The Jeter Brothers


Only one of the Jeter brothers ever played in a regular season game for Green Bay. As a matter of fact, only Bob ever played in a Packer preseason game, but brother Tony was drafted by Green Bay in the third round of the 1966 draft. As the custom card above shows, the two were in training camp together in July 1966 before Vince Lombardi pulled another masterful trade by sending Jeter, a tight end, and disappointing 1964 top pick Lloyd Voss, a defensive end, to Pittsburgh for a number one draft pick. Both Jeter and Voss were Nebraska alums.

The Steelers new coach in 1966 was former Packer line coach Bill Austin and he seemed eager to take his former boss’ leavings. In August, he would also trade a fifth round pick for quarterback Ron Smith and sign guard Ralph Wenzel who Lombardi traded to Cleveland and was cut by the Browns. A year later, Austin would give Lombardi another fifth round pick for quarterback Kent Nix and a fourth rounder for defensive tackle Dick Arndt.

While Voss would start for Pittsburgh for six seasons, Jeter appeared in just 11 games during the 1966 and 1968 seasons and caught just three passes. Unfortunately, that draft pick Green Bay received , the 10th overall in 1967, was used on center Bob Hyland who never amounted to much for the Packers although he did have an 11-year NFL career.

As for Bob Jeter, the interesting thing to consider is that at this point, the future Packer Hall of Famer had done virtually nothing for Green Bay despite being the Packers’ second round pick SIX years before.

Bob spent the 1960 and 1961 seasons in Canada before returning to the U.S. in 1962. He spent that entire season on the Packers’ taxi squad because he was still under contract to the Hamilton Tiger-Cats. Jeter then spent the 1963 and 1964 seasons as a backup wide receiver and caught two passes. He was converted to defensive back in 1965 and played well in the 1965 title game against Cleveland, covering Paul Warfield tightly.

So in the 1966 Packers training camp, Bob Jeter was still in the process of claiming a starting job in the Green Bay secondary. We remember Bob as a back-to-back All-Pro in 1967 and 1968 and for teaming with Herb Adderley to give the Packers the best cornerback tandem in the league in the late 1960s, but we forget how long it took for him to reach that status.


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