Talking about the most famous Green Bay Packers player, we would have to go back into the archives of the team’s history books to fish out Earl Louis “Curly” Lambeau.

Born on April 9, 1898, Earl Louis Lambeau was a National Football League (NFL) player and coach in America.

He was a player, head coach, and vice president for the Green Bay Packers, as well as co-founder. The Packers renamed City Stadium to Lambeau Field in his honor when he died in 1965.

His Career As a Coach

He was the team’s sole head coach for 31 years, from 1939 to 1949, and he also played halfback from 19 to 1929, when he pioneered the forward pass in professional football. He led the Packers to six world championships in three decades (1929-31, 1936, 1939, and 1944), matching the record for most NFL titles with Chicago Bears opponent George Halas. With the Packers, he had a 212-106-21 (.656) coaching record, making him one of just seven coaches in NFL history to win more than 200 games (NFL).

But he could not end his coaching career at Green Bay Packers. Lambeau departed after a disagreement with the executive committee and went on to coach the Chicago Cardinals (1950-51) and the Washington Redskins (1952-53). In 1963, he was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s inaugural class.

Cause of Earl Louis’ Death

“Curly” Lambeau died of a heart attack on June 1, 1965. He died at the age of 67.


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