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1961 Green Bay Packers season
Head Coach Vince Lombardi
Home Field City Stadium
Milwaukee County Stadium
Results
Record 11-3
Place 1st NFL Western
Playoff Finish Won NFL Championship
Timeline
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1960 1962

The 1961 Green Bay Packers season was their 41st season in the National Football League. The club posted a 11-3 record under coach Vince Lombardi, earning them a first-place finish in the Western Conference. The Packers ended the season by defeating the New York Giants 37-0 in the NFL Championship Game, the first title game ever played in Green Bay. This was the Packers 7th NFL league championship.

OffseasonEdit

NFL DraftEdit

Round Pick Player Position School
112Herb AdderleyCornerback Michigan State
226Ron KostelnikDefensive Tackle Cincinnati
340Phil NugentBack Tulane
454Paul DudleyBack Arkansas
456Joe LeSageGuardTulane
568Jack NovakGuard Miami (FL)
682Lee FolkinsTight End Washington
796Lewis JohnsonBack Florida A&M
9124Vester FlanaganTackle Humboldt State
10138Buck McLeodTackle Baylor
11152Val KeckinBack Southern Miss
12166John DenvirTackle Colorado
13180Elijah PittsHalfback Philander Smith
14194Nelson ToburenLinebacker Wichita State
15208Ray LardaniTackle Miami (FL)
16222Clarence MasonEnd Bowling Green
17236Jim BrewingtonTackle North Carolina Central
18250Arthur SimsBack Texas A&M
19264Leland BondhusTackle South Dakota State
20278Ray RatkowskiBack Notre Dame

RosterEdit

Defense
[1]


FS
Hank Gremminger


WLB MLB SLB
Ray Nitschke
SS
Willie Wood
CB
Herb Adderley


DE DT DT DE
Bill Quinlan Henry Jordan Dave Hanner Willie Davis
CB
Jesse Whittenton
Offense
[2]
FL
Boyd Dowler
LT LG C RG RT
Bob Skoronski Fuzzy Thurston Jim Ringo Jerry Kramer Forrest Gregg
Norm Masters
TE
Ron Kramer
SE
Max McGee
QB
Bart Starr
RB
Paul Hornung
FB
Jim Taylor
Special Teams
PK Paul Hornung
P Boyd Dowler
KR Herb Adderley
PR Willie Wood


Regular seasonEdit

Despite being named NFL MVP, Paul Hornung was briefly lost to the military. In response to the construction of the Berlin Wall, the United States Department of Defense activated thousands of reservists. Two dozen football players were activated, including Paul Hornung, Boyd Dowler and Ray Nitschke.[1] On November 14, Hornung was to report to Fort Riley in Kansas.[2] Wisconsin residents were so upset that Republican senator Alexander Wiley and Democratic congressman Clement Zablocki requested deferments for the players.[3] On October 18, the final word was that the players had to serve. Hornung missed the November 19 game against the Los Angeles Rams. He was flown from Fort Riley to Detroit for the November 23 Thanksgiving Day game against the Detroit Lions.[4] Hornung would score a field goal and two extra points in the 17-9 victory.[5]

ScheduleEdit

Week Date Opponent Result Venue Attendance
1 September 17 Detroit Lions L 17-13 Milwaukee County Stadium
44,307
2 September 24 San Francisco 49ers W 30-10 City Stadium
38,669
3 October 1 Chicago Bears W 24-0 City Stadium
38,669
4 October 8 Baltimore Colts W 45-7 City Stadium
38,669
5 October 15 at Cleveland Browns W 49-17 Cleveland Stadium
75,042
6 October 22 at Minnesota Vikings W 33-7 Metropolitan Stadium
42,007
7 October 29 Minnesota Vikings W 28-10 Milwaukee County Stadium
44,112
8 November 5 at Baltimore Colts L 45-21 Memorial Stadium
57,641
9 November 12 at Chicago Bears W 31-28 Wrigley Field
49,711
10 November 19 Los Angeles Rams W 35-17 City Stadium
38,669
11 November 23 at Detroit Lions W 17-9 Tiger Stadium
55,662
12 December 3 New York Giants W 20-17 Milwaukee County Stadium
47,012
13 December 10 at San Francisco 49ers L 22-21 Kezar Stadium
55,722
14 December 17 at Los Angeles Rams W 24-17 LA Coliseum
49,169

PlayoffsEdit

Week Date Opponent Result Venue Attendance
Championship December 31 New York Giants W 37-0 City Stadium
39,029

Standings Edit

NFL Western
W L T PCT PF PA STK
Green Bay Packers 11 3 0 .786 391 223 W-1
Detroit Lions 8 5 1 .615 270 258 L-1
Chicago Bears 8 6 0 .571 326 302 W-2
Baltimore Colts 8 6 0 .571 302 307 W-1
San Francisco 49ers 7 6 1 .538 346 272 L-1
Los Angeles Rams 4 10 0 .286 263 333 L-1
Minnesota Vikings 3 11 0 .214 285 407 L-2

RosterEdit

Awards and recordsEdit

MilestonesEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. When Pride Still Mattered, David Maraniss,p. 284, Simon & Schuster, 1999, ISBN 978-0-684-84418-3
  2. When Pride Still Mattered, David Maraniss,p. 286, Simon & Schuster, 1999, ISBN 978-0-684-84418-3
  3. When Pride Still Mattered, David Maraniss,p. 285, Simon & Schuster, 1999, ISBN 978-0-684-84418-3
  4. When Pride Still Mattered, David Maraniss,p. 287, Simon & Schuster, 1999, ISBN 978-0-684-84418-3
  5. When Pride Still Mattered, David Maraniss,p. 288, Simon & Schuster, 1999, ISBN 978-0-684-84418-3
  6. http://www.maxwellfootballclub.org/content/awards/bell/past_bell.htm


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