It was certainly a different time and era in NFL history, but today’s look at Packers history – provided by the Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame – gives a unique look at two players who would go on to be stars with the team.
Running backs Donny Anderson and Jim Grabowski were two of those players who ushered in the era when contract negotiating between two competing leagues – the National Football League and the American Football League – led to salaries that reached into the six-figure realm.
In those days, that kind of money was equivalent to millions. It certainly changed the game and was a precursor to what we see today.
But I digress.
Check out the posting below which highlights the fact that these two Packers picks played in the East-West college game as opponents.
Anderson, Grabowski Square Off in Coaches All-American Football Game
July 10, 1966 - In the game that for 16 years signaled the end of the college football season, Packers rookie running backs Donny Anderson and Jim Grabowski find themselves on opposite teams. Anderson, selected by Green Bay as a future choice in 1965, plays for the West, and Grabowski, the team’s top choice in 1966, plays for the East in the sixth annual Coaches All-America Game in Atlanta. Anderson, who scores a TD on a 15-yard reception, has the better day as he rushes for 20 yards on seven carries and adds 54 more on six catches in the West’s 24-7 triumph. Grabowski manages 19 yards rushing on 11 attempts and accounts for the East’s only TD on a 1-yard plunge.
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