The Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame Inc. announced today that it will induct former Packers players Kabeer Gbaja-Biamila and Chris Jacke, and contributor Emil Fischer at the 43rd Hall of Fame Induction Banquet, to be held Saturday, July 20, 2013, in the Lambeau Field Atrium.
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 74½. The relentless pass rusher led the team in sacks five times, including four straight campaigns with 10 or more QB takedowns (2001-04), a club record. He performed well in big games, including 16½ sacks in 18 Monday Night Football contests, and a four-sack performance 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.
Jacke, a placekicker who was a sixth-round selection 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 campaigns of 100-plus points. Effective from long range, Jacke had 17 field goals of 50-plus yards in his career, tops in team annals, including six in 1993, also a team record. He also holds the team record for most field goals in a game, 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.
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 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 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 email@example.com. No refunds are available 30 days prior to the event.