The Green Bay Packers' cheerleaders wave pompons as the team runs onto the field before the second half against the Los Angeles Rams at Lambeau Field on Sept. 25, 1966. From center, the Packers players are defensive tackles Jim Weatherwax (73) and Henry Jordan (74), receiver Max McGee (85), tight end Marv Fleming (81), quarterback Bart Starr (15) and fullback Jim Grabowski (33). The Packers won 24-13. Press-Gazette archivesThe Rams were in their short-lived blue and white phase, creating a beautiful uniform contrast.
Los Angeles Rams punter Jon Kilgore (13) boots the ball over Green Bay Packers linebackers Ray Nitschke (66) and Dave Robinson (89) at Lambeau Field on Sept. 25, 1966. Heading downfield are, from left, the Packers' Willie Davis (87), Rams snapper Ken Iman (50), the Packers' Ron Kostelnik (77) and the Rams' Tom Mack (65) and Henry Dyer (35). The Packers won 24-13. Press-Gazette archivesGreen and blue, field and sky. Perfect football.
Green Bay Packers fullback Jim Taylor (31) follows guard Fuzzy Thurston (63) through the hole during a game against the Los Angeles Rams at Lambeau Field on Sept. 25, 1966. The Packers won 24-13. Press-Gazette archivesThis is the iconic Packers uniform, introduced and finally refined under Vince Lombardi. The initial experimentation with number fonts was long-over, the Packers having settled in to the athletic block numbers they still wear today. The Braisher stripe pattern was firmly established on the pants, sleeves and helmets, again an element which persists (in a slighly modified form) today.
The classic Lombardi-era "GB" cap also made an appearance on that day:
Green Bay Packers halfback Paul Hornung walks off the field after being injured against the Los Angeles Rams at Lambeau Field on Sept. 25, 1966. The Packers won 24-13. Press-Gazette archivesI can't make out the gold graphic on that gray t-shirt, though. Anybody?
(Update: Jeff Ash of the Press-Gazette writes to tell me it says "GREEN BAY" arched over a football and "PACKERS" horizontally below. All gold on gray with no drop-shadows. Thanks, Jeff!)
1966 was a rough year for the Golden Boy. He missed most of the season, including the first Super Bowl, due to injury, and retired in the off-season on the advice of doctors.
Green Bay Packers quarterback Zeke Bratkowski holds a football on the sideline before the game against the Los Angeles Rams at Lambeau Field on Sept. 25, 1966. Also on the sideline are, from left, fullback Jim Taylor (31), tight end Allen Brown (83), receiver Red Mack (27), tight end Marv Fleming (81) and quarterback Bart Starr (15). The Packers won 24-13. Press-Gazette archivesHmm. We've seen that bag before.
I'm intrigued by the number of players who rolled up their sleeves under that September sun, presaging the shortened sleeve lengths that would come into fashion within a few years.
Green Bay Packers linebacker Dave Robinson (89) comes off the field after making an interception against the Los Angeles Rams at Lambeau Field on Sept. 25, 1966. Packers cornerback Herb Adderley (26) reaches out to congratulate him. Rams guard Don Chuy walks off the field behind him. The Packers won 24-13. Press-Gazette archivesCheck out the full gallery on the Green Bay Press-Gazette's website.