Holmgren to enter Packers Hall of Fame

BY foxsports • January 17, 2012

GREEN BAY, Wis. -- Mike Holmgren will be the newest inductee into the Packers Hall of Fame.

Holmgren coached the Packers from 1992 to 1998 and had a winning record in all seven seasons. He also led Green Bay to its first championship in 29 years by winning Super Bowl 31.

The Packers made it to the playoffs in Holmgren's final six seasons as head coach, which is still the franchise's all-time record for consecutive postseason appearances. Holmgren left Green Bay with a 84-42 overall record, which is the third-most wins in team history, behind only Curly Lambeau and Vince Lombardi.

Holmgren left Green Bay due to his desire to be more than just a team's head coach, wanting to simultaneously be a general manager. When the Seattle Seahawks offered him that opportunity in 1999, Holmgren left. Though he was fired as Seattle's general manager after four seasons, he continued on as head coach.

At the time, Packers then-general manager Ron Wolf did not want to give over his responsibilities to Holmgren. So when Holmgren went to the Seahawks, Wolf hired Ray Rhodes to coach Green Bay. That lasted only one season after Rhodes went 8-8 in 1999. Wolf then brought in Mike Sherman as head coach. After Wolf retired in 2001, Sherman got the job that Holmgren wanted as the Packers' coach and general manager.

Holmgren, now 63 years old, is currently the president of the Cleveland Browns.

Holmgren will be the seventh coach to be inducted into the Packers Hall of Fame. The banquet for the event will take place on July 21, 2012, in the Lambeau Field Atrium and tickets can be purchased now.

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