This is one of my favorite pictures of Andrew Quarless as he blocks for Donald Driver on the play that Driver called the greatest of his career. Quarless re-signed with the Green Bay Packers today. Raymond T. Rivard photograph

Green Bay Packers shed Green & Gold for Blue and Gold

 

 

The Green Bay Packers, recognizable for their classic Green and Gold uniforms, will be looking a bit different on Sunday when they play host to the Cleveland Browns.

For the third time in the past four years, the Packers will be wearing their throwback Blue and Gold uniforms. They wore them in 2010 when they played the San Francisco 49ers, they wore them again the next year when they played the St. Louis Rams and they will wear them again tomorrow when the Browns come to town.

The throwbacks are in honor of the 1929 Green Bay Packers squad – the team that won the first of the 13 NFL championships the team holds. Not only was it the first championship by a Green Bay team, but it was also the first in a series of titles the team earned throughout the early 1930s. The Packers won three straight – 1929, 1930, and 1931 – wearing the blue and gold.

That 1929 team was something special. With players like Verne Lewellen, Johnny McNally, and Herdis McCrary, the Packers went 12-0-1 en route to Titletown’s first championship.

And if championships are won with defense, you could probably point to this edition of the Packers as an example. While scoring 198 points in 14 games, the Packers gave up only 22 all season. The most scored on that team in a single game was six points by the Chicago Cardinals, the Minneapolis Red Jackets and the New York Giants. The Cardinals and the Frankford Yellow Jackets each scored two points each in other games.

Statistics were not kept extensively back in the 20s and 30s, but we do know that Lewellen led the team in touchdowns with eight that season. He scored six rushing, one with a pass and one through an interception return. Right behind him was McNally, who rushed for two, caught two for TDs and returned a punt for a touchdown. McCrary scored four touchdowns that season, one by rushing, two receiving and another on an interception return.

Though the 1929 team was playing squads that are distant memories today, the teams were all part of the NFL in its infancy. You wouldn’t remember teams such as the Dayton Triangles, the Providence Steam Roller or the Frankford Yellow Jackets, but they all had a place in the start of the league, along with the Packers, Bears, Giants, and Cardinals.

So when the Green Bay Packers hit the field tomorrow with their Blues and Golds, remember that the team is paying tribute to the men who bled and sweat to establish what today is the most recognizable league across the planet. As well, be proud that you’re a fan of the team, the Packers, that are not only elite in talent, but among those that made it all happen.

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