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Former Packers president dies at 98

Judge Robert J. Parins, a former Packers president credited with transforming the franchise after 20 years of struggles, has died. He was 98.

Upon his retirement, Judge Parins pushed for the hiring of Bob Harlan to take over the team. It marked a dramatic shift in the 66-year practice of entrusting the publicly-owned company to a local civic leader. Under Harlan, the franchise became a perennial contender, winning a pair of Super Bowls and appearing in another.

That was one of the great things he did,” Jack Koeppler, a deceased member of the Packers’ board of directors, said in 2006, via Cliff Christl of Packers.com. “It’s too big a business.”

Judge Parins also was responsible for removing full authority over the football operations from the head coach, instituting the current strong-G.M. arrangement.

Judge Parins is survived by his wife of 76 years, five children, 11 grandchildren, and 27 great-grandchildren. We extend our condolences to the family, friends, and colleagues of Judge Parins, and to the Packers organization.

[Photo credit: Packers.com]

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18 Responses to “Former Packers president dies at 98”
  1. mmmpierogi says: May 27, 2017 7:58 PM

    RIP and condolences

  2. flviking says: May 27, 2017 8:08 PM

    The most amazing part of this story is that he was married for 76 years!

  3. codiablo says: May 27, 2017 8:25 PM

    & that he liked purple more than farm country green

  4. leroysbutler says: May 27, 2017 9:06 PM

    codiablo- What is wrong with you people?

  5. nyneal says: May 27, 2017 9:28 PM

    R.I.P. — he was an important part of the Packers history, which is the greatest history in the NFL and ranks with the history of the greatest organization of any other sport.

    It’s people like Judge Parins which make the Packers the most unique sports franchise in the world.

  6. Adrian Beathisson says: May 27, 2017 9:46 PM

    nyneal says:
    May 27, 2017 9:28 PM
    R.I.P. — he was an important part of the Packers history, which is the greatest history in the NFL and ranks with the history of the greatest organization of any other sport.

    It’s people like Judge Parins which make the Packers the most unique sports franchise in the world.

    ———————————————

    That’s one of the all time greatest post!

  7. hmmm71 says: May 27, 2017 10:23 PM

    Very sorry to hear….prayers for him and his family.
    – a Vikings fan

  8. dawoger says: May 27, 2017 10:27 PM

    If you look at the posts above this one you’ll notice there are several with multiple thumbs down indicating skoltrolls have obviously trolled them. But curiously on codiablo’s post there are no thumbs up as well as the following post by leroysbutler minus and thumbs down.

    Listen skoltrolls, by choosing to avoiding giving thumbs up or down on the posts that reveal your poor character but trolling the others doesn’t make you any less guilty than codiablo. But it does show what bottom feeders you are for running from the reality of who you are and being afraid to show it as if we can see it.You aren’t as clever as you think. But you all are pitifully small minded.

  9. Matt from San Diego says: May 28, 2017 12:59 AM

    RIP. I will forever respect the unique method in which in the Packers run their organization, its always full of blue collar class acts, like Mr. Parins.

    Despite our little Hatfield and McCoy thing we have going, in moments like this I will always tip my hat to my nemesis, because you guys do it right. And you do it right by hiring great people and you always have.

    Im with you on this day.

    -A Vikings fan.

  10. igocommando says: May 28, 2017 6:59 AM

    Condolences.

  11. flviking says: May 28, 2017 8:58 AM

    leroysbutler says:
    May 27, 2017 9:06 PM
    codiablo- What is wrong with you people?

    /////////////

    Leroysbutler where are you when the death of Corey Stringer or the 13 dead 145 injured on the 35W bridge is made fun of by packer commentators. Probably giving a thumbs up.

  12. TheVikingsHaveHowManySBTrophys? says: May 28, 2017 9:07 AM

    leroysbutler says:
    May 27, 2017 9:06 PM
    codiablo- What is wrong with you people?
    ***********************************************
    Exactly ! Some Viking trolls have zero respect. Cody is one of the worst. Even ariani wouldn’t post something that disrespectful.
    RIP Judge Parins. Your vision back in the 70’s and 80’s of what the future NFL would look like put the Packers in a very good position for the future.

  13. 4sacroc says: May 28, 2017 9:31 AM

    That’s one helluva life. And football was the least of his accomplishments.

    RIP.

  14. nyneal says: May 28, 2017 9:34 AM

    Matt from San Diego says:
    May 28, 2017 12:59 AM
    RIP. I will forever respect the unique method in which in the Packers run their organization, its always full of blue collar class acts, like Mr. Parins.

    Despite our little Hatfield and McCoy thing we have going, in moments like this I will always tip my hat to my nemesis, because you guys do it right. And you do it right by hiring great people and you always have.

    Im with you on this day.

    -A Vikings fan.

    _______________________________________

    This post really nails it. We fans go at it out of love for our favorite teams, but the great majority of us don’t take it too seriously and realize that we are more alike than we want people to believe.
    I am a long time Packers fan who ribs Vikings fans when I get a chance, but the truth is I respect the great majority of them and like it when the Vikings and Packers are both good teams because it intensifies the rivalry even more.
    Hats off to you Matt from San Diego. You are a classy individual who actually gets what this is all about.

  15. flviking says: May 28, 2017 10:44 AM

    dawoger says:
    May 27, 2017 10:27 PM
    You aren’t as clever as you think.

    /////////////

    I’m every bit as clever as I think.

  16. Wisconsin's Favorite Son Jeffrey Be Dahmed says: May 28, 2017 3:05 PM

    We miss Judge Bob Parins, and as my friend nyneal says, some of us stay classy about our rivalry. With Neal and Bob, we can keep things straight up around here. And Aaron leads us in this effort, too. Yup, Neal and Bob. Is that your name or is that what you do?

  17. wordsmith513 says: May 28, 2017 6:43 PM

    RIP Robert Parsins

  18. usedjock says: May 30, 2017 8:07 AM

    RIP Judge Bob Parins. I will always give him credit for pushing for hiring Bob Harlan which is the single thing that brought out Packers back.

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