Jug Earp

Chad Burkholder
Packers Hall of Fame
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Francis Louis "Jug" Earp (July 22, 1897 – January 8, 1969) was a professional football player. He played eleven seasons in the National Football League, mostly with the Green Bay Packers and was inducted into the Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame in 1970. He also played with the Rock Island Independents as well as played 3 games for the New York Yankees and one game for the Frankford Yellow Jackets.

Inducted 1970

Jug Earp was an anchor in the Packer offensive and defensive lines for 11 seasons. The 6’1”, 235-pound Monmouth College standout was a center and tackle as a Packer from 1922-’32. Along with Cal Hubbard, he is considered the best defensive tackle of the Lambeau Era.

Earp played valiantly with such injuries as broken ribs and an arm wrenched so badly he couldn’t lift it up to his chest.

After his playing career, Earp served as the first president of the Packer Alumni Organization. From 1950 through ‘54, he was Packer publicity director. 

Earp’s nickname, “Jug,” is derived from his college nickname, “Juggernaut.”

Mr. Remmel, Greetings from Kirkuk Air Base, Iraq. Long time ago, the Packers had a player by the name of Jug Earp. Was he any relation to the Earps of Western lore? - John (Kirkuk, Iraq) 

At one time, it was rumored that the Packers' Francis L. "Jug" Earp was a cousin of the legendary Wyatt Earp. But, to the best of my knowledge, that rumor has not been documented. 

Jug Earp, a center out of Monmouth College, had a 10-year playing career with the Packers (1922-32), helping the team win its first three NFL championships (1929-30-31). He later rejoined the team in 1950 to serve as the club's publicity director, continuing in that role through the 1954 season.

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Packers Hall of Fame player Jug Earp
Packers Hall of Fame player Jug Earp


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