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Mike Vandermause column: 'Curse of Nelson Toburen' strikes Packers again

8:37 PM, Jun. 20, 2014
Green Bay Packers coach Vince Lombardi watches as linebacker Nelson Toburen receives medical attention after injuring his neck during a game against the Baltimore Colts at new City Stadium on Nov. 18, 1962.
Green Bay Packers coach Vince Lombardi watches as linebacker Nelson Toburen receives medical attention after injuring his neck during a game against the Baltimore Colts at new City Stadium on Nov. 18, 1962.
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What is it about the Green Bay Packers and neck injuries?

Running back Johnathan Franklin, who was released Friday by the Packers, is the latest in a long line of players to suffer a career-ending mishap.

Maybe we should call it the Nelson Toburen curse, named after a largely forgotten player during the Vince Lombardi era whose career was cut short when he broke his neck during a 1962 game at City Stadium (now Lambeau Field) against the Baltimore Colts. ...

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