|Lambeau during his college career at Notre Dame in 1918.|
|Date of birth||April 9, 1898|
|Place of birth||Green Bay, Wisconsin, U.S.|
|Date of death||June 4, 1965(aged 67)|
|Place of death||Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin|
|High school||Green Bay East High School|
|Honors||NFL 1920s All-Decade Team
Green Bay Packers HOF
Pro Football HOF
Wisconsin Athletic HOF
|Records||Green Bay Packers
Career Wins (209)
|Head coaching record|
|Championships won||1929 NFL Championship
1930 NFL Championship
1931 NFL Championship
1936 NFL Championship
1939 NFL Championship
1944 NFL Championship
|Coaching stats||Pro Football Reference|
|Team(s) as a player|
|1919-1929||Green Bay Packers|
|Team(s) as a coach/administrator|
|Green Bay Packers
|Pro Football Hall of Fame, 1963|
Earl Louis "Curly" Lambeau (April 9, 1898 – June 1, 1965) was founder, player, and first coach of the Green Bay Packers professional American football team. He shares the distinction with rival George Halas of the Chicago Bears of coaching his team to the most NFL championships, with six.
East High School and Notre Dame
Lambeau was a standout multi-sport athlete at Green Bay East High School, and captain of its football team as a senior in 1917. Lambeau then played for legendary coach Knute Rockne at Notre Dame in 1918, making the Irish's varsity squad as a freshman, but a severe case of tonsillitis forced him to return home before his sophomore year.
Founding the Packers
Lambeau and George Whitney Calhoun formed the Green Bay Packers on August 11, 1919, while Lambeau was working as a shipping clerk at the Indian Packing Company. The team's name reportedly was offered to Curly by his girlfriend Agnes Aylward after a pickup game; Curly had not wanted to call the team "The Green Bay Indians" to respect Indian Packing's purchase of uniforms for the team; so Agnes simply blurted, "Well, for heaven's sake, Curly, why don't you just call them The Green Bay Packers!" The Packers initially played teams from Wisconsin and Michigan's Upper Peninsula; however, the success of the team in 1919-20 quickly led to its joining of the American Professional Football Association, with the league changing its name to the National Football League in 1922.
Lambeau played for the Packers from 1919 to 1929. Although Lambeau played halfback, he was both the primary runner and passer, as was common practice during that period; most teams used the single wing offense at the time.
In his playing career, 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. .
Career as a coach
Lambeau won six NFL championships.
Green Bay Packers
Lambeau coached the Packers as an NFL team from 1921 to 1949. As head coach, he led the Packers to six NFL championships (1929, 1930, 1931, 1936, 1939, 1944). As Packers' head coach, Lambeau compiled a regular-season record of 209–104–21 (.667 winning percentage) with a playoff record of 3–2 [212–106–21 (.667) overall]. These official records do not include the Packers' 19–2–1 record under Lambeau prior to joining the NFL. Ties did not count in the standings in those days. He is still far and away the winningest coach in Packers history.
In 1946, Lambeau purchased Rockwood Lodge, creating the first self-contained training facility in professional football. The purchase was controversial among the Packers' board of directors, and Lambeau's deteriorating relationship with the board was one of the factors that would lead to his departure in early 1950. In addition, Lambeau's record as a coach had dropped sharply after Hall of Fame receiver Don Hutson retired in 1945. Still, the Packers remained competitive until 1948, when they suffered their first losing season since 1933. The bottom fell out in 1949, when the Packers won only two games--at the time, their worst season ever. Lambeau was forced to resign a month later.
After Green Bay
Lambeau coached the Chicago Cardinals in 1950 and 1951 and the Washington Redskins in 1952 and 1953 but was nowhere near as successful as he had been in Green Bay; he only won a total of 12 games during this time. In 1954, Lambeau got into a heated argument with Redskins owner George Preston Marshall in the lobby of Sacramento's Senator Hotel and was promptly fired.
Lambeau completed his 33-year NFL coaching career with an official overall record of 229–134–22 (.595 winning percentage).
Lambeau was born, April 9, 1898, to Marcelline Lambeau and Mary Sarah LaTour, both of Belgian ancestry.
Lambeau was married three times, first to Marguerite Van Kessel from 1919 ending in divorce with one son in 1934. His second wife Susan Johnson was a former Miss California. They were married from 1935 to 1940. He married Grace Garland in 1945 and was divorced in 1955.
The Packers' home stadium, Lambeau Field, is named after him. The venue opened in 1957 as the second City Stadium, and was informally called "New" City Stadium for its first eight years. It was renamed in the summer of 1965, just weeks after Lambeau's death. The Packers then won three consecutive league titles, which has yet to be repeated.
Erected after the stadium's 2003 renovation, a 14-foot statue of Lambeau greets visitors.
Lambeau Street, in Green Bay's Packerland Industrial Park, is also named in his honor.
Lambeau was elected to the Wisconsin Athletic Hall of Fame in 1961.
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