Sunday, March 11, 2012

1961 + 50, Addendum

Last Sepemtember, I posted a piece on the 50th anniversary of the start of the Packers' championship run under head coach Vince Lombardi.

Today, I came across an article on Jack Vainsini, a man who played another key role in buidling those championship teams:

Along with Lombardi, Vainisi had a hand, by draft or by trade, in bringing 10 men to Green Bay who would be enshrined at Canton, including [Jim] Taylor, [Forrest] Gregg, [Bart] Starr, [Ray] Nitchscke, Willie Davis, [Jim] Ringo, [Paul] Hornung, Willie Wood, and Henry Jordan. Acting largely on Vainisi's recommendation, one more was added after his death when the Packers took Herb Adderly in the next draft.

Lately, I've been becoming more and more convinced that the ability to draft well is one of the key aspects of succeeding in the NFL. As such, Vainisi's story is worth reading, and remembering.