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Retired NFL Jersey Numbers: NFC North

Retired NFL Jersey Numbers: NFC North

Football Friday, Sports
Since it’s the off-season I thought I’d start a fun project involving NFL history. So I’m going to go division by division and post football card galleries (when available) featuring all NFL players who have had their jersey numbers retired by their teams. This week it’s the four squads of the NFC North — the Chicago Bears, Detroit Lions, Green Bay Packers, and Minnesota Vikings. Previous galleries: AFC East, NFC East, AFC North Chicago Bears (13) #3 -- Bronko Nagurski #5 -- George McAfee #7 -- George Halas I couldn't find a card from Halas's playing days, but how could I leave off Papa Bear? #28 -- Willie Galimore Galimore was killed in an automobile accident on July 27, 1964 in Rensselaer, Indiana at the age of 29 with teammate Bo Farrington. #34 -- Walter Payton
Football Friday: Baltimore Colts at Green Bay Packers, 10/8/61

Football Friday: Baltimore Colts at Green Bay Packers, 10/8/61

Football Friday, Sports
Another trip to the Life photo archives has yielded another great set of classic NFL photographs. These were snapped by Robert W. Kelley at a game played between the Green Bay Packers and the visiting Baltimore Colts at Lambeau Field -- then known as New City Stadium -- on October 8, 1961. Tracking down the date for this game was a little tricky, as the Life photo pages provide no details. How I figured it out was by using the visual clues. Weeb Ewbank is pictured on the Baltimore sideline. He coached the Colts from 1954-1962. One of the Baltimore players pictured is wearing jersey #34, and he appears to be a back of some kind. Only one player from this era was a back and wore #34 -- Joe "The Jet" Perry. Perry was a fullback in Baltimore for the '61 and '62 seasons only. One
The Name Games: Five All-Time Classic NFL Contests You Know by Name

The Name Games: Five All-Time Classic NFL Contests You Know by Name

Listcruft, Sports
NFL history is replete with games that have become so famous (or infamous) and so ingrained into the public consciousness that all you have to do is utter a word or a phrase to a fan and there's an instant recall.  As much as any of the legends that have actually suited up for the NFL, these games are an essential part of this history and fabric of professional football in America.  Let's take a look at just five of the most well-known. The Ice Bowl – Cowboys vs. Packers, December 31, 1967 When you hear someone like Chris Berman talk about "the frozen tundra of Lambeau Field," you can credit this game as the inspiration.  On the last day of the 1967 season, the Green Bay Packers and Dallas Cowboys met in a rematch of the previous year's NFL Championship.  The official game-time temperatu
Tough Acts to Follow

Tough Acts to Follow

Sports
No matter what poor Aaron Rodgers does for the Green Bay Packers, it's highly unlikely that he will ever be able to live up to the legacy of a certain quarterback who wore #4 and whose name has been mentioned way too much for my liking lately. But while most of the media focus has been on the story of another aging star quarterback moving to a new team (invoking names like Joe Namath and Johnny Unitas in the process), what about those like Rodgers, who are left behind to deal with the aforementioned legacies?  While some have managed to step out of the long shadows cast by their predecessors, most have not.  Here's a sampling: Scott Hunter, Green Bay Packers - Selected by the Packers in the 6th round of the 1971 NFL draft, Alabama University's Hunter had the unenviable task of replac