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The 1988 Green Bay Packers - 4-12 (T-4TH-NFC Central Division)

Head Coach: Lindy Infante

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1988 PRE-SEASON RESULTS (1-2-1)

                                                                                                                                                               OFF     DEF

AUGUST (1-3)                              RESULT    RECORD    ATT RSH PSS RSH PSS STARTING QB         LEADING RUSHER           LEADING PASSER         LEADING RECEIVER

6  G-NEW YORK GIANTS                     L  3-34    0- 1-0 41,455                 Marc Wilson         Larry Mason (33)         Wilson/Kiel (55)       Kenneth Davis (3-30)

13 at Indianapolis Colts                 L 21-25    0- 2-0 53,720                 Don Majkowski       Brent Fullwood (29)      Blair Kiel (70)        Perry Kemp (3-42)

19 M-KANSAS CITY CHIEFS                  T 21-21 *  0- 2-1 32,361                 Marc Wilson         Kevin Willhite (25)      Randy Wright (149)     Frankie Neal (5-60)

27 MADISON-NEW YORK JETS                 W 27-24    1- 2-1 42,098                 Randy Wright        Paul Ott Carruth (46)    Randy Wright (149)     Walter Stanley (5-102)

1988 REGULAR SEASON RESULTS

SEPTEMBER (0-4)

4  G-LOS ANGELES RAMS (0-0)              L  7-34    0- 1-0 53,769  78 131 114 176 Randy Wright        Brent Fullwood (25)      Randy Wright (130)     Perry Kemp (4-67)

11 G-TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS (0-1)          L 10-13    0- 2-0 52,584  59 181 148 118 Randy Wright        Kenneth Davis (18)       Randy Wright (181)     Walter Stanley (4-36)

18 at Miami Dolphins (0-2)               L 17-24    0- 3-0 54,409  78 260  98 256 Randy Wright        Paul Ott Carruth (22)    Randy Wright (184)     Walter Stanley (7-87)

25 G-CHICAGO BEARS (2-1)                 L  6-24    0- 4-0 56,492  34 199 242 116 Randy Wright        Kenneth Davis (18)       Randy Wright (242)     Sterling Sharpe (7-137)

OCTOBER (2-3)

2  at Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1-3)         L 24-27    0- 5-0 40,003  72 354  85 283 Randy Wright        Randy Wright (33)        Randy Wright (321)     Walter Stanley (6-107)

9  M-NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS (2-3)          W 45- 3    1- 5-0 51,932 207 192  76 191 Don Majkowski       Brent Fullwood (118)     Don Majkowski (210)    Ed West (3-63)

16 at Minnesota Vikings (4-2)            W 34-14    2- 5-0 59,053 125 230  67 257 Don Majkowski       Keith Woodside (54)      Don Majkowski (243)    Phil Epps (6-56)

23 M-WASHINGTON REDSKINS (4-3)           L 17-20    2- 6-0 51,767  82 123 160 225 Don Majkowski       Don Majkowski (38)       Don Majkowski (134)    Keith Woodside (4-78)

30 at Buffalo Bills (7-1)                L  0-28    2- 7-0 79,176  77  54 195  66 Don Majkowski       Brent Fullwood (41)      Don Majkowski (93)     Ed West (3-39)

NOVEMBER (0-4)

6  at Atlanta Falcons (2-7)              L  0-20    2- 8-0 29,952 101 183 164 177 Don Majkowski       Don Majkowski (36)       Don Majkowski (162)    Sterling Sharpe (5-61)

13 G-INDIANAPOLIS COLTS (5-5)            L 13-20    2- 9-0 53,492  98 199 136 111 Don Majkowski       Brent Fullwood (68)      Don Majkowski (216)    Sterling Sharpe (5-74)

20 M-DETROIT LIONS (2-9)                 L  9-19    2-10-0 44,327  52 304 156 114 Don Majkowski       Brent Fullwood (22)      Don Majkowski (327)    Sterling Sharpe (8-124)

27 at Chicago Bears (10-2)               L  0-16    2-11-0 62,026  22 167 213 159 Don Majkowski       Brent Fullwood (14)      Don Majkowski (184)    Perry Kemp (5-87)

DECEMBER (1-3)

4  at Detroit Lions (3-10)               L 14-30    2-12-0 28,124  92 268  94 126 Randy Wright        Brent Fullwood (65)      Randy Wright (284)     Keith Woodside (7-40)

11 G-MINNESOTA VIKINGS (10-4)            W 18- 6    3-12-0 48,892  97 201  44 211 Randy Wright        Larry Mason (65)         Randy Wright (124)     Perry Kemp (6-108)

18 at Phoenix Cardinals (7-8)            W 26-17    4-12-0 44,586 105 239 118 147 Don Majkowski       Larry Mason (57)         Don Majkowski (255)    Perry Kemp (6-58)

G - Green Bay  M - Milwaukee * - Overtime

1988 IN REVIEW

The young Packers continued to struggle under new head coach Lindy Infante. Infante had earned an eviable reputation as an offensive coordinator, most recently with Cleveland, and had been a head coach in the USFL. The young Packers had problems with the new offensive system, and the offense lagged all season, wasting several strong efforts by an improving defense. The team would get off to a 0-5 start, and after back-to-back wins would go on a 7 game losing streak to drop them to 2-12. However the team would end the year on a positive note by winning their last 2 games for a 4-12 record, but lose out on the top pick of the 1989 college draft.

PACKER FINANCES IN THE 1980s AND 1990s

While the Packers remained a profitable franchise in the 1980s, the handwriting was clearly on the wall. The war with the USFL and the increasing costs of doing business were putting a strain on the future of the team. The team turned a $2.09 million profit in 1985, and followed that up with a $3.08 million profit the following fiscal year. The team was also building up its reserves in order to compete in the free agency market. With the USFL ending its war in 1985, the team was able to cut its payroll 15 percent, and was aiming to cut it another 10 percent in 1987. The team also took steps to increase its revenue, when, in 1985, 72 suites were added to Lambeau Field, which increased the facility's capacity to 56,926.  The suites sold out in hours. Five years later, the Packers spent $8.263 million to erect 36 new suites and 1,920 club seats in south end zone. The construction added 2,617 total seats and capacity increased to 59,543. The final expansion prior to the renovation of 2001-2003 came in 1995, when Green Bay spent $4.7 million to enclose the north end zone with 90 more suites, which added 1,347 to increase capacity to 60,890. By 1990, the net worth of the franchise was estimated at over $125 million. Revenue from television rights had continued to climb, so that in 1990 the team pulled in $25 million from broadcast rights, and reported a profit of $2 million. Team president Robert Harlan significantly boosted the team's income by aggressively marketing the Packers logo and opening a Packer Pro Shop to sell Packers gear and paraphernalia. The team was losing roughly $2.5 million a year by playing home games in nearby Milwaukee and Madison, whose stadiums did not have lucrative luxury seats. Beginning in 1995, the Packers played all their regular season home games at Lambeau Field in Green Bay. The world of NFL financing also changed in the late 1980s. The Plan B free agency was a type of free 

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agency that became active in the National Football League in February 1989. Plan B free agency permitted all teams in the NFL to preserve limited rights of no more than 37 total players a season. If a player was a protected Plan B free agent, he was incapable of signing with another team without providing his old team the first opportunity to sign him again. The rest of the players were left unprotected, liberated to negotiate contracts with the rest of the teams in the league. The system lasted for three season, when eight players sued the NFL in U.S. federal court, and, in 1992, a jury found that Plan B violated antitrust laws and awarded damages to the players. The decision led to the NFL's adoption of a salary cap in 1994, a maximum amount of money each team can pay its players. The cap is determined via a formula based on the revenue that all NFL teams receive during the previous year. By the late 1990s, Harlan announced that the corporation had a negative cash flow in 1998 and expected the same in 1999. Noting that every other team in the league would have either new or improved stadiums by 2003, which would include year-round revenue sources such as restaurants and shops, Harlan petitioned Wisconsin state legislators for help in 'saving the franchise.' The result - the expansion of the Lambeau Field and the creation of a "total experience for fans" to what it is today, and the positioning of the franchise to compete in the 21st century.

NAME                NO  POS  HGT WGT COLLEGE         YR PR AG  G HOW ACQUIRED

John Anderson       59   LB 6- 3 228 Michigan        11 11 32 14 1978 Draft-1st round

Albert Bell         88   WR 6- 0 170 Alabama          1  1 24  5 1988 FA

Scott Bolton        82   WR 6- 0 188 Auburn           1  1 23  4 1988 Draft-12th round

Jerry Boyarsky      61   NT 6- 3 290 Pittsburgh       3  8 29  2 1986 FA-Buffalo

Don Bracken         17    P 6- 0 205 Michigan         4  4 26 16 1985 FA

Dave Brown          32   CB 6- 1 197 Michigan         2 14 35 16 1987 Trade-Seattle

Robert Brown        93   DE 6- 2 267 Virginia Tech    7  7 28 16 1982 Draft-4th round

Curtis Burrow        5    K 5-11 185 Central Arkansas 1  1 25  1 1988 FA

Mark Cannon         58    C 6- 3 270 TX-Arlington     5  5 26 16 1984 Draft-11th round

Alphonso Carreker   76   DE 6- 6 271 Florida State    5  5 26 14 1984 Draft-1st round

Paul Ott Carruth    30   RB 6- 1 220 Alabama          3  3 27 15 1986 FA-Birm (USFL)

Chuck Cecil         26    S 6- 0 184 Arizona          1  1 23 16 1988 Draft-4th round

Patrick Collins     25   RB 5- 9 188 Oklahoma         1  1 22  6 1988 Draft-8th round

John Corker         53   LB 6- 5 240 Oklahoma State   1  4 29  2 1988 FA-Memphis (USFL)

Dave Croston        60    T 6- 5 280 Iowa             1  1 24 16 1987 Draft-3rd round

Kenneth Davis       36   RB 5-10 209 TCU              3  3 26  9 1986 Draft-2nd round

Dale Dawson          4    K 6- 1 212 Eastern Kentucky 1  2 23  4 1988 FA-Philadelphia

Burnell Dent        56   LB 6- 1 236 Tulane           3  3 25 10 1986 Draft-6th round

Clint Didier        80   TE 6- 5 240 Portland State   1  7 29 15 1988 FA-Wash (1987)

Dean Dorsey          9    K 5-11 195 Toronto          1  1 31  3 1988 FA-Philadelphia

John Dorsey         99   LB 6- 2 243 Connecticut      5  5 28 16 1984 Draft-4th round

Phillip Epps        85   WR 5-10 165 TCU              7  7 29  6 1982 Draft-12th round

Brent Fullwood      21   FB 5-11 209 Auburn           2  2 24 14 1987 Draft-1st round

Tiger Greene        23   DB 6- 0 194 W. Carolina      3  4 26 16 1986 FA-Atlanta (1985)

Joey Hackett        89   TE 6- 5 267 Elon             2  3 28  9 1987 FA-Denver (1986)

Darryl Haley        74    T 6- 5 265 Utah             1  6 27 13 1988 FA-Cleve (1987)

Ron Hallstrom       65    G 6- 6 290 Iowa             7  7 29 16 1982 Draft-1st round

Tim Harris          97   LB 6- 5 235 Memphis State    3  3 23 16 1986 Draft-4th round

Nate Hill           90   DE 6- 4 273 Auburn           1  1 22  3 1988 Draft-6th round

Johnny Holland      50   LB 6- 2 221 Texas A&M        2  2 23 13 1987 Draft-2nd round

Norman Jefferson    38   DB 5-10 183 LSU              2  2 24  2 1987 Draft-12th round

Kani Kauahi         62    C 6- 2 271 Hawaii           1  6 28 16 1988 FA-Seattle (1986)

Perry Kemp          81   WR 5-11 170 Calif St (PA)    1  2 26 16 1988 FA-Cleve (1987)

Blair Kiel          10   QB 6- 0 205 Notre Dame       1  4 26  1 1988 FA-Ind (1987)

Mark Lee            22   CB 5-11 189 Washington       9  9 30 15 1980 Draft-2nd round

Don Majkowski        7   QB 6- 2 197 Virginia         2  2 24 13 1987 Draft-10th round

Chris Mandeville    44    S 6- 1 213 Cal-Davis        2  2 23  2 1986 FA

Larry Mason         34   RB 5-11 205 Troy State       1  2 27 15 1988 FA-Cleve (1987)

Aubrey Matthews     88   WR 5- 7 165 Delta State      1  3 25  7 1988 FA-Atlanta

Rich Moran          57    G 6- 2 275 San Diego State  4  4 26 16 1985 Draft-3rd round

Mark Murphy         37    S 6- 2 201 West Liberty St  8  8 30 14 1980 FA

NAME                NO  POS  HGT WGT COLLEGE         YR PR AG  G HOW ACQUIRED

Bob Nelson          79   NT 6- 4 275 Miami            1  2 29 14 1988 FA-TB (1986)

Tom Neville         72    G 6- 5 300 Fresno State     3  3 26  2 1986 FA

Brian Noble         91   LB 6- 3 252 Arizona State    4  4 25 12 1985 Draft-5th round

Shawn Patterson     96   DE 6- 5 261 Arizona State    1  1 23 15 1988 Draft-2nd round

Ron Pitts           28   DB 5-10 175 UCLA             1  3 25 14 1988 FA-Buff (1987)

Gary Richard        46   CB 5- 9 171 Pittsburgh       1  1 22 10 1988 Draft-7th round

Ken Ruettgers       75    T 6- 5 280 USC              4  4 26 15 1985 Draft-1st round

Patrick Scott       83   WR 5-10 170 Grambling        2  2 24 16 1987 Draft-11th round

Sterling Sharpe     84   WR 5-11 202 South Carolina   1  1 23 16 1988 Draft-1st round

Ron Simpkins        51   LB 6- 1 234 Michigan         1  7 30  7 1988 FA-Cin (1986)

Walter Stanley      87   WR 5- 9 179 Mesa             4  4 27  7 1985 Draft-4th round

Scott Stephen       54   LB 6- 2 232 Arizona State    2  2 24  8 1987 Draft-3rd round

Ken Stills          29    S 5-10 186 Wisconsin        4  4 25 14 1985 Draft-8th round

Lavale Thomas       45   RB 6- 0 205 Fresno State     2  2 24  1 1987 FA

Keith Uecker        70    G 6- 5 284 Auburn           4  6 28 16 1984 FA-Denver (1983)

Mike Weddington     52   LB 6- 4 245 Oklahoma         3  3 27 16 1986 FA-NJ (USFL)

Ed West             86   TE 6- 1 243 Auburn           5  5 27 16 1984 FA

Blaise Winter       68   DE 6- 3 275 Syracuse         1  4 26 16 1988 FA-SD (1987)

Keith Woodside      33   RB 5-11 203 Texas A&M        1  1 24 16 1988 Draft-3rd round

Randy Wright        16   QB 6- 2 203 Wisconsin        5  5 27  8 1984 Draft-6th round

Max Zendejas         8    K 5-11 184 Arizona          2  3 24  8 1987 FA-Wash (1986)

* - Also played in regular games NO - Jersey Number POS - Position HGT - Height WGT - Weight YR - Years with Packers PR - Years of Professional Football AGE - Age on September 1 G - Games  Played FA - Free Agent

1988 PACKERS DRAFT (April 24-25, 1988)

RND-PCK NAME                POS COLLEGE       NOTES

1     7 Sterling Sharpe      WR S. Carolina 

2    34 Shawn Patterson      DE Arizona State 

3    61 Keith Woodside       RB Texas A&M 

4a   88 Rollin Putzier       NT Oregon        (A) 

4b   89 Chuck Cecil           S Arizona 

5   116 Darrell Reed         LB Oklahoma 

6   144 Nate Hill            DE Auburn 

7   173 Gary Richard         CB Pittsburgh 

8   200 Patrick Collins      RB Oklahoma 

9   228 Neal Wilkinson       TE James Madison 

10  256 Bud Keyes            QB Wisconsin 

11  284 Traded to Seattle in Dave Brown trade

12  312 Scott Bolton         WR Auburn 

A-From LA Raiders in James Lofton trade

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