Earl Lambeau Enshrinement speech

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 game to America it’s 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 thirty-two 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 fifty dollars, and the last time I looked the Packers are still in the League. Thank you.