Four Packers share July 21 as their birthday. Former Minnesota Gopher tackle Lou Midler was the first. He appeared in seven games for the 1940 Pack.
Defensive back Dale Hackbart turns 81. He was drafted out of Wisconsin in the fifth round by Vince Lombardi in 1960 and was a reserve on the Western Conference champs that season. In 1961, Lombardi dealt Hackbart to the Redskins for a sixth round pick in week three. The pick was later used to select John Sutro. Hackbart went on to have a 12-year NFL career with Washington, Minnesota, St. Louis and Denver before broken bones in his neck ended his career in 1973. He also played minor league baseball and pro football in Canada.
Center Bob Hyland turns 74. He was the ninth overall pick in the 1967 draft out of Boston College and had an 11-year NFL career with the Packers, Bears, Giants and Patriots. Hyland won a Super Bowl ring as a rookie but was unable to dislodge Ken Bowman from the starting lineup in three years and was included in a trade that sent him, Elijah Pitts and Lee Roy Caffey to Chicago for the second overall pick in 1970 that netted Green Bay Mike McCoy. A year later, Hyland was with the Giants and on opening day in Lambeau Field plowed into new Packer coach Dan Devine and broke the coach’s leg. He was reacquired the week before the 1976 season after the Giants cut him and spent one more season in Green Bay before being cut in August 1977. A lifelong Resident of White Plains, NY, Hyland ran his own sports bar there for over 30 years and even ran for town mayor in 2011.
Safety Jim Hill was a first round draft pick of the Chargers in 1968 and spent three seasons in San Diego before Dan Devine acquired him for Lionel Aldridge and a third round pick in 1972. Hill and rookie Willie Buchanon turned the Packer secondary into a strength and a contributing factor to the team’s divisional championship that year. He spent three years in Green Bay before finishing his NFL career in Cleveland in 1975. Since then he has been a highly respected sportscaster and community leader in Los Angeles, even earning a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and having May 9, 2006 declared “Jim Hill Day” in Los Angeles. His brother David played tight end for the Lions and Rams for 12 seasons. Jim turns 73 today.
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