31st July, 2014

Packers Trade Backup QB Aaron Brooks to New Orleans

July 31, 2000 – Aaron Brooks has never thrown a pass in an NFL regular season game, but he’s in demand nonetheless. The New Orleans Saints send a third-round pick and linebacker K.D. Williams to the Packers for Brooks and tight end Lamont Hall. The Saints’ gamble on the Packers’ backup pays off. Brooks becomes a full-time starter in 2001 and plays six seasons in New Orleans.

30th July, 2014

Charles Brackins Makes Packers History

July 30, 1955 – Charles Brackins, the first African-American to play quarterback for the Packers, leads the Gold to a 14-7 win over the Green in an intrasquad game played in Marshfield, Wisconsin. The rookie from Prairie View A&M completes six of 16 passes for 72 yards and scores the winning touchdown on a quarterback sneak in the third quarter. 

29th July, 2014

Packers End the Scott Hunter Era, Trade QB to Buffalo

July 29, 1974 – The Packers one-time starting quarterback, Scott Hunter, is traded to the Buffalo Bills for defensive tackle Steve Okoniewski and running back Pete Van Valkenburg. Hunter started 29 games from 1971-73, including all 14 in the Packers 10-4 season in 1972. However, he threw more interceptions than touchdowns in all three of those seasons.

28th July, 2014

Howie Ferguson is Shipped to Pittsburgh

July 28, 1959 – Howie Ferguson, second only to Tobin Rote in rushing for the Packers during the 1950s, is traded to the Steelers for a future draft choice. Ferguson peaked in 1955 when he led the team in rushing with 859 yards. In the three years that followed, Ferguson’s combined output (851 rushing yards) couldn’t match what he had done in his prime. 

27th July, 2014

Another Part of Renovated Lambeau Field Debuts

July 27, 2002 – The new 6,500-square-foot Packers Pro Shop opens in the corner of the Lambeau Field Atrium. The new Pro Shop and several gate sponsorships in the renovated stadium help the Packers jump to 10th in total revenue in the NFL for the 2002-03 fiscal year, up from 20th. 

26th July, 2014

Packers Ship Tobin Rote to Lions

July 26, 1957 – Coming off a season when he led the NFL in attempts, completions, yards and touchdowns, the Packers trade star quarterback Tobin Rote, along with defensive back Val Joe Walker, to the rival Lions for four players. The Packers receive tackles Ollie Spencer and Norm Masters, guard Jim Salsbury and halfback Don McIlhenny.

25th July, 2014

Brett Favre Becomes Highest-Paid Player in NFL

July 25, 1997 – Brett Favre signs a seven-year contract, the longest in Packers history, making him the highest-paid player in the history of pro football. “I’ve said this so many different times and I’m not going to change my statement: I feel very strongly that he’s the best player in the National Football League,” General Manager Ron Wolf said. 

24th July, 2014

Clark Hinkle and Ray Nitschke Fields Are Born

July 24, 1997 – The Packers two outdoor practice fields are formally named Clarke Hinkle Field and Ray Nitschke Field by General Manager Ron Wolf to honor the Pro Football Hall of Famers. Both are located across Oneida St. from Lambeau Field and along with the Don Hutson Center, form the Packers training complex. 

23rd July, 2014

Packers Acquire Bobby Thomason for Two Picks

July 23, 1951 – The Packers pay no small price to acquire quarterback Bobby Thomason from the Rams, sending 1952 first and second-round picks west. Although Thomason leads the league in completion percentage and throws for 1,306 yards and 11 touchdowns in 1951, he’s unable to unseat Tobin Rote in the Packers backfield and plays only one season in Green Bay. Thomason will make three Pro Bowls with Philadelphia.

22nd July, 2014

Bob Jeter Gets Shipped to Chicago

July 22, 1971 – Cornerback Bob Jeter’s long and successful run in Green Bay has come to an end. The two-time Pro Bowler is traded to the Chicago Bears for running back Ross Montgomery and a 1972 sixth-round draft choice. Montgomery never plays for the Packers, while Jeter plays three seasons for the Bears before retiring at age 36.