Green Bay Packers
Green Bay Packers
In 1919, the Green Bay Packers were founded as an amateur football team. In 1921, the team joined the American Professional Football Association (APFA), which a year later became known as the NFL. The Packers have the most NFL Championship titles of any NFL franchise, owning 13 titles. The first of 13 titles came in 1929, with the last championship being in 2011 in Super Bowl XLV.
- Founding Year: 1919
- City: Green Bay, WI
- Conference: NFC
- Number of Super Bowls: 2 (Most recent: 2010)
- Mascot: None
- Owner: Green Bay Packers Inc. (Owned by many different stockholders)
- Head Coach: Matt LaFleur
- Stadium: Lambeau Field
Vince Lombardi became the head coach of the Green Bay Packers in 1959, where he was a New York Giants assistant coach prior. Lombardi was a strict perfectionist, and his ideals and knowledge of football led the Packers into being the most successful team in the 1960s.
Lombardi won his first NFL Championship in 1961, when the Green Bay Packers defeated the New York Giants 37-0. He ended up winning a total of 5 championships in the 1960s, including the first two Super Bowls in NFL history.
Lombardi coached football legends while he was in Green Bay, including greats like Jim Taylor, Paul Hornung, and Bart Starr.
Lombardi is known as a football icon, and the Super Bowl trophy is named after him.
Favre began to cement his legacy in Green Bay early on, winning three straight MVP awards from 1995 - 1997, becoming the first player in NFL history to do so. He also led the Packers to two straight Super Bowl appearances in 1997 and 1998. The Packers defeated the New England Patriots in 1997 to claim their third Super Bowl victory as a franchise, but lost to the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XXXII the following year.
Favre also holds an NFL record for consecutive games started in the NFL, starting at quarterback for 297 straight games.
Aaron Rodgers was a talented quarterback from Cal University who was drafted by the Green Bay Packers in 2005. Rodgers was seen as Favre's successor once the legendary quarterback decided to retire. But Favre moved on to the New York Jets and Rodgers got his opportunity to start for the 2008 NFL season.
Being a good, above-average quarterback for his first few years as an NFL starter, his play during the 2010 regular season and in Super Bowl XLV in 2011 made Rodgers a solidified elite quarterback in the NFL.
In Super Bowl XLV, Rodgers threw for 304 yards and 3 touchdowns, doing enough to bring a championship to Green Bay and win Super Bowl MVP honors.