Top Ten Worst Packer Backup Quarterbacks

10. Billy Stevens – taken in the third round of the 1968 draft, Stevens completed one of five passes in two years in Green Bay.

9. Steve Pisarkiewicz – a former first round flop of the Cardinals, Steve completed two of five passes in a one game appearance for Green Bay in 1980 to conclude his NFL career.

8. Bobby Douglass – the one-time Bear starter, a running back playing quarterback, finished his career in Green Bay in 1978 completing 5 of 12 passes, just shy of his career 43% completion percentage.

7. Bill Troup – a veteran backup with the Colts, Troup ended his career in Green Bay in 1980 by completing four of 12 passes and throwing three interceptions.

6. Brian Dowling – BD from the Doonesbury comic strip threw the final two passes of his career for Green Bay in 1977 before returning to the funny papers.

5. Bobby Garrett – the overall top draft pick in 1954 by Cleveland, Garrett was dealt to the Packers as soon as Paul Brown determined that Garrett’s stuttering would not allow him to call Paul’s plays. Garrett completed 15 of 30 passes as Tobin Rote’s backup in 1954, spent two years in the military and then was traded back to Cleveland in 1957, but never played in the NFL again.

4. Graham Harrell – a record-setting passer at Texas Tech, Harrell was undrafted, but signed with Green Bay in 2010 after a stint in Canada. He was on the Packers’ active roster in 2011-12 as Aaron Rodgers’ backup but thankfully was not called upon often. In his first appearance on September 30, 2012, Harrell came in for one snap in the red zone. He tried to hand off to Cedric Benson, but was tripped by his center, resulting in a fumbled hand off and a lost fumble. Harrell appeared in three more games that year and completed two of four passes lifetime.

3. T. J. Rubley – briefly a starter on the Rams in 1993, Rubley joined the Packers in 1995 and appeared in one game against the Vikings when both Brett Favre and Ty Detmer were injured. The Packers and Vikings were tied 24-24 with less than a minute to go, and the Packers had the ball on the Minnesota 38-yard line. On 3rd and 1, Coach Mike Holmgren called for a quarterback sneak. However, Rubley audibled to a pass play that was picked off by former Packer Jeff Brady to give Minnesota the chance to kick the winning field goal.

2. Rich Campbell – with the sixth overall pick in the 1981 draft, the Packers’ draft room was divided between USC cornerback Ronnie Lott from USC and California’s Rich Campbell. Bart Starr chose Campbell in a stunningly bad move. The rag-armed Campbell never started a game in four years in Green Bay, completing just 31 of 68 passes for three touchdowns and nine interceptions. Lott is in the Hall of Fame.

1. Tom O’Malley – picked up in the week before the start of the season from Cleveland, O’Malley was thrust into the opener against the Lions when rookie starter Tobin Rote was injured. O’Malley completed four of 15 passes for 31 yards and six interceptions. Although he never again appeared in an NFL game, he did spend three years in Canadian football.

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Garrett custom card is colorized.

Packer Buckeyes

There are 6-8 universities that the Packers have drawn heavily enough from that we can create an entire 22-man Packer roster of alums. Our third installment is for Ohio State:

Ohio State
WR Terry Glenn; Vince Workman
TE Jake Stoneburner
T Dick Himes; Chet Adams
G Ray DiPierro; Dick Logan
C Corey Linsley
QB Mike Tomczak
RB John Brockington; Raymont Harris; Brandon Saine
DE Kenny Peterson; Ryan Pickett
DT Steve Ruzich
LB A.J. Hawk; Na’il Diggs; Jim Laughlin; Mark Williams
CB Vinnie Clark; Derek Coombs
S Gary Berry; Steve Luke
K
P B.J. Sander

On offense, Brockington is the star and the line is fairly good. OSU has produced a lot of good pro receivers in recent years, but Terry Glenn is the only one to play in Green Bay, so we had to slide Vince Workman out to the flank. He did play some receiver in college and his main talent as a pro running back was catching passes, so it’s not a stretch. Ironically, despite producing some solid wide receivers, Ohio State has never produced a decent NFL QB. Mike Tomczak, believe it or not, is the best pro Buckeye QB, but that still does not make him good. On defense, a lack of defensive linemen pushes the team into a 3-4. The front seven is clearly better than a pretty weak secondary. And punter B. J. Sander competes with Vinnie Clark for the coveted Wasted Draft Pick prize.

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Custom cards of Himes, DiPierro and Logan are colorized.

Packers Top Rookie: 1969

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With Vince Lombardi in Washington, Packer Coach/GM Phil Bengtson asserted himself in the 1969 draft, and it was a disaster. According to team historian Cliff Christl’s interviews with personnel man Pat Peppler, Bengtson went against everyone in the Green Bay draft room to select 6’7” defensive tackle Rich Moore of Villanova with the 12th pick in the 1969 draft because he was enamored of Moore’s size. Other players on the board at the time included Fred Dryer, Gene Washington, Roger Wehrli and Ted Hendricks. Moore would last just two years in the NFL.

Altogether, the Packers selected 18 players in 17 rounds, and all seven rookies on the 1969 roster came from the draft. Penn State guard Dave Bradley came in round two, Northern Illinois receiver John Spilis in round three, Purdue fullback Perry Williams in round four, USC tackle Bill Hayhoe in round five, Texas El Paso tight end Ron Jones in round six and Wyoming halfback Dave Hampton in round nine.

Williams was an able kicking teams player and Hayhoe would prove to be a decent starting tackle when he could stay healthy, but the best player from the class was Hampton. Although he had trouble holding on to the ball at times, Hampton was especially good as a kick returner and scored on one as a rookie, the first of three kick return TDs Dave would record in Green Bay. Traded in 1972 to Atlanta, he led the Falcons in rushing four years in a row. By default, Dave Hampton was the Packers top rookie in 1969.

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Top Ten Worst Packer Starting QBs

10. Don Horn – A first round pick in 1967, Horn was the heir apparent to Bart Starr who completed less than half his passes and tossed 16 touchdowns to 22 interceptions. On the bright side, he won four of six starts, averaged 8.1 yards per pass and helped bring John Brockington to Green Bay.

9. Seneca Wallace – This former Seahawk was brought in by Ted Thompson as insurance behind Aaron Rodgers in 2013; unfortunately when Rodgers got hurt, the Packers needed to cash in that policy and found it bankrupt. The Packers lost both games in which Wallace threw a pass, and Seneca was hurt on the opening drive of his only start.

8. Babe Parilli – The fourth overall pick in 1952, Babe had two stints in Green Bay: 1952-53 and 1957-58. Altogether, the pick-prone Parilli completed 43% of his passes and threw 31 TDs to 61 interceptions as a Packer.

7. John Hadl – the object of Dan Devine’s desperation “Lawrence Welk” trade, Hadl was washed up by the time he reached Wisconsin in 1974, winning seven of 19 starts and throwing nine touchdowns to 29 interceptions, while averaging 5.9 yards per pass.

6. David Whitehurst – An unheralded eighth round pick in 1977, Whitehurst was overmatched as a starter, averaging 6.3 yards per pass and throwing 28 touchdowns to 51 interceptions while trying to hold the fort for Lynn Dickey’s return.

5. Carlos Brown – a 12th round pick in 1975, future actor Alan Autry played two years for the Packers under his mother’s name, and an alias was a good idea. 0-3 as a starter, Brown completed just 37% of his passes for three TDs and six interceptions and averaged 5.1 yards per pass.

4. Jim Del Gaizo – Giving up picks for Hadl was bad enough, but Devine also gave two second rounders to obtain this left-handed third stringer from the Dolphins in 1973. Although Jim’s mutton chops were impressive, completing 43.5% of his passes for 5.1 yards per pass for two TDs and six interceptions was not.

3. Stan Heath – Green Bay drafted Heath as a future in the 25th round in 1948, Curly Lambeau then upped the ante on the nation’s top collegiate passer in 1949 by taking him with the fifth overall pick. Pro Football Reference lists him as having one start in 1949, but his overall passing record of completing 24.5% of his passes for an average of 3.3 yards per attempt and a touchdown to interception ratio of 1-14 is as hideous as one can imagine. He was in Canada in 1950.

2. Jerry Tagge – This Green Bay native was drafted with the 11th overall pick in 1972, but completed just 48.4% of his passes for 5.6 yards per pass and threw just three TDs to 17 interceptions. The team did win half of Tagge’s 12 starts, but he was in Canada in three years.

1. Randy Wright – The worst thing about this sixth round pick from Wisconsin in 1984 is that Forrest Gregg and Lindy Infante gave him 32 starts, of which Green Bay won seven, in which to prove his inadequacy. He threw 31 TDs and 57 interceptions, averaged 6.4 yards per attempt, and once fainted in the huddle.

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Del Gaizo and Heath custom cards are colorized.

Packer Fighting Irish

There are 6-8 universities that the Packers have drawn heavily enough from that we can create an entire 22-man Packer roster of alums. Our second installment is for Notre Dame:

 

Notre Dame
WR Derrick Mayes; Red Mack
TE George Vergara
T Gus Cifelli; Joe Kurth; Paul Kell
G Aaron Taylor; Tim Huffman
C Art Hunter
QB Blair Kiel
RB Paul Hornung; Ryan Grant; Larry Coutre
DE Ross Browner; Bob Skoglund
DT Mike McCoy; Kevin Hardy
LB Bobby Leopold; Sam Palumbo; Rex Enright
CB Rod Smith; Randy Kinder; Allen Rossum
S Pat Terrell; John Petitbon
K Paul Hornung
P Curly Lambeau

 

This team is pretty solid on offense with the exception of quarterback, where we might do better substituting Hornung in for Kiel. On defense, the front line is not too bad, but the linebacking is weak. The secondary is fairly average.

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Lambeau and Hunter custom cards are colorized.

Packers Top Rookie: 1968

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The 1968 draft was the last conducted by Vince Lombardi. Held on January 30 and 31, just two weeks after the Packers’ triumph in Super Bowl II, Lombardi would turn over the coaching reins to Phil Bengtson on February 1. As usual, Vince had a plethora of picks, including two in the first, third, fourth and fifth rounds. Six of his 21 picks made the team, and three would prove to be excellent choices.

With the fifth overall pick in the draft, Lombardi chose Fred Carr from Texas-El Paso. He followed that on the last pick in the first round by taking Arizona guard Bill Lueck. Although Green Bay had no second round pick, Vince selected UTEP quarterback Billy Stevens and Ohio State tackle Dick Himes in the third round. Other picks to make the team were Memphis defensive end Francis Winkler in round five and Dartmouth defensive back Gordon Rule in round 11.

While Stevens, Winkler and Rule had little impact in Green Bay, Lueck and Himes became solid mainstays on the offensive line for several years, and Fred Carr developed into an All Pro at linebacker.

Other rookies to appear during the 1968 season included free agent kicker Errol Mann, defensive end Leo Carroll (obtained in a trade with Atlanta for Bob Long), and two players who had been in training camp in 1967: defensive lineman Leon Crenshaw and wide receiver Dave Dunaway.

Of the three significant rookie additions, Lueck and Himes rode the bench in 1968, learning from veterans Jerry Kramer and Forrest Gregg. Lueck would claim a starting slot in 1969 and Himes in 1970. Carr also had to wait until 1970 when Lee Roy Caffey was traded to gain a starting linebacker position. Green Bay first tried him at defensive end and tight end before setting him free as a rugged, athletic, playmaking linebacker. Even as a rookie, though, Fred was a demon on special teams and exhibited vast potential. Fred Carr was the Packers top rookie in 1968.

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Lueck and Carr custom cards are colorized.

Top Ten Memorable Packer Touchdowns

10. September 29, 1957 – Babe Parilli’s six-yard toss to Gary Knafelc with 8:21 to play is the game-winner over the Bears in the first league game ever played at Lambeau Field (then called City Stadium).

9. January 4, 2004 – In a wild card matchup at Lambeau Field, Al Harris intercepts former Packer quarterback Matt Hasselbeck on the sixth play of Seattle’s second overtime possession and races 52 yards untouched to give the Packers a 33-27 victory. This was the game in which Hasselbeck told the referee, “We want the ball and we’re going to score,” after winning the overtime coin flip.

8. January 15, 1967 – A hungover Max McGee scores the first touchdown in Super Bowl history with a one-handed catch on a Bart Starr pass that was behind him. On the Packers’ second possession they drove 80 yards on six plays, scoring on this 37-yard catch-and-run on their way to a 35-10 victory.

7. January 26, 1997 – In Super Bowl XXXI, the Patriots shortened the Packers’ lead to 27-21 late in the third quarter only to have Desmond Howard immediately answer that score with a 99-yard kickoff return touchdown that ended the scoring for the day in the Packers 35-21 triumph.

6. November 5, 1989 – The “Instant Replay” game at Lambeau. Trailing 13-7 and facing fourth-and-goal from the Bears 14 with 41 seconds to play, Quarterback Don Majkowski took the snap in shotgun formation, scrambled desperately to his right before he saw Sterling Sharpe flash open as Don approached the line of scrimmage. Majkowski whipped the ball across his body for the apparent touchdown, but the Packers were penalized for releasing the pass beyond the line of scrimmage. After a four-minute instant replay review of the play by the officials, the call was overturned, and the ensuing extra point provided the victory in perhaps the most improbable comeback of the Majik Man’s magical season.

5. November 6, 2000. — Another overtime game-winner…this time on a rainy, windy night at Lambeau on Monday Night Football. On the Packers’ first overtime possession, they faced a third-and-four from the Minnesota 43 when Brett Favre launched a prayer toward Antonio Freeman, who was well-covered by the Vikings’ Chris Dishman. As the ball approached, Freeman fell down, and Dishman had the ball bounce off his arms. While Dishman gave up on the play, Freeman did not. Lying on his back, Antonio was able to bat the ball into his grasp, get up off the ground at the 15, juke safety Robert Griffith and score the winning touchdown in the 26-20 game.

4. December 29, 2013 – After having missed seven games due to a broken collarbone, Aaron Rodgers returned for the season finale against the Bears at Soldier Field with the playoffs on the line. Trailing 28-27 and facing a fourth-and-four at the Bears 48, Rodgers eluded Julius Peppers, scrambled to his left and found Randall Cobb open deep down field for the 33-28 game-winner and entry to the postseason.

3. December 3, 2015 – Trailing the Lions 23-21 and with 0:00 left on the clock, Green Bay had one last chance from their own 39 on an untimed down because of an iffy facemask penalty on Detroit. Aaron Rodgers took the shotgun snap, scrambled to his left and then back to the right. As he neared the line of scrimmage, Aaron launched a pass with such a high arc that it nearly hit the rafters in Ford Field. Miraculously, it landed in the outstretched hands of leaping Richard Rodgers two yards deep in the end zone for a 27-21 victory.

2. September 22, 1935 – Lanky rookie end Don Hutson got his first start in week two against the Bears, and the Packers decided to showcase him right at the outset. On the first play after the opening kickoff, tailback Arnie Herber dropped back close to the goal line and flung a rainbow to Hutson at midfield. Don gathered it in stride and raced the length of the field untouched for an 83-yard touchdown that would turn out to be the only score of the game in a 7-0 Packer victory in the original City Stadium.

1. December 31, 1967 – The Ice Bowl in Ray Scott fashion…Starr sneaks…touchdown.

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Hutson National Chicle-style card is colorized.