Iowa Hawkeyes in the NFL

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The University of Iowa was established in 1847 as the State University of Iowa, and the athletics department has been part of the Big Ten Conference since 1899. While the university is well-known for its wrestling prowess (they’ve brought home 23 national championships), it has an impressive football program as well, winning 11 Big Ten championships and seeing plenty of play in bowl games, including a 2010 Orange Bowl victory.

Iowa produced Heisman Trophy winner Nile Kinnick in 1939. Although his time on Earth was short (he died during a WWII training mission just a few years later in 1943), Kinnick lives on in many ways. The stadium the team plays in is named after him, his face appears on the coin used in every Big Ten coin toss, and there is a statue of him outside Kinnick Stadium.

Former Hawkeyes that have made it to the NFL include Dallas Clark (long-time tight end for the Championship Indianapolis Colts) and second overall pick in the 2004 draft, Robert Gallery. Iowa has also produced Pro Football Hall of Famers, including Emlen Tunnell, Paul Krause, and Andre Tippett.

There are 25 current Hawkeyes in the NFL. Let’s check them out.

Go Hawkeyes

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There are 25 NFL players who played college ball at Iowa. C.J. Beathard, for example, has taken over the reins in San Francisco as he prepares to make his first NFL start. Beathard is the grandson of former general manager Bobby Beathard. Bobby had a lot of success working with two NFL Teams – the San Diego Chargers and Washington Redskins – earning four Big Game appearances (including two wins). While C.J. is just seeing his career launch, we’ll have to watch to see where this former Hawkeye’s path goes in the NFL.

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Let’s not forget Bryan Bulaga, the formidable offensive lineman who blocks for the Green Bay Packers. Bulaga has been a member of the Packers since he was drafted No. 23 overall in 2010 and was part of the squad that won it all his rookie season.

Micah Hyde is another standout player. This former Hawkeye was also drafted by the Packers, albeit in 2013, and continues to cover receivers for the Buffalo Bills after the team signed him as a free agent in 2017. Now in his fifth season, Hyde has 12 interceptions (so far) and four sacks.

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Another former Hawkeye drafted by the Packers is Mike Daniels, who joined the team in 2012.  Now in his sixth season, Daniels has racked up 23.5 career sacks and 125 tackles.

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Moving to the Big Time

The 2017 season brought a much longed-for change: The university’s beloved Tiger Hawk emblem finally adorns the field at Kinnick Stadium. If you’re heading to the stadium to watch your Hawkeyes take on their rivals, or you’ve been following former players through the NFL, Fanatics has all your gear needs covered, from jerseys to hoodies to hats.

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Alabama Crimson Tide in the NFL

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Founded in 1831, the University of Alabama took its time developing a football program, but the school has certainly made up for it since then. The university’s first football team took the field in 1892, quickly amassing wins and becoming noticed nationwide when they defeated the University of Pennsylvania in 1922. The 1925 season saw Wallace Wade coach the team to an undefeated and untied season, which was followed by a Rose Bowl invitation, where the Crimson Tide came from behind to clinch the win over Washington.  

Alabama has also rolled to a total of 16 national championships (the most in the SEC), six of those under head coach Bear Bryant. Alabama has two Heisman Trophy winners – Mark Ingram in 2009 and Derrick Henry in 2015 – but they’ve sent tons of players into the NFL, many of whom have made an impressive mark. Pro Football Hall of Famers who spent time as part of the Crimson Tide include Don Hutson, Bart Starr, Joe Namath, John Hannah, Dwight Stephenson, Ozzie Newsome, Derrick Thomas and Ken Stabler.

Considering Alabama’s long, storied (and championship-filled) history, it’s not a shocker to say there are plenty of former Crimson Tide players in the NFL today. Let’s take a look to see which current NFL players have spent time on the field at Alabama.

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There are tons of standout players currently in the NFL who were once part of the Crimson Tide. Julio Jones, wideout for the Atlanta Falcons, is one such player. Before he was drafted by the Falcons in 2011 (No. 6 overall), he was a national champion with the Crimson Tide and contributed to Alabama on a large scale, amassing over 2,600 receiving yards during his time there. As an NFL player, he’s continued pulling his weight, becoming the 2015 reception yards leader with 1,871 yards, being selected for the Pro Bowl four times, and reaching the championship game after the 2016 NFL season.

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His college teammate, Mark Ingram, has also enjoyed success after leaving Alabama for the NFL. Ingram was on that national championship team with Jones at Alabama, and won the Heisman Trophy that same season. The running back was drafted by the New Orleans Saints in the first round of the 2011 draft, which is where he remains today. He’s been to one Pro Bowl in 2014 and reached above 1,000 yards in 2016.

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Dont’a Hightower is another former Crimson Tide player who has found great success in the NFL. Hightower was drafted by the New England Patriots in 2012, and he’s a solid presence in their linebacker corps. He’s been selected to the Pro Bowl once, and he’s got two rings – so far.

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These three players are certainly not the only stars to come out of Alabama. Consider Amari Cooper, Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, Eddie Lacy, and Derrick Henry – all set to make an impression for their respective NFL teams.

Roll Tide

It’s easy to be a college football fan if you love the Crimson Tide. If you’re looking for some amazing Alabama swag for the next game day, or you’re looking for killer birthday gifts, go no further than Fanatics (you can also find authentic NFL gear so you can cheer on your favorite Alabama alums).

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Digging Into The NFL Draft

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10 Years of First-Round Picks

After 32 picks, the first round of the 2017 NFL draft was over. Teams had the chance to select the next big thing – from a new face for the franchise to a highly talented player in a position of need – from the most recently declared class college athletes. These picks may have represented the dreams of not just a team, but a city of fans, and the hope that success is on the horizon.

Just what has the history of first-round picks looked like over the past decade? What positions have been most coveted? Have any vindicated their draft position, or did the franchise that selected them ask for a redo? We profiled the last decade of NFL drafts to highlight the highs and lows across the 32 teams in the NFL.

Positions in Demand

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In nearly 350 picks made in the past ten years in the first round of the NFL draft, almost 100 were used on either a defensive end or defensive back. The Cleveland Browns and five other teams helped this cause by using their first-round picks this year on defensive ends. Myles Garrett, Solomon Thomas, Derek Barnett, Jonathan Allen, Takkarist McKinley, and Taco Charlton all joined the NFL in this year’s draft class as their team’s latest addition in this position.

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Only 6 players from the three safety positions – free safety, safety, and strong safety – have been drafted in a decade of first rounds. And over 30 percent came from the 2017 NFL draft, with Jamal Adams from Louisiana State University to the New York Jets, Malik Hooker from Ohio State to the Indianapolis Colts, and Jabrill Peppers from Michigan to the Cleveland Browns.

NFL’s Farm System

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While Alabama head coach Nick Saban couldn’t unlock a winning formula as the Miami Dolphins head coach, posting a 15-17 record over 32 games, he has proven to be a master of player development. The Crimson Tide accounted for 22 first-round draft picks in the last decade.

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Four Alabama players were drafted in the first round this year: Marlon Humphrey by the Baltimore Ravens, Jonathan Allen by the Washington Redskins, O.J. Howard by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and Reuben Foster by the San Francisco 49ers.

The Southeastern Conference is well-represented in regard to total first-round picks over the last 10 years, with two other schools in the top five: the University of Florida and Louisiana State University. One of the biggest picks from these prestigious programs was the 2010 NFL draft’s 25th pick, Tim Tebow. He’d post an 8-6 record as a starter for the Denver Broncos before he’d begin a new line of work, but not before uncorking a beautiful Hail Mary against the Pittsburgh Steelers in the 2011 AFC wild-card.

Adverse to First

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While some teams have had more picks in the first round, others have been less concerned about the glitz and glamour of those first 32. In fact, the New England Patriots have only had eight first-round picks in the last 10 years, but have had the league’s best record in the same period. With a 10-season record of 126-34, and 20 wins more than the second-place Green Bay Packers, the lack of first-round talent hasn’t hurt the five-time Super Bowl champions.

Only the Seattle Seahawks have had less draft picks in the first rounds – seven – and have made two trips to the Super Bowl, winning one. However, it wasn’t a first-round draft pick that came back to haunt them in their Super Bowl XLIX loss, but New England’s undrafted free agent cornerback, Malcolm Butler.

Who Goes Where?

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In seven of the last ten NFL drafts, a quarterback was selected as the number one overall pick, and four had a QB going in the second overall spot. In three drafts – 2012, 2015, 2016 – there were back-to-back quarterback selections in the top two positions.

If you’re looking for defenders to get drafted in the top 10, try and pay attention during the third and ninth picks. Defensive ends and linebackers have been picked most commonly over the past decade in these spots.

Stacking the Deck

While there’s plenty of roster moves that happen through free agency, many teams built their teams through their picks in the NFL draft. Just as there have been over-hyped players who never lived up to their potential, there were also stars who soared higher than anyone’s initial grades. Get all the best gear to represent your favorite NFL draft picks and team at Fanatics.com!

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An overview of 50 years of Super Bowl Rings

Beyond the eternal glory that comes with winning the Super Bowl – only 19 of the 32 franchises have ever hoisted the Vince Lombardi Trophy under the bright lights as the confetti falls – players, coaches, front office personnel, owners, and other selected staff from the winning side will end up walking away with some rather ornate, and pricey, jewelry. These rings serve as a reminder of the blood, sweat, and tears that are shed over an NFL regular season, and the added challenge of navigating a one-and-done postseason in pursuit of immortality in America’s most popular sport.

Which NFL teams and players have the most rings? What are some of the best and worst looking rings? Read on to learn more.

Bling & Things

Jostens – the company typically associated with high school class rings and yearbooks – crafted the first NFL championship ring to recognize the Green Bay Packers victory over the Kansas City Chiefs (35-10) in 1967. Since then, they’ve had the honor of producing 32 out of the 50 rings awarded to the winning franchises of football’s biggest game.

While 13 of the 32 franchises have never won the Big Game, several individuals have earned multiple rings – a few who even have enough for their second hand. Neal Dahlen collected the most rings during his time in the NFL, earning seven championships with two teams, the San Francisco 49ers and the Denver Broncos. His work in front office and administrative roles allowed Dahlen to earn an honor that no other player, coach, staff member, executive, or owner can claim.

There are a few people who are close behind Dahlen, however, and hope to share the spotlight with him in 2017. Bill Belichick, coach of the New England Patriots, currently has six rings – two from his time as a defensive coordinator for Bill Parcells’ New York Giants and four from his time as head coach of the Patriots – and has No. 7 in sight. Belichick will even need to schedule a service for his boat if the Patriots win again. The coach renames his boat, currently called “Six Rings,” after each championship victory.
Several members of the Steelers organization have earned six rings, but no player has earned more than Charles Haley, who has five. Haley won his rings with the San Francisco 49ers in 1989, with a victory over the Cincinnati Bengals, 1990, by besting the Denver Broncos, and with the Dallas Cowboys in 1993 and 1994, defeating the Buffalo Bills in back-to-back seasons, and in 1996 when America’s Team vanquished the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Diamonds and Championships Are Forever

 

You can see how the appearance of these NFL championship rings has changed over time. From the first ring awarded to the Green Bay Packers – made of yellow gold and a solitaire diamond over a globe to recognize them as world champions – to the most recent awarded to the Denver Broncos (using orange stones to enhance the team’s mascot and the image of three Lombardi Trophies in the background), each ring tells a story about the franchise receiving it.

The number of diamonds used, the colored stones picked for mascot replication, and the use of white gold or alternative metals have all taken hold in the more modern ring creation process, but every ring still serves as a beautiful reminder of the year that team reached the top of the mountain.

Take the ring awarded to the Pittsburgh Steelers after their victory over the Arizona Cardinals in the 2008-09 season. The organization’s sixth ring opted for setting six diamonds (instead of multiple Lombardi Trophies) around the team’s logo. Oh, the struggle of being a team with an institutional problem of winning champions!

Has your team won it all? If they have won multiple championships, how have their rings changed over time?

To the Victor Go the Stones

Is your team looking to earn its first Vince Lombardi Trophy and appointment with Jostens for a 53-man roster this year? Or are you looking to volunteer to help Coach Belichick repaint his boat? Whoever you’re rooting for, pick up the best officially licensed merchandise and apparel from Fanatics.com. Sorry, NFL championship rings are not sold to the public.

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NFL Playoff Pet Pick ‘Em – Predicting NFL Playoff Winners: Championship Weekend

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There were 12 contenders fighting for the Vince Lombardi trophy. After Wild Card Weekend, there were eight. Now, four more contenders have fallen away after a crazy Divisional Round, and the four left standing head into their respective conference championship games next Sunday.

Last week, we put our experts head to head (or paw to toe) with the pros. Check out the original post where we introduce the contenders if you want a refresher on which pets and objects are in the running as well as their impressive resumes. The real experts, consisting of former players and professional sports journalists, fared generally very well over the last few weeks, and some of our animal friends did surprisingly well too.

Of course, there is the flip side. Some pups just can’t pick worth a dang, but also, some humans can’t either. Where does everybody stand after the Divisional Round?

Albert faces a tough decision
Albert faces a tough decision.

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Leading The Pack

We have two front-runners in our Pet Pick ‘Em challenge. One isn’t much of a surprise – Mike Golic is not only a human, but he’s a former NFL player and currently hosts a popular sports talk radio show. His current record is an impressive 7-1 (his only wrong pick was Dallas in the Divisional Round).

The other 7-1 record holder? Yep, it’s a pooch. Kylo Ren the pup is also rockin’ the picks with the ease and proficiency of an honest-to-goodness football expert, whose only misstep so far has been going with the Seahawks before they were rolled by Atlanta.

Kyle enjoys his position at the top of the leaderboard.
Kylo enjoys his position at the top of the leaderboard.

There are a bunch of other top contenders in our pool of experts, including humans, like amateur fan Matt. Matt is 6-2, which isn’t too shabby. He’s joined in a tie with several others, including Fox Sports writer Dieter Kurtenbach, Dibs the bearded dragon, Ella the cat, Korra the cat, and Mr. Chester the dog. Good job, Mr. Kurtenbach and Matt – you’re picking as well as these fine animals!

Interestingly, our trusty Coiney (er, coin we used for our coin toss) who got them all right last week, faltered and missed every single pick this week. The other qualified experts, such as Michael Irvin, aren’t doing as hot as Kylo the dog (Irvin is at 5-3, same as Mike Florio). The FiveThirtyEight DataLab is also falling off a bit with a 5-3 record. You can see how Coiney and your other favorite pets are faring in the complete rankings at the bottom of this post. 

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Trailing Behind

On the other end of the spectrum, we have those experts who aren’t doing all that great. Most of these are pets, but Leo, a baby human, is also running a 3-5 record (we certainly don’t hold that against him, though – he’s an infant and probably just wants more milk right now).

The rest of the 3-5 (and under) crowd are all cats and dogs. Fortunately, even those at the bottom aren’t completely missing all the picks, as Artemisia the cat and Riggins the dog both have a couple correct picks. Riggins, as we mentioned last week, is half blind, so you can’t blame him at all (don’t you dare even try), and Misi (as her humans like to call her) has better things to do, such as rule over the household like the queen she is.

Artemisia remains undaunted, despite being tied for last place.
Artemisia remains undaunted, despite being tied for last place.

This Weekend’s Games

As we gear up for the conference championships, we’ll really get to see who pulls away from the pack, and who is happier chasing tails or sitting on a windowsill. Now that we’re getting down to the wire, there are fewer games to pick. As the numbers grow smaller, the games become exponentially more important. The winners of this weekend’s matchups will go on to represent their respective conference in the Super Bowl.

Our most fabulous pet picker, Kylo, is gunning for Atlanta and New England to head into the big dance. Amateur fan Matt thinks Pittsburgh will edge out the Pats, while 6-2 Korra the cat thinks the Packers will represent the NFC in Houston. Our favorite half-blind canine, Riggins, also feels strongly that the Super Bowl will feature Green Bay and New England. Bentley, his partner in the Pick ‘Em Pound, is also predicting an Aaron Rodgers vs. Tom Brady Super Bowl.

What will your picks be?

Complete Rankings

Below is a graphic that contains the full standings. But first, we thought you might like to see some of these pets in action!

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Bentley ponders his choices.
Maizy seems unimpressed by Dallas or Green Bay.
Maizy seems unimpressed by Dallas or Green Bay.
Garnet is rolling with the Steelers!
Garnet is rolling with the Steelers!
Odellio is on the move to make her picks!
Odellio is on the move to make her picks!

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Methodology

Our “animal experts” were pets submitted by members of the Fanatics.com team. Pet owners were given cutouts of the logos for each playoff team and asked to record their furry (or scaly) friends’ choices. Some owners chose to put the logos on the ground, while others put them in a bowl. There were no hard rules for how the choices had to be made, except that owners were not allowed to influence the choices.

The real experts included in this study were selected at random from a pool of former NFL players and sports journalists who currently cover the NFL across a variety of networks and mediums.
No real playoff prediction would be complete without a “wild-card” element, hence our inclusion of random people and inanimate objects, like our beloved Coiney.

The Evolution of the Green Bay Packers Logo

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Wisconsin: The land of beer, cheese, and … football! That’s right, America’s Dairyland has more to offer than just cheddar. In fact, Wisconsin is home to one of the most historic football franchises in the league: The Green Bay Packers. The saga of the Packers really took off after the team joined the new National Football League in 1921, under the direction of the Indian Packing Company (later purchased by Acme Packers, hence the team name) and captain Earl “Curly” Lambeau. The team lives on today as a current member of the NFL’s National Football Conference North along with the Detroit Lions, Minnesota Vikings, and Chicago Bears.

Green Bay Greatness

The Packers’ past is highlighted by their notable accomplishments achieved throughout their time in the NFL. The squad has appeared in five Super Bowls and has emerged victorious four times – including a win against the Kansas City Chiefs in 1967 during Super Bowl I. Dubbed “TitleTown USA,” Green Bay has 13 titles – the most in league history – with nine championship wins and four Super Bowl victories. Much of the team’s early success is credited to two dominant figures in the franchise: Lambeau and Vince Lombardi. Both served as head coaches and brought home a combined 11 titles to the Bay.

Over the course of their storied history, the Packers have had many gridiron greats fill their all-time roster. Hall of Famers Tony Canadeo and Bart Starr dedicated their entire careers to the Packers and were catalysts for the team’s initial success. Modern-era players like legendary quarterback Brett Favre and running back Ahman Green have both made names for themselves in the franchise as the all-time passing and rushing leaders, respectively.

Take a “Lambeau Leap” with us as we explore the evolution of the Green Bay Packers logo throughout their rich history playing in the NFL.

Notable Logo Changes

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The Green Bay Packers have used four different logos since their inception into the NFL in 1921. The Wisconsin-based squad is known for their primary colors of forest green and cheese gold a nod to the dairy farmers across the state. The team’s iconic “G” logo was crafted in 1961 at the hands of equipment manager Gerald Brashier and art student John Gordon. As one would expect, the “G” stands for “Green Bay,” but schools utilize similar logos across the nation, like the University of Georgia (with the Packers’ permission, of course).

1951–1955: The first logo of the Green Bay Packers utilizes an orange, yellow, and dark green color palette. The wordmark “Packers” is displayed in green block font with an orange football decorating the background. Orange goal posts are placed on either side of the logo and are outlined by a faint yellow color.

1956–1961: Beginning in 1956, the Packers change their logo to a quarterback in a throwing stance. The figure is overlaid on top of a green-filled state icon of Wisconsin with a star badge indicating the geographical location of Green Bay. The design is placed over an off-gold-colored football.

1961–1979: The team rebrands and creates Green Bay’s most iconic logo: the “G.” Following a simplistic design, the logo features a bold white “G” placed inside a green oval. This primary logo closely resembles the 2016 emblem used by the Packers.

1980–2016: The team adds a gold outline to the forest green oval, maintaining their iconic logo used during the 1961–1979 era.

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The Evolution of the Green Bay Packers Jersey

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The Green Bay Packers are Wisconsin’s most iconic franchise and the only publicly owned team in professional sports.

The team name comes from the Acme Packing Company, a meatpacking company that purchased team rights in the early 1920s. Green Bay currently has four Super Bowl victories, including the first-ever showdown in 1966. Known for traditions like the Lambeau Leap, the Packers have 13 league championships (including championships before the NFL–AFL merger) – the most in league history.

The Vince Lombardi Trophy, which is given to the Super Bowl winner, was named after Green Bay legend Vince Lombardi, who guided the team to great success.

We decided to take a “Lambeau Leap” into the rich backstory of one of the most historic teams in the NFL. Read on to see how the #PackersNation jersey has changed throughout the past several decades.

Logo History

1951–1955: Green Bay’s first logo displays the team name in green block font with a football in the background and goal posts on either side.

1956–1961: The Packers change the logo to a quarterback getting ready to throw a pass, which is overlaid on a green outline of Wisconsin. The design is placed on an all-yellow football.

1961–1979: Green Bay rebrands with a simple block “G,” which closely resembles the current logo.

1980–present: The team adds a yellow outline to the logo.

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Notable Jersey Changes

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1921: The Acme Packing Company purchases early ownership of the team, so the first jerseys give pride to the team’s owners with navy blue and gold as the primary colors. Pants are worn high to protect the lower body, and the uniforms are made out of felt for better grip.

1923–1924: The Packers switch to a plain, gold jersey with nine navy-blue stripes on each sleeve.

1927: The uniforms are redesigned with jockey-like jerseys that feature 13 blue and gold vertical stripes and faded blue pants.

1929: The Packers abandon the previous look for plain, dark-navy jerseys with small numbering on the front enclosed in a circle.

1937: The Packers move to a solid blue jersey with a gold upper and gold numbers to match. The pants are gold, and the stockings match the jersey. The team has paid tribute to this jersey with recent throwback appearances.

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1951: The team utilizes combinations of metallic gold and introduces green into the uniform color scheme. A solid, bright green jersey is used with gold numerals and double gold stripes on each sleeve. Additionally, gold pants with green stripes complement the inverted colors of the top.

1954: The Packers reintroduce navy-blue jerseys with a new three-stripe design in a dirty-mustard coloring.

1959: Vince Lombardi revamps uniforms with the basic design and color changes that are still in place today. These alterations include a three-stripe design on socks and the familiar green-gold colorway that the Packers embrace.

1961: The team places its first and only logo on the helmet and changes the striping on the socks.

1969: Along with the rest of the league, the Packers wear a patch on the left shoulder to commemorate the league’s 50th anniversary.

1975: The green-white-green stripe on the pants grows wider by more than an inch.

1984: Forrest Gregg, a new head coach, makes the most changes to the uniform since Lombardi’s design in the late 1950s. The team adds the logo to overlay the striping on each sleeve. “TV numbers” move from sleeves to shoulders, and the team name, enclosed in a green circle, is added to the pants.

1989: The logo is removed from the sleeves, and the numbering on the pants disappears.

1994: To mark the team’s 75th anniversary, the Packers use a throwback uniform with navy blue and yellow coloring in memory of the late 1930s.

2001: Green Bay uses throwback uniforms for a Thanksgiving Day showdown with the Detroit Lions. The uniforms pay tribute to the 1930s, utilizing white jerseys with green numbers and gold pants.

2002: The Packers add an NFL shield to both the pants and the neckline.

2003: The Packers wear a new variation of a throwback uniform on Thanksgiving. The uniform is an updated version of the 1967 road uniform with subtle changes, including the green-gold trim on the sleeves, neckline, and matching socks.

2007: The Packers wear a patch in honor of the 50th anniversary of Lambeau Field.

2010: The Packers wear another throwback uniform with a nod to the 1920s. The jersey uses the original blue-and-yellow coloring, and the pants are a muddy gold shade.

2012: As the NFL makes the switch from Reebok to Nike as the official uniform provider, the Packers decline any modern enhancements. The team sticks with the classic collar and striped trim instead of Nike’s new design.

2013: The Packers wear a throwback uniform similar to 2012’s design, which paid tribute to the 1929 season. They change things up. The team decides to wear bright yellow helmets that match the shade of the jersey.

Looking Back to Look Forward

Nowadays, most NFL teams tend to avoid retiring jersey numbers due to the challenges it creates for the equipment staff. Although the Packers have been playing ball for a little over nine decades, they have only retired four numbers. To make up for their reluctance to retire legendary numbers, the Packers have their own Hall of Fame, which currently recognizes 128 former players.

No. 3 – Tony Canadeo

No. 14 – Don Hutson

No. 15 – Bart Starr

No. 66 – Ray Nitschke

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Ray Nitschke Green Bay Packers Mitchell & Ness Replica Retired Player Jersey – Green

Heading out to legendary Lambeau Field? Before grabbing your cheesehead, consider stepping up your Packers wardrobe with the latest green-and-gold gear! Visit Fanatics for the most popular fan gear, including specialty jerseys and hats.

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Highlighting Lambeau Field

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Lambeau Field has been the home of the Green Bay Packers since 1957, and yes, that’s the longest stadium tenure of any NFL team. Lambeau is a special place indeed, and not just because it’s the only publicly owned stadium in the league. In addition to its long and storied history, it brings its team a pretty solid home field advantage.

Winning at Home

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The Green Bay Packers boast a pretty amazing at-home winning percentage – they clock in at a solid 64.4%. One reason may be that Green Bay’s players are more accustomed to the cooler temps of Lambeau, where the field was famously frozen by halftime during a Cowboys/Packers playoff game. It was dubbed the Ice Bowl. The game was played at a temperature of 15 below zero with a whopping wind chill factor of 49 degrees below zero. These bone-chilling temps, combined with a failure of the field’s heating elements, led to a frozen playing surface.

That Sweet Lambeau Home Field Advantage

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The Packers also clearly have a home field advantage every time they step onto the gridiron, with an average 2 or 3 point difference between the home team and the visitors’ scores over the course of this legendary franchise’s history.

The build of the stadium itself probably helps boost the team’s performance as well. While Lambeau has undergone a few expansions, its classic bowl shape has never been altered. For this reason, the stadium boasts the highest percentage of great seats – which is amazing considering the 81,435-person capacity.

The stadium experience? It’s unforgettable. Packers are one of the few NFL teams that have fight songs (“Go, You Packers, Go!” got its start in 1931), and after every Packers touchdown, the stadium plays “Bang the Drum All Day” by Todd Rundgren.

Don’t forget the Leap, either. The famous Lambeau Leap got its start in 1993 and was grandfathered when the NFL established a new rule to crack down on excessive touchdown celebrations. It’s so popular that even a statue commemorates it outside the stadium. Incidentally, a defensive player is credited with inventing this unique TD celebration; former Packers strong safety LeRoy Butler spontaneously decided to leap through the air there after scoring his first NFL touchdown.

All About Lambeau

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Lambeau Field got its name from Curly Lambeau, the Packers’ founder, former player, and longtime coach, who steered the franchise to six NFL championships during his term. The stadium was previously known as City Stadium, but after Lambeau passed away in 1965, the team chose to rename it in his honor. And while the idea of naming rights has come up a few times, Packers CEO Mark Murphy says a name change will never happen.

The stadium is host to plenty of amenities as well. Renovations at Lambeau Field have massively increased the number of women’s (from 180 to 646) and men’s (from 436 to 798) restrooms; disabled seating (from 56 to 876); and concession areas. There are also 168 state-of-the-art private suites available, plus a boatload of club seating and other unique viewing options.

Coming within the next few years is a large-scale project adjacent to Lambeau Field called Titletown; the large complex will host events and house new tenants, including a public plaza, a hotel by Kohler Co., a Bellin Health Sports Medicine Clinic, and Hinterland Restaurant and Brewery. Green Bay itself was deemed Titletown in 1961, before hosting the NFL Championship Game for the first time in its history.

Lambeau Love

No matter how you slice it, Lambeau Field and the fans of the Green Bay Packers play host to one of the best home field advantages out there. Fans enjoy the stadium amenities and cherish how the traditions bring fans closer to the on-field Packers experience.

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Methodology

Using Pro-Football-Reference.com, we pulled the win-loss history of the Green Bay Packers and removed any records of games played at another venue.

The home-win percentage is determined by dividing total wins at home by the sum of wins, losses, and ties at home.

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