Packer Hall of Fame announces inductees

'Grave Digger,' Winters, Treml to be honored next summer

The Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame, Inc., today announced former nose tackle Gilbert Brown, center Frank Winters and video director Al Treml will be inducted into the Hall at the 38th Hall of Fame Induction Banquet on July 19, 2008, in the Lambeau Field Atrium.

Brown, a fan favorite during his 10-year career (1993-99, 2001-03), was one of the greatest run stuffers of his era. He is one of four true defensive linemen to have played 10 seasons for the Packers. Only Dave Hanner (13, 1952-64), Henry Jordan (11, 1659-69) and Ezra Johnson (11, 1977-87) played longer in a Green Bay uniform. Obtained on waivers from Minnesota during 1993 training camp, Brown played 125 Packers games (103 starts) recording 292 tackles (186 solo) and seven sacks.

Nicknamed "The Gravedigger," in honor of his celebratory dance following a thunderous tackle, Brown played in 15 Packers playoff games. He was a major contributor on strong defenses during the mid 1990s. His best season was 1996, when Green Bay won Super Bowl XXXI.

Winters, a hard-nosed athlete known for his freewheeling, "play to the whistle" style during his 11-year (1992-2002) Packers career, became one the NFL's top centers after spending his first five years in the NFL primarily as a long snapper. He earned USA Today All-Pro honors in 1999 and went to the Pro Bowl in 1996. Overall, he played in 156 of a possible 176 regular-season games for the Packers.

Beginning with his second year in Green Bay, Winters went on to serve as the team's starting center for eight consecutive seasons (1993-2000), becoming the only Packers offensive lineman to play in the Pro Bowl in a 18-year span –- since Larry McCarren was named to the NFC squad in 1983. Along the way, he demonstrated his great durability by starting every game in five of his 10 seasons with Green Bay (1993-96, 1999).

Treml served as the team's video director from 1967 to 2001 and took the team's video operations from film into the video era. In his role as video director, Treml supervised the production and editing of all game and practice tapes for the club's football operations, as well as weekly, in-season exchange of video with other teams. He launched his life's work shooting Packers games with a still camera for a daily newspaper, and later began filming the team's games on a part-time basis in 1964.

Under the Green Bay native's direction, the Packers became the first club in the NFL to utilize non-linear digital editing, a system now used by most league teams. Highly regarded throughout the NFL, Treml saw his preeminence duly recognized when he was elected by his peers as the first chairman of the NFL Video Directors Committee in 1986, later serving as co-chairman of the committee from 1992 through 1998.

Tickets for the banquet, which begins with the doors opening at 4:30 p.m. with a cash bar, and dinner and program to follow at 7 p.m., are $125 each. Tables of 10 also are available for $1150 and are assigned in the order in which they are purchased. Early reservations are recommended. To purchase tickets, call Gwen Borga at (920) 965-6984, or e-mail her at gborga@packerhalloffame.org. No refunds are available 30 days prior to the event.


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