This Week in Packer History

Here's a look at some of the important events in Packer history for the week of August 15-21.

1975: Bye, bye Bears

The Packers and Bears played their final exhibition game of a 17-year run vs. eachother on Aug. 16, 1975 at Milwaukee County Stadium. The Packer-Bear preseason series was instituted under Vince Lombardi in 1959. Although always a Packer home game, the exhibition clash of the rivals was held in Milwaukee for the first 15 years of the skein. The penultimate contest of the run, held Aug. 17, 1974, was the only one played at Lambeau Field. Lombardi's Packer-Bear preseason presentation was actually a continuation of another Green Bay-Chicago tradition which dates back to 1950. The Packers met the Chicago Cardinals in a traveling exhibition game for nine consecutive seasons. After humble beginning at each team's home stadium, the series moved on to Spokane, Wash.; Minneapolis; Austin, Tex. and finally St. Louis, where the Cardinals would relocated in 1960.

The Packers and Bears reunited for one more pre-season game, Aug. 11, 1984. The teams weren't the only ones who clashed. Combatting coaches Mike Ditka and Forrest Gregg weren't exactly chummy, with Forrest reportedly telling his team to worry about the Bears, and he'd take care of Ditka. The mutual admiration society was not revived the following year.

1997: Hail to the chief

A trip through Titletown shows that Green Bay doesn't forget it's heroes. On Aug. 17, 1997 -- slightly more than six months after the Packers won Super Bowl XXXI -- Groos Avenue was re-dedicated as Holmgren Way in honor of coach Mike Holmgren. Officially located in the neighboring village of Ashwaubenon, the street intersects with Lombardi Avenue.

2003: The show must go on The Packers arrive in Cleveland for a preseason game only to be met by the largest electrical blackout in U.S. history, Aug. 15, 2003. After initial reports that the game would have to be canceled, the city was up and running in time for a crowd of 70,348 to clearly see the Packers beat the Browns 38-31.

Happy Birthday

Kicker Ryan Longwell was born Aug. 16, 1974 in Seattle, Wash, and grew up in Bend, Ore., which he still calls home. Longwell was born on the 21st birthday of former Packer Mike C. McCoy, a defensive back out of Colorado who was born Aug. 16, 1953 in West Memphis, Ark. McCoy was with the Packers from 1976-83.

Longtime linebacker Fred Carr was born Aug. 19, 1946 in Phoenix, Ariz. Carr played for the Pack from 1968-77, and appeared in three consecutive Pro Bowls (1970-2), earning MVP honors in '71.

Former Packer and Jaguar nose tackle John Jurkovic celebrates a birthday this week. He was born on Aug. 18, 1967 in Friedrischafen, West Germany. "Jurko" came to the Pack via free agency in 1991, after he signed with the Dolphins as an undrafted free agent out of Eastern Illinoi in 1990 and spent most of the season on Miami's practice squad.

Tackle Ken Ruettgers was born Aug. 20, 1962 in Bakersfield, Calif. Ruettgers came to the Packers as a first-round draft pick out of USC in 1985 and played in Green Bay through his retirement in 1996.

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