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Curly Lambeau

Curly Lambeau was a freshman at Notre Dame in 1918. When home for the holidays he was told that his tonsils would have to be removed. By the time he had completely recovered, it was too late to go back to Notre Dame for the second semester. So he got a job at the Indian Packing company. He didn't want to go back to Notre Dame because he was making $230 a month (all the money in the world) working as a shipping clerk at the packing plant. He did want to play football though.

Along with George Whitney Calhoun, Curly Lambeau formed the Green Bay Packers. A notice was put in the newspaper and 25 men showed up. They started practicing three nights a week. Initially they were called the Green Bay Indians, because of the Indian Packing Company and they were given money for uniforms from the company. About half way through the season, the company went out of business. the Acme Packing company took possession of the company and the team became the Acme Packers. Then the team took on just the name of "Packers". In 1919 and 1920 the Packers were incredible. Over ten games they beat their opponents by a total of 565 points to 6. Lambeau decided to take the team to the next level. in 1921 like-minded teams across the country formed the American Professional Football Association which later became the National Football Association. Lambeau led the Packers to three national championships in a row 1929, 1930, 1931 when he was only in his early thirtys. He went on to coach the Packers from 1921-1949 and won three more championships in 1936, 1939 and 1944.

Lambeau had a regular season record of 209 wins, 104 losses, and 21 ties. Curly Lambeau left the Green Bay Packers in early 1950. Lambeau went on to coach the Chicago Cardinals for the 1950 season and most of the 1951 season with a record of 7 wins and 15 losses. In 1952 an 1953 Curly Lambeau coached the Washington Redskins with a record of 10 wins, 13 losses, and 1 tie.

Lambeau's overall 33 year coaching career ended after the 1953 season with an overall record of 229 wins, 134 losses and 22 ties. Lambeau was in among the first players inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1963.

The Green Bay Packer's stadium that first opened in 1957 and was called "City Stadium" was renamed as Lambeau Field in 1965. This was three months after Curly Lambeau's death in June of 1965.

Not only is Curly Lambeau in the Pro Football Hall of Fame, he has also been named to the NFL 1920s All-Decade Team, the Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame and the Wisconsin Athletic Hall of Fame. Lambeau was born on April 9th, 1898 in Green Bay Wisconsin and died on June 1st, 1965 at the age of sixty seven.