Wolf to get distinguished service award

Former Packers general manager Ron Wolf, who spearheaded the Packers' return to Super Bowl prominence in the 1990s, will receive the Distinguished Service Award at the fifth annual Lee Remmel Sports Award Banquet on April 11.<p>

Wolf retired as general manager of the Packers after last season and left behind a legacy of greatness. He built the Packers into perennial NFL contenders during his nine-year tenure, punctuated by their first Super Bowl victory in three decades and back-to-back appearances in professional football's ultimate game.

Wolf, 62, a New Freedom, Pa., native, was enshrined in the Packer Hall of Fame in July of 2000 for converting the Green and Gold from perennial also-rans into consistent winners and the standard of the pro football world.

A major ingredient in the Packers' revival was Wolf's superior talent for selecting players in the annual NFL draft. A contribution underscored by the fact that a remarkable 57.8 percent of those he has drafted during his tenure were still playing in the league at the end of the 2000 regular season at a time when the average career length for an NFL player is closer to four years.

Before retiring, Wolf fired Ray Rhodes and subsequently hired Mike Sherman to coach the Packers. He also dealt cornerback Fred Vinson to the Seattle Seahawks for running back Ahman Green, one of the biggest steals in NFL history. Green has had back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons while Vinson has played little for the Seahawks.

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