October 10, 2010; Baltimore, MD, USA; Baltimore Ravens quarterback coach Jim Zorn prior to the game against the Denver Broncos at M
It was 1986 and the Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame’s Today in Packers History reminds of a deal that saw the Packers sign Jim Zorn and cut Mike Douglass. Neither were hall of famers for the team, and only illustrates the level of players who donned the Green and Gold in those days.
Don’t get me wrong, there were great players on these teams, but too many marginal players that made these Forrest Gregg-coached teams mediocre at best.
Anyway, here’s Today in Packers History:
Douglass Out, Zorn In as Packers Prepare for 1986 Season
May 27, 1986 - The Green Bay Packers announce that they are releasing veteran linebacker Mike Douglass and that they have signed quarterback Jim Zorn to a one-year contract. “We tried to make a trade for Mike Douglass,” Packers coach Forrest Gregg says in a statement. “At this time, there was no interest.” Douglass was a fifth-round draft choice of the team in 1978, and he became a regular in the lineup in 1979. Zorn played in 13 games for Green Bay in 1985 and finished second to Lynn Dickey with 794 passing yards.
Photo of Mike Douglass
Topics:Forrest Gregg, Green Bay Packers, Jim Zorn, Mike Douglass, Packers History
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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.