1962 College All-Star Game

After winning his first NFL title in 1961, Vince Lombardi earned the right to have his Packers open the 1962 preseason with the College All-Stars at Soldier Field on August 3, 1962. Two Packer draftees were on the All-Stars’ roster: LSU fullback Earl Gros and Missouri guard Ed Blaine. Future NFL and AFL stars on the squad coached by Otto Graham included: John Hadl, Roman Gabriel, Merlin Olsen, Lance Alworth, Gary Collins, Curtis McClinton, Mike Lucci, Paul Winston, Frank Buncom and Irv Goode. Heisman Trophy winner Ernie Davis was unable to play due to his leukemia, and fellow runner Ronnie Bull missed the game due to a 103-degree fever. Packer rookies trying to make a good impression in the game included Howie Williams, Gary Barnes, Ernie Green, Paul Dudley, Jack Novak, Oscar Donahue, Bob Joiner, Richard Davis and Peter Schenk. Only the first two would make the team.

Hadl started at quarterback for the Stars and drove the team 80 yards in 13 plays on the strength of four straight completions, including a 22 yarder to Alworth and an 18 yarder to McClinton. Gros plunged in from the two to give the Stars the early lead. Bart Starr answered with a 22-yard TD strike to Boyd Dowler to even the score. The Stars got a field goal in the second quarter but ended the half trailing 14-10 after a Starr TD pass to Ron Kramer for four yards.

Hadl took the lead back in the third quarter on a 22-pass to Ohio State end Charlie Bryant. The Packers again answered with a Starr-to-Dowler 22-yard TD pass, but led by just 21-20 after three quarters. In the final stanza, Starr blew the game open with two more TD passes of 20 and 35 yards to Max McGee. John Roach led the last scoring drive that culminated with a three-yard TD run by Elijah Pitts to make the final score 42-20.

While Starr completed 13 of 22 passes for 255 yards and an All-Star Game record five TDs, Paul Hornung gained just 33 yards in six carries and Jim Taylor 42 in 13 carries. Starr repeatedly victimized 5’8” cornerback Angelo Daberio of Notre Dame and 5’11” defender Henry Rivera of Oregon State to bury the Stars. Hadl completed six of 10 passes, mostly on rollouts and also punted for the Stars, earning the game MVP award.  Earl Gros gained 16 yards on six carries and caught one pass for 14 yards, while Ed Blaine didn’t play till the second half. His roughing the punter penalty on Max McGee led to the Packers’ final touchdown.

The Packers awarded the game ball to Ernie Davis.

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All custom cards but Blaine, Barnes and Donahue are colorized.

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