Dan Orlich, oldest Packer, dies at 94

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Dan Orlich, who was believed to be the oldest former Green Bay Packer and the last player alive who had played for legendary coach Curly Lambeau, has died at the age of 94.

Orlich was an eighth-round pick in the 1949 NFL draft, and his first season was Lambeau’s last season. Years later he shared fond memories of Lambeau, even though by the time Orlich got to the NFL, Lambeau’s style was outdated.

I thought he was a neat guy,” said Orlich. “I thought he was a little behind the times. The T-formation was in, modern football was on its way in. He kind of clung to the old, old rough style. But I liked Curly.”

Orlich is a Hall of Famer at the University of Nevada, where he played in two bowl games, helping the Wolf Pack get to the Salad Bowl in 1947 and the Harbor Bowl in 1948. Those were the first two bowl games in Nevada football history, and after Orlich left they wouldn’t reach another bowl until 1992.

Although Orlich liked Lambeau, he didn’t much like Lambeau’s successor, Gene Ronzani, and retired after two seasons playing for Ronzani in part because he didn’t enjoy the style of coaching. After retiring from the NFL, Orlich became a competitive shooter, and he is in the Trapshooting Hall of Fame.

28 responses to “Dan Orlich, oldest Packer, dies at 94

  1. I guarantee that skills he learned from Curly helped him become a champion shooter. Packers produce all kinds of champions. Doesn’t matter if it’s football, dance, or shooting. Champions are champions. #13XWorldChampions

  2. Every football team has a rich history, it’s just better history when your franchise has 13 championships. When your team has never won anything, the fan base tends to be bitter and mean spirited, keep that in mind when the Viking trolls start in on this thread.

  3. Dan Orlich led a blessed life: He got to do something many of us here would love to be able to do, and he had a good, long, and apparently productive life afterward.
    RIP Mr. Orlich, and condolences to friends and family.

  4. He came from a different era of football and probably had trouble watching the much softened modern NFL of the last few years. Had a good and long life, RIP

  5. One of the last quotes from Dan Orlich

    “Living the life of Riley. My eyes aren’t too good, my hearing isn’t too good. What the hell? I’m 94 years old”

    Gotta love him!

    #GoPackGo!🧀🏈

  6. “Shocked by the all thumbs down on this articles comments”

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    Some are bothered by us because we stick together no matter what. We are as loyal as you can get. Unconditional love for our team and for eachtother.

    We are FAMILY not “Fans”

    #PackersNation!

  7. Like the late great Bart Starr used to say, “Anyone can support a team that is winning – it takes no courage. But to stand behind a team to defend a team when it is down and really needs you, that takes a lot of courage.” Good luck with that packer fans, and R.I.P. Mr. Orlich.

  8. Vikings fans immaturity on full display here but I forgive you all because the anxiety from the change in Green Bay is going to eat at you all off season then on top of it you wake up realizing Kirk Cousins is your QB, a decent draft a few free agents is all it will take for the Packers to dominate in 2019.

  9. lp5710 says:
    January 27, 2019 at 1:20 pm
    Vikings fans immaturity on full display here but I forgive you all because the anxiety from the change in Green Bay is going to eat at you all off season then on top of it you wake up realizing Kirk Cousins is your QB, a decent draft a few free agents is all it will take for the Packers to dominate in 2019.
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    Yeah because all first year coaching staffs, rookie and free agent starters usually dominate the league lol. Delusion is thick here.

  10. Yes liberalsruineverything it’s very possible when you add Aaron Rodgers to the mix you know the QB you all think is done. Sorry to add to your misery but the Packers will win the North and more in 2019 .

  11. lp5710 says:
    January 27, 2019 at 4:20 pm
    Yes liberalsruineverything it’s very possible when you add Aaron Rodgers to the mix you know the QB you all think is done. Sorry to add to your misery but the Packers will win the North and more in 2019 .
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    With recent history as a guide whether it be draft success, hitting on free agents, coaching aptitude or declining QB play I would have to disagree and lean towards an old saying. It’s going to get worse before it gets better.

  12. igocommando says:
    January 26, 2019 at 10:21 pm
    Like the late great Bart Starr used to say, “Anyone can support a team that is winning – it takes no courage. But to stand behind a team to defend a team when it is down and really needs you, that takes a lot of courage.” Good luck with that packer fans, and R.I.P. Mr. Orlich.
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    You’re trying to “school” Packers fans on supporting a team in good times and in bad? Seriously? We wrote the book. Pick a different fight.

  13. igocommando says:
    January 26, 2019 at 10:21 pm
    Like the late great Bart Starr used to say, “Anyone can support a team that is winning – it takes no courage. But to stand behind a team to defend a team when it is down and really needs you, that takes a lot of courage.” Good luck with that packer fans, and R.I.P. Mr. Orlich.
    ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ

    Bart Starr died? Somebody should tell him.

  14. ariani1985 says:
    January 27, 2019 at 4:31 pm
    Yeah everyone is scared of the packers after 3 straight years of 3rd place and no talent on the roster…. 2019 might be another last place team.
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    Your command for showing respect lasted less than one day. Keep trying.

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