Author: Adam Wesoloski
Originally Published: May 27, 2004
Local news from Green Bay, WI today (2004) included the discovery of Curly Lambeau’s birthplace house here in town. Living in Titletown, it’s football 24/7/365. There really isn’t a off-season. There could be Game 7s in the NBA, NHL and a PGA major being held on the same day, and the local media will find a way to include a “major” Packers story. It’s quite incredible. It’s fun and a bit too much sometimes.
Some might ask what does this have to do with the single wing? Let’s play connect the dots. The founder of the Green Bay Packers played his college ball at Notre Dame, who was coached by a certain legendary coach in his own right, one Knute Rockne. Lambeau took the Notre Dame Box with him back to Green Bay and used it as their offensive attack. Any detractor who claims the single wing is three yards and a cloud of dust is way off base. The Packers had a terrific passing attack in those ironman days of pro football. In fact they had two of the greatest passers in football history in Cecil Isbell and Arnie Herber, and one of the best football players ever anchoring the end – Don Hutson.
It’s always rewarding when football can actually recognize that there really was football before the “modern” era. In Green Bay the fans who live and die with their Packers truly have an appreciation for their historic past and need to be saluted. As a result of the discovery of Curly Lambeau’s birthplace home, a local school where my wife teaches will benefit. A non-profit, 501(c)3 organization, Friends of Nicolet School, is being established. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of the home, not to be less than $50,000 regardless of what the home sells for, will be put into the foundation to benefit the students and teachers at Nicolet School. The school is located directly across the street from Curly Lambeau’s home.