60 Years On

One of the good things about turning 60 today is that I’ve been alive for seven Packer championships (1961-62, 1965-67, 1996, and 2010) and watched them win five of them (I started watching in 1964). Watching film today of games that I originally saw live on television 50 years ago, like Super Bowl I, is a nice experience. Watching Super Bowl I again, I didn’t have to worry about the Pack’s defense collapsing and blowing a big lead as I did watching the 2016 squad at times.

As a uniform number, 60 has not been particularly popular in Green Bay. Just 17 Packers have worn it, and no one since 2007 when long snapper Rob Davis finished his career. Davis, incidentally, wore the number longer than anyone: 11 years. The first to wear it was center Frank Butler in 1934, although he also wore 26, 35, 48 and 59 in his four years in Green Bay. Notable linebacker John Anderson wore 60 as a rookie before switching to 59 a year later.

Hall of Fame guard Walt Kiesling also briefly wore 60 for the Packers, but the best player to wear the number for the Pack was linebacker Lee Roy Caffey from 1964-69. The deceased Caffey lives on in the NFL Films clip of Vince Lombardi chastising him, “You’re not going to get your job back Lee Roy unless we get a better performance.” Caffey, though, was a solid performer who went to the Pro Bowl in 1965 and was named All-Pro in 1966. Acquired from the Eagles in the Jim Ringo trade, Lee Roy started at right outside linebacker for six years before being traded to the Bears in the deal that enabled the Packers to draft Mike McCoy with the second overall pick in the 1970 draft. The Texas native finished his career with stints in Dallas and San Diego. Sadly, he never reached the age of 60, dying from cancer at 52 in 1994.

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The Knutson and Laslavic custom cards in this sample of players who wore 60 are colorized.

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