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.

21st July, 2014

Vince Lombardi Takes on Jack Nicklaus

July 21, 1965 – Packers Coach Vince Lombardi plays Jack Nicklaus in a highly-publicized golf match at Oneida Golf and Riding Club outside Green Bay. Lombardi, who maintained a 9 handicap, was reportedly thrilled with his 82. Nicklaus shot a 72. Nicklaus and Lombardi are part of a foursome rounded out by Don Hutson, who shoots an 82, and club pro Bill Furnari, who cards an 83. 

20th July, 2014

Packers Accept Resignation of John Jones

July 20, 2007 – The Packers Executive Committee formally accepts the resignation of John Jones, who was tabbed to replace Bob Harlan as the team’s president. Jones cites health concerns as the reason for his departure. “The Packers mean so very much to me, but my family means more,” Jones said. “I need to put my health and continued recovery above everything else.” 

19th July, 2014

Packers Acquire Willie Davis from Cleveland

July 19, 1960 – Vince Lombardi acquires one of the most dominant defensive linemen in NFL history when he sends end A.D. Williams to the Cleveland Browns in exchange for Willie Davis. Davis goes on to become a five-time, first-team All Pro and a Pro Football Hall of Famer. Williams had one reception for five yards in one season with the Browns.

18th July, 2014

The Don Hutson Center is Dedicated

July 18, 1994 – The Don Hutson Center, the Packers’ new, $4.67 million indoor practice facility, is dedicated. Located across from Lambeau Field, it features two fields so offense and defense can practice simultaneously. The field’s artificial turf, called FieldTurf, is more similar to real grass than AstroTurf and is helpful in preparing for indoor games.