Now that the Green Bay Packers are in the NFC championship and have a chance to appear in Super Bowl LIV, fans are more curious about the NFL team then ever before. The Packers aren't the only squad in the NFL to have a unique team name, but since they have had quite a memorable season, everyone is asking: Why are the Packers called the Packers? Scroll down for everything we know!
Why are the Packers called the Packers, anyways?
So it turns out, there's a sweet story behind the meaning of the Packers name. Back in the early 1900s, there was a company called the Indian Packing Company. The canned meat company was founded in Delaware, but in 1921, it was taken over by Acme Packing Company out of Illinois.
The new company had a facility in Green Bay, Wisconsin. The Acme Packing Company sadly closed in 1943 after World War II, and they never reopened.
That said, it passed along its name to the Green Bay Packers.
The Green Bay Packers were founded in 1919, and they took their name after Curly Lambeau, the company's shipping clerk, got money for the jerseys and use of the company's athletic field from the owner Frank Peck. What a sponsor!
Another fun fact about the Green Bay Packers is that they have played in their original city (Green Bay) longer than any other NFL team.
Have the Green Bay Packes won any Super Bowls?
Yes, the Packers have won four Super Bowls in franchise history. They took home the title in 1967, 1968, 1996, and again in 2010. They also have nine pre-Super Bowl titles as well as 13 league championships. Impressive!
Who are some of the Green Bay Packers' biggest players?
Some of the most notable players to ever play for the Green Bay Packers are Don Huston, Bart Starr, Brett Favre, Forrest Gregg, Ray Nitschke, Herb Adderley, Jim Taylor, Willie Wood, Paul Hornung, Willie Davis, Reggie White, Jerry Kramer, Henry Jordan, James Lofton, Jim Ringo, Tony Canadeo, Arnie Herber, Clark Hinkle, Aaron Rodgers, Ahman Green, LeRoy Butler, Gale Gillingham, Charles Woodson, and Donald Driver.
How did the Green Bay packers do in the 2019 Season?
The Green Bay Packers had a remarkable 2019 season with 13 wins and 3 losses, putting them at 1st place in the NFC North. They won against the Bears, Vikings, Broncos, Cowboys, Lions, Raiders, Chiefs, Panthers, Giants, Redskins, and the Vikings, Bears, and Lions for a second time. They lost against the Eagles, Chargers, and 49ers.
Who do the Green Bay Packers play next?
The Green Bay Packers play the San Francisco 49ers next, a team which they, unfortunately, lost to in the regular season. The NFC championship game will take place on Sunday, Jan. 19 at 6:40 p.m. EST on FOX. Both teams are 14-3, so this should be quite the match-up. Here's hoping the Packers move on to Super Bowl LIV on February 2!