A Birthday Trio

While Max McGee closely resembled his roommate on the 1966 Packers, Zeke Bratkowski, he shared a birthday with another veteran receiver on the Packer bench – Bill Anderson. After his playing career, Anderson served as the color man for announcer John Ward on Tennessee Volunteer radio broadcasts. The two would retire together following the 1998 season; their final broadcast was the Fiesta Bowl on January 4, 1999 when Tennessee beat Florida State 23-16 to win the National Championship, a fitting conclusion to the longest running broadcasting partnership in college football. The two were somewhat analogous to the Packers 20-year broadcasting pair of Jim Irwin and Anderson’s former teammate Max McGee who ended their run just one day earlier on January 3, 1999.

I have previously profiled McGee here and Anderson here.

A third Packer born on July 16 is linebacker Rich Wingo. Wingo was most famous for his central role in the goal line stand mounted by Alabama to clinch the 1979 Sugar Bowl against Penn State. Wingo was selected in the seventh round of the draft later that year and led the Packers in tackles as a rookie middle linebacker. He missed the 1980 season due to a disc injury to his back and was shifted to left inside linebacker in the Packers’ 3-4 alignment in 1981. He was better suited to the 4-3, though. Knee injuries limited him to five games in 1982 and a broken shoulder in August 1985 ended his career. He had a successful business career and was elected tot he Alabama House of Representatives in 2014.

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Custom cards of 1981, 1983 and 1984 are colorized.






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