Packers Top Rookie: 1930


On the heels of the franchise’s first championship, the 1930 Packers added six rookies to help defend their title. Nebraska guard Merle Zuver appeared in 10 games as a rookie and that completed his NFL career. Marquette end Ken Raddick appeared in four games in 1930 and just one the following year with Green Bay. Iowa halfback Oran Pape played for five teams from 1930-32, including two with Green Bay as a rookie. In 1936 as an Iowa State trooper, Pape was killed as he was apprehending a car thief. Both the Department of Public Safety Building in Des Moines and a bridge on U.S. Route 80 are named in his honor.

Three new players of significance joined the Packers in 1930. Regis tailback Arnie Herber did not make much of an impression as a rookie, but fashioned a Hall of Fame career later in the decade as the premier long-range bomber in the league. Purdue All-America tackle Red Sleight was a good-sized and steady performer whose career only lasted two seasons.

6’3” 190-pound Wuert Engelmann was a track star at South Dakota State and moved into the starting backfield for the defending champs. He scored three touchdowns during the season: on a 20 yard pass from Red Dunn against Frankford, on a 35-yard run versus Staten Island and on a 15-yard pass from Dunn in the season finale against Portsmouth. That third touchdown was the final score of the year for the team, enabling the Packers to tie the Spartans and clinch their second straight title; Wuert Engelmann was the Packers’ top rookie for 1930.

1929cmzuver  1929copape

1929ckradick  1929caherber

1929crsleight2  1929cwengelman

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