The 1959 Green Bay Packers season was their 39th season in the National Football League and 41st overall. The club posted a 7-5 record under first-year coach Vince Lombardi, earning a third-place finish in the National Conference.
Main article: 1959 NFL Draft
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The Lombardi Era Begins
On February 4, 1959, Vince Lombardi seized his opportunity and began building his football dynasty in Green Bay. He started by trading away the Packers best receiver of the decade Billy Howton, to the Cleveland Browns. To bring some much-needed leadership to the defensive backfield, Lombardi obtained future Hall of Famer Emlen Tunnell from the New York Giants. Ha also acquired Fuzzy Thurston from the Baltimore Colts and defensive tackle Henry Jordan form Cleveland by the start of training camp. In all, 16 veterans from the previous season were sent packing as Lombardi installed a new attitude in the Packers' locker room.
Lombardi borrowed from the Giants model — the players had to feel like champions. The team traveled first class under the philosophy that "you can't be a winner unless you feel like one." The change in culture was pronounced. Lombardi had to find a quarterback, and he was resistant to making Bart Starr the quarterback. Starr was in his fourth year in the league and hadn't won a game he played four quarters in. "Did Bart tell you how bad he was?" a player was to later quip to biographer John Eisenberg. Former Razorback Lamar McHan beat out Starr.
A Master Plan
Through his now legendary coaching style, Lombardi whipped the underachieving Packers into instant winners. he set his plan immediately into action at his very first team meeting. "I have never been on a losing team gentlemen and I do not intend to start now!"
A Dramatic Improvement
The results of Lombardi's approach were dramatic. in the season opener against the Chicago Bears, the Packers held on to win 9-6 and celebrated the victory by carrying their new head coach off the field. In his first year on the sidelines, the Packers posted their first winning record since 1947. The team's quick turnaround netted Lombardi unanimous honors as coach of the year.
Lombardi’s first game as Packers coach was on September 27. In front of 32,150 fans, the Packers won the game. In the final seven minutes, the Packers put up nine points to win the game by a score of 9-6. Jim Taylor scored a touchdown to put the Packers on the scoreboard. Max McGee would have a sixty-one yard punt which would land on the Bears 2 yard line. The punt set up the final score of the game. Hawg Hanner scored a safety on Bears quarterback Ed Brown. After the game, Jim Ringo grabbed the game ball and gave it to Lombardi.
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||October 4, 1959
||October 11, 1959
||San Francisco 49ers
||October 18, 1959
||Los Angeles Rams
||Milwaukee County Stadium
||October 25, 1959
||at Baltimore Colts
||November 1, 1959
||at New York Giants
||November 8, 1959
||at Chicago Bears
||November 15, 1959
||Milwaukee County Stadium
||November 22, 1959
||November 26, 1959
||at Detroit Lions
||December 6, 1959
||at Los Angeles Rams
||Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum
||December 13, 1959
||at San Francisco 49ers
Week 1: vs. Chicago Bears
- Second Quarter
- Fourth Quarter
- CHI - John Aveni 42 yard field goal - Bears 6-0
- GB - Jim Taylor 5 yard run (Paul Hornung kick) - Packers 7-6
- GB - Safety, Brown tackled by Hanner in end zone - Packers 9-6
Awards, records, and honors
- Vince Lombardi, Coach of the Year 
- ^ When Pride Still Mattered, David Maraniss,p. 225, Simon & Schuster, 1999, ISBN 978-0-684-84418-3
- ^ When Pride Still Mattered, David Maraniss,p. 226, Simon & Schuster, 1999, ISBN 978-0-684-84418-3
- ^ When Pride Still Mattered, David Maraniss,p. 228, Simon & Schuster, 1999, ISBN 978-0-684-84418-3