This Week in Packer History: July 18-24

Here's a look back at events in Packer history during the week of July 18-24:

1965: Legends on the links

Vince Lombardi teed off against Jack Nicklaus in a highly-publicized exhibition golf match July 21, 1965 at Oneida Golf and Riding Club outside Green Bay. Lombardi, who maintained a 9 handicap, was reportedly thrilled with his 82. Nicklaus shot a 72.

1994: Honoring the past, building for the future

The Don Hutson Center, the Packers' $4.7 million indoor practice facility, was dedicated July 18, 1994 with the legendary Hutson on hand for the ceremony. Situated across Oneida Street from Lambeau Field, the state-of-the-art facility was designed by architect Bill Doyle of Berners-Schober Associates, Inc. of Green Bay. The 112,400 square-foot facility includes one 70-yard field and one 60-yard field and has a clearance of 90 feet at its tallest interior point.

The practice fields to the east and immediate west of the Don Hutson Center were also named for Packer greats during this week in team history. The east field became Ray Nitschke Field and the surface adjoining the Hutson Center was named for Clarke Hinkle on July 24, 1997.

1997: Packer for life

Quarterback Brett Favre signed a 7-year contract, then the longest in Packer history, on July 24, 1997. At the time of the signing, it made Favre the highest paid player in pro football. While the long-term deal covered Favre through the 2003 season when he would turn 34, a 10-year pact that would assure that Favre spent his entire career in a Packer uniform was inked in 2001.

This Week's Birthdays

All-time great safety LeRoy Butler was born July 19, 1968 in Jacksonville, Fla.

Rich Wingo, linebacker for the Pack (1979, 1981-84) out of Alabama, was born on July 18, 1956 in Elkhart, Ind.


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