Faith: The Hopeful Years: 1979-1988

Photographed January 30, 2015
Erected by Oneida Nation Walk of Legends™
Green Bay, Brown County, Wisconsin

The Campbell Historical Retrospective On
The Hopeful Years
The years between 1979 and 1988 in Green Bay's pro-football history produced a series of off-field events that collectively provided the impetus for improvements to facilities, as well as business and financial operations of this small-market league franchisee. The first watershed event occurred Oct. 1, 1979 when the city of Green Bay played host to "MNF," better known as the "Monday Night Football" television program. Of ten prior appearances by Green Bay, this was the first to have been broadcast from historic Titletown, USA. The game -- in which Green Bay claimed victory over New England -- introduced a national television viewing audience to the famed city that pioneered pro-football and inspired football fans worldwide to experience the "mystique" of Lambeau. 

Bart Starr, a legend of the 1960's Lombardi Dynasty teams, opened this era as head coach, a challenging role he'd played since 1975. A careful tactician with strong business acumen, Starr worked tirelessly both on and off the field to improve the team. During the late 70's, he launched a behind-the-scenes effort to improve the team's facilities, a bold move that led to the creation of a state-of-the-art, indoor practice field and new administrative offices. Starr believed these improvements would prove a valuable tool for talent recruitment in the event football, like other sports, would follow in the path of free agency. His plan proved prophetic when contract negotiations between the league and players' union led to strikes in 1982 and 1987, the latter raising the issue of free agency.

Starr was one of three coaches who tried to steady the waters during this turbulent time. He came closest in '83 when the '82 team claimed the first post-season victory for Green Bay since the Lombardi era. Starr's former teammate, the legendary Forrest Gregg, took over as head coach in 1984, but in his three-year tenure was unable to put Green Bay back on top. In 1988, Lindy Infante debuted as head coach, introducing his difficult-to-execute, multiple-approach, "Pass to Daylight" offense.
NOTE: Paragraphs added for ease in reading.

The monument is located adjacent to the Pizza Hut parking lot on eastbound Lombardi Avenue / County Highway VK, east of its intersection with Bart Starr Road, at 855 Lombardi Avenue, Green Bay, Wisconsin 54304. (July 21, 2010): Who's who on the Walk of Legends

Stone Business Online (January 8, 2009): Oneida Nation Walk of Legends, Green Bay, Wis. The inspiring story of how mother-and-daughter-team, Sandi and Corrie Campbell, envisioned, developed and brought to fruition the Oneida Nation Walk of Legends™.

The Official Website of the Packers

The monument is one of a series of 24 engraved granite-and-steel monuments that comprise the Oneida Nation Walk of Legends™. The monuments pay tribute to the legends of Green Bay football, and chronicle the history of the Packers organization from 1895 to the present.

These monuments are also at this location:

Looking east with Lombardi Avenue in the background.

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