GB Historian Lee Remmel Retires
Next game: Sunday, December 16 at Saint Louis
GREEN BAY, Wis. - Packers team historian Lee Remmel will retire Dec. 31, ending -- at least officially -- a 62-year relationship with the team that dates back to the days of Curly Lambeau.
Remmel, 83, became team historian in 2004 after an extended stint as the head of the Packers' public relations department. Before that, Remmel was a sportswriter and columnist for the Green Bay Press-Gazette for nearly 30 years, covering his first Packers game in 1945.
"It's time ... and then some," Remmel said. "I have enjoyed a 62-year association with the Packers -- first as a reporter for the Press-Gazette, and then 33 years as an employee of the organization. It's been a long and satisfying career for the greatest sports franchise in the universe."
Packers Chairman Bob Harlan said Remmel will leave a lasting legacy.
"Lee has been a great ambassador for the Green Bay Packers for many years," Harlan said. "He is a class individual who has served this organization with the utmost professionalism and respect. Many people involved in this game and around the NFL have such great respect for him. His relationships with people are what have served him so well -- with the media, with the fans, everyone. He is the consummate professional."
Favre called Remmel a "Packers icon."
"There will never be another like him," Favre said. "His knowledge of the team and its history has always been impressive. He is sharp as a tack when it came to those things -- truly impressive. He's always had a great sense of humor, too. We loved to give each other a hard time."
McCarthy chuckled when recalling his interactions with Remmel in 1999, when McCarthy was a Packers assistant coach and his office was near Remmel's.
"He must have told me a story about Art Rooney and the Steelers about 20 times just in the year I was here," McCarthy said. "People like Lee are so special because they have lived through so many decades and generations of this sport, especially with the history of the Green Bay Packers. He is someone special to this organization."
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