Today in Packers History, provided by the good folks over at the Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame, send this informative nugget about the signing of MacArthur Lane.
This is a story that few know about. It might surprise you that head coach Dan Devine wasn’t such a screw-up after all. At least he got things right when he made this move.
Lane and John Brockington would go on to form one of the best running back tandems in Packers history.
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Dan Devine Steals the Show by Signing MacArthur Lane
May 15, 1972 - One phone call said it all. Packers coach Dan Devine interrupts the annual Green Bay Packers stockholders meeting with a phone call from Oakland, when he announces he has signed running back MacArthur Lane to a multi-year contract. Devine’s call comes in at 8:01 p.m. and is taken by team president Dominic Olejniczak, who relays the news to a record turnout of 97 stockholders. Lane, who said Devine just “popped out to see him,” reveals he inked a two-year deal with an option for a third.
Photo of MacArthur Lane
Topics:Dan Devine, Dominic Olejniczak, Green Bay Packers, Green Bay Packers Hall Of Fame, Oakland Raiders
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