I became a Packers fan during the dark years...the mid to late 1970s. It was after Lombardi was long gone, yet way before anyone had ever heard of Holmgren.
I only knew Bart Starr as a coach. It took me a long time to learn that he was someone to revere, not curse.
I was around 10 or so when I was first introduced to Packers and NFL football.
And it was love at first site.
Despite all the losses, even to this day the names of the guys on those teams bring back good memories.
Join me in a walk down my Packers-memory lane. These are some of the guys who were my original Packers heroes, along with a sentence or two about what I remember most:
John Brockington, RB (1971-77) -- Best running back on the team when I discovered the Packers.
Terdell Middleton, RB (1977-81) -- Took over for Brockington.
Estus Hood, DB (1978-84) -- At my high school, if you were playing defense back and you got burned, we called you Estus.
Dave Roller, DT (1975-78) -- First guy I remember having a sack-dance.
Eric Torkleson, RB (1974-79, '81) -- Seemed to be around forever. Played fullback too, returned a few kicks.
Lynn Dickey, QB (1976-77, 1979-85) -- Great passer, but with the mobility of a fire hydrant. Multiple broken legs.
David Whitehurst, QB (1977-83) -- Dickey's backup, became the starter every time one of Dickey's legs snapped.
Barty Smith, RB (1974-80) -- Always got confused with...
Barry Smith, WR (1973-75) -- Meanwhile...
Mike P. McCoy, DT (1970-76) -- Always got confused with...
Mike C. McCoy, DB (1976-83)
Steve Odom, WR (1974-79) and Ken Payne, WR (1974-77) -- Seemed like they were the main Wide Receives forever.
Steve Luke, S (1975-80) and Johnnie Gray, S (1975-83) -- See Odom and Payne above, except in the secondary.
Willard Harrell, RB (1975-77) -- Mid-career pronunciation change of his last name from HAR-rell to Har-RELL.
Rich McGeorge (1970-78) -- Was the main reason I wanted to play Tight End in high school.
Willie Buchanon, CB (1972-78) -- Reall…Read more...