In honor of #BearsPackersFanDuelWeek here at Football Fan Rush we will be posting up the numbers from some outstanding current and former players of both teams, but today we feature a coach.
We kicked it off with a salute to Ahman Green, featured Donald Driver and today hats off to Earl “Curly” Lambeau.
I’m sure by now you’ve guessed this is who the stadium of the Green Bay Packers is named after and here’s why.
Curly Lambeau was not only a pretty darn good athlete and football player, Lambeau is also the founder, player, and first coach of the Green Bay Packers professional football team. He also shares the distinction with rival George Halas of the Chicago Bears of coaching his team to the most National Football League championships, with six.
Curly started his Packer career as a player/coach of the team. Per Wikipedia, Curly Lambeau threw 24 touchdown passes, rushed for eight touchdowns, and caught three touchdowns in 77 games. Lambeau was the first Packer to throw a pass, throw a touchdown pass, and make a field goal in Green Bay Packer franchise history. Curly won his only National Football League championship as a player-coach in 1929, thereafter coaching only. In 1921, he was the teams kicker. He also kicked 1 field goal each in 1922, 1924, and 1925. Geez!
As an NFL Coach, Lambeau lead the Packers to six championships (1929, 1930, 1931, 1936, 1939, 1944). Curly’s regular-season record of 209–104–21 (.657) with a playoff record of 3–2, 212–106–21 (.656) overall. Lambeau is still far and away the winningest coach in Packers history. Yes, even over Vince Lombari who holds the 2 spot for Packers coaching wins, but definitely the #1 spot in motivational speeches.
Before Curly’s coaching career came to a close he also coached the Chicago Cardinals (Bears) 1950-51 and the Washington Redskins 1952-53. It was obvious his winners luck had run out because won only 12 games total over these four seasons. Ouch!
Earl “Curly” Lambeau finished off his 33-year NFL coaching career with an official overall record of 229–134–22 and was an inaugural inductee to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1963.
So Packers fans raise a glass and give a big salute to the man that started it all in Green Bay, Wi…… The father of the Green Bay Packers Mr. Earl “Curly” Lambeau!
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