It looked as though the Packers had drafted a Heisman Trophy winner without a position when Paul Hornung, the golden-haired All-American from Notre Dame, bounced around the Green Bay backfield like a pinball. Coach Lisle Blackbourn first tried him at quarterback, but the rookie did not have the arm for the position. Then came a trial at fullback, but Hornung had neither the bulk nor the inclination to be a work-horse power runner. The Packers had evidently chosen another lemon as their first draft choice, bringing a new round of calls for Blackbourn's firing. Another rookie, end Ron Kramer, made a good showing, while Bart Starr showed promise in replacing the traded Tobin Rote. But the season as a whole was a dismal way in which to open Green Bay's new football stadium and to end Blackbourn's four-year reign as head coach.
 Professional Football AGE - Age at Start of Season G - Games  Played FA - Free Agent
1957 PACKERS DRAFT (November 27, 1956 (1-4) and January 31, 1957 (5-30))
RND-PICK NAME                  POS COLLEGE
BONUS    Paul Hornung           HB Notre Dame
1  -   4 Ron Kramer              E Michigan
2  -  18 Joel Wells             HB Clemson
3  -  29 Dalton Truax            T Tulane
4  -  41 Carl Vereen             T Georgia Tech
5  -  52 to Cleveland Browns for Don King
6a -  63 to Cleveland Browns for John Sandusky
6b -  70 Jack Nisby (A)          G Pacific
7  -  76 Frank Gilliam           E Iowa
8  -  87 George Belotti          C USC
9  - 100 Ken Wineburg           HB Texas Christian
10 - 111 Gary Gustafson          G Gustavus Adolphus
11 - 124 Jim Roseboro           HB Ohio State
12a- 135 *-Ed Sullivan           C Notre Dame
12b- 145 Glenn Bestor (B)        B Wisconsin
13 - 148 Jim Morse              HB Notre Dame
14 - 159 Rudy Schoendorf         T Miami (Ohio) 
15 - 172 Pat Hinton              G Louisiana Tech
16 - 183 Ed Buckingham           T Minnesota 
17 - 196 *-Don Boudreaux         T Houston
18 - 207 Credell Grenn          HB Washington 
19 - 220 Ernie Danjean           G Auburn 
20 - 231 Percy Oliver            G Illinois 
21 - 244 Charles Mehrer          T Missouri 
22 - 255 Ron Quillian           QB Tulane 
23 - 268 John Symank            DB Florida
24 - 279 Charles Leyendecker     T SMU
25 - 292 *-Jerry Johnson         T St. Norbert 
26 - 303 Buddy Bass              B Duke 
27 - 316 Martin Booher           T Wisconsin 
28 - 327 *-Dave Herbold          G Minnesota 
29 - 340 *-Howard Dare          RB Maryland 
A-from Chicago Cardinals for Tom Dahms B-from New York Giants for Jack Spinks * - Juniors
Bold Italics - Played for the Green Bay Packers
Norm Amundsen       62    G 5-11 245 Wisconsin        1  1 24 12 1955 Draft - 6th
Al Barry            66    G 6- 2 235 USC              2  2 26 12 1953 Draft - 30th
Tom Bettis          65   LB 6- 2 235 Purdue           3  3 24 12 1955 Draft - 1st
Nate Borden         87   DE 6- 0 235 Indiana          3  3 25  9 1955 Draft - 25th
Al Carmichael       48   HB 6- 1 190 USC              5  5 28 12 1953 Draft - 1st
Fred Cone           31   FB 5-11 205 Clemson          7  7 31 12 1951 Draft - 3rd
Dick Deschaine      80    P 6- 0 215 No College       3  3 25 12 1955 FA
Bobby Dillon        44   DB 6- 1 180 Texas            6  6 27 12 1952 Draft - 3rd
Howie Ferguson      37   FB 6- 2 220 No College       5  5 27 12 1953 FA
Tom Finnin          71   DT 6- 2 262 Detroit Mercy    1  5 30  3 1957 FA - Cardinals
Bill Forrester      69   DT 6- 3 235 SMU              5  5 25 12 1953 Draft - 3rd
Hank Gremminger     46   DB 6- 1 195 Baylor           2  2 24 12 1956 Draft - 7th
Dave Hanner         79   DT 6- 2 250 Arkansas         6  6 27 12 1952 Draft - 5th
Jerry Helluin       72   DT 6- 2 265 Tulane           4  6 28 12 1954 Trade-Cleveland
Paul Hornung         5   HB 6- 2 215 Notre Dame       1  1 21 12 1957 Draft - Bonus
Billy Howton        86    E 6- 2 190 Rice             6  6 27 12 1952 Draft - 2nd
Joe Johnson         40   HB 6- 0 180 Boston College   4  4 27 12 1953 Draft - 11th
Billy Kinard        25   DB 6- 0 185 Mississippi      1  2 23 12 1957 Trade-Cleveland
Gary Knafelc        84    E 6- 4 215 Colorado         4  4 25  3 1954 FA - Cardinals
Ron Kramer          88    E 6- 3 220 Michigan         1  1 22 11 1957 Draft - 1st
Larry Lauer         58    C 6- 3 235 Alabama          2  2 28 12 1956 Trade - Bears
Carlton Massey      81   DE 6- 4 225 Texas            1  4 27 12 1957 Trade-Cleveland
Norm Masters        78    T 6- 2 240 Michigan State   1  1 24 12 1957 Trade - Detroit
Max McGee           85    E 6- 3 205 Tulane           2  2 25 12 1954 Draft - 5th
Don McIlhenny       42   HB 6- 0 200 SMU              1  2 22 12 1957 Trade - Detroit
Sam Palumbo         53   LB 6- 2 230 Notre Dame       1  3 25  9 1957 Trade-Cleveland
Babe Parilli        10   QB 6- 1 190 Kentucky         3  4 27 12 1957 Trade-Cleveland
John Petitbon       20   DB 5-11 190 Notre Dame       1  4 28 12 1957 Trade-Cleveland
Frank Purnell       33   FB 5-11 230 Alcorn State     1  1 24  9 1957 FA
Jim Ringo           51    C 6- 1 230 Syracuse         5  5 27 12 1953 Draft - 7th
Jim Salsbury        67    G 6- 0 235 UCLA             1  3 25 12 1957 Trade - Detroit
Ollie Spencer       77    T 6- 2 250 Kansas           1  3 26 12 1957 Trade - Detroit
Bart Starr          15   QB 6- 1 200 Alabama          2  2 23 12 1956 Draft - 17th
John Symank         27   DB 5-11 180 Florida          1  1 22 12 1957 Draft - 23rd
Jim Temp            82   DE 6- 4 230 Wisconsin        1  1 23 12 1955 Draft - 2nd
Carl Vereen         74    T 6- 2 247 Georgia Tech     1  1 21 12 1957 Draft - 4th
NO - Jersey Number POS - Position HGT - Height WGT - Weight YR - Years with Packers PR - Years of
MARCH 2 - Acquired HB Lee Hermsen from CHICAGO BEARS for 1958 draft choice
APRIL 18 - Traded DT Roger Zatkoff and QB Bobby Garrett to CLEVELAND for QB Babe Parilli, DE Carlton Massey, HB John Petitbon, LB Sam Palumbo, HB Billy Kinard and OG John Macerelli
JULY 26 - Traded QB Tobin Rote and DB Val Joe Walker to DETROIT for OT Ollie Spencer, OT Norm Masters, OG Jim Salsbury, HB Don McIlhenny
SEPT 19 - Traded DE John Martinkovic to NEW YORK for 1958 3rd round choice.
OCT 18 - Placed E Gary Knafelc on injured reserve (knee). Claimed DB Frank Purnell off waivers from CLEVELAND.
NOV 28 - Placed DE Nate Borden on injured reserve (broken arm). Claimed DT Tom Finnin off waivers from CHICAGO CARDINALS.
AUGUST (3-0)                            RESULT      RECORD    ATT STARTING QB              LEADING RUSHER              LEADING PASSER              LEADING RECEIVER
16 Chicago Cardinals at Miami          W 24-16      1- 0-0 20,820
24 Chicago Cardinals at Austin, TX     W 17-14      2- 0-0 20,000
28 M-PHILADELPHIA EAGLES               W 16-13      3- 0-0 17,101
7  New York Giants at Boston           W 13-10      4- 0-0 23,000
14 Washington at Winston-Salem, NC     W 20-17      5- 0-0 15,000
21 Pittsburgh Steelers at Minneapolis  T 10-10      5- 0-1 17,226
SEPTEMBER (1-0)                         RESULT      RECORD    ATT STARTING QB              LEADING RUSHER              LEADING PASSER              LEADING RECEIVER
29 G-CHICAGO BEARS (0-0)               W 21-17      1- 0-0 32,132 Bart Starr               Fred Cone (52)              Babe Parilli (197)          Billy Howton (8-165)
6  G-DETROIT LIONS (0-1)               L 14-24      1- 1-0 32,120 Babe Parilli             Fred Cone (27)              Bart Starr (100)            Ron Kramer (5-56)
13 M-BALTIMORE COLTS (2-0)             L 17-45      1- 2-0 26,322 Bart Starr               Paul Hornung (20)           Bart Starr (163)            Two tied with four each
20 M-SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS (2-1)         L 14-24      1- 3-0 18,919 Bart Starr               Howie Ferguson (74)         Babe Parilli (69)           Two tied with three each
27 at Baltimore Colts (3-1)            W 24-21      2- 3-0 48,510 Bart Starr               Paul Hornung (33)           Bart Starr (168)            Ron Kramer (6-83)
3  G-NEW YORK GIANTS (3-2)             L 17-31      2- 4-0 32,070 Bart Starr               Paul Hornung (112)          Bart Starr (185)            Billy Howton (4-111)
10 at Chicago Bears (2-4)              L 14-21      2- 5-0 47,153 Bart Starr               Don McIlhenny (65)          Bart Starr (179)            Paul Hornung (4-31)
17 M-LOS ANGELES RAMS (3-4)            L 27-31      2- 6-0 19,540 Bart Starr               Don McIlhenny (60)          Babe Parilli (125)          Max McGee (5-58)
24 at Pittsburgh Steelers (4-3)        W 27-10      3- 6-0 29,701 Bart Starr               Howie Ferguson (71)         Babe Parilli (63)           Howie Ferguson (3-26)
28 at Detroit Lions (5-4)              L  6-18      3- 7-0 54,301 Bart Starr               Bart Starr (28)             Bart Starr (247)            Howie Ferguson (7-66)
8  at Los Angeles Rams (4-6)           L 17-42      3- 8-0 70,572 Bart Starr               Don McIlhenny (60)          Bart Starr (109)            Don McIlhenny (4-36)
15 at San Francisco 49ers (7-4)        L 20-27      3- 9-0 59,100 Bart Starr               Don McIlhenny (46)          Bart Starr (163)            Two tied with four each
G - Green Bay M - Milwaukee
The 1957 Green Bay Packers - 3-9 (6th-Western Division)
Head Coach: Lisle Blackbourn
JAN 3 (Green Bay) - Packer bonus choice Paul Hornung didn't lead his team to victory in the East-West game. And maybe that's a good sign! Remember the heroes of the last two games - quarterbacks Bobby Garrett and Gerry Reichow? Garrett turned out to be the Cleveland Browns' bonus choice and later was traded to the Packers; as a rookie in '54, he progressed gradually. Reichow was the Detroit Lions' "first" choice in the second section of the 1956 draft last January - chiefly on the strength of his play in the East-West game. He worked as a third-string QB behind Bobby Layne and Harry Gilmer last fall. Hornung, who wasn't supposed to play Saturday because of an elbow injury, missed the extra point (a 19-yard kick in college football) that would have given his East team a 7-7 tie. And he fumbled on a fourth-down-one-yard-to-go touchdown sneak. The Notre Dame ace attempted 24 passes and completed 15, one for a touchdown, and displayed exceptional speed on 12 rushed. It was easy to see - via television - why the 205-pounder is also considered a top-flight halfback prospect...TURN INTO TOUCHDOWN: On his fumble, some observers figure he might be able to flip the ball out to a teammate in hopes that he might turn the loss of the ball (on downs) into a touchdown. On the sneak attempt, the West defensive line straightened up the East center and guards and Hornung faced a stone wall. As he did so, the ball popped away (maybe five yards) and in view of the distance the ball went it seemed possible that Hornung actually pushed the ball away when he saw no chance of scoring. At any rate, West recovered. And did you notice that Hornung's one kickoff sailed six yards back of the goal line? Also, he had the distance on a 40-yard field goal try but it was a trifle wide. The Packers' second draft choice, halfback Joel Wells of Clemson, kept Bay fans busy by adding up yards as his team lost to Colorado in the Orange Bowl. The fast-stepped picked up 125 yards in 18 attempts - an average of 6.9, and scored two touchdowns,  one on a 58-yard dash. Without the long run, Wells averaged 3.9 on 67 yards in trips. One of Clemson's all-time backs along with Packer veteran Fred Cone, Wells had difficulty blocking for the passer, although this improved along with his running as Clemson came off the floor in the second half. The Packers had three other draftees performing on television - all tackles, Carl Vereen of Georgia Tech in the Gator Bowl, Dalton Truax for the Grays in the Blue-Gray game, and Clyde Ledbetter of Baylor in the Sugar Bowl. Vereen was the Packers' third choice and Truax No. 4. Ledbetter was picked a year ago for use in '57. Ledbetter played a leading role in stopping Tennessee's Johnny Majors and producing an upset victory. He made a number of tackles; so did Truax, who went the distance. Vereen looked exceptionally rough on offense. Incidentally, both Vereen and Truax expect to carry more weight as pros. Vereen, at the request of Coach Bobby Todd, scaled down to 225 but as a pro he expects to carry 240. Truax plans to add 20 pounds and will labor as a Packer at 245. Both are two-way tackles. Ledbetter weighs 238. In the North-South game earlier last week, Packer coach Liz Blackbourn said he liked the way center-linebacker Mike Hudock handled himself. Hudock, like Ledbetter, was drafted as a junior a year ago...One more game is on the Packer scouting docket - the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Ala., Saturday afternoon. Blackbourn and backfield coach Ray McLean will view the contest and this week spent some time at the practice of the North team coached by Joe Kuharich of the Washington Redskins and the South club coached by Paul Brown of the Cleveland Browns. Packer draftees Wells and Truax will play with the South squad. While some of the players in the game were drafted in the November selection party, the contest afford pro coaches an opportunity to watch their own picks and view players they hope to grab at the bulk of the draft in Philadelphia Jan. 31. Hornung also will be playing in one more game but Packer scouts won't be on hand. He'll compete in the Hula Bowl in Honolulu Sunday. Pro stars, including Elroy Hirsch, sprinkled in the rosters of the opposing collegians. All of the Packer coaches, with the exception of Earl Klapstein who is on the west coast, will meet here Monday to weigh player information and prepare for the draft. Returning this weekend from scouting assignments will be line coach Lou Rymkus and defensive backfield coach Abe Stuber.
JAN 12 (Green Bay) - Tom Hearden is back with the Packers, Coach Liz Blackbourn was happy to announce today. Hearden, the first assistant selected by Blackbourn when he became head coach in 1954, has resigned as an assistant football coach at the University of Wisconsin to rejoin the Bays. Tom starts work immediately and he'll carry on with the same duties he performed in 1954-55 - defensive backfield coach, Blackbourn said. Liz also announced the resignation of Abe Stuber, who handled the defensive backfield during the 1955 season. Abe plans to enter college coaching or business. Blackbourn said that "Abe made a valuable contribution to last season's team" and wished him success in any future venture, adding: "Whoever obtains his service will have an experienced and loyal employee." News of Hearden's return struck like a bombshell in Packerland today and the move set off a new wave of optimism toward the 1957 season. "I'm real happy to get Tom back," Blackbourn said, "and now we can continue our original plan together. Tom was the first one with me and Tom, Scooter (Ray McLean), Lou (Rymkus) and I get together with the idea dedicated to getting the Packers back up there. Now, we're together again and we have a better feeling of optimism toward the future." Hearden, one-time East High athletes and East and St. Norbert College football coach, stayed away from the Packers two days short of a full year. He resigned Jan. 14, 1956 and returned Jan. 12, 1957. "Pro football gets in your blood," Hearden explained, "and you just never lose your desire to get back into it. I'm happy to be back in Green Bay, which is my home and where all of my friends are. It's wonderful to be back with the Packer staff that is so ably handled by Liz." Hearden touch for defense was noticeable during the past Badger season. Though the Badgers were in the process of rebuilding, they gave up only eight points per game in beating Marquette and then losing to Southern Cal, with Jon Arnett, 13-7 and Big Ten champion Iowa, 13-7, and tying Purdue 6-6. After a tight first half, Ohio State tripped the Badgers 20-0 and in the next games Wisconsin suffered its only steamrolling, 33-7, at the hands of Michigan State. Northwestern scored a 17-7 victory but the Badgers finished by playing 13-13 ties with Illinois and Minnesota. Wisconsin was among the leaders in pass defense in the Big Ten last year, pointing up Hearden's work. The Packer pass defense was among the top dogs in the NFL in 1954-55, but dropped off considerably in '56. Hearden was born in Appleton, Sept. 8, 1904, and was graduated from Green Bay East High School in 1923, then enrolled at Notre Dame, where he played halfback under Knute Rockne. He coached at St. Catherine's High School of Racine from 1930 to 1934, then spent a year at Racine Washington Park High School. He was at East until 1944, when he was called into naval service. Upon release from the Navy in 1946, he became head football coach and director of athletics and physical education at St. Norbert College. He resigned from St. Norbert in 1953 and joined the Pack in 1954.
JAN 12 (Los Angeles) - Quarterback Tobin Rote of the Green Bay Packers, one of the most under-rated players in the NFL, bids goodbye to the sport tomorrow when he plays for the West against the East in the annual Pro Bowl game in Memorial Coliseum. "I've got a head coach down in Texas and she says she's not going to chase back and forth to Green Bay anymore. So I'm going to stay with her." So said the 6-foot-2, 205-pound Texan who led Rice Institute to two Southwest Conference championships and for seven years has been one of the finest field generals in pro football. The "head coach" is Mrs. Rote, mother of their three youngsters. The family lives in Bellaire, near Houston, where the 28-year old Tobin has an executive position with the Herrin Transportation Co. (Packer coach Liz Blackbourn, admitting, "I don't think that's very good news," said he was "rather surprised to hear that. I sincerely hope we can get him to change his mind.") "Right now, I don't have too many regrets about leaving football," Rote commented, "but maybe that's because this is the end of a long season and I'm a little tired. I love football, though." Rote, Ed Browns of the Chicago Bears and Bobby Layne of Detroit will alternate at quarterback for the West, certainly an imposing combination. Rote bows out with an impressive record. He passed for 2,203 yards in 1956, more than any other NFL quarterback, and he holds most of the all-time Packer records, which is something for a team forever famous for its aerial attack. The handsome Texan admitted he and the West squad encounter a mighty challenge from the East in the Pro Bowl. He said quarterback Charlie Conerly of the champion New York Giants, such running backs as Ollie Matson of the Chicago Cardinals and Frank Gifford of the Giants, plus a tremendous defensive team "really will be tough to beat." The game will not be televised regionally or nationally.
JAN 16 (Green Bay) - With financing for a $960,000 municipal stadium now assured, Green Bay today had five more days to wait for its answer to the next big question in the stadium story. The question: How will construction bids opened next Monday fit into the $960,000 bonding limit approved in last April’s referendum? The City Council Tuesday night unanimously approved details of the stadium bond issue “providing that when bids are opened on the stadium construction, the amounts are not in excess of the proposed bond issue.” The Council also approved an initial resolution for a $950,000 storm sewer bond issue and authorized purchase for two city projects, a Vocational School expansion and a far West Side landfill dump. The Board of Public Works Monday afternoon will open bids for the stadium general construction and secondary contracts, and a special Council session is scheduled for the following night to act on the contracts. If the bonding limits is met, the bond issue will be advertised for sale at the Feb. 5 Council meeting. Contract bids have been designed to provide a series of alternates within the bonding limit. The main alternate is for construction of either pre-cast concrete or steel. Size alternates provide for 20,736, 23,490 or 32,026 permanent seats. At the same time, the city will receive bids for between 8,000 and 12,000 bleacher seats to bring about a 32,000-seat total stated in the April referendum. The general contract includes auxiliary buildings under the stands, a team building behind the south end zone, and the press box. A total of $48,133 of the bond issue, cost of shaping the stadium bowl last fall, already has been committed…VOTE WAS UNANIMOUS: The unanimous Council vote for the bond issue reflected the approval of the April referendum in each ward. Five aldermen had voted against previous stadium action, in particular selection of the site over reconstruction at City Stadium. The $960,000 issue will run for 20 years with a $10,000 repayment scheduled for 1958 and $50,000 yearly for the next 19 years. The Packer Corp. has pledged to play half of the issue and issue on this half, and the Packers share is to be divided into equal payments over the 20 years. One aspect of the stadium project brought a minor debate from opponents of the Ridge Road-Highland Avenue site. Ald. Don Tilleman, Rhynie Dantinne and Clarence Vandermus voted against paying $67.49 as the city share of 1956 property taxes on the land purchased from Victor Vannieuwenhoven. Tilleman said there was a question in his mind over ownership status of the site, and Dantinne said the payment should have come out of the bond issue…CITY HAS DEED: Mayor Otto Rachals said there could be no question of ownership since the city has a deed and the site was annexed to the city. (A decision on paying for the site is one of the remaining stadium problems and one reason sale of Perkins Park has been proposed. The city bought the stadium site for $73,305, making a $7,500 down payment from an advance of the Packers for 1956 rent of City Stadium. The balance of $65,805 is due over the next three years in equal annual installments.)
JAN 16 (Green Bay) - Tony Canadeo has been elected president of the Packer Alumni Assn., the organization announced today. New vice-president is Charley Brock and the secretary-treasurer is John Biolo. They succeed Bernard Darling, president; Jug Earp, vice-president, and Tom Miller, secretary-treasurer. The association will meet shortly to discuss plans for backing the Pack in ’57…Packer linebacker Tom Bettis arrived in town today and end Billy Howton was due in today or Thursday. They will be interviewed for jobs here during the offseason. Leaving today was Abe Stuber, who resigned last week as a Packer assistant coach. Stuber wished everybody “the best of luck” before taking off by car for his home in Missouri…Fred Cone, Packer fullback and placekicking expert, started work in the Packer office today. He’ll assist in sales promotion…Packer coach Liz Blackbourn and defensive mentor Tom Hearden will speak and film clips of the Senior Bowl game showing Packer draftee Dalton Truax in action will be shown in the weekly Packer show on WFRV-TV at 10:15 tonight…Packer general manager Verne Lewellen will attend the funeral of Red Dunn, 55, quarterback of the Packers’ 1929-30-31 championship teams who died Tuesday, in Milwaukee St. Robert’s Church at 10 o’clock Thursday morning. Lewellen and Dunn were teammates on the title teams.
JAN 17 (Green Bay) - NFL officiating – a sore point among league clubs publicly and privately during the ’56 season – likely will get an “official” airing during the annual convention of the 12 member clubs in Philadelphia Jan. 31-Feb. 1 and 2. While bouts with the officials can be expected (they make 50 to 60 judgment calls a game), unhappiness reached its peak during the middle of the ‘56 season when a number of coaches and club officials openly berated the “callers”. The Packers, and this is no secret, were quite unhappy with the slow-fast whistling of the Cleveland Brown game in Milwaukee. Commissioner Bert Bell isn’t sitting still and, in this week’s issue of Sports Illustrated, he said he intends to present a resolution at the Philly party asking each home team to furnish the league office with a game film within 48 hours after the game. “Then Mike Wilson, our chief official, will go over the movies and pick out the mistakes and take them up with the officials.” Bell also explained that “we’re trying to get ex-pros as officials, too. Then we’ll put them in the spot nearest where they played – like Don Looney, a former end, will be a field judge down where the ends go when they’re on a pass pattern. That way, the official understands the situation and so does the player.” Bert, claiming that “we have the best officials in the world,” admitted, “I think they could be better, too. It’s hard to get real good officials. A guy does not make much money the first four or five years he officiates – maybe three, five hundred dollars a year, so he quits. Only guys left are school teachers and YMCA workers, and they got the time but they aren’t suited. They’re used to placating people and handling kids, not football players.” It’s likely the 12 clubs will quickly okay Bell’s resolution to submit an extra copy of the films. In line with Bell’s thinking on “money – the first four or five years,” the clubs also may be asked to provide more money for officials. Bell, incidentally, said today in Philadelphia that he will meet informally with representatives of the newly formed Professional Football Players Assn. in Philly Jan. 28. Speaking for the players will be Kyle Rote of the New York Giants and Norm Van Brocklin of the Los Angeles Rams, and the group’s attorney, Creighton Miller….Tiny Engebretsen, former Packer guard and placekicker (1935-41), is in town to attend the funeral of Mrs. Nick Juley – his wife’s mother, who died at the Engebretsen home in Clariton, Ia. Mrs. Juley had been living with the Engebretsens since 1941, when her husband died. Engebretsen is making his first visit here since he finished his pro career in 1941. Sharing the kicking with Ernie Smith and Don Hutson, Tiny kicked 48 extra points and 16 field goals…BRIEFS: All of the Philadelphia Eagles’ four selections in the recent preliminary draft are backs – Clarence Peaks of Michigan State, Bill Barnes of Wake Forest, Tommy McDonald of Oklahoma and Bob Jurgenson of Duke. Two of the top four players picked in that draft can’t sign pro contracts because they have college non-football competition yet…The first two are signed – Packer Paul Hornung and Los Angeles Ram Jon Arnett, but No. 3, quarterback John Brodie of San Francisco, is Stanford’s big golf hope and No. 4, end Ron Kramer of the Packers, is a Michigan basketball and track star…Packer coach Liz Blackbourn will have one eye on defensive players in the forthcoming draft and both eyes on “the best players available.” In view of the chief 1956 difficulty, the Packer staff is almost sure to lean toward defensive stalwarts. Packer returnee coach, Tom Hearden, will “batch” it in his hometown until his youngsters are out of school in Madison, going back and forth over the weekends. They’ll settle together in June.
JAN 18 (Green Bay) - Which team got the best of the historic Parilli-Garrett trade of Aug. 6, 1954? When Packer coach Liz Blackbourn made the deal, sending Babe Parilli and Bob Fleck – both service-bound at the time – to the Cleveland Browns for Bobby Garrett, John Bauer, Jack Miller and Chester Giarola, fandom generally hailed it as a “good deal.” Garrett was the Browns’ bonus choice, Bauer was their No. 1 pick that season, and Miller and Giarola were highly rated. Bauer and Miller never made the team and Giarola never reported. Garrett displayed definite possibilities but couldn’t beat out veteran Tobin Rote. Bobby went into service after the ’54 season. The other end of the trade had to wait until ’56 when Parilli and Fleck came out of service. Fleck, who had been restrained from playing in Canada after he signed a Packer pact in ’54, finally made it – Canada, that is. Parilli was hailed highly as the successor to the retired Otto Graham early last season. But the former Kentucky ace, who played here in 1952-53, apparently had gone downhill and the Browns wound up with Tommy O’Connell, a Chicago Bear castoff, handling the quarterbacking the last four games. Now it’s the Packers’ turn to salvage something of the trade and Blackbourn set the wheels in motion today by announcing that Garrett has signed for the Packers’ 57 season. Garrett, a special service officer at Castle Air Force base at Merced, Calif., is scheduled for discharge Jan. 29. Garrett, the top collegian in the country in ’54 who stands 6-1 and weighs 197 pounds, passed 30 times as a Packers and completed 15 for an even 50 percent and 143 yards. Garrett had one pass intercepted – the first he ever hurled in a league game. It was against the Chicago Bears here in ’54. In his senior year at Stanford, righthander Garrett completed 118 of 205 pass attempts for 1,637 yards and 17 touchdowns. He also placekicks and punts – left-footed. The Packers have revealed the signing of three other players for ’57 – bonus choice Paul Hornung and tackles Dalton Truax and Carl Vereen.
JAN 18 (Green Bay) - Maybe he's just being modest but Paul J. (Tiny) Engebretsen doesn't think he could make the pros today. "It's too fast for me, the way they block and tackle," the guard on two Packer championship teams gestured in a bull session at the Beaumont Hotel Thursday. "Oh, you probably could make those teams today the way you played," Tiny laughed as he pointed to Charley Brock, adding: "I haven't seen a live pro game since the last one I played in (the Packer-Bear playoff in '41), but I see many games on television and those kids can really move - much faster than we did." Brock and Al Rose, another one of Tiny's teammates in the title days, promptly set out to convince Tiny that he'd be able to cut it among the current cash and carry kids. "It would be easy Stubs (that's what the player called Tiny), most of the guards now just have to go straight ahead and knock out the linebacker. They pull one once in awhile to block for an end run," Charley said. But Tiny just couldn't be sold until the subject of face protectors came up. "The kids now are sissies wearing those things," Tiny snickered as he points to his sparkling bridge and at Charley and Al. The pros are now required to wear some sort of face bar or mask to prevent injuries. "We weren't men, were we, Charley? Until we got our teeth hammered out but I guess most of us lost 'em in college. A few guys wore something over their face. Stydahar (former Bear tackle) wore a mask and he was a big rough guy." Brock recalled the 1939 season - "that game with Cleveland. Remember after the game when all the reporters wanted to know how you kicked that extra point." Tiny roared, "I guess I really told 'em - just sailed it up there." The boot in the last few minutes gave the Packers a 7-6 victory and just about clinched the Western Division title for the Packers who went on to beat New York 27-0 for the title. Brock centered the ball and Joe Laws held it. "Remember how Joe would always give me the laces (of the ball). I'd always gripe but it didn't make any difference," Tiny winked. Brock and Rose tried to get Tiny to come up for the annual Packer homecoming next fall - in the new stadium. "I suppose my arm could be twisted but that's a busy season down home for me," Tiny laughed. We suggested that the extra point scene could be re-enacted since Laws is here in town. "Yeah, but who's gonna catch my leg when it flies over the crossbar," the Tiny one ripped. Engebretsen would up with 48 extra points and 16 field goals during his seven-year career starting in '35 after graduation from Northwestern. Tiny was making his first visit to Green Bay since '41. He was here to attend the funeral of his wife's mother, Mrs. Nick Juley, 79, earlier this week, who died at the Engbretsen residence in Chariton, Ia. Mrs. Juley had lived with her daughter since her husband died 13 years ago in Green Bay. Tiny operates the Engebretsen Game Farm in Chariton with his brother. They have 55 acres of pens on a 400-acre farm and now sell and ship birds including pheasants, partridge, quail and ducks throughout the United States. The Engebretsens have three children - Bery 14, Sandra 13 and Susie 10. "Bery is quite interested in sports and does pretty well but he's only 125 pounds - like his mother," the 250-pound onetime Bay star said, to which Charley added: "Give him time!"
JAN 19 (Green Bay) - In a recent edition of "Advance," the Congregational Christian Journal, a two-page feature article, Portrait of the Month, spotlighted "Green Bay's No. 1 Citizen," one of many famous Packers to worship and find fellowship at our Union Church. This citizen, of course, is Green Bay Packer coach Lisle W. Blackbourn, who the story speaks of Blackbourn as "an outstanding representative of top-flight leadership" and having "earned distinction as a brilliantly successful coach but has attained a position in the community entitling him, in our opinion, to be nominated Green Bay's No. 1 Citizen." Blackbourn, a native Wisconsinite, moved to Green Bay from Milwaukee and became a member of Union Congregational Church, pastored by the Rev. Muarice Haehlen. Mrs. Blackbourn is active in the women's organization of the church, and their son, Charles, was a leader in Pilgrim Fellowship. Another leading member of the Union Church, as cited in the magazine article, is Packer general manager Verne C. Lewellen. The article says, "Mr. Lewellen also is a dedicated member of Union Church - in his pew almost every Sunday morning and ready to put his shoulder to the wheel whenever his church needs him for a special job." the article expounds at length the virtues of the Packer team and its coaches and heroes, past and present. In conclusion, the magazine quotes Mr. Haehlen - "Liz Blackbourn strikingly represents what life required of us all if we are trained and ready for the biggest game of all - for that larger contest in these dangerous yet stirring times on behalf of truth and freedom."
JAN 21 (Green Bay) - Earl Klapstein resigned today as the Packers' part-time coach to become the director of physical education and athletics and head football coach at Cerritos Junior College in Artesia, Calif. Klapstein will work last July 1 on a seven-months' basis, serving as game and player scout and defense line coach. The 35-year old native of Lodi, Calif., closing out work at the Packer office today, said he "regretted to turn down an invitation from Coach Blackbourn to return to the Packer staff for '57." Working for the first time with the pros as a coach although he played tackle with Pittsburgh in '46, Klapstein said he "enjoyed himself with the Packer staff - more than I have any other coaching group." Klapstein has an unusual opportunity in California. Cerritos is a new junior college and will open for the first time in September. The college, 25 miles south of Los Angeles, expects an enrollment of 1,500 in 1957-58 and 5,000 in five years. Klapstein will set up the school's program for boys and girls. He will also get an opportunity to complete work toward his doctor's degree in physical education. That high a degree in phy-ed is considered a rarity. Klapstein was a star athlete at College of the Pacific. He also played center and coached at San Diego Navy and entered the college coaching field at Montica, Calif., High in '47. He was named head coach at Stockton Junior college in '49 and then moved on to the University of Idaho as line coach in 1954. The Packer staff now consists of Liz Blackbourn, head coach; Tom Hearden, defensive backfield coach; Ray McLean, offensive backfield coach; and Lou Rymkus, line coach.
JAN 22 (Green Bay) - The Packers' refunds from Uncle Sam are looking better every day. Already one of seven or eight returnees from service has been signed - Bobby Garrett, the quarterback from Stanford who received his pro baptism here in '54. Almost overlooked in the group of ex-Packers coming out of service is Gene White, the free agent from the University of Georgia who played a key cornerbacker spot with the Pack in '54 until he suffered an injury that kept him out of five games. Joining White in the returnee party are Jim Temp, end from Wisconsin; Norm Amundsen, a guard from Wisconsin; Tommy Pagna, an offensive halfback; Charley Grant, a 260-pound center; and, last but not least, guard Al Barry, a regular in the '54 offensive line. White's importance looms because coach Liz Blackbourn and his chief defensive chief, Tom Hearden, are in the market for cornerbackers. White stands 6-2 and packs 205 pounds, which makes him a giant alongside the two cornerbackers of '56, Billy Bookout and Hank Gremminger. White hasn't been inactive in service. He played two seasons of active football and won all-Army honors in Japan last fall. White was an end at Georgia and caught 13 passes for 188 yards and one touchdown despite the fact that he was playing opposite all-American Johnny Carson. A rugged operator, White was shifted to defensive back in his first and only Packer season and turned out to be a pleasant surprise. Temp and Amundsen are untested. Temp reported to camp and displayed good possibilities as a defensive end - the position he played as a Badger. Service beckoned, however, and he decided to go in immediately and postpone his pro start until '57. Amundsen never reported what with Uncle Sam breathing down his neck...COUNTING ON GROUP: Pagna and Grant both are refugees from other clubs. Tommy was picked up from the Cleveland Browns and showed exceptional speed and a great spirit toward the game in practice. He remained on a look-see basis until Uncle Sam called. Grant was a big, likeable, willing-to-learn cuss who was obtained from Philadelphia. The big guy was a center but our Uncle Sam whisked him away before the coaches had a chance to see him at another position. In arranging his plans for '57 - not to mention the draft in Philadelphia Jan. 30, Blackbourn is counting on the service group. Barry, for instance, will help fill the hole left by the departure (service) of Forrest Gregg. Garrett can step into Bart Starr's shoes if Starr departs and maybe even a bigger pair if Tobin Rote decides to retire. Blackbourn is presently awaiting words on the service status of Starr, Bob Skoronski, Jack Losch and Gremminger. Blackboun and aides Hearden, Ray McLean, Lou Rymkus and Jack Vainisi pretty well locked up this week preparing for the upcoming draft...There seems to be much fussin' and fumin' about whether or not Perry Moss, the coach hired to replace Hearden at Wisconsin last week, played with the Packers or not. A wire story stated Sunday that he never played pro ball. Moss then a star quarterback out of Illinois, was a high draft pick of the Packers in '48 - a year when the order was kept secret from the old All-America Conference. Perry played during the exhibition season and then saw brief action in the club's first two league games in '48, after which he was cut loose. Perry could throw extremely well but had difficulty controlling the snap-back from the center. During one workout at Rockwood Lodge, we recall, center Jay Rhodemyre had to slow down his pass-back to prevent Moss' fumbling.
JAN 23 (Green Bay) - The City Council Tuesday night agreed to postpone action on construction contracts for the municipal stadium until a special session Jan. 29 to provide time for an answer on steel delivery. The problem posed for the Council by bids opened Monday is whether to accept a $742,039 general construction bid for 32,026 permanent seats in a plan involving use of about 224 tons of steel or a $669,810 for 23,490 permanent seats of basic concrete construction. The Council decision followed Board of Public Works action earlier Tuesday to leave the contract question open to allow seven days for an answer from a steel manufacturer. The special session Tuesday night has been scheduled by resolution Jan. 2 as part of the stadium timetable. Because of the steel question, the board decided to make it only an explanatory session of the bids for the Council. Action on contracts Jan. 29 still will make it possible to sell the $960,000 bond issue as planned Feb. 5...MAY ASSURE DELIVERIES: John Somerville, stadium architect, explained that Clayton Ewing, president of Northeastern Boiler and Welding, Inc., which would be the steel supplier for the low bidder, had tried Tuesday to get a commitment from Bethlehem Steel, Co., but was told that seven days were needed for an answer. Top steel management may be in a position to assure deliveries because of "the national aspects of the Packer stadium," Somerville said. Ewing today lauded the Council decision to wait for the answer because of the possibility of getting an all-permanent seat stadium. "I think we should try to get 32,000 permanent seats out there. We are working very hard to try to get the material that will permit that," he said. George Hougard and Son, Inc., was the only bidder to make possible all permanent seats within the bonding limit. Hougard told the public works board meeting he could a Sept. 15 contract deadline if he got steel. He said, however, that steel firms "won't give you a thing in writing." "If I can get a delivery of steel like they promised me, I can assure you I'll have that stadium ready by Sept. 15," Hougard said. While most of the Council session was limited to questions on bids, Ald. Roman Denissen urged alderman not to lose sight of an objective. "I certainly am pleased to learn that 32,000 seats are possible. Even if we had to wait and play a few games in the old stadium it would be worthwhile. The 32,000 seats is ideal, and that is what all of us aldermen were hoping for. It would be worthwhile for the city and the Packers to wait if we can get an all permanent seat stadium," Denissen said. Mayor Otto Rachals placed weight on the completion date at both the Council and earlier meeting. The stadium was presented as a possible 20,000 permanent seat structure with 12,000 bleacher seats during last April's referendum campaign, he noted...OLD VERSUS NEW: "The part of it is whether the Packers play their games in the new stadium or in the old one. That's the one thing to consider here," he told the Council. "I do not feel that you are letting the public down in anyway if you put in bleacher seats because that was the understanding at the time (of the referendum)," Rachals said at the board of public works session earlier. In response to a question from Rachals at the board meeting, Fred Leicht, member of the Packer executive committee, said it would be "very disastrous if we didn't have that stadium in September." "We hope to sell 20,000 season tickets (starting in March) and we have got to have seats to sell," Leicht said. Cecil Isbell, salesman for one of the two firms which bid for bleachers needed if the 24,000-seat plan is used, also was present for the board meeting. Somerville explained to the Council that using the 32,000-seat Hougard bid would make possible construction of the stadium for $938,583. Using the $669,810 concrete bid of Selmer Co., would make cost of a 32,000-seat stadium for either $948,020 or $936,277 depending on which of the two bleacher proposals was accepted. The bid by Hougard would provided sideline stands with 25 rows of poured concrete on the bowl slopes and 35 rows built on steel framework atop the bowl. Twenty-one rows of poured concrete seats would be behind each end zone. The plan bid by the Selmer Co. would have permanent seats on the sidelines only with 25 poured concrete rows on the slopes and the upper 35 rows of pre-cast concrete supports. Both general construction bids also included auxiliary buildings under the sideline stands, a team building behind the south end zone, and the press box.
JAN 24 (Green Bay) - The NFL's annual January draft of college talent - opening in Philadelphia a week from today - might well be tabbed the Battle of the Sleepers. The 1956 college crop, in the opinion of the scouts, was slightly on the terrific side with availables like Hornung, Arnett, Kramer, Glass, Brodie, Dawson, Peaks, Parker, Shofner, Pardee - to mention a few. But the second annual early start on the draft - held last November, removed most of the cream and some of the skim. Forty-nine hot shots were picked in the four rounds, including four to each club and the bonus. The 12 NFL clubs are digging deep for talent now and at the same time keeping an eye on Canadian scouts who have been extra busy this winter. Since each team, including the Packers came up with solid player help in November, the emphasis next week will be on the darkhorses from the small schools and the subs from the big schools. All teams will be in hopes that their picks will be genuine sleepers come next fall. There also will be considerable drafting of eligible juniors, a maneuver that can be dangerous because on many occasions these juniors come up with a "bad" senior year and as a result aren't interested in pro football. Two of the 49 previous picks are juniors but both are highly-touted, back George Walker of Arkansas picked by the Cleveland Browns in the third round and back Bobby Cox of Minnesota who was named by the Los Angeles Rams on the fourth round. The Packers are on the spot as regards juniors - at least for the early rounds next week. Coach Liz Blackbourn salvaged five players out of the 1956 draft and he stands a chance to lose all five of 'em to service. Thus, Liz figures he'll have to stress material available for almost immediate delivery. His thinking on the draft at the moment is "the best players available, with an eye toward helping our defense." The Packers won't get the break they received in November when Liz won the bonus and then captured a coin flip to share the fourth-highest pick, producing Paul Hornung and Ron Kramer...NO FIFTH PICK: Due to previous trades, the Packers won't receive any fifth choice since that pick was given to Cleveland in exchange for Don King. The Packers' sixth choice also goes to Cleveland in exchange for John Sandusky, but the Bays will receive the Chicago Cardinals' sixth pick in the Tom Dahms deal. Sandusky made the Packers. King was released in mid-season. Since the Packers will draft higher than the Cardinals, Green Bay will have to wait until 20 players are named before they get a choice - the Cardinals' sixth round pick. Green Bay will flip with Los Angeles (each posted 4-8 last year) for the second plan draw. The Cards draw ninth. The Packers will pick up a choice in the 15th round, getting the New York Giants' selection in exchange for Jack Spinks. Since they won the bonus, Green Bay won't get a 30th choice. In all, the Packers will get 25 players out of the draft next Thursday. The Los Angeles Rams, as usual, will come out with their usual 35 to 40 players as payments on trades. They came out of the November business with seven stars - three over par four, and the only consolation is that they did same a year ago and finished in a tie with the Packers in the Western Division cellar. The Rams, for instance, received Jon Arnett (their own pick) and Del Shofner from the Giants on the first round; John Pardee (their own) on the second; Billy Ray Smith (their own) and George Strugar from San Francisco on the third; and Bobby Cox (their own) and Lamar Lundy from New York on the fourth. They'll get a few extras in the later round. Since this has been going on for four or five years, it's no wonder the Rams are generally called "talent loaded." And it's fortunate that (1) only 11 players can work on the field at the same time and (2) the league has a player limit.
JAN 25 (Green Bay) - A contribution toward Green Bay's new municipal stadium of one cent for every bottle and can of Pabst beer sold in Brown County during the three-month period beginning Feb. 1, was proposed today by the Pabst Brewing Co. though its local distributors, Joe and Bob Bur. The offer was made by the large Milwaukee brewing firm on the heels of bids which showed that current appropriations for the project would cover bare construction cost and would leave little extra funds for other stadium requirements. Marshall S. Lachner, Pabst Brewing Co. president, said that the offer, of course, was contingent upon its acceptance by the stadium building committee and Green Bay city officials...DESERVING OF SUPPORT: In announcing the offer, Lachner said: "It has been long our feeling that any community which can muster the great civic interest which Green Bay has organized for the stadium project and the Green Bay Packer team, is deserving of any support we can give it." Mayor Otto Rachals, who expressed immediate interest in the plan, said the proposal would be submitted to the committee for action at its next meeting. According to Lachner, there is a strong possibility that the offer might be extended for an additional three months this summer. This would depend, he explained, on the interest generated in the community during the initial three-month trial period. Summer sales for the company's product, he pointed out, naturally would run heavier than the three months beginning Feb. 1. Lachner said the brewery has taken no position on how it would specifically want its contribution spent, but that it was not unlikely that the committee might wish to have the money go toward some specific stadium item, such as a scoreboard, tarpaulin or bandshell. Green Bay city officials and civic leaders professed interest in the brewing firm's offer. There was some feeling that other industries in the Green Bay area might pick up the cue for a similar drive to assist the stadium project...RECORDS ARE AVAILABLE: The Burs announced that the amount of the donation would be computed from records of the Bur Blue Ribbon Co., Inc., the distributing firm. They said they were prepared to make the records available to any qualified accountant named by stadium project leaders here as a means of doubly verifying the correct sales totals upon which the stadium donation would be based.
JAN 26 (Green Bay) - Mike Hudock, a 225-pound center from the University of Miami who was drafted as a junior in 1956 for delivery in ’57, has signed a Packer contract, Coach Liz Blackbourn announced today. Hudock is the fifth player to officially set himself up for next fall, joining such other early-bird signers as veteran Bobby Garrett and rookies Paul Hornung, the bonus choice quarterback, and Carl Vereen and Dalton Truax, high-choice tackles. Blackbourn wasted no time convincing Hudock about pro football after the Bay mentor watched him perform in the North-South Shrine game last month. Liz said he liked the athlete’s work – particularly on offense. Hudock also will be a linebacker prospect. The Packers’ 11th choice and first junior named in the ’56 draft, Hudock also played some tackle at Miami but won All-America honorable mention as a center in his junior and senior years. Hudock was Miami’s regular center in his last two seasons and beat out the regular center as a sophomore before the season was half over. Single and 23, Hudock has good speed and ability to block downfield. He hails from Tunkhannock, Pa., where he starred in high school football. Hudcock will be out to win the Packers’ No. 2 center job behind veteran Jim Ringo. Also expected back is Larry Lauer, the Bays’ reserve center last year…FINANCIAL BRIEF: The aforementioned Hornung is well known among his Notre Dame teammates as a financial wizard. The Packer pick, through the direction of an uncle, started saving his money at the age of nine years. His uncle handles the star’s money and one of his first investments was a $150 second mortgage on a house in Louisville, Ky., his hometown.
JAN 28 (Green Bay) - Packer coach Liz Blackbourn added another name to his “possible retirement” file today, making a total of three entries since the holidays. Latest to enter the oft-used folder is linebacker Roger Zatkoff, the Packers’ defensive captain who said at his home in Detroit over the weekend that he’s leaving professional football for a business career. Another captain, guard Buddy Brown of the offensive team, announced his plans to retire shortly before the Packers’ final games last season. Actually, the first in the file was veteran quarterback Tobin Rote, who spoke of retirement during most of the 1956 season. He reiterated his stand upon returning to his home in Texas in December and again before the Pro Bowl game in January. Of the three, only Brown is at what might be considered retirement age – around 32. Zatkoff is the youngest, 25, (he’ll be 26 March 25) while Rote just turned 29 this past Jan. 18. Blackbourn said he had been in touch with Zatkoff on the retirement matter and indicated he plans to see him sometime after the draft in Philadelphia this week. Zatkoff had called Liz earlier with his plans. “We’re in hopes Roger changes his mind,” Liz said. In Detroit over the weekend, Zatkoff explained: “I realize I have three or four more years of football left, but I want to enter the industrial selling field in Detroit, and I would rather use those years getting established in something that will take care of my future. I’ve talked it over carefully with my wife, Elaine, and we decided it would be wise for me to start looking for the opportunity now. We have three small children (Sandra 4 ½, Denise 3 and Karen 2). The oldest will be ready to start 
JAN 30 (Green Bay) - The City Council, meeting in special session Tuesday night, awarded contracts totaling $835,456 for the municipal stadium including a $742,039 general construction contract for 32,026 permanent seats. The vote was 18-2. The general construction contract, which will include a Sept. 15 completion date, was received by George Hougard and Son, Inc., of Green Bay. It will provide for 25 rows of sideline and 21 rows of end zone seating of concrete poured on the bowl slope and 35 rows of sideline seating above the bowl built of concrete slabs on a steel framework. The contact also includes an auxiliary building under the stands, the press box and a team building behind the south end zone. The approve contract will provide 11,745 seats in each sideline stand and 4,268 behind each end zone. The Council action approved a recommendation passed Tuesday afternoon by the Board of Public Works, which acted after a written report from John Somerville, stadium architect. On Jan. 22, the Council postponed action on contracts for one week to attempt to obtain a firmer commitment on steel needed in the Hougard bid…ALL FACTORS CONSIDERED: “This recommendation is made after careful consideration of all factors involved. The matter of structural steel delivery has been the object of our particular attention, and we are sufficiently assured in this regard to make the above recommendation,” Somerville’s report said. The alternative to the all-permanent seat bid considered after bids were opened Jan. 21 were a $699,810 bid for 23,490 permanent sideline seats of basic concrete construction, a bid of Selmer Co. The Hougard bid will make total cost of the stadium construction $938,583. This compares with a total cost of either $936,277 or $948,020, depending on which of two bleacher bids were used, under the 23,490-seat concrete option. Ald. Don Tilleman and Rhynie Dantinne voted against the contracts. They are two of six northeast side aldermen who had opposed location of the stadium at the Highland Avenue-Ridge Road site. Tilleman and Dantinne said the cost of land for the stadium should have been included in the $960,000 bond issue because both sites considered at the time of last April’s referendum were city-owned…WANTS LAND INCLUDED: “Many people in my ward considered that this (land cost) would be part of the bond issue,” Tilleman said. “At the time of this referendum, the voters were told there were two sites. When they voted on this bond issue, they assumed that $960,000 was going to pay for all of a stadium for Green Bay. Only after it was decided to put ‘in Ashwaubenon’ was this thing changed,” Dantinne replied. Mayor Otto Rachals replied that the $960,000 always had been defined as applying to construction costs only. While he voted for the contracts, Ald. Clarence Vandermus referred to the 20,000 permanent seats and 12,000 bleacher seats proposed before the referendum. Voters were told, he said, “in the event this project didn’t go as well as we would like we could take these portable seats and use them where we could.” “That is true. But here we get all permanent seats within the bond limits. The people of Green Bay are going to get a better stadium for the same amount of money than was contemplated at the time,” Rachals said. “The Board of Public Works acted wisely because time is of the essence. We are happy to get a 32,000-seat stadium. This is going to make possible a first class rating in the league with that sort of stadium,” Ald. Roman Denissen said. Secondary contracts awarded to the lowest bidders were: Electrical, Anderson Radio and Electrical Co., $17,875; plumbing, H.G. Anderson Co., $57,481; heating and ventilation, Brendemihl and Garot Co., $9,505; and fencing, Cyclone Fence Co., $8,505. Contracts will be signed after the Council authorizes sale of the bond issue at its Feb. 5 meeting. The Packer Corp, is pledged to pay for half the issue and interest on half in equal payments over 20 years. In awarding the contracts, the Council provided that the city can still select alternated submitted with base bids…OTHER COSTS LISTED: The remainder of the $938,583 total of construction costs will be composed of $53,127 architect fee, $48,133 spent in shaping the stadium bowl last fall, and about $2,000 for seeding the playing field. Completion of stadium planning and contracts phase moves the city toward the remaining problems of financing stadium parking and deciding how the site is to be paid for. The 49-acre site was purchased for $73,305, with a down payment of $7,500 made from an advance of Packer rental for City Stadium in 1956. The balance of $65,805 is due over the next three years in equal yearly installments.
JAN 30 (Green Bay) - "Good football players without any particular regard to position..." That's what the Packers need at the moment, Coach Liz Blackbourn said here today - on the eve of the NFL draft at the Bellevue-Stratford Hotel.
JAN 31 (Philadelphia-Green Bay Press-Gazette) - The Green Bay Packers moved to strengthen their defense, most porous in the NFL last fall, in the early rounds of the league's annual college player draft which opened at the Bellevue-Stratford Hotel here today. To that end, Head Coach Liz Blackbourn claimed Jack Nisby, a guard from the College of the Pacific, in the sixth round via the Chicago Cardinals, then grabbed Frank Gilliam, Iowa end, and George Belotti, Southern California tackle, in the seventh and eighth rounds. The Packers had to surrender their firfth and sixth choices to the Cleveland Browns as payment for 1956 trades, but collected a sixth pick from the Cardinals for Tom Dahms, dealt to the Big Red early last season. Nisby, accorded an "A" rating in the Packers' prospect grading system, reportedly possesses all the qualities to make him a defensive star in the NFL. According to Earl Klapstein, Packer scout who resigned earlier this month, the 6-foot, 2-inch, 230-pound Nisby is "very tough and quick on defense and quick reacting. He is excellent in pursuit and can cover on pass defense," Klapstein added...Gilliam, light for a defensive end by pro standards at 187 pounds, was selected by Blackbourn because scouts regard him as a "good defensive halfback prospect." As one ivory hunter put it, "he is small but so active, agile and fast that he makes up for the lack of weight. I believe (he) may be a real good prospect as a defensive halfback." The same scout said Gilliam "really came into his own" with the Hawkeyes' Rose Bowl and Big Ten champions last fall. More significantly, another reported "he has been making crucial plays all year." Belotti, restricted to five games by the Pacific Coast Conference ruling on seniors at USC and UCLA, was characterized by one scout "as a good tough pro type tackle - one of the best on the coast. He has played in tough competition and stands up well." Blackbourn attempted to bolster the Packer office with his ninth and tenth picks, selecting a pair of halfbacks, Ken Winberg of Texas Christian and Gary Gustafson of Gustavus Adolphus. Mike Michalske, former Packer great, rates Winberg, 6-3 and 185, as "the No. 3 offensive back I've seen this year - behind Arnett and Shofner. I also would rate him the No. 3 defensive back I've seen." Gustafson, 6-2 and 185, reportedly runs the 100-yard dash in 9.7 seconds. These five augment the five selections the Packers made in last November's early draft when they picked Notre Dame's versatile Hornung as their bonus choice, then drafted Ron Kramer of Michigan, halfback Joel Wells of Clemson and tackles Dalton Truax of Tulane and Carl Vereen of Georgia Tech, in order...The Philadelphia Eagles opened today's session by drafting Jimmy Harris, who quarterbacked Oklahoma to two straight national collegiate titles. The Eagles surprised press row by simultaneously announcing Harris' signing - with a prepared release. It developed that the Philadelphia management, realizing that the Eagles would draft first today, had signed the Sooner star well in advance of the meeting. Cleveland emerged with two picks in both the firth and sixth rounds - their own and the Packers. The Packers selected a pair of tackles for the Browns, Henry Jordan of Virginia on the fifth and Indiana's Joe Amstrutz on the sixth. The Los Angeles Rams also had double rations in both rounds, selecting University of Washington halfback Dean Derby in the fifth, on a choice acquired from Washington, then picking Dick Enright, a guard from Southern California, in the fifth. In their rotation spot, the Browns picked Milt Campbell, U.S. decathlon champion and former Indiana star. The process of selection has been slow, each club giving considerable consideration to every choice. The Packers followed the pattern by deliberating for more than 10 minutes before naming Gilliam as their seventh choice...The draft wasn't the only thing on Blackbourn's mind today. He was presented with some bad news when John Sandusky, starting offensive tackle last fall, strolled into the newsroom to announce he had signed as line coach at Villanova and thus will not be available in '57. Blackbourn also has been huddling with Buddy Parker, head coach of the Detroit Lions, and there is a suspicion that a trade with last year's Western Division runnerup may develop in the near future. Paul Brown also is reportedly interested in talking trade with the Packers...Today's draft was the first official act of business at the league's annual convention. And, almost history-making, the draft had the blessing of the league's veteran players, most of whom were draftees themselves not many years ago. The National League Players Assn., composed of representatives of each team including Billy Howton of the Packers, went on record Wednesday afternoon in the presence of Commissioner Bert Bell as follows: "In the best interest of the public and the professional football players, the conditions under which they play, and their contractual agreements with club owners, we believe that professional football as a sport is best served by the present method of selecting college players."...WANT OPTION CLAUSE: The statement and proposals were made by players Norm Van Brocklin of Los Angeles and Kyle Rote of New York and the association's lawyer, Creighton Miller of Cleveland. In another "historic" move, the players' group stated that "the existing option clause in the players' contract be retained. This clause provides for a one-year option, and no more, for the services of a player." The players thus agree with club owners that there would be chaos if the option clause was thrown out. With no option clause, all players in the league would be up for a sort of auction each year. The players also asked: 1 - A minimum salary of $5,000 for any selected player. 2. During the preseason period, a stipulated amount of expense money per week for veteran and rookie players. 3 - A minimum of $12 per day for lodging and meals during the period after the team leaves training camp until the first league game, provided team does not have a place for them to live and does not provide their meals. Also, a minimum of $8 per day for clubs on the road when meal money is advanced. 4 - Inclusion of the "injury clause" in the players contract, this contract to read: "If this contract is terminated by club for reason of player's failure to render his services hereunder due to disability resulting directly from injury sustained in the performance of his serviced hereunder at any time after player reports to training camp, club agrees to pay player at the rate stipulated in paragraph 2 for the balance of the season in which the injury was sustained." 5 - That the training period be of shorter duration. Bell said he would present the players' proposal to the business meeting starting Friday and that if no action were taken he would arrange a players' group meeting with the owners in about two weeks.
JAN 31 (Philadelphia) - Anything can happen at a NFL meeting, and the 1957 version is no exception. This is the first convention in history that is surrounded by pickets, and the object of the demonstrators is George Preston Marshall, mouthy owner of the Washington Redskins. Why? Somewhere along the line Marshall stuck his neck out (as usual) on the matter of drafting and signing Negro players. John H. Young of New York, in charge of picketing, said that the picketing will be extended to all games played by the Redskins in the league's cities unless Marshall showed himself willing to hire Negro players. Young is chairman of the Red Rooster Sports committee, a group of Negro fans and former athletes. He said the picketing is not directed against the other 11 members of the league, nor against the Hotel Bellevue-Stratford, where sessions are being held, and there will be no attempt to keep anyone from entering. Latest proof of Marshall's attitude, according to Young, was his action last November in passing over Negro Jim Parker of Ohio State, one of the nation's top linemen. Actually, Young was haywire on this point because Washington never had a shot at Parker. Baltimore, picking in front of Washington, grabbed the OSU star. At any rate, Marshall is on something of a hot seat. It will be interesting to see if George picks a Negro...The Packer delegation really got out here in a hurry Wednesday afternoon. The DC-6 United Airlines plane made the trip from Chicago to Philadelphia in one hour and 47 minutes - almost an hour under the normal time for the flight. The Giant plane, flying at 21,000 feet, was slammed along by a 145-mile tailwind that raised the plane's flying speed (average) to 450 miles per hour. The plane captain said "that's only 50 miles less than our commercial jet will travel in 1960." The record time between the two cities for a DC-7, a larger and more powerful plane than the "6", is 1:28. No record was available for the six. The pilot, in an apparent effort to cut his time, banked the big plane sharply for a quick landing instead of the usual slow, almost even-keel circling. "Guess that's the only way to travel?" Coach Liz Blackbourn laughed when the plane unloaded 30 pop-eyed passengers.
JAN 31 (Green Bay) - There is a good chance that the gifted Max McGee, feared lost to the Air Force until 1958, will be cantering about the NFL in Packer silks next autumn. This pleasant possibility came to light when Max, an Air Force pilot, flew here from Eglin, Fla., Air Force Base Wednesday to discuss his football future - only to discover Head Coach Liz Blackbourn was in Philadelphia for the NFL draft meeting. McGee, the Packers' regular offensive left end in 1954 before service, didn't have to chalk up the visit as a total loss, however. He made arrangements to enroll in pre-law at St. Norbert College in January, 1958. Under this commitment, he should be eligible for "an early out," McGee explained. Together with accumulated leave time, it is expected to make him available "about Oct. 1 so I should be able to play about 10 games." First Lt. McGee, stationed with a drone squadron, was an all-Air Force selection last fall along with two other Eglin Field teammates, quarterback Zeke Bratkowski and right end Jim Dooley of the Chicago Bears, In '54, his rookie year in the NFL, McGee was a standout, catching 36 passes for 614 yards and nine touchdowns to finish as the Packers' No. 2 scorer with 54 points. He also did all the Bays' punting and finished fifth in the league with a 41.7 average for 72 kicks. McGee, who flew the 850 miles from Miami in a B-17 with Capt. Roy Campbell, was taken aback by Green Bay's frigid climate. When he has left Eglin, the thermometer stood at 85 degrees. Upon reaching Green Bay five hours later, he noted a difference of 89 degrees - it was four below zero. Max, now 24, was happy to report he's holding his playing weight. "I'm 200 right on the button," he smiled. "I've been the same weight the last four years."
JAN 31 (Milwaukee) - The Milwaukee Shriners, who have sponsored an annual preseason football game between the Green Bay Packers and a NFL opponent, are interested in moving the game from Marquette Stadium to Milwaukee County Stadium. Milwaukee County Supervisor Edward Lane said Wednesday that the Packers and other NFL clubs have not been satisfied with the gate they have drawn in the Marquette bowl, which seats only 20,102. The County Stadium has room for 43,117.
FEB 1 (Philadelphia-Green Bay Press-Gazette) - Packer coaches are wasting no time cleaning up the 1957 draft. They finished making selections at 11:30 Thursday night, worked out travel schedules, caught eight hours of sleep, and then left the city of brotherly love today for the purpose of signing at least 19 of the 25 picks. Six selections can't be signed since they are eligible underclassmen. Packer affairs at the business meetings today are in the hands of President Russ Bogda, General Manager Verne Lewellen and Packer attorney Fred Trowbridge. Coach Liz Blackbourn ordered full speed ahead on player signing for two reasons: the danger of Canadian interference, particularly on the first 10 selections, and to get an early start in preparations for the 1957 campaign. All of the players were officially notified - with greetings and congratulations - of their selection by the Packers by wire Thursday night. And two of them, guard Jack Nisby of College of Pacific and tackle George Belotti of Southern California, were contacted in person Thursday by former Packer coach Earl Klapstein, who lives in Los Angeles. Blackbourn, keeping his fingers crosses, felt that "we got our share of good players." The Packer picking committee, composed of Blackbourn and aides Tom Hearden, Ray McLean, Lou Rymkus and Jack Vainisi, managed to correct some of the club's weak spots and still get good all-around players - at least on paper...A total of 311 players were selected by the 12 clubs Thursday in the last 26 rounds. The teams picked the cream of the draft in the early draft last November, including bonus choice Paul Hornung by the Packers. Winning the bonus automatically removed the Packers from the 30th round. Blackbourn stayed with big-school athletes and stepped into the small-college field just twice to get Green Bay's Jerry Johnson, a junior tackle at St. Norbert College, and halfback Gary Gustafson of Gustavus Adolphus. Blackbourn had hoped to come out of the '57 draft with two Green Bay stars instead of one. He had his heart set on nailing Lee Hermsen, the former West High and Marquette star, but the Chicago Bears grabbed him on the 19th round. Lis said he hopes to get Hermsen yet. Green Bay picked off seven players from the Big Ten, which was well scouted by Hearden, a coach at Wisconsin last year, and Klapstein...In the entire draft, the 12 clubs picked 56 Big Ten players - a percentage of 15.5, and 69 stars from midwestern schools, including four from Notre Dame and two from Marquette. Three of the Notre Damers went to Green Bay - Hornung, junior center Ed Sullivan and halfback Jim Morse. Packer pickers took it slow and easy during most of the draft. Since 20 players had disappeared (the Bays' first two choices went to Cleveland), the Bays hunted and deliberated as long as 10 minutes on the early picks. The first draftee, Nisby, was picked as a "good player - the best linemen on the west coast." A 235-pounder, Nisby will fit in at offensive guard or linebacker. Three on-the-spot switches were made. The first was second pick Frank Gilliam of Iowa, a 6-2, 185-pound end from Iowa, who was drafted to play defensive halfback. George Belotti, the USC tackle, picked third (No. 8), will be a contender for defensive tackle...The next three picks were two-way halfbacks, Ken Wineburg of TCU who has an excellent recommendation from Mike Michalske; Gustafson; and Jim Roseboro, a hard-nosed little guy from Ohio State. The first future picked was Sullivan, a 190-pounder who rates as a "great" linebacking prospect. The Bays turned the 12th round pick the New York Giants owed 'em for Jack Spinks into Glenn Bestor, the onetime Fox Valley Conference back from Fond du Lac. Bestor was a fullback at Wisconsin, but he was switched to defensive end immediately. Bestor, a strong, rugged athlete, stands 6-2 and packs 215 pounds. After nailing Morse, the Packers knocked off four linemen, including sophomore Ed Buckingham of Minnesota, a 250-pounder hailed by Bierman, and junior tackle Don Boudreaux of Houston, 220. The other linemen are Rudy Schoendorf, 245, tackle of Miami, and Pat Hinton, 230, guard from Louisiana Tech...Three of the last 12 picks are juniors, including Johnson, guard Dave Herbold of Minnesota and halfback Howard Dare of Maryland. Four of the remaining nine are defensive halfback or corner backer prospects - Credell Green, 200 pounds, of Washington; Ron Quillian, 205, of Tulane; John Symank, 180, of Florida; and Buddy Bass, 190, of Duke. Bass had starred as an end, but Blackbourn switched him to defensive halfback since he's a sound tackler and fast. The other five are linemen, including 205-pound guard Percy Oliver, 205, of Illinois who will work as a linebacker; 230-pound guard Ernie Danjean of Auburn; 240-pound tackle Chuck Mehrer of Missouri; 220-pound tackle Chuck Leyendecker of SMU; and 240pound tackle Martin Booher of Wisconsin. The Packers selected the only Badgers in the entire draft - Bestor and Booher. Roughly, the Packers picked eight cornerback prospects, and four linebackers to strengthen the shaky cornerback spots and offset the possible loss of Roger Zatkoff and Deral Teteak.
FEB 1 (Philadelphia-Green Bay Press-Gazette) - This may be the last split draft as it's now carried on, three or four picks in November and the remainder in January. It's original purpose was to get the jump on the Canadians but that's backfiring and the clubs, at their business meeting starting today, may come up with something new. One plan  has a secret draft without announcing any numerical order. Each club would merely announce a list of 30 players - in alphabetical order, and then let the Canadians guess. Oddly enough, the Canadians benefit by the present split in that they have been able to sign a number of players who were "unhappy" because they did not make the "big four" last November. Earl Klapstein, former Packer aide who covered the East-West game, recalled that "there was almost a social barrier between the boys who made the November draft and those who didn't" in the E-W game...Commissioner Bert Bell will receive a flat $40,000 salary for each 365-day period instead of the previous $30,000 and a bonus of $10,000. No official announcement was made, but it came out anyway. His contract has eight years to go...Every writer seems to be straining himself trying to make a trade for the simple reason that trades make for interesting writing. Packer Coach Liz Blackbourn and Lion Coach Buddy Parker has been quite buddy-buddy but, shucks, nobody will talk. And just for the fun of it, what Packer position is well stocked as it were? Offensive ends - of course, especially when Max McGee comes out about Oct. 1. And you'll never guess the position Detroit needs bolstering. Offensive end! And, come to think of it, the Packers could use some of those Lion defensive back, tackles, linebackers, etc....The Rams took this occasion to announce the signing of a peace pact among the owners who had been feuding for almost two years. Bell made the official announcement Thursday night, revealing that Dan Reeves as president and holder of half the club's stock will make decisions. In case of dispute, Bell will decide. A partnership lawsuit involving Reeves, Ed Pauley and Fred Levy has been withdrawn. The three major owners were here and Bell reported that they shook hands over the deal...George Preston Marshall, blunt-spoken owner of the Washington Redskins, was unperturbed by a picket line outside the Bellevue-Stratford Hotel, protesting his anti-players' union stand and failure to hire Negro players. "I've come from Washington where picket lines are not unusual. I have seen picket lines at the White House many times," Marshall boomed...Viewing the proceedings here for old-time's sake was two former Packer assistant coaches, Dick Plasman and Tarz Taylor. Plasman has a fine cemetery business going in Miami and has no intention of getting back into football. Taylor, now a salesman in Chicago who suffered two heart attacks recently, says he's feeling great...Packer tackle John Sandusky spoke to Blackbourn regarding his decision to take the Villanova line coaching job in the draft room yesterday. A little later Liz and Sandusky walked out of the room, prompting a scribe to crack: "Villanova is about to lose a line coach."...Most congratulated guy at the draft is Jim Lee Howell, coach of the championship Giants. Big Jim, of course, modestly attributes it all to luck.
FEB 1 (Green Bay) - John Sandusky of the Green Bay Packers, and a veteran tackle with seven seasons in the NFL, said Thursday he has accepted a job as line coach at Villanova for next season. The 33-year old offensive lineman was acquired by the Packers from the Cleveland Browns last season in exchange for their 5th draft choice. Sandusky was the No. 2 draft choice of the Browns in 1950. He is six-one and weighs 250 pounds.
FEB 1 (Philadelphia) - The NFL's annual meeting was told today that, if granted a franchise, the city of Buffalo, N.Y., would mean to professional football what Milwaukee meant to the National Baseball League. Patrick J. McGroder, Jr., chairman of the board of the Buffalo Memorial Auditorium, estimated that Buffalo could sell, in its first season, at least 25,000 season tickets. The owners met in executive session today with the possibility of expanding the league to 14 teams, or a possible transfer of a present franchise, one of several subjects on the agenda.
FEB 1 (Philadelphia) - The NFL, its player draft completed, moved into its midwinter business sessions today with the proposed program of the new players' organization, rule changes, expansion and schedule consideration on the agenda. The 12-member clubs drafted a total of 312 players Thursday, completing its selections started last November when 49 hopefuls were tapped for future play among the rugged pros. Commissioner Bert Bell planned to present the players' program, asking for a $5,000 salary minimum for drafted players and an injury clause, to the owners for consideration, and eight cities were hopeful that the league would expand to a 14-club circuit in 1958. A first day poll of the owners indicated six were willing to go along with the player requests. Los Angeles, Green Bay and San Francisco were non-committal, Cleveland withheld comment, and the Chicago Bears, whose players are not members, had nothing to say. George Preston Marshall, president of the Washington Redskins, opposed the players' group move because it "would be extremely difficult to have a player association in a contact sport like football...The rules which apply to baseball don't apply to us in any respect." The opening day, though dulled by the long draft routine, had its spirited moments, including the picketing of Marshall for the Redskins non-hiring of Negro players, and a salary boost for Bell by the owners. The commissioner's salary was raised to $40,000 annually, a $10,000 hike, plus an annual $10,000 turned into a trust fund as a pension for him. George Halas, owner of the Bears, took a pause in the meeting to lash back at Baseball Commissioner Ford Frick's criticism of the NFL drafting players made several days ago in Chicago. Frick said the draft hindered the players' opportunity to bargain. Halas said the draft, instituted in 1936, gave the players more opportunity than ever before as he told Frick "to stick to baseball." The Bears' owner said player salaries now are three to five times higher than they were before the league adopted the draft, and that they have every opportunity to negotiate with Canadian teams. Los Angeles, torn by front office bickering in a dispute and court suit involving President Dan Reeves and co-owners Edwin Pauley, Fred Levy and Hal Seeley, had its difficulties settled when they shook hands and agreed to future management of the club, with Bell appointed to step in as arbitrator in case of future disagreements. The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), headed by John Young of the Red Roosters sports group of New York and Eugene Davidson of the Washington district of the association, threw up a picket line outside of the hotel criticizing Marshall and the Redskins for not hiring Negroes.
FEB 1 (Green Bay) - Farah Food, Inc., has seconded the motion of the Pabst Brewing Co., in raising funds to provide extra equipment for the new municipal stadium for the Packers. In a letter to Mayor Otto Rachals and the Green Bay City Council, Farah's has offered to contribute an extra center for each can or bottle of Pabst beer sold in its three stores. Last week Pabst Brewing Co. offered to contribute a cent for each can or bottle of Pabst sold in Brown County for the three month period starting Feb. 1. Farah's said it was making the offer "in cooperation with the aggressive spirit of our fellow citizens of Green Bay for the speedy construction of our new stadium." "The Green Bay Packers are big business," the letter concluded, "and give our city the glamour and dignity of a much larger city."
FEB 2 (Philadelphia-Green Bay Press-Gazette) - Green Bay is like a "new" team in the NFL. The reason, of course, is the new stadium. A large drawing of the planned structure was unveiled by Packer representatives at Friday's business meetings and the other club representatives were real pleased with the possibilities the larger capacity afford in the future. Commissioner Bert Bell voiced their feelings: "As you know we were happy when your city voted to build the stadium last spring and now that Green Bay is actually ready to build we are all confident of the Packers' future. All of us in the National League always have had all of the confidence in the world in Green Bay. The new stadium and your fans back up that confidence." Representing the Packers were President Russ Bogda, General Manager Verne Lewellen and Packer Atty. Fred Trowbridge...It was almost ironical that Buffalo's plea for a franchise was made with the Packer stadium as a backdrop. Buffalo Memorial Auditorium board chairman Patrick J. McGroder told the league that Buffalo civic stadium can seat 44,000 with temporary stands and that there is parking available for 8,000 cars. He said the NFL could count on an advance sale of 28,000 season tickets. McGroder emphasized he was not seeking a franchise for any particular group, but was merely reporting on the advantages Buffalo has to offer. Louisville, Seattle, Minneapolis, Miami, Houston, Denver and Kansas City also contacted the league for franchises but Buffalo was the only city that sent a representative. Bell said the league may vote to expand - at today's meeting; with the provision that the problem can be re-examined again at the 1958 annual meeting. Bell indicated he didn't think the time was ripe for expansion until every team is about to win at least four games a season...He said Friday that "difference between winning four and winning six is very slight and that winning seven is considered a successful season." The opening sessions Friday was rather quiet with little or no concrete action. A bit more excitement is expected today when the league takes up expansion, the players' union and possible a word from Bell on officiating. Sessions are expected to end tonight. Several suggested rules changes were voted down. They would have made it mandatory for team benches to be on opposite sides of the field and for a punt to be made within 10 yards of the line of scrimmage. The latter proposal was aimed at eliminating many fair catches by forcing quicker punts and by keeping more men on the line to afford protection for the punter...The league also ruled out use of any special equipment to get information on the field of play - "other than word of mouth." The motion was made by Brown Coach Paul Brown, who was among the first to install radio equipment last fall. Also out was a plan to add 25 feet to the goalposts, permitting officials to rule easier on field goals. Under a new rule, a team taking a timeout must take the full 60 seconds. Many times a team took a timeout merely to stop the clock and then would tell the official almost immediately that it was ready to go, cutting the timeout sometimes in half and putting the opponent at a disadvantage. "Frankly," Bell laughed as he announced the rules, "they can get a commercial into 60 seconds."...In other action, George Preston Marshall, noisy owner of the Washington Redskins, was officially recognized in a unanimously-passed resolution for his 25 years of service to pro football. The motion pointed out Marshall's "great asset to sports, with his honesty and integrity and perfect frankness in saying what he thinks." The resolution was introduced by Bell. Earlier in the meeting, Marshall had been the object of Negro pickets around the hotel, who claimed that Marshall was unfair for not drafting Negro players. Marshall didn't draft any Negroes and the pickets left after the draft. A New York spokesman for the pickets said that the group of pickets, called the Red Roosters Club, planned to organize a boycott of all Redskin games in every city that they play...While the coaches pulled out early Friday, the newspaper lads were still busy trying to make trades. The Associated Press got a report out of Detroit that the Lions are interested in Packer linebacker Roger Zatkoff. The Zatkoff thing is rather interesting in that announcement of his retirement was made shortly after the Lions had inquired about the possibility of trading for Roger. The Packers reportedly want two good veteran players for Roger - and no less. Maybe that's what Packer coach Liz Blackbourn and Lion coach Buddy Parker were talking about Thursday.
FEB 2 (Green Bay) - "It's a great thrill and an honor for me. I'd sure like to give it a try." Those were the words uttered by 6-2, 250-pound Jerry Johnson as the St. Norbert College tackle heard he had been drafted in the 25th round by the Packers. Johnson's selection is rather unusual in that: (1) he's from Green Bay and (2) he's played his college football at St. Norbert, only a "stone's throw" from Packer headquarters. Jerry is the first Green Bayite selected by the Pack since 1950 when flashy Gene Evans, the former West High and University of Wisconsin star halfback, was picked in the 20th round. Evans never tried out. Johnson is the fourth St. Norbert player to be a pro draft choice and the second by the Packers. Another Knight tackle, Jerry Dufek, was a Bay selection in the 29th round in 1953. Dufek, however, has a bad knee and decided to pass up a crack at the play-for-pay ball to go into high school coaching. He's now an assistant to Bill Dessart at Preble High. End Pat Smithwick was drafted - and cut - by the Pittsburgh Steelers in 1952 and in 1955 halfback Bob Hoerning was taken by the LA Rams. He is now serving with the U.S. Army. Knight coach Mel Nicks, upon hearing of Johnson's selection, had this to say: "If anyone of our boys can make it, Jerry sure can. He's big, fast, and a real leader out there on the field. A definite prospect. I think he'd be a real good middle guard on defense." The Packers, however, may have to wait awhile for his services. Because he transferred from Vanderbilt University after his freshman year, he lost some credit and, consequently, will be using the first semester of the next school year to complete his education. He indicated that he "definitely wants to use up that extra year of football eligibility," a fact which makes Nicks quite happy and a factor which could actually help the Packers because of the extra experience he could bring them. His leadership is readily evidenced by the fact that his teammates selected Johnson as their co-captain for next fall, a position he also held during the 1956 campaign which saw the Knights win eight of their nine games. In addition, Johnson is the cadet commander of the entire 250-man ROTC battalion at St. Norbert. His military obligations still confront him after he graduates. At the completion of the '56 campaign, Jerry was named to the Brooklyn Tablet's Catholic All-American first team. He also received honorable mention on the Tablet's '55 team and on the La Crosse Register's All-Midwest eleven of the past two seasons. Jerry is the son of Mrs. Margaret Johnson of 715 N. Ashland Ave.
FEB 4 (Green Bay) - The Packers aren't complaining today! They came out of the 1957 draft, which started last November, and the NFL convention, which ended in Philadelphia Saturday night, with certain benefits. The draft is pretty much history, but, as a refresher, it can be reminded that the Bays won the country's top two all-around athletes in Paul Hornung and Ron Kramer, three highly-rated inner linemen in Carl Vereen, Jack Nisby and Dalton Truax, and a flock of defensive backfield prospects - 30 in all! The other top benefits - particularly pleasing to Coach Liz Blackbourn - were raising of the player limit from 33 to 35 for the season and a system of gradually reducing the player limits to permit possible trades and better preparation. The new limit also included a new injured-player clause. Under the old plans, teams were permitted to replace an injured player on their active roster for a period of four games while the injured player had to stay out of the lineup for four games. The new rule states: “When a player is incapacitated, the club will not be permitted to take on a substitute during his absence.” In other words, teams may be playing with less than 35 players at times. Weaker clubs were given a special break in the system of reduction dates and limits. To start with, the clubs set an active roster of 60 players for the start of training and this roster now must include all returning veterans. Previously, a club could have 60 rookies in camp. Each club then must reduce to 43 players the day after Labor Day, 38 players 13 days before the first game and the final cut to the new 35 player limit by the Tuesday preceding the first league contest. Before, the squads had been holding extra rookies and veterans until the Saturday night before the opener. The league also virtually ruled out rookie camps by shortening the training season to nine weeks before the first league game. Thus, if the 1957 league season starts on the last Sunday in September, which would be Sept. 29, training could be started (at the earliest) on July 29; the cut to 43 players would be made Sept. 3; the cut to 38 would be made Sept. 16, and the final drop to 35 would be made Sept. 24. Last season, Packer rookie camp started July 22 and the veterans reported July 29. In other action, the league decided not to officially recognize the newly-formed players’ association; okayed the bonus pick for another 12 years after next year’s selection; and ordered all visiting clubs to wear white for the convenience of television audiences. The bonus business has one more year to go and the Chicago Cardinals will be the automatic winners in ’58. Under the visiting-club-uniform plan, the home squads will wear their traditional colors. The Cleveland Browns, who generally wear white at home, will wear brown uniforms instead. The league was not willing to go along with the player group chiefly, as Commissioner Bert Bell put it, “we don’t know enough about it yet.” It was indicated that recognition by the league would be just a formality if the players can organize properly and come to the clubs with the support of 100 percent of the league’s playing personnel. Returning from the parley Sunday were Packer president Russ Bogda, general manager Verne Lewellen and Packer attorney Fred Trowbridge. The coaching staff left last Friday (the draft ended on Thursday night) and set out immediately to sign the 25 players selected. All of the coaches, except offensive backfield coach Ray McLean, are presently on the road – Jack Vainisi in the southwest, Lou Rymkus in the south, Tom Hearden in the Big Ten and Blackbourn in the midwest, including Detroit where he’ll confer with Roger Zatkoff, the veteran linebacker who announced his retirement last week.
FEB 4 (Green Bay) - Of the 311 players selected in the 1957 portion of the 1956-57 draft, only one might be termed a “big shot.” That would be Jim Harris, the quarterback of Oklahoma’s national champions, who was the first player named at the pickin’ party in Philadelphia. We asked Coach Hugh Devore why the Eagles picked a QB in view of Bobby Thomason and Adrian Burke. “Bobby has decided to quit – definitely, and Adrian may follow suit, though we’re expecting Burk to change his mind.” Thomason played with three different clubs – Los Angeles, Green Bay (1951) and Philly. He will be 29 March 26. The remaining 310 athletes were practically unknowns compared to the Hornungs, the Arnetts and the Kramer selected last November. Quick now, how many of the Packers’ picks (last week) have a tip-of-the-tongue name. Two and possibly three! Second pick Frank Gilliam, the Iowa end, is known quite well since he was on the end of many of Kenny Ploen’s passes in the Rose Bowl. You know about Glenn Bestor, the Wisconsin fullback because he played at Wisconsin and at Fond du Lac. And, of course, tackle Jerry Johnson (an eligible junior) has been in print in these parts because he played at Premontre (then Central Catholic) and St. Norbert. Two of those three won’t work at their college positions. Gilliam’s chance to catch a pass will be as a defensive halfback and Bestor won’t get to carry the ball unless he races away with a fumble as a defensive end. Packer defensive aide Tom Hearden, who coached Bestor at Wisconsin last year, says Glenn is a versatile athlete and should have little trouble converting from fullback. Bestor is a heavyweight wrestler at Wisconsin and twice won the heavyweight Golden Glovers championship in the district meet in Fond du Lac. He plays hockey with the Fond du Lac Bears during the holidays and won the state pole vault championship at Fond du Lac. What, no basketball?...Commissioner Bert Bell warned pro clubs about picking college stars who had already signed in Canada, explaining that “you probably couldn’t get ‘em for another two years.” One of the hotter prospects expected to be signed by Canada was Paige Cothren, the fullback from Mississippi who was considered one of the nation’s top field goal and extra point kickers in last week’s draft. “All of the clubs, including us, thought he had gone to Canada,” Bert Rose of the Los Angeles Rams was explaining later, “so we picked him on the 22nd round figuring that in a couple of years he’d get tired of Canadian ball and try out with us. After the draft, we asked Hamp Pool, (Toronto coach who was at the draft) about Cothren and he said the boy wasn’t signed by Canada. And we called Cothren and he told us he never had been signed by Canada. Just a darned rumor.”…The Packers selected six Negro players – Jack Nisby, Jim Roseboro, Credell Green, Martin Booher, Percy Oliver and Gilliam.
FEB 4 (Houston) - End Billy Howton, the Green Bay Packers’ player representative, said Sunday he was “very surprised” that the NFL owners turned thumbs down on a players’ union. Commenting on the rejection, Howton said: “I thought it was all set and so did most of my teammates. I am surprised and disappointed. We thought our request was perfectly reasonable and Bert Bell seemed in favor of it when we met in New York Dec. 26-28. He said he expected us to demand more than we did. I’m sure we player representatives will get together soon to discuss further plans. The players and the owners can accomplish a lot by working together on this thing – after all, we’re both in for money. The players are strong and well organized, so I expect that we will continue to try to get together with the owners on something.”
FEB 7 (Green Bay) - Official NFL statistics, on pass receptions, released today, show the Packers' Billy Howton ranking second - five catches behind San Francisco's Billy Wilson. That's Howton's best finish in his five-yard Green Bay career. He ranked fifth as a rookie fresh out of Rice Institute in 1952, finished way down the list due to injuries in '53, placed fourth in '54 and wound up eighth in '55. Those "finishes" would indicate that Howton has been a consistent Packer performer - not to mention one of the finest wings in the league. In five years, Howton averaged 45.8 catches, 869 yards and seven touchdown receptions per campaign. 
two weeks before the league opener, and 35 the Tuesday before the league opener. (2) A new player-limit for the season of 35, two more than a year ago. (3) A new injured-player plan, ruling out the old four-week program in which a player could be returned to action after being inactive for four games. Blackbourn said he liked the "new plans" but added that he wants a clarification of the 60-player camp limit. The "60" rule apparently includes both veterans and rookies, which means that if a club signed all of its draft choices (30 draft picks are made) and all of its veterans (33), said club would be over the limit. "Generally, we sign close to 70 players," Liz explained, "since we figure five or six won't show, which would bring us down to about 60. But what would we do if all 70 showed up?" The All-Star game could present a problem, too. The Packers usually have four or five players in the game and the 1957 show likely will be no exception. Thus, under the rule, the Packers would open the training season with around 55 players. Star players usually miss the first two weeks of pro drills. The league also set the start of practice nine weeks before the league opener, virtually ruling out rookie camps. The camp limit may have a bearing on the number of free agents signed by the Packers. But Blackbourn wants the rule clarified first. The system of roster reducing was particularly pleasing to Blackbourn who termed it "a real step forward," adding: "That first cut (43 on the day after Labor Day) should loosen up a lot of good players and bring about plenty of earlier deals. By that time, we'll have a good idea of our weaknesses and we can trade accordingly." The injured-player rule will remove some of the player hiding, Blackbourn believes. Under the new plan, an injured player must either be carried as one of the 35 players or be placed on the injured reserve list for the entire season. He cannot be replaced once he is on the list, meaning that teams may be playing with less than 35 players at times. Under the old rule, an injured player could be placed on an inactive list for four weeks but during his absence a player usually would be spirited out of hiding to take his place for those four games. The new rule eliminates some of the need for hiding players..."POLICING" CLUBS: The league made no announcement as to "policing" the various clubs on camp limits and hidden players. But a police force of some kind can't be discounted entirely! Blackbourn said he expects to have all person-to-person contracts with the drafted players completed this week. Still on the road are coaches Tom Hearden and Lou Rymkus and scout Jack Vainisi. Hearden is touring the midwest; Vainisi is in the southwest; and Rymkus is in the south. Vainisi also my hit the west coast.
FEB 12 (Green Bay) - Tackle George Belotti of the University of Southern California, the Packers' eighth draft choice, has signed a Green Bay contract for 1957, coach Liz Blackbourn announced today. Belotti is the sixth player officially registered thus far and five of them are inner linemen. He joins veteran guard Al Barry and rookie tackles Carl Vereen and Dalton Truax. The lone backfield signee is bonus choice Paul Hornung. Belotti is one of 19 or 20 inner elephants (tackles, guards and centers) Blackbourn hopes to herd together come "spring" training next July. The group will include seven or eight veterans, the remaining figure representing rookies or free agents. The California ace is considered one of the top defensive tackles on the Pacific coast. Like teammate Jon Arnett, Belotti was limited to five games last fall due to a conference ruling on seniors. Belotti played his best football as a junior and scouts report him as a pro-type tackle. He has shown considerable love for contact and had little or no trouble with injuries. The newcomer stands six-four and packs 245 pounds. The Packers won Belotti in a fight with Hamilton and Vancouver of the Canadian league. The young giant had conferred with Jack Vainisi of the Packers and Vic Lindskog of Vancouver. Blackbourn selected 10 senior tackles and guards in the recent draft and seven are still outstanding - tackles Rudy Schoendorf, 245 pounds, Miami of Ohio; Chuck Mehrer, 230, Missouri; Chuck Leyendecker, 220, SMU; Marty Mooher, 240, Wisconsin; and guards Pat Hinton, 230, Louisiana Tech; Ernie Danjean, 230, Auburn; Jack Nisby, 230, College of Pacific. There are nine veterans available, barring service calls: Bob Skoronksi, Jerry Helluin, Dave Hanner, John Sandusky, Gene Knutson, Len Szafaryn, Joe Skibinski and Jerry Smith. Sandusky may take a coaching job at Vanderbilt and Skoronski is a service possibility. Already lost are Forrest Gregg, now in service, and Buddy Brown who has retired.
FEB 12 (Madison) - Ron Kramer, Michigan's All-America end, says he's thinking about security as he weighs a Canadian opportunity against the Green Bay Packers' offer of a pro football career. "I haven't talked contract with the Packers or with Hamilton of Canada," said Kramer in an interview. Kramer, the Packers' No. 1 choice in the NFL college player draft, started as center against Wisconsin's basketball team Monday night. He said he preferred football to basketball, but revealed that the Harlem Globetrotters had talked about him joining the College All-Americans in the Globetrotters' Collegian annual tour. Discussing his football offers, Kramer said, "Money isn't the only problem. I want security after my playing days are over. Therefore, I'm going to seriously think over both offers before deciding which to take." Coach Lisle Blackbourn of the Packers talked with is No. 1 draft choice here Monday, but it was assumed there was no agreement on pro contract terms since Kramer still is participating in collegiate athletics. "I would like to play in the States," Kramer said, "but I'm thinking of my future, too." He said that if he joined the Packers, he wouldn't care what position he played. "I've been told I would play as a slot back," Kramer said. "That is okay with me. I want to play pro ball for a few years; I love football."
FEB 12 (Houston) - Billy Howton, representative of Green Bay personnel in the move to create a players' association in the NFL, Monday urged Commissioner Bert Bell to set up another conference between club owners and players. In a telegram to Bell's office, Howton said: "This is to inform you that the Green Bay Packers are in the NFL Players Association 100 percent and are dedicated to its success. We strongly urge your office to arrange a meeting between our representatives and the club owners in the very near future. We are very definitely not satisfied with the recent decision by the club owners. We were highly disappointed in the slight accorded our representatives and proposals by the club owners in their recent meeting. We have tried to approach this matter in a business-like manner and think it should continue on such a basis." In addition to disclosing the Packers' unanimous membership in the proposed association, Howton also answered a charge by Bell that the group lacked strong representation. "Eleven of the 12 pro clubs are interested," the former All-American end from Rice said. "The Chicago Bears aren't because they already have all the things we want." Now in the insurance business here in the off-season, Howton listed five proposals made to the owners: recognition, training camp expenses ("We don't get a crying dime"), an injury clause ("There's no provision for compensation to an injured player"), $5,000 minimum wage and discussion of pension plans.
FEB 12 (Riverside, Calif.) - Burglary charges against Arthur Hunter, 23-year old pro football player, were reduced Monday to petty theft. A former tackle at Notre Dame and the Green Bay Packers and under contract to play center for the Cleveland Browns, Hunter was arrested last week and accused of rifling wallets in the Elks Lodge locker room.
FEB 13 (Green Bay) - The Packers' two most prominent 1957 draft choices, both natural headline-makers, and a veteran of two NFL seasons here were news today. The future of Ron Kramer, the Packers' No. 1 choice, was spotlighted when Head Coach Liz Blackbourn said he was confident the Michigan star will sign with Green Bay. Liz said he isn't "worried a bit" and added, "Sure, he'd go to Canada if he got an offer 10 times better than ours but I'm confident he'll choose the Packers." At the same time, Jim Trimble, coach of the Hamilton Tiger-Cats of the Canadian Big Four Football League, said at Hamilton he'd continue to seek Kramer for next season. It was suggested to Kramer that he would like playing in Green Bay and he replied, "Maybe, if I play there."...In Louisville, Notre Dame coach Terry Brennan had kind words for All-American quarterback Paul Hornung at a dinner honoring the Packers' bonus choice. Hornung "exploited his talent to the fullest," Brennan said. Declaring that the Irish signal caller made the most of his natural ability, Brennan said, "He's a hard worker, that's the difference. For instance, he wasn't a particularly good passer but he got better every year." Winner of the Heisman Trophy as the outstanding college player in 1956, Hornung was presented with a plaque, motion picture camera and projector, a screen and a film of the night's ceremonies...The veteran in the news was Dick Deschaine, who finished as runnerup in the NFL's punting statistics for the second year, according to official figures released in Philadelphia today by the league office. Deschaine, one of the few non-college players in the pro ranks, averaged 42.7 yards on 62 kicks. Norm Van Brocklin, known mainly for his passing fears, took honors with a 43.1 average for 48 boots. The Rams also won the team championship, with the Packers finishing second.
FEB 13 (Green Bay) - The City Council's advisory committee Tuesday night accepted an offer of what may become a civic campaign to help finance supplemental projects of the new stadium and voted to obtain information about government units which operate stadiums. The committee agreed to establish a contingency fund for the present for contributions of one cent for each bottle or can of Pabst beer sold in Brown County by Bur Blue Ribbon Co., Inc., over a three-month period to May 15. A letter from the Bur firm expressed the belief that other business firms may join in similar programs. The firm said it would repeat the offer this summer if the original three-month period was a success. "We feel it is not unlikely that other civic-minded firms in the Green Bay area might follow suit with similar offers, thus helping to consolidate even more the unusual civic spirt of this community."...WON'T DICTATE USE: "The Pabst Brewing Co. does not expect to dictate the manner in which funds raised through its offer shall be spent other than that they shall be reserved for some stadium purpose or another which is not covered by the bond issue," the letter said. The offer was received by the Council Feb. 5 and sent to the committee. City Attorney Clarence Nier told the committee, in response to a question, that there is "no question about the legal fact" that the city can accept the funds as offered. George Farah said Farah Stores would contribute a cent for each bottle of Pabst sold in Farah stores and other store and filling stations also have indicated stadium plans. Construction contracts awarded by the Council Jan. 29 and bowl-shaping work done last fall will total $938,583 of the $960,000 bond issue authorized in a referendum last April. Mayor Otto Rachals pointed out that parking lots and a field lighting system are among items for which financing remains to be solved...BAND SHELL NEEDED: Ald. Wilner Burke, director of the Packer pep band, added a band shell to the still-needed list. He proposed that the shell be movable to make possible its use for concerts at the stadium. Study of a commission or utility to operate the stadium was proposed to the Council by Rachals Feb. 5. The mayor told the committee the special group should be organized to insure wide use of the stadium for all types of city functions and might include a representative of the Packer Corp. and Board of Education in its membership. "The lease itself protects the Packers on (damaging) use of the field during the football season," Rachals said. Ald. Roman Denissen proposed that the mayor and city attorney gather information about similar operating bodies in other cities. A County Board committee obtained valuable information for its planning of the War Memorial Arena by this method, he said. The committee will receive the report in about two weeks. Nier urged that the group be formed as soon as possible. It must be "in on the ground floor" in decisions to coordinate such things as concessions with building plans, he said.
FEB 14 (Green Bay) - Deral Teteak left the Packers today - "with regret." The former Oshkosh High fullback and University of Wisconsin linebacker has been named head freshman football coach at Wisconsin, according to work from athletic director Ivy Williamson. Teteak thus closes out a five-year Packer career. He was Green Bay's ninth draft choice in '52 and was a regular throughout his pro experience. Loss of Teteak further complicates Packer coach Liz Blackbourn's defensive problem. Roger Zatkoff, Teteak's linebacking teammate, said recently he is seriously considering retirement. Both Teteak and Zatkoff are at the peak of their pro careers. Deral is 26, Roger 27. Blackbourn called Teteak's departure "a distinct loss. He was a good linebacker and he had to be because he played that left side where the traffic is heavy. He called defensive signals. Deral's new job offers him a good start in the coaching profession. He's starting at a good level in a good league. He won't have the pressure as a freshman coach and he can absorb the problems of coaching gradually." Teteak, reached in Madison this morning, said, "I enjoyed every minute of my five years in Green Bay, and I particularly enjoyed playing under Liz. I'd like to wish the Packers all the luck in the world and I'm certain Liz will bring you a winner up there. I regret leaving at this time - especially with Roger thinking about retiring, but I'm sure there will be many good replacements coming out of the draft." Teteak had a hankering to play with the Packers the first time he battled for Oshkosh against Green Bay East in City Stadium back in 1944. Then, a plunging fullback, Teteak made all-Fox Valley Conference twice and made the all-state team in '46...SWITCHED TO GUARD: A native of Oconto, Teteak was switched to guard when he enrolled at Wisconsin but specialized as a linebacker when the colleges shifted to the two-platoon system. Deral was a member of the famed Wisconsin Hard Rocks - a defensive unit that helped the Badgers win a number of games. He was nicknamed "Little Bull" because of his size (5-9, 200) and his ferocious tackling. Teteak received a major in physical education at Wisconsin in 1953, attending school during the offseason. He helped coach the Badger varsity in spring drills in 1953 and 1955. Addition of Teteak completed coach Milt Bruhn's Wisconsin staff. Earlier, Perry Moss, former Illinois star, was named to replace Tom Hearden who resigned recently to return to the coaching staff of the Packers. Teteak replaces George Lanphear, who has been named director of sports information for the university's athletic department.
FEB 14 (Green Bay) - Notices for the annual meeting of stockholders of the Green Bay Packers, Inc., are in the mail and contain recommendation of the nominating committee for reelection of 12 directors whose terms expire this year plus three new directors. The meeting will be held at 8 o'clock Monday evening, March 4, at the Brown County Courthouse. Directors up for reelection are H.J. Bero, Russell W. Bogda, Bernard Darling, Louis Levitas, Dominic Olejniczak, A.A. Reimer, Clarence Renard and Edward Schuster of Green Bay, Ervin Bushman of Sturgeon Bay, Richard S. Falk of Milwaukee and Don Hutson of Racine. The three new directors nominated are Lawrence W. Pfeiffer, Green Bay; David B. Smith, Wausau; and Kenneth W. Haagensen, Oconomowoc. Annual reports at the meeting will include financial reports, operations reports and a team report by Coach Lisle W. Blackbourn. The directors will meet after the stockholders meeting to elect officers and executive committee members.
FEB 14 (Philadelphia) - The NFL and its former arch-rival, the Canadian Professional Football Council, looked today to a future that might see a playoff meeting of their respective champions. Bert Bell, NFL Commissioner, and Ralph Cooper, Canadian council president, met informally here Wednesday to discuss mutual problems, including claims to player rights which often made the leagues courts opponents. The upshot of the meeting was the agreement 
By the mid-1950s, the Packer franchise was squarely at a crossroads. NFL owners were seeing crowds of 70,000 or more crowd at stadiums in Cleveland and Los Angeles, and were frustrated by the small checks they were getting as the visitors to City Stadium. More and more, they were demanding their games in Wisconsin be held in Milwaukee, which had a bigger stadium and better hotel facilities. In 1955, they told the Packers management to build a new, modern facility in Green Bay, or move all of their games to Milwaukee. In 1956, Green Bay voters responded by approving (70.3%) a bond issue to finance the new stadium. The original cost was $960,000, which was paid off in 1978.
City Stadium : The Original Construction 
Proposal: The Packers' Fred Leicht, who supervised the 1925 construction of City Stadium, in May 1955 submitted a proposal for a new, 32,000-seat facility.
Referendum: Passed April 3, 1956 (11,575 to 4,893), while community leaders debated over a site. 
Site: In late April 1956, the Packers hired an engineering company to study proposed locations. The company in July 1956 recommended the corner of Highland (now Lombardi) Avenue and Ridge Road. 
Land: City Council purchased farmland owned by Victor and Florence Vannieuwenhoven in August 1956 for $73,305. 
Contract: Awarded early in 1957, with groundbreaking as soon as weather permitted. 
Time: No longer than nine months, in time for '57 opener. 
Cost: $960,000 in municipal bonds; the Packer Corporation paid $634,700 in interest and principal. 
Note: City Stadium was the first stadium built exclusively for an NFL franchise.
Signed letter from Packers super scout Jack Vainisi - The body of the typed letter discusses the Packers sending a signed copy of Hornung's contract to Julius Tucker who represented the rookie. Vainisi wrote the following regarding future Hall of Famer Jim Finks: "PS. I was very sorry to hear about Jim Finks going up to Calgary. I thought he might join the Eagles or Steelers in the NFL." Finks would find his way back to the states when he became the Vikings general manager in 1964. (Source: Heritage Auctions)
JAN 4 (Green Bay) - Folks around Packerland are pretty much agreed that the Packers need a halfback who can gain yards by rushing. The Bays had just one 500-yard halfback performance since Tony Canadeo ripped off 1,052 stripes in '49. Breezy Reid gained 507 yards in '54 - the only time a Packer halfback hit "average" in seven seasons. Remember back in '51 and '52 when the fans were wishing quarterback Tobin Rote would run as a halfback? The shift never was made but for a quarterback Rote has done right well as a halfback and/or fullback. In the seven years Tobin wore the Packer silks, he led the team in rushing three times, ranked second twice and placed fourth and fifth in two other seasons. Rote, in the seven drives, carried the ball 419 times for 2,205 yards and an average of 5.2. While many of his runs were options on pass plays or takeoffs when he was unable to find a receiver, the figures still show he gained a heap of yardage - by rushing. In his first four years, Rote shared the quarterbacking with three other QB's - Paul Christman in '50, Bobby Thomason in '51 and Babe Parilli in '52 and '53. Rote got his first chance as a one-man quarterback when Liz Blackbourn took over as head coach in '54 and the tall Texan ran 225 times for 1,031 yards and placed second in rushing in 1954-55 and led the team last fall. In these three years, he scored 24 of his 29 touchdowns. Rote was fifth in rushing on the team in '50. He led the squad the next two campaigns and ranked fourth in '53. In the seven Rote years, two halfbacks came close to 500 yards - Billy Grimes in '50 with 480 and Reid in '53 with 492. Rote, 28, has slowed down somewhat in the rushing department - especially off his first four or five years, but not from lack of tries. He lugged the ball 84 times last fall - his largest total - for 398 yards - his second highest rushing figure. In '51, Rote ran 76 times for 523 yards and his all-time high average of 6.9. Blackbourn drafted Jack Losch a year ago in hopes that he would "cure" the left-half or halfback-carrying position. But Jack showed little of the steam that made him a hot-shot at Miami. Winning of the recent bonus choice - in the person of Paul Hornung, gave the Packers the leading two-way halfback-quarterback combination in the country. Thus, the speedy Notre Dame star could step into the hold at left half and furnish passing in addition to rushing...If you happen to be just moving in from China, it might seem strange to you that Rote also has done a bit of passing. In fact, he had a finger in establishing four new all-time Packer passing marks - as follows: Most passes completed - 826, seven seasons (extended Rote's record of 680). Most yards gained passing - 11,535, seven seasons (extended Rote's record of 9,332). Most passes attempted - 1,793, seven seasons (extended Rote's record of 1,465). Most touchdown passes - 68, seven seasons (extended Rote's record of 71). The Packers also broke one league record - Al Carmichael's 106-yard kickoff return against the Chicago Bears Oct. 7, breaking the old mark of 105 set by Frank Seno of the Chicago Cardinals against the Giants in 1946, and three more team marks. Carmichael figured in two of the team marks. He returned 33 kickoffs in '56 to break the old record of 26 held jointly by Carmichael and Billy Grimes. Al returned the 33 kickoffs for 927 yards. Previously, he had 26 for 641; Grimes 26 for 600. Carmichael's effort was one return short of Woodley Lewis' league record of 34 (for 836 yards) for the Los Angeles Rams in '54. Carmichael's five returns for 189 yards against the Bears last Oct. 7, breaking his old mark of four for 166 against the Rams in 1953. Billy Howton set the other record - 257 yards on seven pass catches against the Rams Oct. 21. The old mark was 237 yards on eight catches by Don Hutson against Brooklyn in 1943.
JAN 5 (Montreal) - Joel Wells, the Packers No. 2 draft choice, has signed with the Montreal Alouettes of the Canadian Football league, it was reported here. The Clemson halfback, who scored two touchdowns and gained 125 yards in Clemson's loss to Colorado in the Orange Bowl, is in Mobile, Ala., where he'll play in the Senior Bowl this afternoon. Also at the game are coach Liz Blackbourn and backfield coach Ray McLean of the Packer staff, as well as Canadian coaches and other NFL mentors. Another Clemson player, tackle Bill Hudson who was drafted by the Chicago Cardinals, also plans to play in Canada. Chuck Frank, former Michigan State guard who was drafted by the Packers in 1954, signed Friday with the British Columbia Lions. He was recently discharged from the Air Force.
JAN 7 (Green Bay) - The weekend wasn’t a complete loss for the Packers. Green Bay lost its No. 2 draft choice to Canada but bagged the No. 4 pick, leaving the score with Canada tied at least for the moment. Clemson halfback Joel Wells, who reeled off 125 yards and two touchdowns in his team’s Orange Bowl loss, signed Saturday to play with Montreal of the Canadian League. He was the Bays’ second pick. Georgia Tech tackle Carl Vereen, the fourth selection, signed a Packer pact, according to a newspaper in Miami, Vereen’s hometown. The signing was confirmed today by the Packers. Loss of Wells was pretty much of a shocker in view of his performance in the Orange Bowl, but Joel had a partner in crime, so to speak. Clemson tackle Bill Hudson, picked by the Chicago Cardinals, also went to Montreal. A factor in the “switch” might have been a long-time friendship between Clemson coach Frank Howard and Montreal mentor Peahead Walker. Both coach Liz Blackbourn and backfield coach Ray McLean had been in contact with Wells during their scouting tours in the south. Vereen was scouted and inked by line coach Lou Rymkus who watched the Georgia Tech giant in the Gator Bowl. Rymkus, back home today, said Vereen has “great potential as a pro.” Vereen has been selected chiefly as an offensive tackle – his best position, “but his coaches tell me he can also play defensive end if necessary.” Vereen stands 6-6 ½ and packs 240 pounds, but because of his height can easily carry 250 or 255. In the first eight games with Georgia Tech last fall, Vereen was rated the best blocker with 101 successes on 125 blocks. He was credited with 52 tackles on defense. The newcomer, first Packer announced as signed for the 1957 season, hails from Miami. He’s 21 and single…Blackbourn and McLean, who viewed the Senior Bowl Saturday, were fogged in at Mobile, Ala., Sunday and were forced to stay put. They are due in later today or Tuesday. They were among 40 pro scouts at the annual contest and saw, among other players, tackle Dalton Truax, the Bays’ No. 3 choice, work as an offensive guard for South. Coach Paul Brown of the South team have special credit to his guards, “especially Truax,” for making it possible to win. South ran most of the afternoon up the middle and scored a 21-7 victory. The Detroit Lion contingent was the unhappiest at the game. Earlier, Buddy Parker and aides discovered that their No. 1 draft choice, guard Bill Glass of Baylor, had signed to play in Canada. The hero of the game for South was Don Bosseler, the Washington Redskins’ No. 1 draft choice from Pittsburgh. Running behind a strong line, Bosseler carried 28 times and gained 189 yards for an average of seven per. Coach Joe Kuharich of the Redskins and the North team at least had some consolation for losing. Bosseler will be running for him next year…Earl Klapstein, the Packers’ defensive line coach, returned from the west coast today after viewing the East-West and the Rose Bowl games. He reported that Canadian coaches were busy talking to American prospects. The Canadians apparently had a good 1956 season and, as a result, are signing a number of prospects. Klapstein said he liked the looks of Paul Hornung as an all-around athlete. The Notre Dame ace likely will sign a Packer pact soon…Packer scout Jack Vainisi leaves today for the annual national collegiate convention in St. Louis today. A gathering-spot for pro
representatives, the parley will give Vainisi an opportunity to talk with coaches of the various prospects. Packer coaches will get together Tuesday or Wednesday to start mapping plans for the major portion of the pro draft at the NFL’s annual convention in Philadelphia Jan. 31.
JAN 8 (New York) - Frank Gifford, who includes playing left halfback for the New York Giants among his many money-making activities, today was named the NFL's most valuable player for the 1956 season in the annual United Press poll. Gifford, who also owns and rents apartment houses and writes a sports column, received 12 votes in balloting by 25 sports writers who covered the campaign in the league cities. Bobby Layne, Detroit Lions quarterback who led the pro circuit in scoring with 99 points, was second with seven votes. Only two other players received votes. Rick Casares, Chicago Bears fullback who won the rushing title with 1,126 yards, drew four votes. The other two went to Tobin Rote, Green Bay Packer quarterback, who led the league's passers in yards gained, completions and touchdown passes. Gifford's versatility is just as evident in football as in his other activities. He was the league's overall offensive champion in 1956 with 819 yards by rushing and 603 yards on 51 pass receptions for a total of 1,422. The 26-year old former Southern California star placed fifth in rushing and third in pass receiving. He's the first man to rank in the top five in both these offensive departments in the modern history of the NFL. Gifford also threw five passes during the season with his two completions going for touchdowns. He scored five times on runs, four times on passes and kicked eight extra points and one field goals to place tenth in the league in scoring 65 points. The sportswriters' choice of Gifford as the league's outstanding 1956 performer confirmed the opinion of Gifford's fellow pros. They recently voted him the league's top player for last season. Gifford will play for the Eastern Division all-Stars in the Pro Bowl game Sunday at Los Angeles. After that, he plans to take a screen test which may win him a rich film contract.
JAN 8 (Green Bay) - NFL coaches – some 50 instructors in the manly art of blocking, tackling – are working overtime these days. They’re out doing a selling job on the 49 players selected in the league’s advance draft last November. And the coach-salesmen have opposition – a flock of coaches from the various teams in the Canadian League. When the NFL drafted the first four rounds last November, the United States coaches put their best-player thoughts smack in front of the Canadians. Thus, the foes across the border had their task somewhat simplified. The early draft was held for the first time in November of 1955. It was supposed to be secret in that the names would be kept from under the noses of the Canadians while the NFL’ers went forth to sign their animals. There were a few rubs – No. 1 of which was simply that the draft couldn’t be kept secret, this being a free country. No. 2 was that most of the top talent was ticketed for the various bowls and couldn’t sign anyway. Since the Canadian season ends earlier, about mid-November, the northern coaches were out early working on the cream of the November draft list. The result now is that the Canadians are signing prospects for themselves or at least holding up the athlete’s signing with a National League club. Three of the five Packer coaches are back from their scouting travels and all three reported that the Canadians are “really busy.” Backfield coach Ray McLean, who reported today, said Canadian scouts were “thicker than flies” in the south “and they’re all carrying a big roll.” Lou Rymkus and Earl Klapstein returned earlier in the week. Still out are head coach Liz Blackbourn and defensive coach Abe Stuber. Liz is due in Wednesday and Stuber later in the week. One of the Packers’ five picks has been announced as signed – Carl Vereen, the tackle from Georgia Tech. One has gone to Canada – halfback Joel Wells of Clemson. Still outstanding are bonus choice Paul Hornung of Notre Dame; first choice Ron Kramer, tackle of Michigan; and tackle Dalton Truax of Tulane, the third pick. McLean, who worked with Blackbourn on Wells, said “it was pretty cut and dried.” He indicated that the Clemson athlete had already been signed by Canada in addition to his teammate, tackle Bill Hudson, who was the Chicago Cardinals’ third choice. Canada, of course, is quite interested in Hornung, Truax and Kramer. Hornung has already stated that he wants to play in the States, and likely will sign soon. Truax is the present object of Liz's present affection, and Kramer can't be inked because he's playing basketball. Two other players besides Wells and Hudson have shifted to Canada. They are Bill Glass, the Baylor All-American who was the Detroit Lions' first draft choice, and guard Vince Scorsone of the University of Pittsburgh, the Washington Redskins' fourth pick. Four first choices already have been signed by NFL clubs - guard Jim Parker by Baltimore, quarterback Len Dawson by Pittsburgh, halfback Clarence Peaks by Philadelphia and center Jerry Tubbs by the Cardinals.
JAN 8 (Green Bay) - The City Council’s finance committee Monday night approved preliminary steps for the $960,000 stadium bond issue and a $950,000 bond issue to continue the city’s storm sewer program. The committee also asked the Park Board and Plan Commission to prepare reports preliminary to further discussion of a plan to dispose of Perkins Park, once considered as a stadium site. The timetable for the stadium bond issue, authorized in a referendum last April, was planned to fit into the schedule for general construction bids. The issue will not be advertised until it is certain total bids fall within the bonding limit. The Council Jan. 15 will be asked to order the issue, but the committee requested that the advertisement be held up until after the construction bids are opened Jan. 21 and after the Council acts on contracts at a special session Jan. 22. If everything goes according to plan, the issue could then be sold to the low bidder at the Council’s Feb. 5 meeting…BIDS DUE JAN. 21: Bids to be received Jan. 21 will provide alternates to enable a choice between pre-cast concrete and steel construction and a choice of the total of permanent seats. Alternates will be received for a stadium with 20,736, 23,490 and 32,026 permanent seats. At the same time, the city will receive bids for between 8,000 and 12,000 bleacher seats to make possible comparison totals for a 32,000-seat stadium called for in the bonding referendum. The general contract also includes two auxiliary buildings under the stands and a team building behind the south end zone seats. The maturity schedule approved by the committee would pay off $10,000 of the issue the first year and $50,000 yearly for 19 years. The Packer Corp. is pledged to pay half the bond issue and interest on this half in equal payments over 20 years. The Council Jan. 15 also will be asked to approve an initial resolution for the $950,000 storm sewer issue, which follows similar issues in 1952, 1955 and 1956. The issue also would be for 20 years. The stadium and sewer issues would raise Green Bay’s bonded debt to $10,741,323…SUGGESTS REPORT: The proposal for the dual reports before more discussion of the Perkins Park subject was made by Mayor Otto Rachals. He said the Park Board should provide a summary of costs of developing the tract and the need in terms of the northwest side residential area. The Plan Commission was asked to show how parks fit into total planning for the area. The committee previously had decided that the tract could be sold because an adjoining 37-acre tract bought last year was adequate for park purposes. The Park Board, however, adopted a resolution stating that “a park of at least 80 acres was a necessity” for the area. The committee Monday received petitions signed by 128 persons protesting the idea of disposing of the 38-acre Perkins tract. The Council has never turned over the tract to the Park Board. Rachals said this was because no specific use was ever determined…CONSIDERED AS SITE: “The Council held it at that time either for building of a stadium or a stadium and arena. At the time of the bond issue referendum, it definitely was considered as one site with City Stadium being the other. That was understood. I just want to recite what the Council faces. It never was intended that the cost of that property (the ultimate stadium site) was to come from that $960,000 bond issue,” Rachals said…It authorized payment of $67.49 in Ashwaubenon taxes for the stadium site, since annexed to the city.
JAN 9 (Green Bay) - Paul Hornung has signed a three-year contract with the Packers! This was announced today by Packer head coach Liz Blackbourn, who selected the Notre Dame All-American as Green Bay's bonus choice in the preliminary draft last November. Thus, the Packers officially opened their "new year" today by signing a bonus choice that took 10 years to win and 11 days to sign after he became eligible following the East-West game. Hornung rated as the best all-around back in college football in 1955 and 1956, although he gained his reputation as a quarterback. Blackbourn said the Notre Dame phenom, a 6-2, 205-pounder - could be used as a quarterback, halfback or fullback on offense or a halfback on defense. Liz calls Hornung "the Tobin Rote type - rugged, a good passer and runner." The newcomer also kicks field goals, punts and kicks off. Where Hornung plays may depend some on whether or not Rote decides to continue his career. The veteran Packer quarterback has talked of retiring. Hornung's contract, the longest ever given a Packer draft choice, will be interrupted if he is called into service and resumed when he returns. He recently dropped out of ROTC. Hornung, 21 and a native of Louisville, Ky., said in South Bend, Ind., today that "I'm looking forward to playing professionally." Just back from Honolulu where he payed in the Hula Bowl, Hornung said he "got a kick out of playing against pros" for the first time. He was named the most valuable collegian in the game after starting at halfback and then shifting to quarterback when John Brodie was injured. Also from South Bend, Notre Dame coach Terry Brennan predicted a bright future in pro ball for Hornung and called him "the greatest player Notre Dame has had because of his all-around ability." Jimmy Finks, Notre Dame's quarterback coach who played against the Packers as the Pittsburgh Steeler QB, put it this way: "Hornung can do so many more other things than other football players, that the biggest trouble Green Bay will have is in deciding just where he will be needed most. If he doesn't make it as a quarterback, fullback or halfback, then the pro league has surely changed." Hornung led the Irish at quarterback in 1955-56 and played under Ralph Guglielmi as a sophomore in 1954. In each of his three seasons, Hornung was shifted from QB to halfback and/or fullback to bolster the Irish attack or replace players who were injured. In three seasons, Hornung rushed 209 times for 1,051 yards and an average of 5.0. In the same three drives, he hurled 233 passes and completed 110 for 1,696 yards and 12 touchdowns. He has 23 interceptions. In other departments in three years, Hornung averaged 28.8 yards in 23 kickoff returns, made 10 pass interceptions and returned 'em 212 yards, scored 121 points on 15 touchdowns, 25 points after and two field goals, and averaged 37.1 on 69 punts. Though he was in a passing role most of the time, Hornung managed to snare three passes - all in his college game when he went the distance as a left halfback. Hornung made just about every All-America team in the last two years. He climaxed his career recently by winning the Heisman trophy, given annually to the nation's top college football player. Hornung ranked second in the nation in total offense in '56 and placed fourth in '55. Last fall, leading Notre Dame's weakest team, Hornung carried 94 times for 420 yards and completed 59 of 111 passes for 917 yards and three touchdowns. This gave him an average of 133.7 yards per game. He averaged 50 minutes a game playing time in '55 despite an injury that kept him out of most of the Iowa game. In 1955, Hornung completed 46 of 103 passes for 743 yards and nine touchdowns and carried the pigskin 92 times for 472 yards. Hornung's greatest one-game performance was against Iowa in '55, according to Joe Doyle, sports editor of the South Bend Tribune. Here's the way Doyle reported it: "The Irish were trailing 14-7 with 10 minutes remaining when the Irish ace caught fire. He returned the Iowa kickoff 23 yards to his 38. Then he completed three of four passes, the last a 40-yard heave to Jim Morse for the touchdown. He then booted the placement to tie the score. With five minutes left, Hornung threw a 35-yarder to Morse to the Hawkeye nine. Three plays and a 15-yard penalty later, Hornung booted a field goal from the 26 (36 yards in college ball) to give Notre Dame a 17-14 win." Hornung played prep ball at Flaget High in Louisville. He was named to the all-Kentucky football and basketball teams. In the Louisville invitational basketball tournament, Hornung set a record with 32 points in one game...GAME EXPERIENCE: While he was still a freshman at Notre Dame, Hornung competed in the annual spring Varsity-Old Timers game and threw for three touchdowns as he led the varsity to a 49-26 victory. Thus, he began his sophomore season in '54 as a promising QB candidate but with Guglielmi holding forth at that position. Hornung was switched to fullback in order that he might acquire some game experience. He performed as a replacement for Don Schaefer and finished fourth in rushing with 159 yards in 23 carries, an average of 6.9. In 1955, he returned to QB with incredible ease and developed into a powerful runner from the quarterback spot, turning the QB sneak into a potential scoring threat. Hornung will graduate in June with a degree in commerce.
JAN 9 (Green Bay) - The Packers will have two of the last four bonus choices in camp next season, providing Bobby Garrett gets out of service and returned to the fold. Garrett, the bonus pick of the Cleveland Browns in '54 who was traded with other players to the Packers for Babe Parilli, will be joining the Packers' other bonus choice, Paul Hornung. Six of the 11 bonus choices made thus far are quarterbacks, including the last four picks - Garrett in '54, George Shaw of Baltimore and Oregon in '55, Gary Glick of Pittsburgh and Colorado A and M in '56 and Hornung in '57. The other two bonus QB's were Harry Gilmer of Washington (now with Detroit) and Alabama in '48 and Bill Wade of Los Angeles and Vanderbilt in '52. Glick never was used as a quarterback by the Steelers, who picked him for his defensive prowess. He played considerable as a rookie defensive halfback last fall until he was injured. Of the 10 bonus choices who have been active, only two were rated as "losses" and one, Garrett, still must prove himself. The first bonus pick - Oklahoma halfback Bob Fennimore, who was won by the Chicago Bears in '47 - never measured up to expectations and dropped out of pro football after one season in which he ran 53 times for 189 yards, completed two passes in three attempts for 27 yards and caught 15 passes for 219 yards. The other disappointment was Georgia's Harry Babcock, the hottest pass catcher in the nation in '52. He never made it as an offensive end with San Francisco in '53 and was used sparingly even as a defensive back during the next two seasons. The No. 2 bonus choice, Gilmer, who had a tremendous college reputation, never quite filled Sammy Baugh's quarterback shoes and wound up doing a good job as a left halfback. He was traded to Detroit in '55 and now understudies Bobby Layne as a quarterback. After Gilmer, the next four bonus picks turned into real stars - Penn center Chuck Bednarik with Philadelphia as a linebacker in 1949; Notre Dame end Leon Hart with Detroit in '50; SMU halfback Kyle Rote with New York in '51 after two seasons of injuries; and Vanderbilt quarterback Bill Wade with Los Angeles in '52. Then came Babcock, Garrett, Shaw and Glick. Of this foursome, Shaw stepped into the Baltimore hot seat and led his team to a 5-
6-1 record - no easy feat for a freshman. Canada has been unable to touch a bonus choice thus far, and, what's more, no bonus pick has wandered north after finishing National league play. The only non-bonus team left is the Chicago Cardinals, who will be the automatic winner come the 1958 draft. If the league decides to start another bonus round in '59, the Packers could win their second bonus choice in three seasons.
JAN 10 (Green Bay) - Now that Paul Hornung is safely in the fold, you might wonder: Where's he going to play - what position, that is? Packer coach Liz Blackbourn, who returned last night from the 70-degree weather of New Orleans to "some real good, fresh weather", revealed some of his plans today for Hornung. Blackbourn emphasized that anything he says now is "strictly based on the boy's fine record at Notre Dame." The Bay coach said that one of the advantages of having an athlete like Hornung is that "he can do so many things and do so many things well. Where we use him will depend entirely on our needs." Hornung has possibilities for some five positions - offensive end, slot back, defensive back, offensive halfback and quarterback, Liz pointed out, adding: "But we're not sure which one he is best at." Then, Blackbourn explained: "If we feel our quarterback situation is well in hand, he could be playing as an offensive halfback. If we feel our offensive problem is solved, he could be used as a two-way back working on both offense and defense. The only limitation that can be placed on him is not to give him too many things to do." Thus, Blackbourn emphasized the value of the highly-touted 21-year old from Louisville, Ky., by way of South Bend, Ind., whose signing of a three-year contract was announced Wednesday. The announcement officially set the wheels in motion for the Packers' "new year" - one that will be headlined by the construction of a new stadium. Happy to get back after three weeks of scouting in the south with backfield coach Ray McLean, Blackbourn made a quick trip to New Orleans after the Senior Bowl game Saturday to confer with tackle-guard Dalton Truax of Tulane - the Bays' third draft choice. At the moment, two of the Packers' five early-bird draftees are officially in the sock - Hornung and tackle Carl Vereen of Georgia Tech, the fourth pick. First choice Ron Kramer, Michigan, and Truax are unannounced and second pick Joel Wells of Clemson has signed with Canada. Kramer can't be signed yet since he's playing Big Ten basketball. Blackbourn, referring to Wells, said "it was one of those situations that couldn't be handled - just like the Glass thing." He indicated that Wells and Bill Glass, the Baylor guard who was the Detroit Lions' first choice, that the two athletes had committed themselves to Canada before their final game. The Bay coaches will mark time for a few days before plunging into preparations for the draft in Philadelphia Jan. 31. Full-scale draft plans will be set up when scout Jack Vainisi returns from the college convention in St. Louis this weekend.
JAN 10 (New York) - The champion New York Giants, Chicago Bears and Detroit Lions today dominated the Associated Press NFL all-star team, capturing 15 of the 22 berths. Five members from each of the three clubs were named to this mythical two-platoon team by 28 sportswriters who covered the NFL campaign for the AP in the various cities from coast to coast. One Green Bay Packers was chosen on the squad - Billy Howton, end on the offensive squad, who received 16 votes.
JAN 10 (Green Bay) - The County Board's arena committee Wednesday night voted to ask the Jan. 15 Board session to exercise its option for a 20-acre proposed arena site in a plan involving a trade of adjoining properties and providing the Packers a lease for practice fields. At the same time, the committee told an Association of Commerce subcommittee it would have no objection to an association-financed survey of other possible locations for the War Memorial Arena. The Board committee view was that the county could not fail to get its $28,500 purchase price back if it sold the property on the chance a decision were made to locate the arena elsewhere. William J. Servotte, spokesman for the Association's arena subcommittee, emphasized the group had no desire to start a controversy but was willing to furnish the county with the survey if it was desired. The survey, at a cost of about $1,500, would be made by the New Building Consulting Board of the International Association of Auditorium Managers, a group the county group had considered hiring last year. Servotte said after the session his committee would decide early next week whether to contract for the survey...THREE TRANSACTIONS: As it will be recommended to the County Board by its committee, the closing of the arena site purchase in Ashwaubenon would involve these transaction: 1. The Packer Corp. would purchase a strip on Highland Avenue of about one and one-half acres from Dominic Olejniczak, which would be deeded to the county. 2. The country would deed the Packers a four-acre strip on the western edge of the arena tract, an area west of a southerly extension of Oneida Street. The Packers would give this land to the city of Green Bay as an addition to the municipal stadium parking area. 3. The county would give a $1 a year lease to the Packers for four acres at the southern end of the arena tract, space for three practice football fields...HIGHLAND AVE. FRONTAGE: The transactions would make it possible for the county to build the arena landscaped with a frontage on Highland Avenue, Ridge Road and the Oneida Street extension. Highland Avenue (Highway 41) is a limited access road. The plan also would answer the Packer Corp. search for a practice area near team quarters which are to be a part of the stadium construction. The arena location was approved by the County Board last September when it authorized a $1,468,000 bond issue for the project. The option to buy for $28,5000, which expires next month, was obtained from Olejniczak. The Association of Commerce idea for a site survey was advanced after questionnaires were sent to several hundred arena managers.
JAN 11 (Green Bay) - Tackle Dalton Truax, a massive, beetle-browed 21-year old father out of New Orleans, will play offensive guard or defensive end for the Packers in '57. That was Packer coach Liz Blackbourn's appraisal of the young prospect today following announcement of Truax' signing Thursday afternoon. The Packers now have three-fifths of their early draft safely in the vault., Truax joining bonus choice Paul Hornung and fourth choice Carl Vereen, the Georgia Tech tackle. Two of the five players are still unaccounted for - and one of those is definitely lost, second-choice halfback Joel Wells of Clemson, who signed for twice-a-week, two-way football duty in Canada. The first pick, Ron Kramer of Michigan, can't be signed yet since he's playing basketball. Kramer is also a hot Wolverine track prospect; so he isn't likely to sign until June. Truax, a 6-foot-2, 230-pounder, could be the big surprise of the Packers' list. While he has an excellent reputation as a pro possible at Tulane, the athlete performed beyond all expectations in full view of Blackbourn and backfield coach Ray McLean in two postseason games, the Blue-Gray and Senior bowls. Blackbourn chiefly noted that the newcomer was "real mean and rough, excellent on trap plays and agile enough to make pursuit tackles." At Tulane and in the Blue-Gray game, Truax played both tackle and some defensive end. In the Senior Bowl, South coach Paul Brown switched him to offensive left guard and he had himself a picnic knocking down leading draft choices of other National league teams. Brown gave him credit for South's impressive victory, which was gained chiefly on inner-line plays behind Truax. Since he's a roughie and a good tackler, who incidentally can put on another 10 pounds, Truax could be a hot prospect for defensive end. Truax won three letters as a two-way end at Holy Cross High school in New Orleans and then captured three more as a guard, tackle and end at Tulane. The native of Louisiana will turn 22 next Thursday. He's married and has a son - plus another "prospect" on the way. Truax was signed by Liz Blackbourn after a stiff battle with Canadian coaches who had rated him highly and followed him in two southern games. The Tulaner was recommended by former Packers Mike Michalske, Baby Ray and Ab Wimberly. Signing of Truax and Vereen ranks as a good start in the Packers' move to strengthen up their offensive and defensive lines. Vereen, a six-sixer who will carry about 245 pounds, is a good prospect for defense. Among line possibilities coming out of service are Jim Temp, the defensive end from Wisconsin, and Al Barry, the guard from USC who played as a regular as a rookie in '54. Also coming in is Alabama's Curtis Lynch, who injured his knee in practice last fall. Lynch was scheduled for surgery to correct the problem. He was the best rookie blocker in camp until the hurt cut him down. He's now on the athletic staff at Stevens Point High.
JAN 15 (Green Bay) - Joseph A. (Red) Dunn, a $250 quarterback who led the Packers to three consecutive championships, died at his home in Milwaukee early today. The former Marquette all-timer, 55, succumbed to a heart attack. Members of his family found his body in bed. They said he retired Monday night in apparent good health. Dunn joined the Packers in time for the 1927 season after playing with the old Milwaukee Badgers and Chicago Cardinals. Curly Lambeau, founder of the Packers and coach for 30 years who is visiting Green Bay, recalled Dunn today. "We got him from the Cardinals. Paid $250 for him but that was a lot of money in those days," Lambeau said, adding: "He was a great ball handler, a fine passer and he had a good head. When Red got you on the 10-yard line, you never had to worry about scoring; he always took us in. He gave us our first championship and he was the best quarterback in the league during his last three years. He played under the center - like the winged-T now. We went to the single wing after Red left."...SCORED 58 POINTS: The center, during Red's day, was Jug Earp - a great admirer and close personal friend of Dunn. Dunn played with the Packers for five years. He scored one touchdown and kicked 46 extra points and two field goals for a total of 58 points. He was the Packers' first and only T-quarterback until Jack Jacobs was brought in in 1947. The Packers have used the "T" since '47. Dunn quarterbacked Marquette's undefeated football teams of 1922 and 1923 during the school's so-called golden era of sports. He was regarded by many as the greatest football player in the university's history. In 1923, he was named to the third team on Walter Camp's All-America, the forerunner of the present day dream teams. The late Grantland Rice once paid tribute to Dunn in one of his sports column about rugged players football has known. In 1923, in a game against Boston College at Fenway Park, Dunn suffered a broken arm in a pileup at the beginning of the game. But, with the score tied 6-6, Dunn came off the bench to kick the placement that gave Marquette a 7-6 victory. Dunn, like most of the college and pro players at the time, was a 60-minute man, excelling in both defense and offense. He was a fine passer, punter and placekicker. He 
also starred in basketball in 1923, a year in which Marquette beat Wisconsin for the first time, 9-8, and Creighton, 7-6. Those were the days when defense was important in basketball. After his pro career, Dunn served as a freshman football coach at Marquette in 1932 and then a varsity assistant from 1933 to 1940 when he entered the insurance business. Dunn operated his own agency until the time of his death.
JAN 15 (Green Bay) - The Brown County Board voted 36-6 today to exercise its option on the Ashwaubenon arena site in a three-way transaction which will give the county frontage on Highland Avenue and provide the Packers with practice fields. The transactions will solve problems resulting from a one-acre exception in the arena site option last September and a southerly extension of Oneida Street through the property. The Board session today brought sharp-worded criticism of the special arena committee for not outlining the exact boundaries of the purchase when the site option was presented to the Board with the $1,468,000 War Memorial Arena bond issue in September. "There is a lot of horse trading here. What's it all about? Were they drunk when they bought the property or what happened?" Sup. Lawrence Kafka asked...BOARD MADE MISTAKE: "We may as well be honest. When we bought this piece of property, I didn't know about it and 95 percent of this Board didn't know there was this exception. The Board is the one that made the mistake," Board Chairman Kenneth Katers said in explaining the proposal. "What it amounts to is this: The County is obtaining the land. I know for a fact it is worth $10,000. In turn, we are giving the city of Green Bay a piece of land worth $3,000," Katers said. The transactions approved today will cost the county nothing in addition to the $28,500 option price approved in the purchase of the 20-acre arena site from Dominic Olejniczak in September. In closing the purchase, the Board approved this plan: The Packer Corp. will buy the one acre on Highland Avenue from Olejniczak and give it to the county. In turn, the county will give the Packers a four-acre strip across the Oneida Street extension and provide the Packers with a $1 a year lease for four acres at the southern edge of the arena tract, space for three practice fields....FOR PARKING AREA: The Packers will give the four-acre Oneida St. strip to the city for an addition to the municipal stadium parking area. This will give the city entry to the parking lots from three streets. The county will be able to face the arena toward Highland Ave. and will now be in a position to pay only one-half of improvement assessments for the Oneida extension. The plans also would include use of stadium parking for arena functions. The lease provides the Packers must always use the area only for practice fields. It will run as long as the Packers or their successors operate a professional football franchise in Green Bay. Sup. Wilner Burke and A.B. Pinkerton told the Board had no choice but to accept the transactions because of the arena committee's failure to spell out the option in September. If the Highland Ave. piece was not accepted, Pinkerton said the county would have a "Coney Island" in front of its arena. "I resent this, though, I think the city in the past has bent over backwards to make a millionaire out of a certain individual," Pinkerton said...SHOULD HAVE KNOWN: "I think the committee should have known this," Burke said. "Let's not say we didn't know about it. I knew about it and I think members of the committee knew about it," said Supt. Leonard Jahn, arena committee chairman. Jahn said the subsequent plan was developed because of reports a filling station would go on the excepted land. The whole tract included in the September option had to be included though it left the 79-foot strip on the west side of the Oneida St. extension, he said. Sup. George Rocheleau said that the situation pointed up the need for hiring a county engineer. Francis Evrard, corporation counsel, said new instructions for all county land purchases are to include a map survey to supplement legal word descriptions.
The final resting place of the first great quarterback in Packer history - Joseph A. (Red) Dunn, Sr. The location is Holy Cross Cemetery and Mausoleum in Milwaukee (Source: FindAGrave.com)
school next fall and we’re tired of moving the family back and forth from Green Bay. I suppose some opportunities exist in Green Bay and Milwaukee, but I would rather remain in Detroit.” During the last three or four off-seasons, Zatkoff has been a teacher in the Detroit public school system. Zatkoff, an All-American tackle and linebacker at Michigan, was the Packers’ fifth draft choice in ’53. He made the Pro Bowl game in three of his five Packer seasons. Possible loss of Zatkoff adds weight to the Packers’ problem for ’57 since there is no immediate replacement as in the case of Rote and Brown. At quarterback, Blackbourn has two and possibly three candidates for the signal job – veterans Bobby Garrett, who has signed, and Bar Starr, who still isn’t in service, and the talented rookie, Paul Hornung. Service returnee Al Barry can take over for Brown. Remaining linebackers are veterans Deral Teteak and Tom Bettis, but a third will have to be found if Zatkoff makes his retirement stick. Thus, Blackbourn and aides Tom Hearden, Ray McLean, Lou Rymkus and Jack Vainisi are giving the draft lists an extra special look today. Drafting is pretty much based on the needs of the team…DRAFT THURSDAY: The final 26 rounds (the first four were selected in November) of the draft will be conducted in Philly starting about 9:30 (Green Bay time) Thursday morning. The draft precedes the league’s annual business meetings, which will run through Friday and possibly Saturday. Representing the Packers will be president Russ Bogda, general manager Verne Lewellen, attorney Fred Trowbridge and coaches Blackbourn, Hearden, McLean, Rymkus and scout and administrative assistant Vainisi.
JAN 29 (Green Bay) - The 1957 convention of the NFL in Philadelphia – opening with the draft Thursday morning – is supposed to be the quietest and most uneventful in years. But it wouldn’t be exactly dull if Commissioner Bert Bell unloads, as only he can unload, on club representatives regarding their public charges of dirty football. And it wouldn’t be uneventful if Baltimore was shifted from the Western division to the Eastern and the Chicago Cardinals from the Eastern to the Western. Bell’s blast is almost a certainty and, in finer words, he is expected to make a strong statement of policy. Bell doesn’t want the clubs to wash the league’s dirty laundry in the press. Baltimore’s present place in the Western look and the Cards’ spot in the Eastern has always been a mystery to millions of pro football fans, many of whom were made that way through the weekly telecasts. Why, they ask, is an eastern city like Baltimore playing in the western section and why is Midwestern Chicago represented in the east. Such a shift would be good and bad for the Packers. It would return the Cards, the Packers’ second oldest foe, for an annual two-game stand with Green Bay. On the good side, and this concerns Coach Liz Blackbourn, Baltimore has been a thorn in the Packer side; the Cardinals have not. The Cards may be a world beater next fall, but at the moment Baltimore is the real toughie. On the bad side, and this concerns general manager Verne Lewellen, loss of Baltimore from the Western loop what could turn into a profitable rivalry in Wisconsin – what with Alan Ameche. Attendance in Baltimore has been slightly on the fantastic side, meaning that the Packer checks out of there generally exceed by a good amount the guarantee of $20,000. Attendance at Cardinal games in Comiskey Park even dropped this year – with a winner. The switch would set up a much wanted two-game (league game) rivalry for neighboring Baltimore and Washington, and the Bears and Cardinals. Now the two natural rivals meet in one league game and one exhibition each season. The matter of a new player limit may come in for considerable discussion. Presently, each club is allowed 35 players for the first two league games and 33 for the last 10. Many proposals are being advanced quietly and one, generally, would have each club reduce to a certain number of players – 45 or 50 – a month before the league season opens. Then, two weeks before the league opener, the clubs would be ordered to cut down to, say, 4o to 45. This would hurry deals and force some of the “loaded” clubs to act quicker on surplus talent. The final limit, 33 or 35, would then be put in force at the start of league play. A plan of this nature would tend to level off the talent and maybe spread it around. Also on that line of thinking, the clubs may vote on a plan to rule out trading of first, second and third draft choices. Talent-loaded Los Angeles, for example, has been getting “player-richer” giving up players for choices. New York, on the other hand, has made a business of trading choices for players. Fifteen members of the title team were obtained for choices in the last few years. But it can be dangerous. New York, for instance, shoved off a first pick to Green Bay for rights to Arnie Galiffa, the old Army quarterback. Arnie didn’t pan out but the Packers turned that pick into Veryl Switzer. Another plan on the draft would eliminate drafting eligible sophomores and juniors until after a certain round – say the 20th. This is also a talent-leveler idea aimed at preventing clubs from stocking up too much for the future. In the early draft last November, the Rams, for instance, picked a junior – quarterback Bobby Cox of Minnesota – on the fourth round. The Rams need a QB like a hole in the head but come ’58 the Rams might trade Cox for a sure-fire star at another position wherever the need be. Also on the draft, the league is expected to vote down the early picking party – held the last two seasons on the first Monday after Thanksgiving Day. The clubs also may decide on whether or not to continue the bonus pick. The Packer contingent will leave by plane Wednesday morning. In the party will be Lewellen, Blackbourn, coaches Tom Hearden, Ray McLean, Lou Rymkus, scout Jack Vainisi, president Russ Bogda and attorney Fred Trowbridge. The draft and meetings will be held at the Bellevue-Stratford Hotel.
Starting about 9:30 (Green Bay time), the Packers and the 11 other clubs will engage in a 26-round fight for rights to 311 college players. The first four rounds were selected in the preliminary draft last November. Green Bay will come out with 25 players - one under par, because the Packers won the bonus choice and thus won't receive a pick on the 30th round. The Packers lose their fifth and sixth round picks to Cleveland in deals for Don King and John Sandusky, but get the Chicago Cardinals' sixth round choice and the New York Giants' 15th in exchange for Tom Dahms and Jack Spinks...DO SOME TRADING: Twenty players will be gone before the Packers get a player - on the Cards' pick in the sixth round. Green Bay will flip with Los Angeles (the two clubs had .333 percentages last fall) for the right to pick second behind Philadelphia, which finished with .273. It won't make much difference if the Bays win or lose the flip because Cleveland will get the fifth and sixth round picks. The Packers thus must wait until the ninth pick (belonging to the Cards on their .583 finish) of the No. 6 heat for a player. With 20 players disappearing early, Blackbourn isn't confident of landing a sure-fire player for a particular position. "We'll go for boys we are sure can make the grade and later if we find we need someone for a particular spot we may do some trading," Blackbourn said. Liz is confronted with a flock of personnel problems. It's possible he may lose all five players from the '56 draft list to service - Bart Starr, Bob Skoronski, Forrest Gregg, Hank Gremminger and Jack Losch, although only Gregg is presently wearing one of Uncle Sam's uniforms. In addition, three members of the '56 team have stated they intend to retire - Buddy Brown, Roger Zatkoff and Tobin Rote. Brown is definitely out, but it's quite possible Zatkoff and Rote may change the minds. The mere fact that Roger, 26, mentioned that 10-letter word (retirement) has forced Blackbourn to keep his eyes open for a linebacker. What's more, another linebacker, Deral Teteak, has given some thought to entering the coaching field. With sure and possible losses, Blackbourn feels that the Packers will need strengthening at just about every position but offensive end (Gary Knafelc and Billy Howton) and defensive safety (Bobby Dillon and Val Joe Walker). Blackbourn helped the situation considerably in the November picking. Bonus choice Paul Hornung is a possibility for offensive and defensive back, quarterback or even end; first choice Ron Kramer can perform as a defensive or offensive end, linebacker or slot back; second choice Joel Wells is out since he jumped to Canada; and third and fourth picks Carl Vereen and Dalton Truax figure to bolster guard and/or tackle spots. Blackbourn and aides Tom Hearden, Ray McLean, Lou Rymkus and Jack Vanisi - not to mention scouts around the country and the departed Earl Klapstein, have put in much special work in preparation for tomorrow's mystery draft. The results won't be known until mid-September but right now the Packer contingent has high hopes...Representing the Packers' executive branch are President Russ Bogda, general manager Verne Lewellen and Packer attorney Fred Trowbridge. They'll sit in on business meetings starting informally tonight and continuing on a formal basis Friday morning...BRIEFS: The draft will be open to the press, meaning that scribes can work in the room occupied by the 12 clubs...Max McGee, standout end as a Packer rookie in '54, may return to Green Bay midway during the '57 season...Rules recommendations were to be made tonight for voting during the parley. One would allow the punter only 10 yards (instead of the usual 15 or 20) behind the line of scrimmage so as to do away with too many fair catches. Another would allow the receiving team the chance of taking the ball or second kickoff...Whoever buys or builds the goal posts for the new Green Bay stadium, please note: The league may expand the goal posts some 25 feet above the crossbar to aid officials in judgment of field goals. Most of the clubs are in favor of a rule forcing all visiting clubs to wear white. This would permit the home team to wear its traditional colors.
JAN 30 (Green Bay) - Few dreams come true...especially million dollar ones! But it was a certainty today - this dream of a new stadium in our town, thanks to the people of the City of Green Bay and their representatives who made construction of a playing home for the Packers' officials Tuesday night. When Packer Backers started dreaming of a new stadium here is problematical, but one good guess might be Oct. 2, 1949. On the afternoon of that day, the Los Angeles Rams clubbed the Packers 48 to 7 at City Stadium. During that struggle, a portion of the stands directly above the Packer dressing room "gave" about a foot. The Packers poured thousands of dollars into making the stands safe in the next few years, but the unexpected snapping of wood beams got a lot of people to dreaming about a new stadium. The dream had to be forgotten while folks in Packerland bailed the Packers out of trouble with their stock drive in 1950 and set 'em loose again. While the best Green Bay experienced was two six-six season in the last eight years, the Packers gradually became a power in the league - on and off the field. Now it's a foregone conclusion that the NFL needs the Packers as much as the Packers need the league. What's ahead? Chiefly, an increase in attendance thinking by at least 7,000 fans! No longer can the Packers feel chesty about crowds of nearly 25,000; the goal, the average, must be 30,000 or over to keep pace with rapidly-rising crowds around the league. The Packers' season ticket sale, to be announced shortly, will have to furnish the groundwork for a successful season. It will be a unique drive in that there will twice as many sideline seats as there were in the old stadium. Holdover season ticket customers will get first crack at the new locations. The Packers' first order of business is working out a seating diagram. It will be published here and the Packers will show the stadium seating in its season ticket sales literature. Today's dream-come-true opens the way for many new thoughts - dedication, first game, formal opening, special promotion. Special promotion? Ha! The stadium furnishes an opportunity for the biggest promotion job in the history of Green Bay. Green Bay's new stadium is a sort of sequel to the oft-posed question: "How can a little town like Green Bay survive in major league football?" Final approval of the stadium comes at a most opportune time. Packer representatives left today for the annual convention of the NFL in Philadelphia with official word on the new stadium. Somebody had better pinch me quick. This must be a dream!
JAN 30 (Evanston, IL) - Maurice James (Jack) Dalton, 60, who played and coached for the Green Bay Packers in 1920 when pro football was being organized, died at his home here Tuesday. Dalton also coached football at Green Bay West High in 1920. The former fullback, manager of a Chicago advertising firm, died of a heart attack. He is survived by his widow, Edith; a daughter, Patricia; and a son, Maurice, Jr. After one season with the Packers, Dalton played two years with Beloit and engaged in some of the now legendary battles between the Packers and the old Beloit Fairies.
FEB 5 (Green Bay) - Bobby Dillon, a sort of Bill Dudley with speed, is maintain a record-breaking pass interception pace in the NFL. The fleet Packer defensive specialist, who turns 27 the 23rd of this month, has piled up 36 interceptions in his five Green Bay seasons since putting away All-America honors at the University of Texas. Dillon’s three dozen boils down to an average of 7.2 per campaign. Emlen Tunnell, the New York Giants’ durable defenser, holds the league record – 67 in nine seasons, for an average of 7.1. Bobby 
Dan – an accountant in the offseason in his native Temple, Tex., snared seven enemy aerials during the ’56 campaign to rank third in that department but led the entire league in yards returned – 244, for a fantastic 34.9 on each swipe. That 244 isn’t a record, but it tanks among the five best figures in league history. Don Doll, the onetime Detroit ace, holds the mark – 301 stripes on 11 interceptions (an average of 27.3) in 1949. Night Train Lane of the Chicago Cardinals returned 14 for 298 yards in 1952 – an average of 21.3. Official National League interception figures, uncorked today, showed Dillon in a three-way tie for third place with Lane, Don Paul of Cleveland and Jim David of Detroit, with seven each. Yale Lary of Detroit, Jack Christiansen of Detroit and Norb Hecker of Washington ranked second with six each. Lin Crow of the Cards topped the league with 11 for 170 yards…PLENTY OF SWIFT: Dillon gained most of his yards on shifty, tricky running – plus speed. He steps around much like Dudley, the great Pittsburgh and Detroit offensive back of the 1940’s, but the Temple Tonic had plenty of swift, which Dudley didn’t have. Dudley has something Bobby doesn’t have – two eyes, meaning that Dillon is handicapped by what the boys in the trade call a “blind side.” But it apparently doesn’t bother Dillon, who has averaged 18.1 yards return on each of his 36 interceptions. Dillon’s best friend and partner at defensive safety, Val Joe Walker, came up with one interception in one of his toughest seasons. Walker, also a handicapee since he has 17 working fingers, ran into an unfortunate accident in training camp and the injuries bothered him a good share of the season. Walker suffered internal injuries when Al Carmichael, running full speed, ran into him during separate drills. No player ever would be hit that hard and under those circumstances in a league game. Walker had his back to Carmichael when the crash occurred. The Packers ranked third in the league on interceptions, the ranking based on percent intercepted. The Packer percent was 8.08 on 21 steals on 260 chances. The Cards were first on 11.50 in 287 and Detroit was third on 9.43 in 297. The Cards intercepted 33 passes, Detroit 28. Middle guard and linebacker Bill Forester, one of the fastest man in the league for his 220 pounds, ranked second in Dillon in interceptions with four. Jim Capuzzi, Hank Gremminger, Deral Teteak and Ken Gorgal each grabbed two enemy throws. Billy Bookout and Walker each had one.
FEB 5 (Riverside, CA) - Burglary charges based on theft of $60 from wallets in the locker room of the Elks Club have been lodged against Art Hunter, 23, professional football player. He will be arraigned Wednesday. His arrest last Friday followed a police stakeout across the street from the club. The arresting officer said he was watching with field glasses when the locker room thefts occurred. Officers said Hunter told them: “I don’t know why I took the money. I’m fascinated by pinball machines and I must’ve taken the money to play them.” Police said Hunter told them he had $3,000 in a savings account. Hunter and his wife, Patricia, Miss Riverside in 1950, were married in South Bend, Ind., in 1954 when he was a Notre Dame varsity tackle. Hunter was the Green Bay Packers’ first draft choice in 1954. He was traded to Cleveland after that season and went into service. He said he is now under contract to play center for Cleveland.
FEB 6 (Green Bay) - The last legislative formalities before construction of the new stadium were cleared Tuesday night as the City Council sold the $960,000 bond issue to finance the project and approved a lease to insure payment of half the bond issue by the Packer Corp. Funds for the 20-year bond issue will be loaned by Harris Trust and Savings Bank, Chicago, which submitted the low net interest bid of 2.96 percent to the Board of Public Works Tuesday. The Packer lease provides that the city will rent the stadium for $30,000 annually for 21 years. The Packers will receive an option to extend the lease for 10 years. The added year over the bond issue was needed to make possible payment of the Packers’ half share of the bond issue and interest on this half with the annual rental agreed upon in negotiations Monday. The Council also sent to its advisory committee a request of Mayor Otto Rachals for a study to determine whether a utility or commission should be created to supervise operation of the stadium. It also accepted proof of publication of a resolution for a $950,000 bond issue to continue sewer work, which clears the way for advertising for bids for the issue…TWO IN OPPOSITION: Council approval of the stadium bond issue and lease was by 21-2 votes, with opposition votes cast by Ald, Don Tilleman and Rhynie Dantinne. They were two of six northeast side aldermen who opposed the Highland Avenue-Ridge Road site. Tilleman and Dantinne questioned whether the rental agreement met the original plan for the Packers to pay half the construction costs. City Attorney Clarence Nier explained that the only other legal alternative was to have the Packers make their payments as stadium “co-owners”, an impossibility under the bonding procedure. Nier also assured Tilleman that the lease would continue payments in the event the Packers left Green Bay. “The fact is that they are paying $30,000 a year rent. We may as well forget about that other business about their paying half. They are paying rent just like they did at City Stadium,” Dantinne said…UNDER SCHOOL BOARD: The present stadium is under the jurisdiction of the Board of Education, and annual Packer fees have ranged from nothing to about $20,000 in the past, Nier replied. The lease grants the Packers annual rights to use the stadium for “one intra-squad game, and all preseason, regularly scheduled, playoff, and world championship games.” The city has the right to use the stadium “at all other times” provided events will not damage the playing field beyond the normal wear caused by high school games. Green Bay will maintain the stadium and gridiron and provide insurance. Packer rents will be paid Dec. 1. The stadium is to be ready for occupancy by Sept. 29. The occupation clause means 32,000 seats, rest rooms, concession stands, the press box, playing field, and “reasonably adequate parking facilities.” If the stadium is not ready by Sept. 29, occupancy would be taken July 1, 1958, and the terms extended by one year. If the Packers use the stadium for part of the 1957 season, however, the annual lease terms would apply…NEGOTIATIONS SCHEDULED: Operation of parking lots and other concessions was left open for negotiations, and the lease also leave open an agreement for use of a team building in the stadium. An agreement approved by the County Board Jan. 15 rented the Packers space for practice fields on the adjoining arena tract. Arbitration is provided for if a rental figure cannot be reached when the 10-year option is exercised. Construction contracts awarded by the Council Jan. 29, which can now be signed, will include a Sept. 15 completion date. Building costs will total $938,583. With financing of this total now assured, the Council still must solve the cost of stadium parking and the remaining $65,805 balance of the cost of the stadium site, due over three years. The Council also sent to its advisory committee offers of Bur Blue Ribbon Co. and Farah Stores to each pay one cent toward the stadium project for each can or bottle of Pabst beer sold in Brown County during a three-month span. 
FEB 6 (Green Bay) - Lt. Al Barry, the best 30th draft choice the Packers ever made, has signed a Green Bay contract for the 1957 season, Coach Liz Blackbourn announced today. Barry was the Bays’ last choice in ’53. He was an eligible junior from Southern California then and joined the Packers for the ’54 campaign. The 235-pounder was an immediate hit. Playing left offensive guard beside Len Szafaryn, freckle-faced Al, who looked like a high school junior, blocked with authority, opened many a hole, and kept Tobin Rote from being consumed alive. Barry signed just in the nick of time, as it were. Blackbourn is counting on him to fill the spot vacated by Forrest Gregg, who was called into the Air Force after the 11th league game last fall. The native of Beverly Hills, Calif., is the fifth player announced thus far by the Packers and the first veteran. The other signees, all rookies, are back Paul Hornung, center Mike Hudock and tackles Dalton Truax and Carl Vereen. Barry is still in service but expects to be separated this spring. He’s a first lieutenant and serves as a personnel office at Bowling Air Force base in Washington, D.C. He was a standout tackle on the powerful Bowling team. Big Al was one of the “finds” of the 1954 Packer camp, joining Max McGee in the eye-popper department. And these two may be together this season, since McGee, now in the Air Force, expects to get out in time to play most of the ’57 campaign. Barry, who was married shortly before he went into service, was a teammate of Packer Al Carmichael at USC. They played on the Southern California team that whipped Wisconsin 7-0 in the Rose Bowl in ’53. Al was the Packers’ first draft choice that year…It’s a bit early to add fuel to a feud that has been smoldering for over 30 years, but Chicago Bear George Blanda did something of that sort the other day in Chicago. He was quoted in a Chicago newspaper as follows: “Paul Hornung can’t become a great professional player. Check the records, there never has been a Notre Dame quarterback who has become a star in pro ball. George Ratterman of the Browns is about the best and he’s been slowed down by injuries.” Coming from Blanda, that sounds quite amusing since he was never any great shakes as a QB, himself. He made his name as a long-distance field goal kicker, and, incidentally, almost became a Packer in ’51. As we recall, Blanda was already in Green Bay and ready to work out when owner-coach George Halas recalled waivers. At any rate, Blanda’s remarks should stand as something of a challenge to young Hornung. Pitchin’ Paul is supposed to be the exception to the old rule about Notre Dame quarterbacks. And, besides, Hornung may wind up as a halfback. Come to think of it, didn’t Blanda ever hear of Lujack? If we recall correctly, Lujack (1) played at Notre Dame, (2) played with the Bears (3) and scrambled our Packer ears several times!
To emphasize this consistency, only four players caught more than 45 passes in '56, only three gained over 869 yards and only two caught over seven touchdown passes. In each case, Howton was one of the players. The season of 1956 was Howton's best in one respect. He caught 55 passes last fall against 53 in '52. However, in '52 he turned those 53 passes into 1,231 yards and 13 TDs. He had 1,188 yards and 12 TDs in 1956. Wilson went hot, like the rest of his teammates, in his last three games to beat out Howton for the '56 title. Wilson finished with 60 catches for 889 yards and five touchdowns. Howton's 1,188 yards and 12 touchdowns topped the league. New York's versatile Frank Gifford was third with 51 snatches while the stretchy Harlon Hill of the Chicago Bears placed fourth with 47 for 1,128 yards. Hill had the best average per catch, 24.0, against Howton's 21.6. In Howton's rookie season, he averaged 23.2. Lean Gary Knafelc came home with an even 30 catches for 418 yards and six touchdowns to rank second among the Packers. While Gary got off to a slow start, he finished fast and one of his snares set up the winning touchdown in the Chicago Cardinal game. The Packers' No. 3 catcher is something of a surprise - Joe Johnson, the tireless halfback who picked off 28 for 258 yards Behind him were Howie Ferguson with 22, Al Carmichael 13, Fred Cone 12, Jack Losch 7, Breezy Reid 3, Bill Roberts 1.
FEB 8 (Green Bay) - Bart Starr is in service and that reminds us of something Tobin Rote said coming back from Milwaukee one Sunday night last fall. Rote had been kicking around the subject of his retirement and the possibility of young Bart going into service when he observed: "I couldn't leave the Packers without a quarterback." This throws a different light on Tobin's future plans, although the 29-year old Texan since the return from Milwaukee has stated flatly that he intends to retire. Rote thinks a lot of Starr and figures the Alabama rookie could carry the load alone - especially with a year of experience under his belt. Many quarterback happenings have taken place during the second half of the 1956 season. Rote, besides thinking of retiring, played probably his greatest game last Thanksgiving Day. Four days later, Coach Liz Blackbourn won the bonus choice and picked Notre Dame quarterback Paul Hornung. Still later, Bobby Garrett, the former Stanford hero and a Packer rookie in '54, informed Blackbourn that he's due out of service soon and signed a '57 contract. And now, Starr goes into service! What's next? Let's wait until Tobin and Betsy Rote welcome their fourth child into the fold - quite soon now...BRIEFS: Tom Miller, Packer tub thumper, has a problem. He received a letter yesterday from a person in Poznan, Poland and it's written in Polish. Miller, who knows a smattering of French and German, figures the writer wants some info about the Packer club. If you can read Polish, kindly call Miller...Don King, the tackle Green Bay obtained in a trade with Cleveland last fall, has signed with Philadelphia along with tackle Jess RIchardson. King joined the Eagles after leaving the Packers midway last season...Cleveland welcomed halfback Chet Hanulak back from service by signing him to a '57 pact...Wisconsin end Dave Howard, who was overlooked in the National league draft because of his stated intentions to play in Canada, has signed with the Toronto Argonauts...The recently-formed Pro Football Players' Assn. hasn't given up. Forty Niner end Gordy Soltau said in Frisco today that "nobody is dropping out and next year we'll be in a stronger position to gain recognition." Soltau added: "They (the owners) will come around to it because I think they all have the best interests of the players in their plans."
FEB 11 (Milwaukee) - Verne Lewellen, general manager of the Green Bay Packers, said Sunday he is not in favor of a league-wide players' association in the NFL. Lewellen said, "Personally, I don't believe in such an organization. However, I would have no objection to players discussing problems with their own management." Lewellen said he didn't believe Bill Howton had complete authority to report the Packers players' demands at the recent players' meeting in Philadelphia with NFL Commissioner Bert Bell. Howton was the Green Bay's player representative in the delegation that met with Bell. The Green Bay executive said the club owners' reaction at Philadelphia was that the association was not authorized to speak for the players in the league. "The Bears didn't have a single representative," Lewellen said. "Presumably, they were satisfied with their present treatment." Lewellen said the demand of the players' group for a retirement fund was beyond reason. He said he couldn't see how a professional football team with "only 12 league games to draw from", could establish a pension fund. "We're not in the same class as baseball on this score," he said. Lewellen said another demand for a minimum salary turned out to be unnecessary. He said the players asked for a $5,000 minimum. "This demand wasn't necessary because there is no player in the NFL, and certainly not in Green Bay who receives under this minimum, " said Lewellen.
FEB 11 (Green Bay) - Returning from a player-signing tour over the weekend, Packer coach Liz Blackbourn sat down to a new task today: Fitting the NFL's new player limit program into the Packers' plan for 1957. The league, at its recent convention, put in force: (1) A 60-player limit for training, with reductions to 43 the day after Labor Day, 38
by the commissioners of pro football on the North American continent that there was "no major differences, nothing which can't be ironed out" facing the two loops...CLAIMED BY STEELERS: One vexing problem aired was the status of Don Owen, Mississippi Southern tackle claimed by the NFL's Pittsburgh Steelers and the Canadian league's Montreal club. Bell said that Owen had agreed to an offer from Pittsburgh, but signed with Montreal for better financial terms. However, Owen received no money from either team and then returned to sign with the Steelers. Bell said he had approved the Pittsburgh contract but added "now, we must get a legal opinion." Meanwhile, Pittsburgh and Montreal club officials are trying to thrash out the matter, Bell said. The confab between Bell and Cooper took place with turnstiles still clicking in their ears from profitable 1956 seasons. The NFL had its fifth straight record year at the gate and seven of nine Canadian teams finished in the black. The two league directors looked ahead to games at the preseason level...'A GOOD CHANCE': "The last inter-league meeting was a game between New York and Ottawa in 1952," Cooper said. "But there's a good chance of the teams playing more and more games against each other in the future." Bell agreed and also nodded assent when it was suggested a world series game between champions of either league could be a fact in the future. "If there were enough rule changes, that might be possible," Cooper said. The Canadian executive reiterated what Bell said several weeks ago following the Canadian court decision in the Tom Dublinski case. "As far as we're concerned, the ruling handed down was for the betterment of Canadian football and all pro football." Dublinski was the Detroit Lions' quarterback who jumped to the Canadian league. A Canadian Federal court ruled that Dublinski had jumped his contract with Detroit and ordered him to pay $6,950, plus legal fees and court costs. Bell and Cooper agree that this decision will make players as well as clubs think twice before moving from one league to another in violation of existing contracts.
FEB 15 (Baltimore) - A move to organize a new professional football league was launched today. The backer of the plan, Millard T. Lang, 44-year old president of the Baltimore Rockets of the American Soccer League, has written letters to the mayors of 16 cities inviting them to participate in the organization of the league. The league, he said, would be incorporated today as the United States Football League, Inc. The initial plan calls for a northern division consisting of Baltimore, New York, Buffalo, Boston, Cincinnati, Detroit, Milwaukee and Minneapolis. The southern division would have Miami, Atlanta, New Orleans, Louisville, St. Louis, Kansas City, Houston and Dallas. Lang said he had not discussed the plan with Bert Bell, commissioner of the NFL, or with any NFL officials. Three of the suggested cities are in the NFL. Lang said there was “plenty of new talent around every year” to supply another league with players. “We certainly do not plan to run headlong into the NFL,” he added. “Our schedule would be worked out so that we would play either at night in mid-week or on the weekend when NFL teams in the area are away.” In his letters to the mayors, Lang asked for an expression of interest from them by Feb. 20. An organizational meeting was scheduled for Feb. 24. He said that, if all went well, the first season on play would start in 1958. Milwaukee Mayor Frank Ziedler said first of all he’d have to sound out local sentiment on the prospect of bringing another pro football team into the area and, second, he’d have to know what effect it would have on arrangements with the Green Bay Packers, who play half of their home schedule in Milwaukee.
FEB 15 (Green Bay) - All-America end Ron Kramer, the first NFL draft choice of the Green Bay Packers, is going to wait until June to turn professional. Kramer said Thursday he had decided against joining an all-star basketball team that will tour with the Harlem Globetrotters at the end of the current season. Kramer is captain of the Michigan cage squad. Kramer said he wants to become a "nine-letter" at Michigan. He has three letters in football, three in basketball and two in track. He said he would go out for the track squad again this spring, and therefore would not turn pro. "Then," he explained, "I'll sign for professional football in June."
FEB 16 (Green Bay) - The citizens-council stadium committee Friday recommended addition of alternates totaling $12,150 to the general construction contract and requested the county to spell out its idea for a joint stadium-arena parking lot. The inquiry of county plans was voiced by City Attorney Clarence Nier during a committee discussion of parking lot and lighting possibilities. The County Board has traded properties to make an extension of Oneida Street the separation between the arena and stadium tracts, proposal have been made for city sewer and water lines to the arena, but no formal plans have been received by the city, Nier pointed out. “All we know is what we have read in the papers,” he observed…WILL SEEK SESSION: Ald. Roman Denissen said he would contact arena committee members at the County Board session Tuesday in hopes of arranging a session with the city committee later next week. The alternate additions to the stadium contract proposed by the committee were: Roof insulation for team and auxiliary buildings, $1,450; a windscreen atop sideline stands, $1,840; a 75-foot flagpole, $1,700; painting outside of concession stands, $320; and blacktopping of the concourse under the stands, $7,200. The recommendations will be sent to a Board of Public Works session, probably Monday, and will reach the City Council Tuesday night. The board also will make a recommendation on a proposal to use a seating alternate to cut $18,751 from the general contract awarded George Hougard and Son, Inc…TRIP TO TEXAS: John Somerville, architect to the stadium, said a trip to inspect a stadium at Amarillo, Tex., has satisfied him that pre-cast seats manufactured by Varsity Seat Co., Oklahoma City, matched contract specifications. He said designs were being sent to the State Industrial Commission for approval. The Varsity firm would set up its forms for pre-cast concrete at the stadium site to supply the general contractor. The savings of $18,751 and the difference between original construction costs of $938,583 and the $960,000 bond issue would make available about $40,000 for alternates, $12,510 of which would be absorbed in the options recommended Friday…OPTION FOR SEATS: The Hougard contract for 32,026 permanent seats, the press box, a team building, and auxiliary buildings under the stands awarded by the Council Jan. 29 totaled $742,039. Hougard included an option to use the Varsity seats. Fred Leicht told the committee the Packer Corp. executive committee Monday would discuss a proposal for the Packers to finance an addition to the press box included in the base contract. Television needs could make the planned facilities insufficient, he said. The planned press box has two levels with 60 feet of frontage in each level. This would compare with the 90-foot City Stadium press box to which 50 feet of working frontage was added on the roof last year. The stadium plans make possible addition of a third level or 20 feet on both ends. Somerville estimated an addition of about $7,500. The committee also instructed Somerville to make an estimate of toilet facilities for the press box and increasing electrical lead lines to match needs if a light plant for night football is installed. This would also meet needs of parking lot lights and floodlighting of ticket booth areas. Mayor Otto Rachals pointed out that money would be wasted if the smaller electrical leads had to be torn out later. Somerville will confer with City Engineer F.J. Euclide, who is at work on parking lot and street plans.
FEB 16 (Baltimore) - His bombshell neatly lighted, an ex-lacrosse star settled back today to wait for it to fizzle out or explode into a new professional football league. Millard T. Lang said Friday he had written mayors in 16 cities inviting them to a meeting Feb. 24 to organize the United States Football League, Inc. The 44-year old Westinghouse Electric Corp. official envisioned a league offering a brand of football more closely paralleling the college game than that in vogue of the NFL. Bert Bell, NFL commissioner, said: “That’s fine. Let them go ahead. There is no reason why they shouldn’t form another league. We welcome competitive bidding for players. We have to bid against Canada, now. Another one won’t make any difference.”
FEB 16 (Green Bay) – The story that a United States Football league is under consideration dropped like a bombshell Friday. It was a complete surprise to Packer officials and, what’s more, there was no mention of such a thing among the representatives at the recent NFL meeting. Millard T. Lang, president of the Baltimore Rockets soccer team, has written letters to mayors of 16 cities inviting them to participate in organization of the league. One of the cities invited was Milwaukee. It might have been wiser for Lang to write 16 men with a million bucks each and then try to convince each that they can afford to lose same in a war with the National league. The new group should be reminded of the defunct All-American conference.