Along with the Arizona Cardinals and Chicago Bears franchises, the Green Bay Packers are one of the oldest franchises in NFL history and, in fact, pre-date the formation of the league. The Packers are one of the most unique franchises in NFL history. The team has thrived for nearly a century in one of the NFL's smallest markets, remained a majority public-owned franchise from the beginning, and has played in the same stadium longer than any other franchise.
The Packers were established in 1919 as a semi-professional football team in Green Bay. Two years later the franchise joined the NFL would waste little time in establishing itself as one of the most dominant franchises in the sport would see. By 1929 the Packers won the first of its record 13 NFL titles. No franchise in the NFL has more titles than Green Bay, who lays claim to 13 titles (11 NFL Championships and four Super Bowl titles).
Green Bay is the only franchise to have won three consecutive NFL titles, a feat it has accomplished twice in its history. The first trifecta came following its first ever title in 1929 with follow-up titles in 1930 and 1931. Team founder Earl "Curly" Lambeau coached that squad, and the famous Vince Lombardi coached the next three-time winners from 1965-67. So famous are these two Packers head coaches that one (Lambeau) has his name emblazoned on the team's home stadium while the other (Lombardi) has his name on the NFL's Super Bowl trophy.
After bouncing around different stadiums in Green Bay and Milwaukee during its first 38 seasons, the Packers eventually settled in at Lambeau Field in 1957. The Packers have called Lambeau home since then and it remains to this day one of the most hallowed grounds in all of football. Modern day Lambeau Field has undergone extensive modernization, the latest in 2013, to bring its capacity up to 80,750. At that capacity (standing room included), Lambeau Field has the fourth highest capacity in the NFL and the third highest capacity in terms of regular seating.
With a nearly century-long history, the Packers have established numerous heated rivalries in the NFL. None are more acrimonious than their rivalries with the Chicago Bears and Minnesota Vikings, both of whom compete against the Packers in the NFC North. The Green Bay-Chicago rivalry is one of the NFL's oldest and stretches back to 1921 and features 186 meetings between the two. The Green Bay-Minnesota rivalry is younger, comparatively speaking, but is equally intense as the two fanbases have bitter feelings toward one another.
Head coach Mike McCarthy and quarterback Aaron Rodgers will be back in 2014 looking to lead the Packers back to the NFL postseason for a sixth consecutive season. In order to do so, the Packers will have to stay healthy and continue developing some young offensive weapons in the process.
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