January 17, 2015; Carson, CA, USA; National head coach Mike Holmgren watches game action against American during the first half of the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl at StubHub Center. Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports
18. Hiring of Mike Holmgren
“Here was everything that you supposedly look for,” said Packers GM, Ron Wolf, “Here was a gentleman I could work with. It was all right there.”
In January 1992, the Green Bay Packers were on the verge of rejuvenating the franchise. Before making a trade for a certain quarterback in February, January saw general manager Ron Wolf looking for a head coach to take over for Lindy Infante who had just ended his tenure in Green Bay with a 24-40 record.
His decision was San Francisco 49ers offensive coordinator Mike Holmgren.
Holmgren initially signed a five-year deal, which proved to be one of the greatest moves in Ron Wolf’s hall of fame career. Holmgren never had a losing season and ended up with a 75-37 as the Packers head coach. He coached the Packers to a Super Bowl championship in 1997, and brought them back in 1998 to lose to the Denver Broncos.
Though Holmgren left Green Bay to take the Seattle job in 1999, he is an iconic name in Packers history, and one of the figures who brought back the championship pedigree to this organization in the early 1990s.
He was inducted into the Packers hall of fame in 2012.