Holmgren Picked for Packers HOF

Mike Holmgren, who coached the Packers to victory in Super Bowl XXXI, will be inducted July 21

Mike Holmgren, who helped pilot the Green Bay Packers' renaissance two decades ago, will be this year's inductee into the Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame.

Holmgren was hired as coach almost exactly 20 years ago, on Jan. 11, 1992. Coaching the Packers for seven years, he led the team to an 84-42 record (75-37 regular season; 9-5 postseason), including a victory in Super Bowl XXXI and a trip to Super Bowl XXXII. His win total trails only Curly Lambeau (212) and Vince Lombardi (98) in Packers history.

He guided the Packers to a winning record each year, that seven-year run the best since Lombardi's Glory Years teams. He also led the Packers to the playoffs a team-record six consecutive years, and he's one of three coaches in NFL history to win at least one playoff game in five consecutive seasons, with Bill Belichick and John Madden being the others. His record at Lambeau Field was an astounding 47-5 record, including playoffs, and he posted a franchise-record 25 consecutive home games, which is the second-longest streak in NFL history.

Holmgren's 1996 Super Bowl championship team led the league in points scored (456) and points allowed (210), becoming one of only 12 teams in NFL history to accomplish the feat and the first since 1972.

Holmgren, 63, left the Packers to become Seattle's coach and general manager starting with the 1999 season. He compiled an 86-74 record in 10 season as the Seahawks' coach, including an NFC championship in 2005. His career coaching mark is 161-111 in the regular season and 174-122, including playoffs.

After a year in broadcasting, Holmgren took over as president of the Cleveland Browns on Dec. 21, 2009. Holmgren was out of town for the East-West Shrine Game and was not available for comment, though he likely will talk to reporters in a conference call next week.

The 42nd Packers Hall of Fame induction banquet will be held on Saturday, July 21, in the Lambeau Field Atrium.

Tickets are $135 each. Tables of 10 are available for $1,300 and are assigned in the order in which they are purchased. Early reservations are recommended. To purchase tickets, call Gwen Borga at (920) 965-6984, or e-mail her at gwenb@packershalloffame.com.

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