With the Green Bay Packers and Pittsburgh Steelers headed to Superbowl XLV on Feb. 6, MF is offering up a few quick trivia lessons. We'll start today with some facts you might not now about the Packers (that is unless you were born in Wisconsin, in which case these were probably answers on your SAT test). Check back next week for some Steelers trivia.
- Founded in 1919, the Green Bay Packers are the second-oldest franchise in NFL history. The oldest? The Arizona Cardinals.
- The team was started by newspaper editor George Whitney Calhoun and Earl "Curly" Lambeau. The namesake of Lambeau Field, "Curly" was also a player and the squad's first head coach.
- The Packers get their name from the Indian Packing Company--a meat canning business where Lambeau worked and an early investor in the team.
- Green Bay's colors were originally blue and gold like "Curly" Lambeau's alma mater, Notre Dame. It wasn't until 1950 that the familiar green and gold colors became their official trademark.
- With twelve league championships, The Green Bay Packers have more titles than any other team in the NFL. This trophy case consists of 9 NFL Championships and three Super Bowl Championships, including the first two.
- First awarded in January of 1967, the "World Championship Game Trophy" was renamed the "Vince Lombardi Trophy" in 1970 to commemorate the legendary coach after his sudden death from cancer that same year. Unlike the Stanley Cup, of which there is only one, a new Lombardi Trophy is produced for every winning team.
- The "Lambeau Leap"--the team's trademark touchdown celebration in which the successful player jumps into the arms of the crowd--was first performed by LeRoy Butler after a touchdown against the Raiders in December of 1993. Wide receiver Robert Brooks gets credit for popularizing the act.
- Out of all of the professional sports franchise in the United States,
The Green Bay Packers are the only team that is publicly owned.
Technically speaking, over 100,000 people can claim ownership of the