Earl "Bud" Svendsen

Chad Burkholder
Packers Hall of Fame

Earl Gilbert "Bud" Svendsen (February 7, 1915 – August 7, 1996) was a professional American football player who played center and linebacker for six seasons for the Green Bay Packers and the Brooklyn Dodgers. He was inducted into the Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame in 1985.

Inducted 1985

Drafted fourth by the Packers in 1937, Bud Svendsen joined his brother George in Green Bay that year. In 1938, he left to coach Northeast Missouri State College in Kirksville for a season. The 6’1”, 195-pound Svendsen, a center and linebacker, returned to play in the 1939 season including the ‘39 championship victory over the N.Y. Giants.

Svendsen, a University of Minnesota star, scored a touchdown against the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1939 and picked off a Lem Barnum pass in the ‘39 championship game, played at State Fair Park in Milwaukee.

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Packers Hall of Fame player Bud Svendsen
Packers Hall of Fame player Bud Svendsen