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Earl "Curly" Louis Lambeau

Birthdate: (67)
Birthplace: Green Bay, Brown County, Wisconsin, United States
Death: June 1, 1965 (67)
Sturgeon Bay, Door County, Wisconsin, United States (Cardiac Arrest)
Place of Burial: Green Bay, Brown County, Wisconsin, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Marcelline Marcel Lambeau and Mary Sara Latour
Ex-husband of Marguerite Marie Lambeau; Susan Copeland Johnson and Grace Olive Garland
Father of Donald Earl Lambeau
Brother of Raymond E Lambeau and Oliver D Lambeau

Occupation: Football Player, Founder of Green Bay Packers
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About Curly Lambeau

Earl Louis "Curly" Lambeau (April 9, 1898 – June 1, 1965) was founder, player, and first coach of the Green Bay Packers professional American football team. He shares the distinction with rival George Halas of the Chicago Bears of coaching his team to the most NFL championships, with six.

East High School and Notre Dame

Lambeau was a standout multi-sport athlete at Green Bay East High School, and captain of its football team as a senior in 1917. Lambeau then played for legendary coach Knute Rockne at Notre Dame in 1918, making the Irish's varsity squad as a freshman, but a severe case of tonsillitis forced him to return home before his sophomore year.

Founding the Packers

Lambeau and George Whitney Calhoun formed the Green Bay Packers on August 11, 1919, while Lambeau was working as a shipping clerk at the Indian Packing Company. The Packers initially played teams from Wisconsin and Michigan's Upper Peninsula; however, the success of the team in 1919-20 quickly led to its joining of the National Football League in 1921.

Playing career

Lambeau played for the Packers from 1919 to 1929. Although Lambeau played halfback, he was the player who took the snap from the center, as was common practice during that period. Lambeau threw the Packers' first official pass, first official touchdown pass, and kicked the Packers' first official field goal.

Personal life

Lambeau was married three times, first to Marguerite Van Kessel from 1919 ending in divorce with one son in 1934. His second wife Susan Johnson was a former Miss California. They were married from 1935 to 1940. He married Grace Garland in 1945 and was divorced in 1955.

Lambeau died of a heart attack in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin, while visiting a friend.


The Packers' stadium, Lambeau Field in Green Bay, is named after Curly Lambeau. The venue opened in 1957, informally called "New" City Stadium for its first eight years. It was renamed "Lambeau Field" in September 1965, three months after Lambeau's death.

Erected after the stadium's 2003 renovation, a 14-foot statue of Lambeau greets visitors.

Lambeau Street, in Green Bay's Packerland Industrial Park, is also named in his honor.

Among other things, Lambeau is credited with pioneering daily practices, forward pass in the NFL, and flying to road games.

Lambeau was elected to the Wisconsin Athletic Hall of Fame in 1961.

Lambeau was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame's inaugural class in 1963.

Curly Lambeau was the founder, player, and first coach for the Green Bay Packers, a professional football team.

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Curly Lambeau's Timeline

April 9, 1898
Green Bay, Brown County, Wisconsin, United States
September 16, 1920
Age 22
Green Bay, Brown County, Wisconsin, United States
June 1, 1965
Age 67
Sturgeon Bay, Door County, Wisconsin, United States
Green Bay, Brown County, Wisconsin, United States