American football was becoming a popular sport towards the end of the second decade of the 20th century. That was evident in Green Bay, Wisconsin, a small city in the midwestern United States that today barely exceeds 100,000 inhabitants.
The Green Bay Packers’ incredible history began in August 1919, when the Indian Packing Company agreed to sponsor a local professional football team, under the direction of Earl “Curly” Lambeau.
Earl “Curly” Lambeau, then an employee of the Indian Packing Company, received $ 500 from the company to purchase uniforms and equipment to form his football team, made up of Lambeau co-workers to compete against other Wisconsin-area teams and Michigan.
Green Bay, the Packers’ home, is still a city of less than 100,000 inhabitants and is seen as a type of “dinosaur” in the sports industry as the only small city in the world of large cities of professional sports franchises.
The team survives economic problems
As the encounters progressed, the Indian Packing Company suffered from financial problems, making it more challenging to support the football team. That’s why in 1921, the Acme Packing Company absorbed the company, changing the name of the team to Acme Packers and incorporating it into the American Professional Football Association (APFA), the first name the NFL had in its history.
Since then, the Green Bay team is the only team in the entire League to be a non-profit community entity, whose administration depends on a board of directors. This has allowed it to transcend over time, despite various economic difficulties that have sometimes influenced sports.
But the determination that the third-oldest franchise in the NFL has had throughout its centennial history has helped it to become the team with the most titles since American football is professional. Between victories in the Championship Game of the NFL and Super Bowl, the Packers account for 13 championships, making them the most successful franchise in history.
- Super Bowl titles: 4 (1966, 1967, 1968, 1997 and 2011)
- NFL titles: 11 (1929, 1930, 1931, 1936, 1939, 1944, 1961, 1962, 1965, 1966 * and 1967 *)
- Conference titles: 9 NFL West (1960, 1961, 1962, 1965, 1966, and 1967), NFC (1996, 1997, and 2010)
- Division titles: 18 NFL West (1936, 1938, 1939, and 1944), NFL Central (1967), NFC Central (1972, 1995, 1996, and 1997), NFC North (2002, 2003, 2004, 2007, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2016)
* NFL championships won in 1966 and 1967 are not counted in the sum of national championships given at the end of the Super Bowl season.
The team with the most victories in history
Green Bay Packers is the most winning team in NFL history. Likewise, it is the third-oldest team in professional American football. The Green Bay team’s long and epic history is one of struggle, until recently, for survival off the field and stability in the sporting world, since the Packers brand has been marked with periods both of great success and of the most profound defeats leading to one of the biggest Green Bay Packers Memorabilia sales in recent history..
Several great players have participated for Green Bay, but two coaches, Lambeau and Vince Lombardi, rank as the most dominant personalities in the annals of Packers’ history. They led Green Bay to 11 NFL championships, including two consecutive 3-title streaks, the first in 1929, 1930 and 1931, and the second in 1965, 1966, and 1967.
Individually, Lambeau, Lombardi, and 20 other Packers players are in the Professional American Football Hall of Fame. There are players from the first era, such as Don Hutson (the first great receiver in history), Arnie Herber, Clarke Hinkle, Cal Hubbard, John “Blood” McNally, Mike Michalske, and Tony Canadeo.
Green Bay Packers victories
December 8, 1929
With seven wins and a draw in its last eight games of the season (all played away), Green Bay closes the campaign with a 12-0-1 record, enough to rank at the top of the standing and thus achieve its first title as an NFL franchise. The Packers would finish at the top of the League in the next two campaigns to reach the triple championship.
December 17, 1944
In their fourth appearance in the NFL Championship Game in nine seasons, the Packers beat the New York Giants 14-7, in what was the sixth and final league title the franchise conquered with “Curly” Lambeau as coach and founder of the team. In the following 15 seasons, Green Bay would become one of the worst teams in the League.
December 31, 1961
After cherishing glory a year earlier, already under the command of Vince Lombardi, the Packers arrive for the second consecutive season at the NFL Championship Game. They categorically defeated the New York Giants, blanking them 37-0, with Bart Starr and Paul Hornung as the team figures. Green Bay would repeat as champion in 1962 and 1965.
January 15, 1967
After achieving their second consecutive title and eighth in the League, the Packers are the representatives of the NFL in the “First World Championship Game,” as it was known to Super Bowl I, facing the Kansas City Chiefs, champions of the AFL, which they beat by a score of 35-10. The following year, the Packers would repeat in this game and as winners, now beating the Raiders.
After advancing to the Playoffs in two of the past 24 seasons, the Green Bay organization transforms with the addition of Ron Wolff as general manager, Mike Holmgreen as head coach, and the arrival of Brett Favre from Atlanta via an exchange. Although they miss the Postseason this year, Green Bay manages to be the protagonist in the following six campaigns, reaching the Playoffs.
January 26, 1997
Thanks to a 13-3 record in the regular season, Green Bay advances to the Playoffs, where it accounts for San Francisco and Carolina to advance to the Super Bowl for the first time in 29 years. The team faces the New England Patriots, whom he defeats 35-21 to achieve his third title of this type by winning the XXXI edition. The following year the Packers reappear in the big game but lose to the Denver Broncos.
February 6, 2011
Green Bay was a recurring guest to the Playoffs in the last decade by Favre, and after Aaron Rodgers, however, they did not return to the Super Bowl, until 13 years after their last appearance, the Packers reached the XLV edition, in which they defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers for their fourth such title and thirteenth in franchise history.