Lee Remmel, a Green Bay icon who was there for the days of Curly Lambeau and Don Hutson, of Mike McCarthy and Aaron Rodgers, and of everyone in between, has died at the age of 90.
Remmel, who worked first as a reporter for the Green Bay Press-Gazette and then for the Packers as a PR man and team historian, spent a total of 62 years working with and around the team.
In Remmel’s first season as a reporter, in 1945, Lambeau was the coach and the team hadn’t yet moved into the Field that bears his name, playing instead at Green Bay’s City Stadium. That year Hutson led the NFL with 47 catches, and the Packers finished 6-4, three games behind the league champions, the Cleveland Rams.
By Remmel’s last season before retiring as team historian, in 2007, McCarthy was the coach and Brett Favre was wrapping up his final season in Green Bay, with Rodgers waiting in the wings.
Former Packers CEO Bob Harlan remembered Remmel as a loyal member of the Packers family.
“He had a tremendous love for the organization, a tremendous love,” Harlan said. “Everyone had great respect for his ability as a writer, and certainly if you wanted a quick point in history, there was not a better source than Lee. Many times he and I would sit and talk about old, old times — the Curly Lambeau era and when Vince Lombardi first came to Green Bay. I was always fascinated with the stories he had about those times.”
Now we’ve lost one of the few people who still had stories to tell about those times.