Football legend Earl “Curly” Lambeau made Notre Dame’s football team over a century ago under the great Knute Rockne, though Lambeau never saw the field with the Fighting Irish.
While working at a packing company back in 1919, he helped found the Green Bay Packers and would serve as a player and/or coach with the franchise for more than thirty years.
He was a passer, rusher, and kicker at times during his decade of playing during the Packers’ first decade in the NFL, culminating in a championship in 1929, his final year as a player. During that time he was named All-Pro in three consecutive seasons.
His coaching legend lived on for a few more decades, and Lambeau would bring a total of six NFL titles to Green Bay, including a 3-peat between 1929 and 1931. Sure, the league was different and smaller back then, but Lambeau built the Packers franchise and turned them into title town.
Lambeau later coached briefly with the Chicago Cardinals and Washington Redskins before becoming part of the inaugural Pro Football Hall of Fame class in 1963. He was one of the legends of the early game, responsible for the Packers’ initial framework and success.