Earl Louis Lambeau was born on April 9, 1898, at Green Bay, Wisconsin and died on June 1, 1965 at Sturgeon Bay. Curly Lambeau is a football coach who had one of the longest and most distinguished careers in the history of the U.S. professional sports to survive in a small city.
After playing briefly for the University of Notre Dame, Lambeau collaborated with George Calhoun, a Green Bay newspaperman, in organizing a professional football team, which was called the Packers because it received a subsidy from a local meat packing firm. In 1921 the packers entered the American Professional Football Association, founded on September 17, 1920, and renamed the National League (NFL) on June 24, 1922, Lambeau led the team to six NFL championships (1929, 1930, 1931, 1936, 1939, 1944). In addition to coaching and servicing as general manager, he played halfback (1919-29) and was noted as a forward passer.
A controversial personage sometimes known as the “Bellicose Belgian”, Lambeau was dismissed after the 1949 season in a dispute with the Packers’ business management. Subsequently he coached the Chicago Cardinals (1950-51) and the Washington Redskins (1952-54). In 1963 he was elected a charter member of the Professional Football Hall of Fame, Canton, Ohio.
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