Wednesday, March 7, 2018

1970 Packers: A New Decade, A New Era

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The second season of the Phil Bengston-led Packers was an improvement, increasing the winning percentage of their record from 6-8 in 1969 to 8-6 in 1970.  As more of the Championship-era Packers retired, fewer and fewer rose up to replace them.  Despite a winning record, Bengston was vilified in retrospect for making Villanova defensive tackle Rich Moore the Packers first round draft choice. Going against Player Personnel Director Pat Peppler and GM Vince Lombardi, Bengston drafted Moore number one.  An achilles injury ended his career in 1970 and only one other player from this draft was in the NFL after 1975.  

Still, the Packers appeared to have several up and coming players that showed flashes of excitement.  Unfortunately, many of the “up-and-comers” came and went, without living up to the fanfare.

RetroCards has created a Packers set in the 1970 style, covering quite a few players who never had cards and a few that did: Larry Agajanian, Donny Anderson, Dave Bradley, Bob Brown, Fred Carr, Jim Grabowski, Dave Hampton, Bill Hayhoe, John Hilton, Dick Himes, Bill Lueck, Mike Mercer, Rich Moore, Francis Peay, John Spillis, Bill Stevens, Perry Williams, and Travis Williams.  

1 comment:

  1. Sorry about Fred Carr's passing recently, but these cards were ready to roll.