Packers Top Rookie: 1933


After four consecutive years of competing for the NFL title, the Packers fell off badly in 1933, recording their first losing season in team history. Curly Lambeau brought in 11 rookies, and some would develop into Packer stars, but others fell away quickly.

Three were gone from the league already in 1934. Oklahoma center Paul Young and center Larry Bettencourt from St. Mary’s each appeared in just two games as Packers. St. Edwards’ center Al Sarafiny played in seven, but none of the three were able replacements for the departed All-Pro Nate Barragar.

Four of the rookies were signed by Pittsburgh for 1934. These one-year Packers included Alabama end Ben Smith, Pitt tackle Jess Quatse, Notre Dame guard Norm Greeney and Georgia back Buster Mott.

The four rookies who returned to the team the following season included Notre Dame tackle Joe Kurth, whose career lasted just two seasons, Wisconsin guard/blocking back Charles “Buckets” Goldenberg, TCU guard Lon Evans and Michigan State halfback Bob Monnett. The latter three had a significant impact on the franchise.

Goldenberg appeared in 120 games over 13 seasons from 1933-45 with Green Bay, mostly as a guard. He played on three championship teams, was named to the NFL’s All-Decade team for the 1930s and remained visible in the state well after his playing career ended. He was the Fuzzy Thurston of his era. Lon Evans played for the Packers from 1933-37 and was named All-Pro in his final two seasons with the team. Both he and Goldenberg made solid contributions right from the start. However, Bob Monnett topped them as a rookie. That season, he tied Clarke Hinkle for the team lead in rushing yards with 413 and scored three touchdowns, while also completing 23 of his 46 passes for 325 yards and three touchdowns; Bob Monnett was the Packers’ top rookie for 1933.

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Monnett custom cards all colorized.


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