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Lambeau, Earl Louis

Lambeau, Earl Louis, 1898–1965, American football coach and player, b. Green Bay, Wis. Curly Lambeau briefly attended Notre Dame, where he played for Knute Rockne , but illness forced his return to Green Bay. In 1919, with local sports editor George Calhoun, he founded the Green Bay Packers football team; Lambeau served as head coach until 1949. In 1921 the team joined the American Professional Football Association, since 1922 the National Football League. A player-coach until 1929, Lambeau was primarily a halfback as a player. He led the team to six championships (1929–31, 1936, 1939, 1944), a distinction shared with George Halas . He later coached the Washington Redskins (1950–51) and the Chicago Cardinals (1952–53). A pioneer of the professional game, Lambeau helped establish the use of the forward pass and pass patterns.

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