The Green Bay Packers are an American football team based in Green Bay, Wisconsin. They are members of the North Division of the National Football Conference (NFC) in the National Football League (NFL) and are the third-oldest franchise in the NFL.
The Packers are the last vestige of “small town teams” that were once common in the NFL during the 1920s and 1930s. Founded in 1919 by Earl “Curly” Lambeau (hence the name Lambeau Field on which the team plays) and George Whitney Calhoun, the Green Bay Packers can trace their lineage to other semi-professional teams in Green Bay dating back to 1896. In 1919 and 1920 the Packers competed as a semi-professional football team against clubs from around Wisconsin and the Midwest.
The Packers are the only non-profit, community-owned major league professional sports team in the United States.
The Green Bay Packers have won twelve league championships (more than any other team in the NFL) including nine NFL Championships prior to the Super Bowl era and three Super Bowl victories in 1967 (Super Bowl I), 1968 (Super Bowl II) and 1996 (Super Bowl XXXI). The team has a historic rivalry with the Chicago Bears, whom they have played in over 180 games.
The Packers also share a fierce blood rivalry with the Minnesota Vikings, who also reside in the NFC North along with the Packers, and the Dallas Cowboys who have historically been known as the Packers’ largest playoff rivals after the Packers defeated them in the famous Ice Bowl.
Beginning with the 1992 season, the Packers had 13 non-losing seasons in a row (their worst record being 8/8 in 1999), two Super Bowl appearances, and one Super Bowl win (Super Bowl XXXI). They returned to playoff form with winning campaigns in 2007 (13/3), reaching the NFC Championship game,2009 (11/5), and in 2010 (10-6) under current head coach Mike McCarthy.
After finishing the 2009 season with a 11/5 record, the Packers held the 23rd selection in the 2010 NFL Draft. With the pick they selected Offensive tackle Bryan Bulaga from Iowa.
On the second day of the draft, with pick 2/56 the Packers selected Defensive end Mike Neal from Purdue. The Packers then traded picks 3/86 and 4/122 to the Philadelphia Eagles for pick 3/71. With pick 3/71, the Packers selected Safety Morgan Burnett from Georgia Tech.
On the third and final day of the draft, with pick 5/154 the Packers selected Tight end Andrew Quarless from Penn State. With their compensatory selection pick 5/169, the Packers selected Offensive guard Marshall Newhouse from Texas Christian. In the sixth round with pick 6/193, the Packers selected Running back James Starks from Buffalo. Their final selection of the draft came when the Packers selected Defensive end C. J. Wilson of East Carolina with pick 7/230.
At the beginning of September, the Packers announced the 53 man roster, and the 20 players that had been cut. Among these were a few surprises, including, TE/LB Spencer Havner, QB Graham Harrell, and DE Jarius Wynn. Another loss for Green Bay was the suspension of Johnny Jolly, after he violated the NFL drug policy. He is suspended for the entire season. The Packers running corps suffered a blow when RB Ryan Grant suffered a season-ending ankle injury in week 1.
During the 2010 season, the Packers will pay tribute to their historical brethren with a third jersey modeled after that worn by the club in 1929, during its first world championship season. Mark Murphy, team president and CEO, confirmed with WLUK-TV that the team will use a “throwback” uniform for some games this season. Unlike such throwback tributes in the past, the uniform will be worn at Lambeau during home games, and the jersey will be navy blue, again making the Packers “the Blues.”
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