Packers Top Rookie: 1948

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All eight rookies who played for the 1948 Packers were draft picks, although SMU center Lloyd Baxter was a 24th round pick from 1945. From the 1948 draft, Wisconsin jack-of-all-trades Jug Girard came in round one, Texas El Paso halfback Ed Smith came in round three, Minnesota guard Larry Olsonoski came in round six, Kentucky center Jay Rhodemyre came in round seven, Illinois quarterback Perry Moss came in round 13, Washington halfback Fred Provo came in round 14 and Texas Tech halfback Ralph Earhart came in round 32.

Baxter, Moss and Provo all were out of the league by 1949; Smith, Olsonoski and Earhart each lasted two years. The only positive impact from these six was that Provo averaged 11.6 yards per punt return and Earhart averaged 12.5 in 1948.

Girard and Rhodemyre each played four years in Green Bay. Although Girard would go on to become a useful role player for the championship Detroit Lions under Buddy Parker for five years in the 1950s and finish his 10-year career under Parker in Pittsburgh in 1957, as a rookie in Green Bay he was a bust with 26 yards rushing and a 4 of 14 passing mark. The undersized 210-pound Rhodemyre moved into the starting lineup as a rookie and earned second team All-Pro notice in 1951; Jay Rhodemyre was the Packers’ top rookie in 1948.

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Two of Jug Girard.

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Earhart and Provo

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Moss and Baxter.

All custom cards are colorized.

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