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    Halas Helped Keep Packers in Green Bay

    More than animosity, respect defines the NFL's oldest and best rivalry.

    To grasp this fully, you have to go back to one day in 1956 when it wasn't Bears legend George Halas coaching against the Packers. It was Halas coaxing the people of Green Bay on behalf of the home team considered his nemesis.

    With the Packers facing the threat of NFL relocation unless city residents approved a new football stadium, Halas boldly sought to keep his field enemies closer to Chicago. Everybody in Wisconsin knew Halas despised the Packers for two Sundays every football season.

    But less publicized was the honorable way Halas treated the Packers organization the other 363 days of the year, best illustrated when the Bears founder showed up to push public funding for what is now Lambeau Field.



    "While the NFL and other people were telling Green Bay what needed to be done, George Halas went up there and made an impassioned plea about how important the Packers were to the community,'' incoming Bears chairman George McCaskey said.

    At that rally in '56, heavily promoted on local radio, Halas preached to locals used to booing his Bears. When voters responded April 3, 1956, by passing the stadium referendum to issue bonds that green-lighted more pro football in Green Bay, Halas received a share of the credit.
    Chicago Bears: Bears legend George Halas helped save Green Bay Packers - chicagotribune.com



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    Re: Halas Helped Keep Packers in Green Bay

    Also noted in the article...

    Halas also accepted a $1,500 loan from the Packers in 1932, according to Green Bay Press-Gazette archives. Some football historians believe it was that gesture by the Packers that drove Halas to get so involved in '56 when the NFL deemed old City Stadium and its 24,000-seat capacity too small.
    Cool story all around.



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    Re: Halas Helped Keep Packers in Green Bay

    I'm glad Halas helped keep the Packers afloat.

    Bears-Packers rivalry is the best rivalry in all of sports.




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    Re: Halas Helped Keep Packers in Green Bay

    Oh so its Halas's fault we gotta deal with those Cheeseheads. Actually very cool story thanks for sharing. I can hardly wait for the game this weekend!



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    Re: Halas Helped Keep Packers in Green Bay

    This is old news, literally. That's why any Packer fan who knows their history will never say anything bad about Halas.


    “There have been a lotta tough guys. There have been pretenders. And there have been contenders. But there is only one king.”

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