‘Cliff’s Notes’ to make debut on packers.com

Posted by Mike Spofford on May 19, 2014 – 4:20 pm

Want to know the ins and outs and ups and downs of Lambeau and Lombardi and their teams? If you think you already know…you might not. Just ask Cliff Christl, team historian. Seriously. Ask him. E-mail him any question about any game, player, coach, or play, uniform, road trip, or rumor from 1919 to today to get the true story. E-mail Cliff at history@packers.com. Please include your first name, hometown and state.


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Trash-talking corners

Posted by Cliff Christl on February 5, 2014 – 1:29 pm

A first blog post from new Packers team historian, Cliff Christl

As Packers fans from the Lombardi Era may well remember, Seattle’s Richard Sherman wasn’t the first cornerback to arrive at the Super Bowl with an outsized ego and a brash tongue. That distinction belonged to Fred “The Hammer” Williamson, one of Kansas City’s starting corners against the Packers in Super Bowl I.

“I haven’t seen anything in the films that offers much of a threat to me,” Williamson told reporters covering the Chiefs’ at their Super Bowl base in Long Beach, Calif., in January 1967. “I’ll be able to cover either Boyd Dowler or Carroll Dale. I didn’t see any Alworths, Hennigans or Dubenions (star receivers in the young American Football League) among the Green Bay receivers.” That wasn’t the end of Williamson’s harangue. “Did you notice the deep passes they were catching on Dallas? I guarantee they won’t beat me on a deep pattern,” he added. “Dale has moves like Art Graham of Boston and Dowler is like Glenn Bass of Buffalo. And Graham and Bass are not among the top receivers in our league.”

Williamson also promised to “drop the hammer” on the Packers. “The Hammer” was not only his nickname, but also his name for the forearm blow he’d deliver to the heads of opposing receivers.

As it turned out, it was “The Hammer” himself who was knocked out of the game in the fourth quarter when he took a knee to the head as the Packers rolled to a 35-10 victory behind Bart Starr’s 250 passing yards. Dowler left the game after the third play with a shoulder injury that he suffered throwing a block. Max McGee, Dowler’s replacement, caught 7 passes for 138 yards and two TDs.

Sherman played as good a game as he talked in the Seahawks’ victory over Denver Sunday, but like Williamson was forced from the game when he suffered an ankle injury in the fourth quarter.

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