GREEN BAY – The Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame will induct former defensive end Kabeer Gbaja-Biamila, kicker Chris Jacke and contributor Emil Fischer at the 43rd Hall of Fame Induction Banquet on July 20, the Hall of Fame announced Tuesday.
Gbaja-Biamila, a defensive end who was a fifth-round selection from San Diego State in 2000, is the club’s all-time leader in sacks with 74.5. He led the team in sacks five times, including four straight years with 10 or more sacks (2001 through 2004), a team record. He played in 132 career games, with 78 starts, from 2000-08 and was named to the Pro Bowl in 2003.
“This is a surreal moment for me actually to be standing here,” Gbaja-Biamila, who still lives in the Green Bay area, told reporters at a press availability at Lambeau Field Tuesday. “So many times people told me I was too small to accomplish anything, even playing in the NFL. To be part of an old franchise like the Green Bay Packers and to be part of the Hall of Fame is truly an honor.”
Jacke, who joined the team as a sixth-round pick from Texas El-Paso in 1989, ranks third on the club’s all-time scoring list with 820 points. He led the team in scoring in seven of his eight seasons, including three seasons of 100 or more points. Jacke kicked 17 field goals of 50 or more yards in his career, most in team history. He played in 133 career games from 1989 through 1996, including Super Bowl XXXI, and was an All-Pro selection in 1993.
“The moments that I heard (head coach) Mike Holmgren speak for the first time (after he was hired in 1992) and I heard (Hall of Fame defensive end) Reggie White was coming to the team (in 1993) and heard him speak, I knew it was only a matter of time before this team and this organization … were going to be winners,” Jacke said. “It was just a matter of time to get through the Dallas Cowboys, to get through the San Francisco 49ers.”
Fischer joined the Packers board of directors in 1926, became a member of the executive committee in 1935, served as president of the franchise from 1948-52, and was chairman of the board from 1953 until his death in 1958. He was a key contributor to the club’s success as he 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. His being named president of the National Conference in 1949 upon the NFL-AAFC agreement assured the Packers’ place in the newly aligned league.
Tickets for the July 20 banquet, which begins with the doors opening at 4:30 p.m. with a cash bar, and dinner and program to follow at 7 p.m., are $135 each. Tables of 10 also are available for $1,300 and are assigned in the order in which they are purchased. Early reservations are recommended. To purchase tickets, call Gwen Borga at (920) 965-6984, or e-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Originally established in 1967 as a temporary display in the concourse of the Brown County Veterans Memorial Arena, the Hall moved into its own facility in 1976 near Lambeau Field. In 2003, it was relocated to a spectacular new, 25,000-square foot facility in the Lambeau Field Atrium. The Hall of Fame is open on non-gamedays from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Hours may vary on gamedays and holidays. For more information, contact the Hall of Fame at (920) 569-7512, or visit the Hall online at www.packershalloffame.com.
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