Packers Top Rookie: 1934

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Following the Packers’ first losing season ever in 1933, the team brought in 10 rookies in 1934, and three in particular would have a lasting effect on the franchise’s continuing success. Some of the first-year-men passed through town quickly though.

Notre Dame guard Harry Wunsch who appeared in 2 games, Indiana guard Bobby Jones who played in 12 games, Stanford end Al Norgard who played in 10 games and Gustavus Adolphus back Earl Witte who was in five games all disappeared from the NFL after 1934. TCU halfback Cy Casper and St. Mary’s tackle Carl “Bud” Jorgensen played in Pittsburgh and Philadelphia respectively in 1935 to end their careers. Jorgensen should not be confused with the team trainer of the same name. Carl Anker Overgaard Jorgensen from California was a lineman; Carl Wallace Jorgensen handled the liniments.

Hefty Michigan State center Frank Butler had an on-and-off tenure in Green Bay, playing for the team from 1934-36 and then in 1938, but playing in just 26 games total in that period. Two other rookie linemen had a bigger impact on the team. Wisconsin tackle Champ Seibold appeared in just one game in 1934 but would stay with the team through 1940 as a sometime-starter and would play in 48 games…and, yes, Champ was his given name. Oregon State tackle Ade Schwammel had a bifurcated career as a Packer. A regular from 1934-36 who was named All-Pro in his second season, Ade left football in 1937. He returned to the Packers during the War to finish his career from 1943-44.

Iowa halfback Joe Laws would appear in 120 games in a dozen years in Green Bay. He was another one of Curly Lambeau’s versatile halfbacks who could do a little of everything and excelled on defense where he picked off at least 29 passes in his career. Laws appeared in all 13 games as a rookie and scored two touchdowns, while finishing third on the team in both rushing and receiving; Joe Laws was the Packers’ top rookie in 1934.

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