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Packer Hall of Fame to honor two

Former linebacker Mike "Mad Dog" Douglass and broadcaster Jim Irwin will become the newest inductees into the Packer Hall of Fame in July. The addition of the two will bring the hall's membership to 130.<p>

Douglass played for the Packers from 1978 through 1985. As part of a linebacking corps that featured John Anderson, Mike Hunt, Rich Wingo and George Cumby, Douglass was a standout performer who intercepted 10 passes for 274 yards and a touchdown. He still holds teams records for most tackles in a season – 180 set in 1981 – and two opponents' fumbles returned for touchdowns in a season (1983). He led the team in tackles three times in his career – 165 in 1980, 180 in 1981 and 162 in 1983.

Douglass' zest for the game rubbed off on his teammates and made him an instant fan favorite. But, with Douglass, there was more than met the eye.

"Everybody always talked about the athletic part of my play but I studied a lot," Douglass told Packer Report last fall. "Being a person who was diligent enough to study all the film and read stats on players, looking for weaknesses, it gave me the ability to use my quickness and my strength to overcome people that were bigger. Most of the people I played against were a lot bigger than me."

Though he was officially listed in the Packers media guides at 224 pounds, Douglass confessed that his real playing weight was 205 and near the end of some seasons his weight would drop to 196 or 197.

"At our weigh-ins every Thursday, I'd just put on wrist weights, ankle weights and I had a weighted belt that I'd wear under my sweats – whatever I had to put on to make weight is what I did," he laughed.

Douglass, a fifth-round draft choice by the Packers out of San Diego State, held the Aztecs' career sack record of 26 until Kabeer Gbaja-Biamila, drafted by the Packers in 2000, finished with 33 in 1999.

Douglass, 47, resides in San Diego where he is a professional body builder and fitness trainer.

Irwin, 68, called the Packers' games on radio from 1969 to 1998. He began as an analyst in 1969 and became the team's play-by-play voice in 1975. He has worked with analysts Lionel Aldridge, Max McGee and Larry McCarren.

Irwin was sports director at WLUK-TV in Green Bay from 1964-69. He then was employed by Milwaukee's WTMJ radio until he retired. He was voted Wisconsin sports announcer of the year a record 10 times. Irwin currently resides in southern California.

Tickets to the banquet cost $95, with tables of 10 available. Call (920) 405-1112.


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