champions. In fact, there is the incongruous possibility that more rookies will crash the Packer roster than will find a home with each of the Bay's 13 league rivals. This seemingly paradoxical situation stems from several factors. Three openings were provided, of course, by the one-year suspension of multi-talented Paul Hornung for gambling and the dealing away of Bill Quinlan and John Symank. Then, too, an additional job was created by increasing the league player limit from 36 to 37. There also is the fact that Lombardi is avowedly seeking help at linebacker and in the defensive line, perhaps the most pertinent item of all, the conviction that this is an unusual rookie crop. He reportedly feels his '63 yearlings boast more size and possibilities as a group than any he's had. The educated guess is that anywhere from five to eight, probably closer to the former than the latter, of those 27 fledglings will be on the final roster when the Packers deploy against Chicago's hopeful Bears at City Stadium Sunday afternoon, Sept. 15. One of those prime prospects is not a genuine rookie. That would be Bob Jeter, the former Iowa long ball threat who was an "inactive" Packer last season after two semesters in Canadian football. His speed should make him a strong flanker candidate. For obvious reasons, Lombardi is not speculating on who of his freshmen might make it, but top draftees, numerically, include end Dave Robinson (No. 1, Penn State); tackle Tony Liscio (No. 3, Tulsa); guard Lionel Aldridge (No. 4, Utah State, acquired in Paul Dudley trade with Giants); center Carlton Simons (regular No. 4 pick, Stanford); guard Jack Cvercko (No 5, Northwestern, acquired in trade with Redskins); tackle Dan Grimm (regular No. 5 pick, Colorado); end John Simmons (No. 6, Tulsa, acquired in trade with Cowboys); end Jan Barrett (regular No. 6 pick, Fresno State); and halfback Gary Kroner (No. 7, Wisconsin, acquired in trade with Browns). Although there is no opposition for such as these, particularly Robinson and Liscio, both of whom are looked upon as potential successors to Quinlan, all of the newcomers face a major struggle for job security. This has become clearly evident from the condition of the veterans who have appeared on the scene to date. To a man, they have come in at or near their playing weight. A shining example is that model of deceptive insolence, Max McGee, who arrived Friday sporing a svelte 205 pounds - 15 less than he reported a year ago. Another, Offensive Capt. Jim Ringo, scales a customary 230 and both Fuzzy Thurston and Jerry Kramer are hovering about the 240 mark, a trim neighborhood. Ray Nitschke, too, is flashing his playing figure, 235. All of which prompted Packer Publicity Tom Miller to observe with a smile, "It's an indication there' a little eagerness here." Reporting with the rookies tonight (official check-in time is 6 o'clock) will be the veteran quarterbacks, Bart Starr and John Roach, and centers Ringo and Ken Iman. Following dinner, physical examinations will be conducted at 7 o'clock, with baptismal meetings scheduled at 9 o'clock. The first exertion will come Monday morning, when Lombardi summons the squad to the Pack's Oneida Street practice field for a 10 o'clock drill. Two-a-day workouts at 10 and 3 o'clock are expected to continue for two weeks - until just before the champions' maiden assignment against the College All Stars in Chicago Friday night, Aug. 2. The veterans, many of whom are already in town, officially report at 6 o'clock Tuesday night and the first full scale session will hit the turf at 10 o'clock Wednesday morning to trigger the Bays' bid for that traditionally elusive third straight world championship.
greatest incentive and our biggest stumbling block." If the defending champions are to junk this long-standing whammy, it will have to be done with the aid of "at least four new faces," he pointed out. "Hornung, Quinlan and Symank are gone, of course, and we now can carry 37 people (one more than a year ago)." How much will Hornung be missed? "We'll miss him as a football player," Vince replied, "but more as a psychological factor. Hornung did a lot of things - he could beat you a lot of ways. But more than that, he was a great leader." There has been considerable speculation about who would succeed the three-time NFL scoring champion, but Lombardi tabbed Tom Moore, Peerless Paul's longtime understudy, as his logical successor without hesitation. "I think Moore is the left halfback," the Packer major-domo declared, "until it's proved differently." His primary problem, he noted, will be to find a replacement for the departed Bill Quinlan, in a mid-winter trade, at defensive end. Simultaneously, he expressed good hope of so doing. "We have some real good prospects," Lombardi confided. "Dave Robinson (the Packers' No. 1 draft choice from Penn State) is big enough, agile enough and strong enough to play there. The coaches at Buffalo (recent site of the All-American Bowl game) were very much impressed with Tony Liscio (No. 3 draftee from Tulsa). Urban Henry, a free agent who played with the Rams last year, is very agile and has great size. He doesn't weigh under 265 pounds. I was very much impressed with him when he was with the Rams. Lionel Aldridge (No. 4 draft choice from Utah State) also is a real fine prospect," Lombardi added in summing up the DE position. Replacing Quinlan, he added, is not his only problem. "We also have to pick up a linebacker - somewhere." Although most coaches are loath to see their prime rookies in the All-Star camp, this could be a blessing in disguise here. Lombardi said, "While Robinson is with the All-Stars, we will have a chance to try everybody else at defensive end. So if we find somebody who can play there, we'll move him right in at linebacker when he reports." "Unfortunately, however," he added with a wry smile, "Liscio is also in the All-Star camp." Lombardi, who reportedly was delighted with last December's draft (not to mention the fact that 15 of the selectees chose to sign Green Bay documents), finds "we have some good prospects on offense, too. Marv Fleming (6-5, 228-pound end from Utah), for example, has great size. He's almost the size of Dowler, except he's thicker. Jan Barrett (6-3, 230-pound end from Fresno State) has impressed us a lot, too." Lombardi also is taken with the potential of a hometown product, Gary Kroner. The former Premontre luminary, the Pack's No. 7 choice, "impressed me very, very much with his field goal kicking and kickoffs," Vince confided. Replying to another question, the Packer chieftain said the ex-Wisconsin star's chances of making the 1963 squad are not restricted to his kicking along. "Kroner's a good athlete," he declared. "He showed well as a flanker - he had good hands and good speed. Not blazing speed, but real good speed." Earlier, he had been asked, "Do you consider Jerry Kramer your top placekicker?" Lombardi said, "Not necessarily," indicating Kroner must be considered a serious contender for such employment. Kroner, incidentally, will not be the only Green Bay product in evidence when camp convenes Sunday. Also scheduled to appear is former Premontre and UW colleague, quarterback John Fabry, who has been signed as a free agent. Was he considering the ex-Cadet primarily as a defensive back? "I don't know if he has enough speed to play that position in our league," Lombardi said. "I do know he was a good defensive back in college. He also throws the ball pretty well. It's an ideal situation, of course, to have a third quarterback who also can play defensive back." The Packers, in fact, will have more "homegrown" hopefuls on their training roster than in any year of recent memory. A third, De Pere's strapping Doug Brozek, likewise is scheduled to report with the yearlings. Brozek, who scales 250 pounds, has played with the Manitowoc Chiefs of the Central States League the last five seasons. Speaking of quarterbacks, Lombardi admitted he also liked what he has seen of another free agent, Drake alumnus Terry Zang. "Even with a dislocated shoulder, he throws the ball extremely well," Vince imparted with a smile. "He throws the long ball extremely well and also is very accurate with his short passes. And he has a lot of poise." Zang matriculated at Marquette University, but when the school dropped football after the 1960 season, transferred to Drake, where he completed more than 60 percent of his passes last season. Another noteworthy "recruit," on an official basis, is the former Iowa speedball, Bob Jeter, who played in Canada for two seasons after being drafted No. 2 in 1959 and toiled with the Packer cab squad last year. "We hope to use him as a flanker," Vince said, "but he also could play at deep safety very well." Looking elsewhere, he noted, "We have too much depth in the offensive line." This prompted a question about the status of Ken Iman, which Lombardi answered with optimism, "Iman is a fine football player. He just happens to be playing behind the best center in the league (Jim Ringo). Ken is also an excellent prospect at linebacker," Vince added, "and that is probably where we will put him." While on the subject of linebackers, he pointed out with some satisfaction, "Despite the fact he is now in his 11th year in this league, Bill Forester is only 31. There are a lot of linebackers in the league older than Bubba Forester." The defensive backfield, which played a major role in restricting the enemy to a modest touchdown-a-game average last season, "is pretty solid," he admitted. "Howard Williams, who was a rookie last year, should show very well." He also tabbed a fleet freshman DHB from Ole Miss, Chuck Morris, "as a real fine athlete. He should have a real good chance of making our club." Asked about the health of Jim Taylor, the bruising fullback who last year careened to a record 19 touchdowns, Vince said, "As far as I know, Taylor's fine." Commenting on the possibility of going to an "outside" offense, Lombardi said, "We'll have to wait and see. Neither Moore or Pitts (Elijah) is as good an inside runner as Hornung, but they're both good inside runners. And, of course, as long as you have Taylor, you're still going to be an inside team." Summing up, Lombardi pointed out, "We have at least four men to pick up. Fortunately, we have a good enough squad to pick them up from the squad. Whether we'll get them in the spots were we need them is something else." He didn't speculate on the upcoming NFL race, which begins for the Packers Sept. 15 when they welcome Chicago's Bears to expanded City Stadium, but volunteered, "I think the most improved team will be the Rams. They have a good chance of doing well." P.S. Lombardi said he also expects the Detroit Lions to be just as formidable as they were in '62.
Green Bay Press-Gazette (March 17th 1963)