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How Joe Paterno almost became Packers coach in 1971

7:42 AM, Jan. 23, 2012

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Did you know the Green Bay Packers almost hired Joe Paterno as their head coach?

In the wake of the Penn State legend's death on Sunday at 85, here's a look back at that little-known chapter of Packers history.

After firing Phil Bengtson as coach two days after the 1970 season ended, Packers president Dominic Olejniczak and the Packers' executive committee targeted George Allen as the next coach. The Los Angeles Rams had just fired Allen despite his 49-19-4 record. ...

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