Today in Packers history, brought to you by The Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame, we take a look back at the “Pace Corps,” a revolutionary exercise program that was directed by a former Packer who wore #12 – Zeke Bratkowski.
In the days when lifting weights and organized workouts were unknown, a select group of Packers began working together in an effort to get into as good of condition as possible. Maybe the fact that the team had to endure Lombardi’s two-a-days and up-downs was enough to get these guys in the mindset that they needed to walk into camp in shape.
Anyway, Enjoy this post:
Former Packer Zeke Bratkowski Leads “Revolutionary” Offseason Aerobics Program
April 9, 1969 - Green Bay’s offseason conditioning program, dubbed the “Pace Corps,” is in full swing as players such as defensive lineman Ron Kostelnik, receiver Boyd Dowler and safety Doug Hart busy themselves running three miles daily. “I started the program about four weeks ago,” Kostelnik says. “It’s helped my legs and wind. Every player in town is participating in the program.” Former Packers quarterback Zeke Bratkowski is director of the workouts, or aerobics, which the Milwaukee Sentinel calls “a revolutionary new exercise.”Photo of Zeke Bratkowski with Bart Starr
An award-winning journalist and photographer, Rivard has been editor of two weekly newspapers in northern Wisconsin for the past 23 years. His love of the Green Bay Packers and his drive to reach out to all Packers fans moved him to write columns for select websites in the mid- to late-1990s under the pen name of Apackphan. The opportunity to continue with lombardiave.com has brought him to this page where he has been laboring for the past 2-plus years. Getting back into blogging has allowed Rivard to continue to follow the team with renewed interest.