1969 Green Bay Packers season

1969 Green Bay Packers season
Head coach Phil Bengtson
Home field Lambeau Field
Milwaukee County Stadium
Record 8–6
Division place 3rd Central
Playoff finish did not qualify

The 1969 Green Bay Packers season was their 50th season in the National Football League. The club posted an 8–6 record under coach Phil Bengtson, earning them a 3rd-place finish in the Central division.

The Glory Was Gone

Without the disciplined guidance of Vince Lombardi steering the Packers for the first time in a decade, Green Bay started the season strong at 5–2, but stumbled down the stretch. Plagued by injuries and inconsistent play, the team clawed their way to their 10th winning season in the last 11 years.

Regardless of the winning record, by season's end several future Hall of Famers departed or retired (among those who retired or departed that year were the likes of Willie Davis and Herb Adderley), leaving the team scrambling to rebuild its depleted roster. As eager as Packer fans were to recapture the winning ways of Lombardi, it was obvious Titletown would have to wait to regain its luster.


NFL Draft

The NFL Draft was held on Tuesday, January 28, 1969. The Packers had the 12th pick overall and selected Rich Moore, a Defensive Tackle from Villanova.[1] At this stage of the draft, several high profile players, such as running backs Calvin Hill and Ron Johnson, quarterback Terry Hanratty, and defensive lineman Dave Foley, Ted Hendricks and Fred Dryer were still available. The selection of Moore was made by Phil Bengtson.[1] The Packers Personnel Director Pat Peppler and Lombardi both disagreed with the selection. After the draft, Lombardi announced that he was leaving the club to coach the Washington Redskins.

Pick # NFL Team Player Position College
12Green Bay Packers NFLRich MooreDefensive TackleVillanova
38Green Bay Packers NFLDave BradleyTacklePenn State
64Green Bay Packers NFLJohn SpilisWide ReceiverNorthern Illinois
90Green Bay Packers NFLPerry WilliamsRunning BackPurdue
116Green Bay Packers NFLBill HayhoeDefensive TackleUSC
142Green Bay Packers NFLKen VinyardPlacekickerTexas Tech
168Green Bay Packers NFLLarry AgajanianDefensive TackleUCLA
194Green Bay Packers NFLDoug GosnellDefensive TackleUtah State
220Green Bay Packers NFLDave HamptonRunning BackWyoming
246Green Bay Packers NFLBruce NelsonTackleNorth Dakota State
272Green Bay Packers NFLLeon HardenDefensive BackUTEP
298Green Bay Packers NFLTom BuckmanTight EndTexas A&M
324Green Bay Packers NFLCraig KoinzanLinebackerDoane
350Green Bay Packers NFLRich VoltzkeRunning BackMinnesota-Duluth
376Green Bay Packers NFLDan EcksteinDefensive BackPresbyterian
402Green Bay Packers NFLDick HewinsWide ReceiverDrake
428Green Bay Packers NFLJohn MackRunning BackCentral Missouri State


Green Bay Packers 1969 roster

Running Backs

Wide Receivers

Tight Ends

Offensive Linemen

Defensive Linemen


Defensive Backs

Special Teams

Reserve Lists

Currently vacant


On August 30, a crowd of 85,532 fans viewed a doubleheader at Cleveland’s Municipal Stadium. In the first contest, the Chicago Bears played the AFL’s Buffalo Bills, while the Cleveland Browns hosted the Green Bay Packers in the second match.[2]

Regular season


Week Date Opponent Result Venue Attendance
1 September 21, 1969 Chicago Bears W 17–0 Lambeau Field
2 September 28, 1969 San Francisco 49ers W 14–7 Milwaukee County Stadium
3 October 5, 1969 at Minnesota Vikings L 19–7 Memorial Stadium
4 October 12, 1969 at Detroit Lions W 28–17 Tiger Stadium
5 October 19, 1969 at Los Angeles Rams L 34–21 Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum
6 October 26, 1969 Atlanta Falcons W 28–10 Lambeau Field
7 November 2, 1969 at Pittsburgh Steelers W 38–34 Pitt Stadium
8 November 9, 1969 at Baltimore Colts L 14–6 Memorial Stadium
9 November 16, 1969 Minnesota Vikings L 9–7 Milwaukee County Stadium
10 November 23, 1969 Detroit Lions L 16–10 Lambeau Field
11 November 30, 1969 New York Giants W 20–10 Milwaukee County Stadium
12 December 7, 1969 at Cleveland Browns L 20–7 Cleveland Stadium
13 December 14, 1969 at Chicago Bears W 21–3 Wrigley Field
14 December 21, 1969 St. Louis Cardinals W 45–28 Lambeau Field

Season summary

Week 1

1 234Total
Bears 0 000 0
Packers 7 0010 17

Week 2

1 234Total
49ers 0 070 7
Packers 0 077 14



NFL Central
Minnesota Vikings 12 2 0 .857 6–0 9–1 379 133 L1
Detroit Lions 9 4 1 .692 3–3 6–3–1 259 188 W2
Green Bay Packers 8 6 0 .571 3–3 5–5 269 221 W2
Chicago Bears 1 13 0 .071 0–6 0–10 210 339 L6

Note: Tie games were not officially counted in the standings until 1972.


  1. 1 2 When Pride Still Mattered, David Maraniss,p. 454, Simon & Schuster, 1999, ISBN 978-0-684-84418-3
  2. Rockin’ the Rockpile: The Buffalo Bills of the American Football League, p.439, Jeffrey J. Miller, ECW Press, 2007, ISBN 978-1-55022-797-0
  3. Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved 2014-Oct-21.
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