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Holmgren, Wolf take pride in turning the Packers around

Mike Holmgren, Ron Wolf

Cleveland Browns President Mike Holmgren, right, watches the Browns practice alongside former Green Bay Packers general manager Ron Wolf at NFL football training camp in Berea, Ohio on Monday, Aug. 15, 2011. (AP Photo/Amy Sancetta)


Green Bay is Titletown, but it hasn’t always been home to a successful football team. It’s easy to forget now that they’re good again, but there was a long stretch in the 1970s and 1980s when the Packers were one of the worst franchises in football.

Mike Holmgren and Ron Wolf have every reason to be proud about changing that.

Holmgren, the former Packers head coach who is being inducted into the Packers Hall of Fame tonight, chose Wolf, the team’s former general manager, to introduce him. And both men said they’re proud of what they accomplished together, with the Packers making it to the playoffs in six of Holmgren’s seven seasons as head coach, winning one Super Bowl and losing another.

“I just think, how good are the Packers now,” Holmgren told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. “What’s happened since 1992. As opposed to what had happened prior to 1992 for all those years. I just have to look at the stadium and walk through here. I mean it is unbelievable how things have changed. I had a little part of that - a little thing to do with that and I’ll feel good about that.”

Wolf pointed out just how bad the Packers were between the departure of Vince Lombardi after the team won Super Bowl II and the arrival of Mike Holmgren.

“You think about coming here to Green Bay, I mean for 24 years after Lombardi left, there were four winning seasons here,” Wolf said. “And one of those seasons shouldn’t even count - it was the strike year. So just think about that, 24 years, they had three winning seasons. He comes here and never has a losing season.”

Holmgren earned his spot in the Packers’ Hall of Fame.