Today's Packers fans owe Bob Harlan everything

Reflecting on the fact that current Packers fans owe extreme thanks to former president and CEO Bob Harlan.

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Since'61's picture

March 27, 2022 at 07:38 pm

Agree completely. He did a great job and literally saved the franchise. Thanks, Since '61

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PackerAaron's picture

March 27, 2022 at 07:41 pm

It's just crazy to think about now, given how healthy and popular they are. But he absolutely did.

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Since'61's picture

March 27, 2022 at 08:36 pm

The packers could not continue as they were throughout the 70s and 80s. Another decade or so and I believe that the league would have revoked their non-profit charter and allowed a private owner buy the team and probably move the franchise away from Green Bay. Fortunately Ron Wolf and Mike Holmgren got the results.
Thanks, Since '61

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greengold's picture

March 27, 2022 at 10:32 pm

You are not kidding there, Since’61! It really was a threat. Harlan was a true godsend for the Green Bay Packers at every level.

I will NEVER forget the excitement of him bringing Wolf in, and Wolf then tapping Mike Holmgren as our new HC.

Wow. Instant transformation into legitimacy, again. After an extremely long absence.

Thank you, Mr. Bob Harlan.

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jannes bjornson's picture

March 28, 2022 at 01:42 pm

If you called his office, he would return phone calls. Stand up guy. He understood marketing and the new direction the Game was taking while the BOD worked the 19th hole at the Oneida Country Club.

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Pantz_Burp's picture

March 27, 2022 at 08:31 pm

Thanks much Bob for keeping the bones of Lambeau Field intact. As much as the players, Lambeau Field still amazes...thanks for the redevelopment but allowing the field and bleachers to still whisper all the games played there, all the moments. Thanks for being comfortable with hiring good people to help move your vision along. And, the pinnacle of a successful season. He added modern technology without sacrificing past history and appeared to truly spread praises around to all. He did things behind the scenes that we (the public) would probably never learn of if not for someone else acknowledging his efforts. Seems like a class act...and, I honestly never thought I would see the day the Packers would play in a Super Bowl, much less win one (or two). Great reminder Aaron...I am always thinking of Reggie White, Favre, Coach Holmgren, Ron Wolf, Desmond Howard, Sean Jones, Rison, etc...but, forgetting to thank and acknowledge Mr. Harlan. Something tells me, he is okay with that...

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Johnblood27's picture

March 27, 2022 at 08:41 pm

Buy and read "Green and golden Moments" by Bob Harlan, great read.

I met Bob Harlan in the Rock Bottom in Des Moines Iowa. He was waiting in line for a table on a friday night and i was in the bar. He had a GBP vest on and i went up to him and asked if he was a Packer fan, he said yes and i said, you know - you look a lot like Bob Harlan, he said that's because i am.

I spoke with him and his lovely wife Madeleine while they waited in line and we had a great conversation. I had the opportunity to sincerely thank him for all he had done for my favorite NFL team and he was extremely gracious. He4 said that he answered his own phone calls and that if i ever got up to Green bay to call him and he would give me a personal tour of Lambeau Field.

I was in the bar that night celebrating my new job in California and I was leaving in a week, so i never got to go to Green bay and call Bob for my tour. That's all right, the gesture was all i needed.

Bob Harlan is a true gentleman and a class act. I am very proud to root for the franchise that gave him the opportunity to pursue his dreams in sports management. He did a great job for the Packers in so many ways.

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Pantz_Burp's picture

March 27, 2022 at 08:43 pm

Wow, how cool j-blood...thanks for sharing.

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Johnblood27's picture

March 27, 2022 at 09:12 pm

To be standing in front of Bob Harlan and get to say the words "Thank you for all you have done for the GB Packers" brought tears to my eyes.

Honest, it did.

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Pantz_Burp's picture

March 27, 2022 at 09:35 pm

I get it, I truly do. Max MaGee was before my time but I saw him on the plane sitting ahead of me. I waited to see him walking in the airport and just said Max, thank you for the memories and was going to leave him be. He stopped, asked me for my name and then shook my hand. I was on cloud nine for days.

With you and it being Bob Harlan, the architect of the G at that time,truly special dude. I am stoked you had the opportunity. One never knows, just maybe...you made Bob's and his wife's day a little more special too. Go Pack go!

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HawkPacker's picture

March 28, 2022 at 08:15 am

What a heartwarming story JB. I used to live in Des Moines. Was Rock Bottom a restaurant downtown?

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Johnblood27's picture

March 28, 2022 at 07:21 pm

West Des Moines

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Zapato's picture

March 28, 2022 at 09:02 am

I didn't get to meet Bob Harlan in person, but he did write me a really nice letter upon my Air Force retirement. He thanked me for my years of service and my dedication to the Green Bay Packers. It came with a U.S. Flag that was flown over Lambeau Field in my honor. They're both framed and hanging on the wall in my Packer room. Truly a great guy to do something like that!

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PackfanNY's picture

March 27, 2022 at 09:58 pm

Thanks, Aaron this is spot on. I attended my first game at Lambeau in 1993. It was the Reggie White game where he sacked John Elway on back to back games to beat the Denver Broncos. I can tell you that even then Lambeau was great “inside”. The history was special. However, the exterior was corrugated green steel or whatever. I had been to plenty of Stadiums and well it needed work. If I remember correctly the Packers Hall of Fame was on Lombardi Avenue down away from Lambeau. Much smaller than today.

I didn’t get back to Lambeau until 2010. The difference is AMAZING. The HOF is pretty spectacular. I go every year and visit the HOF every time. I see something and learn something new each time. I have been on the Stadium Tour 10 times. The visit to Lambeau is a highlight each year. I have been to games in Miami, New York, LA, Dallas, San Diego (yes the Chargers were real) and can honestly say Lambeau is the best fan experience in the NFL.

Thanks Bob Harlan. I only wish that I could leave something so great when I die.

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Pantz_Burp's picture

March 27, 2022 at 10:15 pm

I believe you are right PackNY about the location of the previous Packer HOF...at least I know it wasn't at Lambeau Field until they moved it. I was lucky to buy a photo from a private seller that bought it at a Packer auction that I think they have once a year? Any ways, I head to WI...see the photo in person and say I have too have this since it was originally displayed in the Packer HOF. So, I put down a deposit and told him I will be back in a week. I had a small Ranger pickup but needed to buy the roof racks and make a wooden frame to house the picture for transport. The picture is 12' wide and 3.5' tall. It is a panoramic view of the Packers playing the Bears the following season after the Pack won the Superbowl in 1997? Rarely was I as excited about a purchase as with this glorious Packer item!

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Return_To_Sanity's picture

March 27, 2022 at 10:06 pm

I know this much. Bob Harlan would've never grabbed his ankles for a selfish and entitled player.

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Pantz_Burp's picture

March 27, 2022 at 11:30 pm

It would be interesting if Bob, Ron Wolf or Coach Holmgren had an opinion on this. If they did, I am sure they wouldn't share it publicly. Either way, Bob did a heck of a job in his tenure...

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LambeauPlain's picture

March 28, 2022 at 10:51 am

I have not heard Bob Harlan comment on Rodgers, but both Holmgren and Wolf have.

Holmgren said he would never put up with Rodgers' antics. Wolf pretty much echoed the same thing.

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Pantz_Burp's picture

March 28, 2022 at 03:43 pm

Thanks L-Plain, I did not know Holmgren or Wolf mentioned anything...very interesting.

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jannes bjornson's picture

March 28, 2022 at 01:53 pm

Quite sure Holmgren has defended Rodgers over the past couple of seasons. He knows you need the triggerman, especially those with HOF resume's. Wolf would have brought in the high picks at WR instead of Love. Ted may have wasted a two like he did on Brohm.

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Irish_Cheesehead's picture

March 27, 2022 at 10:29 pm

The impact Bob Harlan had on the Packers cannot be overstated. He absolutely changed the trajectory of the entire organization. My wife and I had a chance to meet him at an event at Lambeau Field years ago and he was so down to earth and approachable. Just a wonderful guy!

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Thegreatreynoldo's picture

March 28, 2022 at 03:10 am

The Tyreek Hill contract details are out. $25.5M signing bonus.
Out is 3 year, $72.5M with $10.2M dead. So, $24.17M AAV.
Year 4 he gets $19.765M in cash, but none is guaranteed.
Year 5 he gets $45M (!!!!) in cash, none guaranteed, $50.1M cap number.

So, technically 5 years, 140.4M, $52.5M fully guaranteed and $72M virtually guaranteed. He had a year left on his contract that paid him $20M, so agents will say 4 years, $120M, or 30M/year. Makes him the highest paid WR in my eyes, and in the eyes of agents.

Cap
'22: $6.48M\
'23: $31.2M (that will probably get knocked down) All guaranteed so far, tho.
'24: $24.86M. Virtually guaranteed $19.6M guaranteed in 2023
'25: $28.03M
'26: $50.1M cap number, plus whatever gets pushed down the pike.

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croatpackfan's picture

March 28, 2022 at 06:51 am

Did you saw this

https://www.profootballrumors.com/2022/03/aaron-rodgers-last-season-in-g...

and do you have any observation on the conclusions from the article?

Thank you in advance.

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LambeauPlain's picture

March 28, 2022 at 11:11 am

I read Andrew Brant's comments but in a different article. He understands the cap and contract details so his take on Rodgers deal made logical sense.

There is an out of the Rodgers "cap cage" and it exists after next season...I did not know that. Most were saying if Rodgers retired after this season the Pack would be buried in a dead cap avalanche.

So the contract details seem clearer and more shrewd by Gutey Ball. And given Rodgers fickle personality and musing retirement the last two seasons, they did protect the franchise somewhat if he does retire.

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murf7777's picture

March 28, 2022 at 07:31 am

Thank you Bob, you were simply the best!

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1962Packer's picture

March 28, 2022 at 07:39 am

We need a statue! No, not kidding or sarcasm. We need a statue!

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LambeauPlain's picture

March 28, 2022 at 11:32 am

Bob Harlan was the consummate President and CEO. He set the organizations mission and strategy goals...gave direction to his direct reports, then got out the way and let them...especially Wolf...do their jobs.

He was what I call a "Level 5 leader". Humble, even keeled, friendly personality, and worked hard to get the right people on the bus AND in the right seats. Best of all, in the face of adversity, he carried on like someone walking in a driving rain, determined to get to his destination. He just hunched over and continued along the planned path.

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Mike Rossmeier's picture

March 28, 2022 at 04:43 pm

Great points in video. Hard to believe they had to sweat out passing the sales tax referendum for the stadium rebuild. People questioning the $$ value of the Packers to the City, when the next biggest attraction was to tour a plant that makes toilet paper.

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