The Green Bay Packers, a gridiron football team in America, plays in the NFC North Division of the National Football Conference (NFC) as part of the National Football League (NFL). The Packers franchise is the third oldest franchise of all NFL clubs. Their history as a professional football team goes back to 1919. The team current plays its games at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wisconsin. It is the only non-profit and community-owned major league pro-sports team in the US. The team is over 100 years old and has been part of the NFL since 1921. Before this time, it briefly operated as an independent.
All About The Green Bay Packers
The Green Bay Packers are one of the last remaining ‘small town’ teams in the National Football League. Green Bay only has a population of about 107,000 people (2020) or metro population of about 320,000 (2020). There are no other major league sports teams in North America with a metro population anywhere close to being that low. For example, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, which hosts an NHL team, is considered small. Yet, that city still has a metro-population well over 800,000.
The Packers were founded by Earl ‘Curly’ Lambeau and George Whitney Calhoun in 1919. Before it joined the NFL in 1921, the team played against other semi-professional teams based around the American midwest. It joined what was then known as the American Professional Football Association (APFA), which was to eventually become the National Football League in 1921. This was well before the 1970 merger between the AFL and the NFL. The Packers franchise moved some of their home games to Milwaukee until they finally moved to the Lambeau Field in 1995 and placed down permanent roots in Green Bay.
Despite being the smallest major league professional sports market in the whole of North America, the Packers franchise has good value relative to other franchises. In an August 2022 evaluation at Forbes.com, the Green Bay Packers were presented as worth $4.25 billion. They are a middle team in the NFL in terms of their value.
Green Bay Packers Player Personnel
- Owner(s): Green Bay Packers, Inc. (537,460stockholders)
- Chairman: Mark H. Murphy
- CEO: Mark H. Murphy
- President: Mark H. Murphy
- Head coach: Matt LaFleur
- General manager: Brian Gutekunst
Since first joining the APFA/NFL, the team has won 13 league championships, which is the most of any team in NFL history. They had nine league titles before the Super Bowl era plus four Super Bowl victories in the modern era.
The Green Bay Packers were the most successful team in the first years of the Super Bowl — winning the first two Super Bowls in 1966 and 1967. Moreover, this was the only team in the NFL that had managed to defeat the American Football League (AFL) before the merger. As such, the league trophy, The Vince Lombardi Trophy, was even named after the Green Bay Packers’ coach, Vince Lombardi, who took them to their first two Super Bowl wins.
They won their third and fourth Super Bowls in 1996 and 2010 respectively. Mike Holmgren coached the team in 1996. In 2010, Mike McCarthy coached the Packers. To date, Green Bay has racked up a record of 790-590-38 in the regular season. They are 826-615-38, regular season and playoffs combined.
They are well known for their rivalries with the Minnesota Vikings, the Chicago Bears, and the Detroit Lions – the other teams in the league’s NFC North division (previously the Central division). These teams have played more than 100 games against each other throughout the NFL history. The Packers have a winning record, overall, against all three. This puts them on the same footing with the Dallas Cowboys and the Kansas City Chiefs as a rare NFL team with a winning record against all of its divisional rivals. Furthermore, the rivalry between the Green Bay Packers and Chicago Bears is one of the oldest in the history of US sports, dating all the way back to 1921.
Green Bay Packers Main Rivalries
Having been around since 1919, the Green Bay Packers have built up some strong rivalries within the league.
The Chicago Bears
The rivalry between these two teams is an old and historic one. Between them, they have won 22 NFL Championships – 13 for the Green Bay Packers and 9 for the Chicago Bears. This includes a tally of five Super Bowls – 4 won by the Packers and 1 by the Bears. Between them, they have 65 former players in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
The Packers and Bears are two of the NFL’s oldest teams and their rivalry began back in 1921. Since then, they have faced each other more than 200 times. The two teams have played in the same division or conference since 1933 – which means that they have played each other twice every season ever since.
In 2017, the Green Bay Packers overtook the Chicago Bears in the overall series. They have only ever met twice in the playoffs, with both teams winning one each. Heading into the 2023/24 NFL season, the Green Bay Packers lead the series 105-95-6. These two teams will renew their rivaly in Week 1 of the upcoming season, on September 10th, 2023. They will also play in the last week of the season, on January 7th, 2024.
The Green Bay Packers have been rivals with the Detroit Lions since the 1930s, when the Lions were called the Portsmouth Spartans. The teams have been North division rivals since 1933 and have met at least twice every season since 1932 – and with no game cancellations. This actually makes it the NFL’s longest continuously-running rivalry.
Historically, the Detroit Lions are among the weakest NFL teams. With Green Bay’s history of success, it should not be surprising to see a fairly one-sided head-to-head series. The Green Bay Packers currently lead that series 105-75-7. These teams will meet on September 28th, 2023, and then again on November 23rd, 2023.
The rivalry between these two teams has been ranked as the number three NFL rivalry in the NFL of the 2000s by CBS. In the modern era of the league, it is considered that the Green Bay Packers biggest rivals in the NFC North Division are the Minnesota Vikings. Since 2000, the Packers has won approximately three-quarters of its games against the Lions and Bears, but they have won less often against the Vikings. The Green Bay Packers lead the series 65-57-3 with games upcoming in 2023/24 on October 29th, 2023, and December 31st, 2023.
The Green Bay Packers Facts
Let’s look at everything you need to know about the Green Bay Packers NFL team…
The Green Bay Packers Nicknames
- Indian Packers between 1919 and 1920
- Acme Packers 1921
- Blues 1922
- Big Bay Blues 1920s
- Bays from 1918 to the 1940s
- The Cheesheads (for the team’s fans)
- The Pack
- The Green and Gold (not to be confused with the Edmonton Elk CFL franchise)
NFL championships – 11 (before the 1970 AFL–NFL merger)
Super Bowl Championships wins – 4:
- 1966 Super Bowl I*
- 1967 Super Bowl II*
- 1996 Super Bowl XXXI
- 2010 Super Bowl XLV
*Note, in 1966 and 1967, the Packers won both the AFL Championship and the Super Bowl.
NFL/NFC Conference Championships
The Green Bay Packers League Championships wins
NFC Conference Wins:
Since they were first formed, the Green Bay Packers have won 4 NFL West Division Championships:
One NFL Central Division title:
They have won four NFC Central Division titles:
The NFL team has also won 11 NFC North Division titles:
- 2002 to 2004
- 2011 to 2014
- 2019 to 2021
From way back in the 1930s, the Green Bay Packers have been regulars in the NFC playoffs, with 35 appearances overall to date…
1936, 1938, 1939, 1941, 1944, 1960, 1961, 1962, 1965, 1966, 1967, 1972, 1982, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2019, 2020, 2021
The Green Bay Packers Home Fields
The Green Bay Packers have moved around quite a few times and have played home games at the following stadiums:
- Hagemeister Park between 1919 and 1922
- Bellevue Park between 1923 and 1924
- City Stadium between 1925 and 1956
- Borchert Field in 1933
- Wisconsin State Fair Park between 1934 and 1951
- Marquette Stadium in 1952
- Milwaukee County Stadium between 1953– and 1994
- Lambeau Field from 1957 until present
Green Bay Packers Pro Football Hall of Famers
- No. Player Position Dates Induction
- 26 Herb Adderley CB 1961–1969 1980
- 64 Jerry Kramer G 1958–1968 2018
- 3 Tony Canadeo HB 1941–1944
- . 1946–1952 1974
- 20 Earl Lambeau HB /Coach 1919–1929
- . 1930–1949 1963
- 87 Willie Davis DE 1960–1969 1981
- 80 James Lofton WR 1978–1986 2003
- 44 Bobby Dillon DB 1952–1959 2020
- 24 Johnny McNally HB 1929–1933
- . 1935–1936 1963
- 4 Brett Favre QB 1992–2007 2016
- 2 Mike Michalske OG 1929–1935
- . 1937 1964
- 75 Forrest Gregg OT 1956
- . 1958–1970 1977
- 66 Ray Nitschke LB 1958–1972 1978
- 83 Ted Hendricks LB 1974 1990
- 51 Jim Ringo C 1953–1963 1981
- 38 Arnie Herber QB 1930–1940 1966
- 89 Dave Robinson LB 1963–1972 2013
- 30 Clarke Hinkle FB 1932–1941 1964
- 15 Bart Starr QB 1956–1971 1977
- 5 Paul Hornung HB 1956–1962
- . 1964–1966 1986
- 31 Jim Taylor FB 1958–1966 1976
- 36 Cal Hubbard OT 1929–1933
- . 1935 1963
- 92 Reggie White DE 1993–1998 2006
- 14 Don Hutson E 1935–1945 1963
- 24 Willie Wood S 1960–1971 1989
- 74 Henry Jordan DT 1959–1969 1995
- 21 Charles Woodson CB 2006–2012 2021
Coaches and Contributors
- Name Position Seasons Inducted
- Vince Lombardi Coach 1959–1967 1971
- Ron WolfGeneral manager 1991–2001 2015
Green Bay Packers Most Valuable Player Awards
Here are all the Most Valuable Player Awards (MVP) received by Green Bay Packers players:
- Season Player Position
- 1961 Paul Hornung RB
- 1962 Jim Taylor FB
- 1966 Bart Starr QB
- 1995 Brett Favre QB
- 1996 Brett Favre QB
- 1997 Brett Favre QB
- 2011 Aaron Rodgers QB
- 2014 Aaron Rodgers QB
The Green Bay Packers FAQs
What Position does Aaron Jones Play?
Aaron Jones is Green Bay Packers number 33 Running Back player.
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Who Coached the Packers for the 2008 Pro Bowl?
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