Many cities and sports teams attempt to claim the title “Title Town: USA”, but one sports team makes the best argument for this title: The National Football League’s Green Bay Packers. With 11 NFL championship’s and 4 Super Bowl championship’s, the Green Bay Packers are one of the most storied franchises in all of sports.
Founded in 1919 by George Calhoun and Curly Lambeau, the Packers are one of the oldest franchies in the NFL and all of football.The name “Packers” comes from the teams’ original sponsor: The Indian Packing Company. Under coach Lambeau the Packer’s won their first NFL championship in 1929, and went on to win three consecutive titles (1929-1931). The Packers are the only team to have won three consecutive titles, and have accomplished this feat twice (1929-1931, 1965-67). Along with their NFL championships, the Packers won the first two Super Bowls as well as Super Bowls XXXI (1996) and XLV (2010).
In order to be as successful as the Green Bay Packers, a team needs great players and coaches. Some of the early-era legends include names like Willie Davis, Bart Starr, Don Hutson and Ray Neitschke. More modern names include players like Brett Favre, Sterling Sharpe and the late Reggie White. Legendary coaches include Curly Lambeau, Vince Lombardi, and Mike Holmgrem.
A great team also needs a great rival; found in the Chicago Bears. The Chicago Bears and Green Bay Packers have the longest rivalry in the NFL; starting with both of their inceptions in 1919, to the present day.
As one can tell the Green Bay Packers have a long and storied history, and are likely to continue making history as holders of “Titletown, USA”.