October 31, 2014

2013 Packers Hall of Fame Class announced

Kabeer Gbaja-Biamila

Kabeer Gbaja-Biamila

The Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame Inc. will induct former Packers players Kabeer Gbaja-Biamila (pronounce) and Chris Jacke,  and contributor Emil Fischer at the 43rd Hall of Fame Induction Banquet on July 20th at the Lambeau Field Atrium.

Gbaja-Biamila was a fifth-round draft pick out of San Diego State in 2000 and is the club’s all-time leader in sacks with 74 1/2.  The defensive end led the team in sacks five times, including four straight seasons with 10 or more (2001-04) which is a club record.

Gbaja-Biamila performed well in big games, including 16 1/2 sacks in 18 Monday Night Football contests, and a four-sack outing at Chicago in 2005.  He played in 132 career games, with 78 starts, from 2000-08 and was named to the Pro Bowl in 2003.

Kicker Chris Jacke was a sixth-round pick of the Packers out of Texas El-Paso in

Chris Jacke

Chris Jacke

1989.  He ranks third on the club’s all-time scoring list with 820 points.  Jacke led the team in scoring in seven of his eight seasons, including three campaigns of 100 plus points.

Jacke booted 17 field goals of 50-plus yards in his career, tops in team annals, including six in 1993, which is also a team record.

Jacke also holds the team record for most field goals in a game with five, which he accomplished twice.  He played in 133 career games from 1989-96, including Super Bowl XXXI, and was an All-Pro selection in 1993.

Emil Fischer had a long association with the Packers that began in 1926 when he joined the board of directors.  He became a member of the executive committee in 1935, served as president of the franchise from 1948-52, and was the chairman of the board from 1953 until his death in 1958.

Fischer helped lead the team through crucial periods, including the NFL absorption of teams from the All-America Football Conference, Curly Lambeau’s resignation in 1950 and the important stock sale that same year.