Remmel takes on new role

Lee Remmel, one of the longest-serving members of the Green Bay Packers, today relinquished his role in public relations for the newly created position of Team Historian.<p>

Remmel has been a member of the Packers' front office for more than 30 years. He was named xecutive director of public relations in 1989 by Packers president Bob Harlan. Prior to joining the Packers, Remmel covered the team as a sports reporter for the Green Bay Press-Gazette for 29 1/2 years. He has contributed a player feature to Packer Report since its inception in 1974.

"No one has greater knowledge about the storied history of this franchise than Lee Remmel," Harlan said. "This job is perfectly suited for him, and he'll add a very important element to our total operation."

Harlan said Jeff Blumb will continue in his role as director of public relations.

The newly created position for Remmel carries several responsibilities, including:

* Regular public appearances, both at Lambeau Field and in the community. Remmel will speak in the Lambeau Field Atrium between training camp practices and year-round at corporate functions on the club level. He also will interact with fans in the Packers Hall of Fame as well as at events to benefit the local community. At some appearances, Remmel will present a historically based presentation program.

* Two regular columns to appear on the team's official website,, and in the Lambeau Field GameDay program. One column will feature Remmel's historical slants related to timely Packers events, such as an upcoming Bears contest, or the annual NFL Draft. The other will answer fans' questions on the team's past. The columns are expected to run on the website weekly during the season and monthly during the offseason.

* At least one book, anecdotal in nature.

"First of all, I would like to thank Bob Harlan and John Jones for this intriguing opportunity," said Remmel, who also will continue to coordinate the Packers' annual highlights film premieres, and edit the Packers Yearbook. "I am looking forward to this."

Remmel joined the Packers as public relations director in 1974. The team promoted him to executive director in 1989, inducted him into its Hall of Fame in 1996 and named the Lambeau Field press box in his honor prior to the 2003 season.

Among a substantial range of accomplishments during his association with the Packers, Remmel has:

* Worked 618 consecutive games during the last 30 seasons as a member of the public relations department. Including his career as a reporter, since 1967 he has missed only one Packers game – a 1973 contest in order to arrange and attend his father's funeral.

* Held a working relationship with all 13 Packers head coaches.

* Attended 116 Packers-Bears contests, becoming an authority on the league's richest rivalry.

* Become one of just 12 individuals to have worked all 38 Super Bowls. He worked eight representing the Press-Gazette, 28 on the NFL's auxiliary media relations staff, and two with the Packers (1996-97).

"I have had a lifelong fascination with the unique story and history of the Packers," said Remmel, who will continue to attend the Super Bowl as an honorary representative, "and this new position will allow me to fully tell my version of that story, after having been around the team for more than 50 years, and worked with every head coach the team has had.

"In recent years, I might add, I frequently have been asked about doing a book on the Packers and, judging by the job description, a personal history on the Green and Gold is likely to be one of the projects involved. In any case, I am pleased about having continued daily involvement in the organization and the ability to attend all the team's games, home and away, as the Packers continue to make history."

Remmel also has helped raise more than $97,000 in scholarships through the annual Lee Remmel Sports Awards Banquet in Green Bay. The April 1 event, which he will host for a seventh straight year, honors outstanding professional, collegiate, amateur and prep athletes, coaches and administrators from Wisconsin.

"His tremendous depth of Packers knowledge is immensely valuable both to the club and league," NFL commissioner Paul Tagliabue said. "The Packers are a vital part of the NFL tradition and no one is more synonymous with the Packers than Lee Remmel."

Remmel and his wife of 55 years, Noreen, make their home in Green Bay.

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