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1959 Green Bay Packers season
Head coach Vince Lombardi
Home field Lambeau Field
Milwaukee County Stadium
Record 7-5
Place 3rd NFL Western
Playoff finish did not qualify
Previous season Next season
1958 1960

The 1959 Green Bay Packers season was their 39th season in the National Football League. The club posted a 7-5 record under first-year coach Vince Lombardi, earning them a 3rd place finish in the National Conference.




NFL Draft

Round Pick Player Position School/Club Team

The Lombardi Era Begins

On February 4, 1959, Vince Lombardi seized his opportunity and began building his football dynasty in Green Bay. He started by trading away the Packers best receiver of the decade Billy Howton, to the Cleveland Browns. To bring some much-needed leadership to the defensive backfield, Lombardi obtained future Hall of Famer Emlen Tunnell from the New York Giants. Ha also acquired Fuzzy Thurston from the Baltimore Colts and defensive tackle Henry Jordan form Cleveland by the start of training camp. In all, 16 veterans from the previous season were sent packing as Lombardi installed a new attitude in the Packers' locker room.

Training Camp

Lombardi borrowed from the Giants model — the players had to feel like champions. The team traveled first class under the philosophy that "you can't be a winner unless you feel like one." The change in culture was pronounced. Lombardi had to find a quarterback, and he was resistant to making Bart Starr the quarterback. Starr was in his fourth year in the league and hadn't won a game he played four quarters in. "Did Bart tell you how bad he was?" a player was to later quip to biographer John Eisenberg. Former Razorback Lamar McCann beat out Starr.

A Master Plan

Through his now legendary coaching style, Lombardi whipped the underachieving Packers into instant winners. he set his plan immediately into action at his very first team meeting. "I have never been on a losing team gentlemen and I do not intend to start now!"

A Dramatic Improvement

The results of Lombardi's approach were dramatic. in the season opener against the Chicago Bears, the Packers held on to win 9-6 and celebrated the victory by carrying their new head coach off the field. In his first year on the sidelines, the Packers posted their first winning record since 1947. The team's quick turnaround netted Lombardi unanimous honors as coach of the year.

Regular season


Lombardi’s first game as Packers coach was on September 27.[1] In front of 32,150 fans, the Packers won the game. In the final seven minutes, the Packers put up nine points to win the game by a score of 9-6. Jim Taylor scored a touchdown to put the Packers on the scoreboard. Max McGee would have a sixty-one yard punt which would land on the Bears 2 yard line. The punt set up the final score of the game. Hawg Hanner scored a safety on Bears quarterback Ed Brown.[2] After the game, Jim Ringo grabbed the game ball and gave it to Lombardi.

Week Date Opponent Result
1 September 27, 1959 Chicago Bears W 9-6
2 October 4, 1959 Detroit Lions W 28-10
3 October 11, 1959 San Francisco 49ers W 21-20
4 October 18, 1959 Los Angeles Rams L 45-6
5 October 25, 1959 at Baltimore Colts L 38-21
6 November 1, 1959 at New York Giants L 20-3
7 November 8, 1959 at Chicago Bears L 28-17
8 November 15, 1959 Baltimore Colts L 28-24
9 November 22, 1959 Washington Redskins W 21-0
10 November 26, 1959 at Detroit Lions W 24-17
11 December 6, 1959 at Los Angeles Rams W 38-20
12 December 13, 1959 at San Francisco 49ers W 36-14


NFL Western
Baltimore Colts 9 3 0 .750 374 251 W-5
Chicago Bears 8 4 0 .667 252 196 W-7
San Francisco 49ers 7 5 0 .583 255 237 L-2
Green Bay Packers 7 5 0 .583 248 246 W-4
Detroit Lions 3 8 1 .273 203 275 L-1
Los Angeles Rams 2 10 0 .167 242 315 L-8


Green Bay Packers roster

Running Backs

Wide Receivers Tight Ends

Offensive Linemen

Defensive Linemen DE


Defensive Backs

Special Teams Rookies and first-year players in italics

Awards, records, and honors

  • Vince Lombardi, Coach of the Year [3]



  1. ^ When Pride Still Mattered, David Maraniss,p. 225, Simon & Schuster, 1999, ISBN 978-0-684-84418-3
  2. ^ When Pride Still Mattered, David Maraniss,p. 226, Simon & Schuster, 1999, ISBN 978-0-684-84418-3
  3. ^ When Pride Still Mattered, David Maraniss,p. 228, Simon & Schuster, 1999, ISBN 978-0-684-84418-3
Eastern Conference Western Conference
Chicago Cardinals Baltimore
Cleveland Chicago Bears
New York Detroit
Philadelphia Green Bay
Pittsburgh Los Angeles
Washington San Francisco
1959 NFL DraftNFL ChampionshipPro Bowl


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