The Green Bay Packers may have turned the final page on a legendary era in their history.
According to a report from Michael David Smith of Pro Football Talk Dan Orlich, a man believed to be the oldest living member of the Green Bay Packers franchise, has sadly passed away. Orlich was 94 years old so although this is a sad day fans can take solace in the fact that he lived a long life fulled with tremendous success and achievements.
The passing of Orlich is newsworthy for a number of reasons. As I mentioned he is not only believed to be the longest surviving member of the Packers franchise but was also the last player to play under legendary Packers head coach Curly Lambeau, who of course served as the inspiration for the name of Lambeau Field. In fact not only was Lorich the last member of Lambeau's team but he was fiercely loyal to the coach and retired after just two seasons of playing under Gene Ronzan whom Orlich reportedly did not favor.
“I thought he was a neat guy,” said Orlich of Lambeau as per the Packers official website. “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 was selected in the eighth round of the 1949 National Football League Entry Draft and played his very first season under Lambeau. Unfortunately for Orlich it would also mark the final season that Lambeau would coach the team and as I mentioed he appeared to have much less time for Ronzani who took over after Lambeau's departure. In spite of his early excit from the NFL however he would go on to great success becoming a competitive shooter and even earning himself a spot in the Trapshooting Hall of Fame.
Of course is spite of the full life that Orlich lived there will be those that he leaves behind that will greatly mourn his passing. Our thoughts are with the Orlich family and all of Dan's friends and loved ones in this most difficult time.