It was an interesting twist of fate or maybe just coincidence that two of the most famous names in Packers lore were brought to the forefront this weekend – Brett Favre was traded to the Packers 20 years ago Saturday and Vince Lombardi signed on to coach the franchise 53 years ago today.
It’s no secret what these two meant to the Green Bay Packers organization, so it’s fitting that they both joined the team on days so close to one another – both coming to the team after some of the worst seasons the Packers had ever experienced.
Lombardi Joined the team after the 1958 team coached by Ray “Scooter” McClean went 1-10-1. Favre came to the Packers after the Lindy Infante season came to a close and the Ron Wolf/Mike Holmgren tenure was just getting under way.
Lombardi and Favre both made immediate impacts on the team, helping the storied franchise to two separate decades-plus that were filled with wins.
The Green Bay Press Gazette posted stories this weekend memorializing the two former Packer leaders. Just a run through the photographs is worth the trip to the website.