1961 Green Bay Packers season

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1961 Green Bay Packers season
Head coach Vince Lombardi
General manager Vince Lombardi
Home field City Stadium
Milwaukee County Stadium
Results
Record 11–3
Division place 1st NFL Western
Playoff finish Won NFL Championship
Timeline
Previous season Next season
1960 1962

The 1961 Green Bay Packers season was their 41st season in the National Football League. The club posted an 11–3 record under coach Vince Lombardi, earning them a first-place finish in the Western Conference. The Packers ended the season by defeating the New York Giants 37–0 in the NFL Championship Game, the first title game ever played in Green Bay. This was the Packers 7th NFL league championship.

The 1961 season was the first in which the Packers wore their trademark capital "G" logo on their helmets.[1]

Offseason[edit]

NFL Draft[edit]

Round Pick Player Position School
1 12 Herb Adderley Cornerback Michigan State
2 26 Ron Kostelnik Defensive Tackle Cincinnati
3 40 Phil Nugent Back Tulane
4 54 Paul Dudley Back Arkansas
4 56 Joe LeSage Guard Tulane
5 68 Jack Novak Guard Miami (FL)
6 82 Lee Folkins Tight End Washington
7 96 Lewis Johnson Back Florida A&M
9 124 Vester Flanagan Tackle Humboldt State
10 138 Buck McLeod Tackle Baylor
11 152 Val Keckin Back Southern Miss
12 166 John Denvir Tackle Colorado
13 180 Elijah Pitts Halfback Philander Smith
14 194 Nelson Toburen Linebacker Wichita State
15 208 Ray Lardani Tackle Miami (FL)
16 222 Clarence Mason End Bowling Green
17 236 Jim Brewington Tackle North Carolina Central
18 250 Arthur Sims Back Texas A&M
19 264 Leland Bondhus Tackle South Dakota State
20 278 Ray Ratkowski Back Notre Dame

Personnel[edit]

Staff[edit]

1961 Green Bay Packers staff
Front office

Head coaches

Offensive coaches

  Defensive coaches


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Roster[edit]

Depth chart[edit]

Defense
[1]




CB
Herb Adderley


CB
Jesse Whittenton
Offense
[2]
FL
Boyd Dowler
LT LG C RG RT
Bob Skoronski Fuzzy Thurston Jim Ringo Jerry Kramer Forrest Gregg
Norm Masters
TE
Ron Kramer
SE
Max McGee
QB
Bart Starr
RB
Paul Hornung
FB
Jim Taylor
Special Teams
PK Paul Hornung
P Boyd Dowler
KR Herb Adderley
PR Willie Wood



Regular season[edit]

Despite being named NFL MVP, Paul Hornung was briefly lost to the military. In response to the construction of the Berlin Wall, the United States Department of Defense activated thousands of reservists. Two dozen football players were activated, including Paul Hornung, Boyd Dowler and Ray Nitschke.[3] On November 14, Hornung was to report to Fort Riley in Kansas.[4] Wisconsin residents were so upset that Republican senator Alexander Wiley and Democratic congressman Clement Zablocki requested deferments for the players.[5] On October 18, the final word was that the players had to serve. Hornung missed the November 19 game against the Los Angeles Rams. He was flown from Fort Riley to Detroit for the November 23 Thanksgiving Day game against the Detroit Lions.[6] Hornung would score a field goal and two extra points in the 17–9 victory.[7]

Schedule[edit]

Week Date Opponent Result Venue Attendance
1 September 17, 1961 Detroit Lions L 17–13 Milwaukee County Stadium
44,307
2 September 24, 1961 San Francisco 49ers W 30–10 City Stadium
38,669
3 October 1, 1961 Chicago Bears W 24–0 City Stadium
38,669
4 October 8, 1961 Baltimore Colts W 45–7 City Stadium
38,669
5 October 15, 1961 at Cleveland Browns W 49–17 Cleveland Stadium
75,042
6 October 22, 1961 at Minnesota Vikings W 33–7 Metropolitan Stadium
42,007
7 October 29, 1961 Minnesota Vikings W 28–10 Milwaukee County Stadium
44,112
8 November 5, 1961 at Baltimore Colts L 45–21 Memorial Stadium
57,641
9 November 12, 1961 at Chicago Bears W 31–28 Wrigley Field
49,711
10 November 19, 1961 Los Angeles Rams W 35–17 City Stadium
38,669
11 November 23, 1961 at Detroit Lions W 17–9 Tiger Stadium
55,662
12 December 3, 1961 New York Giants W 20–17 Milwaukee County Stadium
47,012
13 December 10, 1961 at San Francisco 49ers L 22–21 Kezar Stadium
55,722
14 December 17, 1961 at Los Angeles Rams W 24–17 Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum
49,169

Playoffs[edit]

Week Date Opponent Result Venue Attendance
Championship December 31, 1961 New York Giants W 37–0 City Stadium
39,029

Game summary[edit]

NFL Championship[edit]
1 2 3 4 Total
Giants 0 0 0 0 0
Packers 0 24 10 3 37

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Standings[edit]

NFL Western
W L T PCT PF PA STK
Green Bay Packers 11 3 0 .786 391 223 W-1
Detroit Lions 8 5 1 .615 270 258 L-1
Chicago Bears 8 6 0 .571 326 302 W-2
Baltimore Colts 8 6 0 .571 302 307 W-1
San Francisco 49ers 7 6 1 .538 346 272 L-1
Los Angeles Rams 4 10 0 .286 263 333 L-1
Minnesota Vikings 3 11 0 .214 285 407 L-2

Roster[edit]

Awards and records[edit]

Milestones[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Gridiron Uniform Database: Green Bay Packers
  2. ^ "All Time Coaches Database". Packers.com. Retrieved March 28, 2011. 
  3. ^ When Pride Still Mattered, David Maraniss,p. 284, Simon & Schuster, 1999, ISBN 978-0-684-84418-3
  4. ^ When Pride Still Mattered, David Maraniss,p. 286, Simon & Schuster, 1999, ISBN 978-0-684-84418-3
  5. ^ When Pride Still Mattered, David Maraniss,p. 285, Simon & Schuster, 1999, ISBN 978-0-684-84418-3
  6. ^ When Pride Still Mattered, David Maraniss,p. 287, Simon & Schuster, 1999, ISBN 978-0-684-84418-3
  7. ^ When Pride Still Mattered, David Maraniss,p. 288, Simon & Schuster, 1999, ISBN 978-0-684-84418-3
  8. ^ Pro-Football-Reference.com Retrieved April 21, 2013.
  9. ^ http://www.maxwellfootballclub.org/content/awards/bell/past_bell.htm