7 Former Packers Named Semi-Finalists to the Pro Football Hall of Fame as Seniors, Coaches or Collaborators
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7 Former Packers Named Semi-Finalists to the Pro Football Hall of Fame as Seniors, Coaches or Collaborators

  • The Pro Football Hall of Fame announced today that the Seniors Committee reduced the number of senior candidates for its class of 2023 from 25 to 25, which includes former Green Bay Packers receivers Sterling Sharpe (receiver 1988-1994) and Mark Clayton (receiver 1993). ), Cecil Isbell, back, 1938-1942, and LaVern Dilweg, late, 1927-1934. 29 candidates were submitted by the Committee of Coaches and Contributors, which also includes former Packers coach Mike Holmgren (1992-1998), Jack Vainisi (1950-1960), and Lee Remmel (ex-Green Bay sports writer/Packers public relation director and historian). Remmel, who was a Packers public relations director from 1974 to 2004, is the only candidate to have advanced from this category.

    Clayton being called a “former Packers” is almost absurd, since only 331 of his career, 8,974 receiving yard, was in his first season at Green Bay. However, Sharpe, Dilweg, and Isbell all have strong ties with the franchise.

    In all five years of his professional football career, Isbell was either a first or second-team All Pro with the Packers. He was the league’s leading scorer in 1942 and 1941, and he then took up a coaching role with the Purdue Boilermakers. He became the team’s first head coach a year later. He would be back in professional football three years later as the Baltimore Colts’ head coach.

    Dilweg was one of eight All-Pro teams, winning three consecutive NFL championships (1929-1931) and being named to the league’s 1920s team. Dilweg was also a lawyer during his playing career and was the representative of Wisconsin’s 8th district in the US House of Representatives. Anthony Dilweg was Dilweg’s grandson and was drafted by Packers in the third round 1989 draft. He played two years with the Packers.

    Sharpe was on three All-Pro lists as well as five Pro Bowls with the Packers. This was despite a neck injury that ended his career. Sharpe accumulated 8,134 yards and 65 touchdowns in just seven years. Sharpe’s final season of play saw him score 18 touchdowns. This was second to Jerry Rice (22) in 1987.

    The Association of Professional Football Researchers publishes the “Hall of Very Good” project every year. It features 10 new coaches or players each year, who are top candidates for the Hall of Fame. However, votes have not been taken yet. The project was started in 2003. 26 of the names of players and coaches have been inducted into the Professional Football Hall of Fame. Dilweg was on the 2005 list, Isbell in 2008, and Sharpe in 2020. They want to join the ranks of three former Packers: Bobby Dillon (2011) Jerry Kramer (2003), and Dave Robinson (2004).

    Holmgren wasn’t co-signed by PFRA but posted a Green Bay record of 75-37 that saw the Packers win the Lombardi Trophy. In 1999, Holmgren left Green Bay to become a coach-general manager with the Seattle Seahawks. He coached the team for an 86-74 record, and led them to Super Bowl XL.

    According to the Professional Football Hall of Fame (PFLHOF), up to three senior players will be inducted into The Hall of Fame on Aug 16. In an effort to reduce the number of senior candidates, the hall of fame increased the number of inductions per class for senior classes. This is in addition to the usual two per class. On August 23, a coach or contributor will be inducted into the hall of fame.

7 Former Packers Named Semi-Finalists to the Pro Football Hall of Fame as Seniors, Coaches or Collaborators
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