Former Green Bay Packers general manager Ron Wolf becomes the 23rd member of the Packers organization today to be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio.
Wolf’s son Eliot, who is the Packers director of player personnel, said he cried when his mother called him in January with the news that his dad had been elected. Eliot Wolf said he used to joke with his dad that when he got into the Hall of Fame, he would present him.
So that is how it is going down today. Eliot Wolf will present his father as he enters football’s biggest shrine.
Wolf joined the Packers in 1991 and led the franchise’s turn-around. He started by hiring Mike Holmgren as his coach and trade a first round pick to Atlanta for quarterback Brett Favre. Once the ball started rolling, then it was time to make a big free agent splash. That’s when Wolf enticed Reggie White to sign with the Packers.
That group would eventually go on to play in two Super Bowls, winning one of them.
Ron Wolf has great respect for the game of football and the NFL. Today’s induction is the ultimate honor for him. The Green Bay Packers play in the smallest NFL city, but Wolf led the turn-around that has been carried on by the likes of Ted Thompson, Mike McCarthy and Mark Murphy today.
When Vince Lombardi left Green Bay, there were many years of bad football being played in Green Bay. Bob Harlan, Ron Wolf, Mike Holmgren, Brett Favre and Reggie White were the key pieces to the puzzle. But it was Ron Wolf that orchestrated all of the moves.
What the Green Bay Packers are today, with a newly renovated Lambeau Field, happened primarily because of Ron Wolf. He was the main contributor to what is truly America’s Team. That is why he is one of eight people entering the Hall of Fame today, and it fittingly comes in the contributor category.