The Packers are the last of the small town teams which were common in the NFL during the league’s early days of the 1920s and 1930s. Founded in 1919 by Earl Curly Lambeau and George Whitney Calhoun, the franchise traces its lineage to other semi-professional teams in Green Bay dating back to 1896. Between 1919 and 1920, the Packers competed against other semi-pro clubs from around Wisconsin and the Midwest, before joining the American Professional Football Association APFA, the forerunner of today’s NFL, in 1921. Although Green Bay is by far the smallest major league professional sports market in North America.
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