Ron Wolf named finalist for Hall of Fame induction

Posted by Mike Spofford on October 23, 2014 – 10:05 am

Ron WolfFormer Packers GM Ron Wolf has been named a finalist for the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s Class of 2015 in the new “contributor” category. Bill Polian is also a finalist in the category.

The Hall of Fame changed its selection process in creating the contributor category. The finalists will be treated similar to the annual senior nominee(s), voted on separately from the other 15 modern-era finalists. Contributor and senior nominees will need 80 percent of the vote from the full selection committee for induction, but their potential election will not count against the maximum number of five modern-era inductees.

Wolf was the architect who returned the Packers to prominence, and he’s noted mostly for three key moves — hiring Mike Holmgren as head coach, trading for Brett Favre to be QB and signing DE Reggie White in free agency. Holmgren and Favre arrived in 1992, White in ’93. By 1995, the Packers advanced to the NFC Championship game, and in 1996 they won the franchise’s first Super Bowl in 29 years.

“What an honor!,” Wolf said in a statement released by the Hall of Fame. “I’m overwhelmed. I realize that none of this would be possible without an awful lot of support from a lot of other people. So, for me, this is more an organizational thing than just one individual.”

The selection committee will vote and announce the Class of 2015 on Jan. 31, one day before the Super Bowl. Mick Tingelhoff is a senior nominee this year, while the 15 modern-era finalists have not yet been announced.

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Holmgren new Pro Football HOF nominee

Posted by Mike Spofford on September 12, 2013 – 12:06 pm

Former Packers coach Mike Holmgren is among 16 first-year eligible modern-era candidates nominated for the Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2014.

The full list of 126 nominees will be reduced to 25 semifinalists in late November, and then whittled further to 15 finalists announced in January.

Holmgren coached the Packers for seven seasons (1992-98), winning three division championships and qualifying for the playoffs six times. He led the Packers to three NFC Championship games and two Super Bowl appearances, winning Super Bowl XXXI.

Upon leaving Green Bay, Holmgren went on to coach the Seattle Seahawks to a berth in Super Bowl XL.

Other nominees with Packers ties from past years who remain on the list are former GM Ron Wolf, S LeRoy Butler and current OLB coach Kevin Greene.

Last year, Greene was one of the 15 finalists but was not elected.

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Hall of Fame nominees announced

Posted by Mike Spofford on September 28, 2012 – 11:37 am

Four individuals with ties to the Packers were among the 127 nominees announced this week for the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s class of 2013.

Outside linebackers coach Kevin Greene, former safety LeRoy Butler, former GM Ron Wolf and Clay Matthews Jr., father of current LB Clay Matthews III, are all on the list.

The list of nominees will eventually be pared to 15 finalists, who will join former Packers LB Dave Robinson, a senior nominee, for the final stage of consideration. Greene was a finalist last year after being a semifinalist in previous years.

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Greene named Pro Football Hall of Fame finalist

Posted by Mike Spofford on January 7, 2012 – 3:27 pm

A semifinalist three times previously, Packers Outside Linebackers Coach Kevin Greene for the first time has advanced to the finalist stage for potential induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Greene was named one of 17 finalists (15 modern-era and two senior nominees) by the Hall of Fame selection committee on Saturday. Former Packers GM Ron Wolf also was a semifinalist but did not advance to the finalist stage. For more on both individuals, please refer to a story posted earlier this week on

The HOF selection committee will meet on Saturday, Feb. 4 (the day before Super Bowl XLVI) in Indianapolis to elect the 2012 class of inductees. Between four and seven of the finalists will be elected, but no more than five modern-era nominees can be elected in any one year. The class can grow to six or seven members if one or both of the senior nominees are chosen.

From the Hall of Fame’s press release on Saturday, below is the list of all of this year’s finalists (* denotes senior nominee), plus the synopsis on Greene’s career:

·         Jerome Bettis – Running Back – 1993-95 Los Angeles/St. Louis Rams, 1996-2005 Pittsburgh Steelers

·         Tim Brown – Wide Receiver/Kick Returner – 1988-2003 Los Angeles/Oakland Raiders, 2004 Tampa Bay Buccaneers

·         Jack Butler* – Cornerback – 1951-59 Pittsburgh Steelers

·         Cris Carter – Wide Receiver – 1987-89 Philadelphia Eagles, 1990-2001 Minnesota Vikings, 2002 Miami Dolphins

·         Dermontti Dawson – Center – 1988-2000 Pittsburgh Steelers

·         Edward DeBartolo, Jr. – Owner – 1977-2000 San Francisco 49ers

·         Chris Doleman – Defensive End/Linebacker – 1985-1993, 1999 Minnesota Vikings, 1994-95 Atlanta Falcons, 1996-98 San Francisco 49ers

·         Kevin Greene – Linebacker/Defensive End – 1985-1992 Los Angeles Rams, 1993-95 Pittsburgh Steelers, 1996, 1998-99 Carolina Panthers, 1997 San Francisco 49ers

·         Charles Haley – Defensive End/Linebacker – 1986-1991, 1999 San Francisco 49ers, 1992-96 Dallas Cowboys

·         Cortez Kennedy – Defensive Tackle – 1990-2000 Seattle Seahawks

·         Curtis Martin – Running Back – 1995-97 New England Patriots, 1998-2005 New York Jets

·         Bill Parcells – Coach – 1983-1990 New York Giants, 1993-96 New England Patriots, 1997-99 New York Jets, 2003-06 Dallas Cowboys

·         Andre Reed – Wide Receiver – 1985-1999 Buffalo Bills, 2000 Washington Redskins

·         Willie Roaf – Tackle – 1993-2001 New Orleans Saints, 2002-05 Kansas City Chiefs

·         Will Shields – Guard – 1993-2006 Kansas City Chiefs

·         Dick Stanfel* – Guard – 1952-55 Detroit Lions, 1956-58 Washington Redskins

·         Aeneas Williams – Cornerback/Safety – 1991-2000 Phoenix/Arizona Cardinals, 2001-04 St. Louis Rams


Linebacker/Defensive End … 6-3, 247 … Auburn… 1985-1992 Los Angeles Rams, 1993-95 Pittsburgh Steelers, 1996, 1998-99 Carolina Panthers, 1997 San Francisco 49ers … 15 seasons, 228 games … Selected by Rams in 5th round (113th player overall) in 1985 draft … Played primarily on special teams as rookie, only season he didn’t register a sack  … Did not have any starts in second season, but played in all 16 games and managed seven sacks … Added 6.5 sacks in 1987 and by fourth season was bona fide pass rusher for Rams, registering career-high 16.5 sacks, including career-best 4.5 sacks in win over 49ers in season finale that clinched playoff spot for Rams … Following year matched his 16.5 sacks total … Had double-digit sack totals ten times, second in record book at the time … Only time missed recording 10 sacks in any of last eight seasons was 1995 when he had team-leading nine sacks for Steelers … Named to Pro Bowl five times (once with the Rams, twice with Steelers and Panthers) … Selected first-team All-Pro, 1989 with Rams, 1994 with Pittsburgh and 1996 with Carolina … Captured league sack title twice, 1994 and 1996 … A member of NFL’s All-Decade Team of 1990s … Played in six conference championship games and one Super Bowl … Led team in sacks 11 times and amassed 160 total sacks, third all-time at time of retirement … Also had three safeties, 26 opponent fumble recoveries, and five interceptions … Born July 31, 1962 in New York, New York.

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