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The Green Bay Packers is a professional football team in the National Football League (NFL). It is in the National Football Conference (NFC) north division with the Detroit Lions, Minnesota Vikings, and Chicago Bears. The Packers play their games at Lambeau Field, which opened in 1957 and is the oldest continuously operating football stadium in the NFL.

 

The Packers were founded in 1919 by Curly Lambeau and George Whitney Calhoun. Lambeau obtained the money to pay for uniforms from his employer, the Indian Packing Company – a meat packing company with facilities in several locations, including Green Bay, Wisconsin. The company agreed to pay for the uniforms if Lambeau named the team the “Packers.” At first, the Packers functioned more like a club team and played other teams in Wisconsin and Michigan. In 1921, the Packers joined the newly formed American Professional Football Association. The franchise was revoked, however, when it was discovered that the Packers used college players in a game, which was illegal. The transgression was reported by Chicago Staleys head coach George Halas, giving birth to the timeless rivalry between the Packers and what would soon become the Chicago Bears. The Packers were soon reinstated with new investors, who formed the Green Bay Football Corporation. The Green Bay Football Corporation, which still runs the team today, is the only publicly-owned, non-profit franchise in American professional sports. A non-profit corporation is a company that uses its profits to further its mission rather than paying shareholders. Currently, there are over 360,000 Packers shareholders. Furthermore, Green Bay, Wisconsin, is the smallest American city home to a professional franchise.

 

As of 2018, the Packers have won 13 league championships, including four super bowls. The Packers are frequently cited as one of America’s most popular sports franchises. It is the only franchise in the NFL with a yellow helmet.