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Earl 'Curly' Lambeau
Class of 1963
"I had a lot of pleasure out of every single championship. It’s just like having a baby — it takes a lot out of you."
|Additional Career Statistics: Passing: 24 TD; Rushing: 8 TD; Receiving: 3 TD|
Birthdate: April 9, 1898
Birthplace: Green Bay, Wis.
Died: June 1, 1965 at age of 67
High School: Green Bay East (Wis.)
Enshrined into Pro Football Hall of Fame: Sept. 7, 1963
Presenter: Jimmy Crowley, member of Notre Dame's Four Horsemen
Other Members of Class of 1963: Sammy Baugh, Bert Bell, Joe Carr, Earl "Dutch" Clark, Harold "Red" Grange, George Halas, Mel Hein, Wilbur "Pete" Henry, Cal Hubbard, Don Hutson, Tim Mara, George Preston Marshall, John "Blood" McNally, Bronko Nagurski, Ernie Nevers, Jim Thorpe
Earl “Curly” Lambeau Enshrinement Speech 1963
Presenter: Jim Crowley
I thank you, Bob. Ladies and gentlemen, I deem it a real privilege and honor to participate in the induction to the National Football Hall of Fame my high school coach, my advisor, my friend, Earl "Curly" Lambeau. Curly Lambeau, like George Halas, holds many tickets to the Hall of Fame: player, or coach, or founder. He gave to America its most colorful team, the Green Bay Packers. When he put together the big team in the little town in 1919, Curly Lambeau should have been back at Notre Dame as George Gipp' s running mate. Curly Lambeau doesn't claim to be the father of the forward pass, but he certainly gave it a happy home up there in Green Bay, Wisconsin. He taught the Packers and showed the world what could be done with it. His pass-minded Packers won six world championships, including three in a row, for an all-time record. His 32 consecutive years as head coach has no near second from the past, no near threat in the future. Even in retirement he breaks coaching records, for today three of the men that he coached are being inducted into the Hall of Fame, namely Johnny Blood, Cal Hubbard and Don Hutson. The fame that the Green Bay Packers have today are directly attributed to Curly Lambeau, because if Curly Lambeau had been raised in any other city, you wouldn't have the Green Bay Packers today. Curly.
Earl “Curly” Lambeau
Thanks very much, Jimmy. I am deeply grateful and very happy to be honored here today. Forty-one years ago, I came to Canton to get a franchise for Green Bay, Wisconsin. The franchise was issued by Joe Carr at that time, and it cost $50, and the last time I looked the Packers are still in the League. Thank you.