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1956 Green Bay Packers

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4-8-0, Finished 5th in NFL West Division  · 1956 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total -4.4, Offense: 2.0, Defense: -6.4, SoS: 2.1, avg is 0.0.

Scored 264 points (22.0/g), 5th of 12 in the NFL. Allowed 342 points (28.5/g), 12th.
 Differential of -78 points (-6.5/g), 12th.  Expected W-L: 4.2-7.8.

Coach: Lisle Blackbourn (4-8-0)

Stadium: City Stadium
 Training Camp: UW Stevens Point (Stevens Point, Wisconsin)

Starters

Hide Non-primary Starters · ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
Pos Player Age Yrs GS Summary of Player Stats Drafted (tm/rnd/yr)
 Offensive Starters
QB Tobin Rote* 28 6 11 146 for 308, 2,203 yards, 18 td, 15 int, & 84 rushes for 398 yards and 11 td Green Bay Packers / 2nd / 17th pick / 1950
FB Howie Ferguson 26 3 0 99 rushes for 367 yards, 0 td, & 22 catches for 214 yards and 0 td
LH Breezy Reid 29 6 0 14 rushes for 39 yards, 0 td, & 3 catches for 16 yards and 0 td Chicago Bears / 9th / 107th pick / 1950
RH Al Carmichael 28 3 0 32 rushes for 199 yards, 0 td, & 13 catches for 180 yards and 1 td Green Bay Packers / 1st / 7th pick / 1953
LE Gary Knafelc 24 2 0 30 catches for 418 yards, 6 td Chicago Cardinals / 2nd / 14th pick / 1954
LT Bob Skoronski 22 Rook 0 Green Bay Packers / 5th / 56th pick / 1956
LG Joe Skibinski 28 4 0 Cleveland Browns / 15th / 183rd pick / 1951
C Jim Ringo 25 3 12 2 fumbles recovered Green Bay Packers / 7th / 79th pick / 1953
RG Buddy Brown 31 5 0 Washington Redskins / 19th / 221st pick / 1951
RT John Sandusky 31 6 0 Cleveland Browns / 2nd / 18th pick / 1950
RE Billy Howton*+ 26 4 0 55 catches for 1,188 yards, 12 td Green Bay Packers / 2nd / 15th pick / 1952
 Defensive Starters
LDE John Martinkovic 29 5 0 0 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered Washington Redskins / 6th / 65th pick / 1951
LDT Jerry Helluin 27 4 0 Cleveland Browns / 3rd / 38th pick / 1951
MG Bill Forester 24 3 0 4 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered Green Bay Packers / 3rd / 31st pick / 1953
RDT Dave Hanner 26 4 0 0 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered Green Bay Packers / 5th / 52nd pick / 1952
RDE Nate Borden 24 1 0 Green Bay Packers / 25th / 293rd pick / 1955
LLB Tom Bettis 23 1 0 Green Bay Packers / 1st / 5th pick / 1955
RLB Roger Zatkoff* 25 3 0 0 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered Green Bay Packers / 5th / 55th pick / 1953
LDH Hank Gremminger 23 Rook 0 2 interceptions, 0 fumbles recovered Green Bay Packers / 7th / 80th pick / 1956
RDH Billy Bookout 24 1 0 1 interception, 0 fumbles recovered
LS Val Joe Walker 26 3 0 1 interception, 0 fumbles recovered New York Giants / 7th / 83rd pick / 1952
RS Bobby Dillon* 26 4 0 7 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered Green Bay Packers / 3rd / 28th pick / 1952
 Special Teams Starters
K Fred Cone 30 5 0 5 of 8 field goals & 33 of 36 extra points Green Bay Packers / 3rd / 27th pick / 1951
P Dick Deschaine 24 1 0 62 punts for a 42.7 average, 0 blocked
PR Al Carmichael 28 3 0 21 punt returns for a 7.9 average and 0 td Green Bay Packers / 1st / 7th pick / 1953
KR Al Carmichael 28 3 0 33 kick returns for a 28.1 average and 1 td Green Bay Packers / 1st / 7th pick / 1953

Roster

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
No. Player Age Pos G GS Wt Ht College/Univ BirthDate Yrs AV Drafted (tm/rnd/yr)
85 Emery Barnes 27 2 0 235 6-6 Oregon 12/15/1929 Rook Green Bay Packers / 18th / 207th pick / 1954
65 Tom Bettis 23 LLB 12 0 228 6-2 Purdue 3/17/1933 1 Green Bay Packers / 1st / 5th pick / 1955
20 Billy Bookout 24 RDH 7 0 180 5-11 Oklahoma,Austin 6/1/1932 1
87 Nate Borden 24 RDE 12 0 234 6-0 Indiana 9/22/1932 1 Green Bay Packers / 25th / 293rd pick / 1955
62 Buddy Brown 31 RG 12 0 220 6-1 Arkansas 10/19/1925 5 Washington Redskins / 19th / 221st pick / 1951
26 Jim Capuzzi 24 7 0 190 6-0 Marquette,Cincinnati 3/12/1932 1
48 Al Carmichael 28 KR 12 0 200 6-1 USC 11/10/1928 3 Green Bay Packers / 1st / 7th pick / 1953
31 Fred Cone 30 12 0 199 5-11 Clemson 6/21/1926 5 Green Bay Packers / 3rd / 27th pick / 1951
80 Dick Deschaine 24 P 12 0 206 6-0 none 4/28/1932 1
44 Bobby Dillon* 26 RS 12 0 180 6-1 Texas 2/23/1930 4 Green Bay Packers / 3rd / 28th pick / 1952
37 Howie Ferguson 26 FB 11 0 218 6-2 none 8/5/1930 3
69 Bill Forester 24 MG 12 0 237 6-3 SMU 8/9/1932 3 Green Bay Packers / 3rd / 31st pick / 1953
26 Ken Gorgal 27 5 0 200 6-2 Purdue 2/13/1929 6 Cleveland Browns / 6th / 78th pick / 1950
75 Forrest Gregg 23 11 0 249 6-4 SMU 10/18/1933 Rook Green Bay Packers / 2nd / 20th pick / 1956
46 Hank Gremminger 23 LDH 12 0 201 6-1 Baylor 9/1/1933 Rook Green Bay Packers / 7th / 80th pick / 1956
79 Dave Hanner 26 RDT 12 0 257 6-2 Arkansas 5/22/1930 4 Green Bay Packers / 5th / 52nd pick / 1952
72 Jerry Helluin 27 LDT 12 0 272 6-2 Tulane 8/8/1929 4 Cleveland Browns / 3rd / 38th pick / 1951
86 Billy Howton*+ 26 RE 12 0 191 6-2 Rice 7/5/1930 4 Green Bay Packers / 2nd / 15th pick / 1952
40 Joe Johnson 27 11 0 185 6-0 Boston Col. 11/3/1929 2 Green Bay Packers / 11th / 127th pick / 1953
70 Don King 27 6 0 260 6-3 Kentucky 3/11/1929 2
84 Gary Knafelc 24 LE 12 0 217 6-4 Colorado 1/2/1932 2 Chicago Cardinals / 2nd / 14th pick / 1954
81 Gene Knutson 24 6 0 218 6-2 Michigan 11/10/1932 2 Green Bay Packers / 10th / 111th pick / 1954
58 Larry Lauer 29 6 0 232 6-3 Alabama 8/27/1927 Rook New York Yanks / 8th / 94th pick / 1951
25 Jack Losch 22 12 0 205 6-1 Miami (FL) 8/13/1934 Rook Green Bay Packers / 1st / 8th pick / 1956
83 John Martinkovic 29 LDE 12 0 241 6-3 Xavier (OH) 2/4/1927 5 Washington Redskins / 6th / 65th pick / 1951
24 Breezy Reid 29 LH 7 0 187 5-10 Georgia 9/14/1927 6 Chicago Bears / 9th / 107th pick / 1950
51 Jim Ringo 25 C 12 12 232 6-1 Syracuse 11/21/1931 3 Green Bay Packers / 7th / 79th pick / 1953
22 Bill Roberts 27 4 0 200 6-0 Dartmouth 9/11/1929 Rook
18 Tobin Rote* 28 QB 12 11 211 6-3 Rice 1/18/1928 6 Green Bay Packers / 2nd / 17th pick / 1950
77 John Sandusky 31 RT 12 0 251 6-1 Villanova 12/28/1925 6 Cleveland Browns / 2nd / 18th pick / 1950
63 Joe Skibinski 28 LG 12 0 245 5-11 Purdue 12/23/1928 4 Cleveland Browns / 15th / 183rd pick / 1951
76 Bob Skoronski 22 LT 12 0 249 6-3 Indiana 3/5/1934 Rook Green Bay Packers / 5th / 56th pick / 1956
61 Jerry Smith 26 3 0 230 6-1 Wisconsin 9/9/1930 4 San Francisco 49ers / 8th / 94th pick / 1952
61 Jack Spinks 26 1 0 236 6-0 Alcorn St. 2/4/1930 4 Pittsburgh Steelers / 11th / 126th pick / 1952
15 Bart Starr 22 qb 9 1 197 6-1 Alabama 1/9/1934 Rook Green Bay Packers / 17th / 200th pick / 1956
68 Len Szafaryn 28 12 0 226 6-2 North Carolina 1/19/1928 7 Washington Redskins / 3rd / 28th pick / 1949
66 Deral Teteak 27 12 0 210 5-10 Wisconsin 12/11/1929 4 Green Bay Packers / 9th / 100th pick / 1952
47 Val Joe Walker 26 LS 12 0 179 6-1 SMU 1/7/1930 3 New York Giants / 7th / 83rd pick / 1952
23 Glenn Young 27 4 0 205 6-2 Purdue 12/22/1929 Rook
74 Roger Zatkoff* 25 RLB 12 0 216 6-2 Michigan 3/25/1931 3 Green Bay Packers / 5th / 55th pick / 1953
Team Total 26.0 12 218.2 6-1.4 2.7