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Packers Hall Of Fame Induction Banquet Fast Approaching



Wayne Larrivee, play-by-play voice of the Packers Radio Network, has been named emcee of the 43rd Hall of Fame Induction Banquet, to be held Saturday, July 20, in the Lambeau Field Atrium. Kabeer Gbaja-Biamila, Chris Jacke, and Emil Fischer will become the newest members of the Hall that evening.

One of the most distinctive voices in radio play-by-play, Larrivee in 2013 will be calling his 15th season of Packers games. Prior to joining WTMJ and the Packers Radio Network in 1999, he handled play-by-play duties for the Chicago Bears for 14 seasons. Larrivee also called Chicago Cubs baseball and college basketball. Before that, Larrivee was the ‘Voice of the Kansas City Chiefs,’ from 1978-1984. He also has co-hosted the nationally syndicated Pro Football Weekly radio program.

Larrivee also does broadcast work on the television side, calling NCAA basketball and regional Big Ten football and basketball broadcasts. He performed play-by-play duties for Chicago Bulls basketball on WGN television from 1991-2008. Recipient of numerous awards and accolades throughout his career, Larrivee is a five-time winner of the Silver Dome Award for Best Radio Football Play-by-Play from the Illinois Broadcasters Association, and he was named Illinois ‘Sportscaster of the Year’ in 1997. Larrivee, a graduate of Emerson College in Boston, also has received two Emmys for his work on the Chicago Bulls broadcasts.

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 gwenb@packershalloffame.com. No refunds are available 30 days prior to the event.

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