The definitive history of the Green Bay Packers, 1979 to 2021
Subscribe to read Bob McGinn's full 13-part series recapping his 43 years covering the team. Favre. Rodgers. Holmgren. Ted. Reggie. LeRoy Butler. All context, all analysis can be accessed inside.
Hey, technically, the 2022 Green Bay Packers remain alive. Maybe not alive and well. But they’re alive! FiveThirtySix has the longtime NFC North bullies at 6 percent to make the postseason, odds Lloyd Christmas would take every day of the week.
With a smidge of hope in the air, here is Bob McGinn’s exceptional look back at his 43 years covering the team ICYMI.
Genuinely wish every NFL fan could’ve seen what I did up close when we were colleagues at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Bob’s old office in Green Bay, Wisc., seriously should be airlifted and enshrined in Canton, Ohio as its own exhibit. The files. The research. The rolodex. The attention to detail. Nobody has ever covered the sport like Bob, and nobody ever will again.
Whether you’re a Packers fan or not, you’ll enjoy these 13 marathon pieces.
Subscribers can read Bob McGinn’s full series at the links below. This year at GoLongTD.com, McGinn has sifted through the archives to put the team in perspective with full analysis, rankings, grades, numbers, etc. He’s only heating up, too. This week, we’ll be relaunching the “McGinn Files.” These features reveal a side of players and coaches you’ve never seen before. Last year, McGinn had deep dives on Brett Favre (Part I and Part II), Aaron Donald and Mike Vrabel. This year, he’ll pen five such profiles for our paid subscribers.
We’re starting with a bang. This Friday, McGinn will detail the rise of Detroit Lions head coach Dan Campbell.
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The Packers' A players, 1991-2021… Learn what made Sterling Sharpe one of the game’s forgotten stars.
The Packers’ A-minus players, 1991-2021… How did Donald Driver emerge out of nowhere?
The Packers’ F players, 1991-2021… It hasn’t always been pretty. Jamal Reynolds and the busts inside.
The Packers’ A team grades, 1991-2021… Why the ‘96 group was an all-time team.
The Packers’ A-minus team grades, 1991-2021… Oh, what could’ve been in 1997.
The Packers’ F team grades, 1991-2021… Special teams have been a problem.
The Packers' offensive career arcs… The careers of Brett Favre and Aaron Rodgers in total context.
The Packers’ defensive/ST career arcs… Get a sense for how the players on defense progressed. Era to era.
The 1979-2021 All-Time Green Bay Packers offense… Favre or Rodgers? Green or Jones? Sharpe or Lofton or Adams?
The 1979-2021 All-Time Green Bay Packers defense… We know Reggie White, LeRoy Butler and Charles Woodson were all-timers. Who else rounds out the squad?
The 1979-2021 All-Time Green Bay Packers special teams… Jarrett Bush was a bad, bad man.
Presidents, GMs, Coaches, the best who led the Green Bay Packers 1979-2021… How Ron Wolf, Mike Holmgren and Bob Harlan put an NFL franchise back on the map.
Best ambassadors, personnel men, contract negotiators, more 1979-2021… LeRoy Butler’s legacy continues to live on.