Coach Lombardi was a Hall of Fame GM

Coach Lombardi was a Hall of Fame GM

You could fill a library with books about legendary Packer Coach Vince Lombardi and wallpaper a stadium with his quotes. So ubiquitous are the images of him stalking the sidelines in his trench coat and fedora that children whose parents weren't even born during the Lombardi Years still dress like him for Halloween. Coach Lombardi [...]

This first round pick signed his contract in a parking lot

This first round pick signed his contract in a parking lot

In marked contrast to all the hoopla surrounding the modern NFL draft, Herb Adderley signed his first NFL contract on the hood of a car in an unfamiliar parking lot. The Packers' No. 1 pick in the 1961 draft, Adderley, then 21-years old, negotiated his contract alone. Though the draft took place in Philadelphia, Adderley's [...]

The 26th pick and he didn’t even know he was drafted

The 26th pick and he didn’t even know he was drafted

In what turned out to be one of the NFL's strongest classes ever, my dad, Ron Kostelnik, was chosen 26th overall and, at the time, he didn't even know he'd been drafted. In December of 1960, my dad's mind was on other things. A defensive tackle for the University of Cincinnati, he had just played [...]