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The champions -- 1936

Jan. 28, 2011
 
Front row (left to right): Tony Paulekas (39); Paul (Tiny) Engebretsen (52); Lon Evans (51); Ade Schwammel (57); Champ Seibold (58); Frank Butler (59); Cal Clemens (33); Charles (Buckets) Goldenberg (44). Second row: Clarke Hinkle (41); Bernie Scherer (40); Hank Bruder (18); Lou Gordon (53); George Svendsen (43); Walt Kiesling (60); Johnny (Blood) McNally (55); Chester (Swede) Johnston (54). Third row: Arnie Herber (38); Herm Schneidman (41); Russ Letlow (62); Paul Miller (3); Don Hutson (14); Milt Gantenbein (22); Joe Laws (29); Bob Monnett (5). Back row: Coach Curly Lambeau; George Sauer (25); Wayland Becker (32); Ernie Smith (61); Assistant Coach Richard (Red) Smith. Press-Gazette archives
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Only five years had passed since the Packers’ last championship. But the team of 1936 bore few resemblances to its counterparts of 1929-31.

Gone were backs Joseph (Red) Dunn, Verne Lewellen and Bo Molenda. Gone too were other talents such as LaVern Dilweg, Robert (Cal) Hubbard and August (Mike) Michalske.

In their place were youngsters with names like Arnie Herber, Clarke Hinkle, George Sauer, Don Hutson, Ernie Smith and Lon Evans. Youngsters who put together one of the league’s greatest offenses.

Green Bay (10-1-1) dropped its only game of the year, a 30-3 setback to the Bears, in week two. After that, the Packers won nine straight. A 0-0 tie with the Cardinals marred the season finale, but by then the Packers had clinched the Western Division crown.

In the rematch against the Bears, the Packers had prevailed 21-10. Hinkle led the way with 109 yards on 13 carries. He put Green Bay – which had 219 yards rushing – up 14-10 with a second-quarter scoring run of 59 yards.

Green Bay struggled to a 7-3 win over the Boston Redskins, then reeled off convincing wins at Brooklyn, New York and Detroit.

With its regular season complete, Green Bay then met the Redskins for the NFL title. The Packers won handily 21-0 to wrap up its fourth NFL championship.

Hutson, who caught a 43-yard pass to start the day’s scoring, summed up the season this way, “Undoubtedly, the greatest offensive football machine in the history of the game.”

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