Harlan elected to Packer Hall of Fame

Packers president has presided over major moves

Robert E. "Bob" Harlan, the Green Bay Packers' president and chief executive officer for the past 14 years, was elected to the Packers Hall of Fame in recognition of his major and multiple contributions, the Hall of Fame announced on Friday. Harlan will be the sole inductee during the Hall of Fame Induction Dinner, to be held in the Lambeau Field Atrium on July 17, 2004.

Harlan, 67, assumed his current responsibilities in June of 1989. Since then he has presided over some major moves by the franchise, including the hiring of general manager Ron Wolf, moving the team's Milwaukee games to Green Bay and the renovation of Lambeau Field.

"I'm excited, honored and probably a little nervous," said Harlan. "To think that it would ever reach this stage is unbelievable to me. I have such respect for the history and tradition that the Packers represent in the National Football League. To be a permanent part of it is beyond belief."

Harlan is in his 33rd year with the Packers organization and is its most senior member in point of service. He joined the team June 1, 1971, as assistant general manager, having come to Green Bay from St. Louis, Mo., where he had been serving as director of public relations for the St. Louis baseball Cardinals.

Harlan was named corporate general manager in 1975, corporate assistant to the president in 1981 and executive vice president of administration on Feb. 16, 1988, before being elected the team's ninth president and chief executive officer on June 5, 1989.

A graduate of Marquette University in 1958, Harlan launched his career in sports as sports information director at his alma mater, working with the legendary basketball coach, Al McGuire, during the1964-65 season.

Harlan will be the 131st member to be inducted into the team's Hall of Fame, now located in the Lambeau Field Atrium.

"This is something I never could have anticipated," said Harlan, standing in the circular room where plaques of other inductees hang. "As I come into this room and look at these plaques and think of what this organization has accomplished and the people who have forged these accomplishments, to join that company is an unbelievable thing."

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