By Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame
The Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame, Inc. today announced the presenters for the 47th Hall of Fame Induction Banquet, to be held the evening of July 22, 2017, in the Lambeau Field Atrium. Ron Wolf will present former wide receiver Donald Driver and Bob Jimenez will present former cornerback Mark Lee.
Wolf, a Pro Football and Green Bay Packers Hall of Famer, was the executive vice president and general manager for the Green Bay Packers from 1991-2001 and was responsible for selecting Donald Driver in the 1999 NFL Draft. Wolf put together teams that won two NFC Championships and one Super Bowl. Wolf began his NFL career as a scout for the Oakland Raiders in 1963. He spent 23 seasons with the franchise through three separate tenures as the Raiders posted winning records in all but six of those years. In 1975, he was hired by the expansion Tampa Bay Buccaneers as the general manager and built the foundation that propelled the team to the NFC Championship game by its fourth season. Under Wolf, from 1992-2000, the Packers compiled the second-best regular-season record in the NFL (92-52, .639) while recording seven consecutive winning seasons (1992-98) and six straight playoff appearances (1993-98). While Wolf made many moves to shape the Packers into a consistent winner, he made three key transactions early in his time in Green Bay: hiring Mike Holmgren as head coach, trading for quarterback Brett Favre and signing Hall of Fame defensive end Reggie White. Those key pieces helped the Packers win three consecutive NFC Central Division Championships (1995-97) and back-to-back NFC titles (1996-97).
Jimenez, Mark Lee’s high school football coach, began his teaching and coaching career in 1969 as the running backs coach and substitute teacher at his alma mater in Chester, Calif. He spent time coaching at Chico High School the following year under legendary high school coach “Rock” McClellan, before accepting a graduate assistantship at McNeese State University, helping the Cowboys to a 9-0-1 season. After obtaining his Med in Counseling, he returned to California, spending the 1972-75 seasons at Hanford High School, where he coached Lee. Jimenez spent the next seven seasons coaching at Santa Maria High School before coaching and becoming Athletic Director at Righetti High School, a position he held for the next 22 years. Prior to retiring in 2009, Jimenez spent the last five years of his career helping to open the new Pioneer Valley High School, teaching physical education and coaching quarterbacks. Jimenez and his wife, Mary Ann, have three daughters and five grandchildren, and reside in Santa Maria, Calif.
Due to high demand from regular supporters of the Hall of Fame, tickets for the Banquet are sold out. To request to be added to the ticket waiting list, please contact Holly Borga at 920/965-6986 firstname.lastname@example.org. No refunds are available 30 days prior to event. The Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame Inc. Golf Classic is set for Monday, July 10, 2017, at The Bull in Sheboygan Falls, Wis.
The Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame, Inc. is a nonprofit corporation independent of the Green Bay Packers that guides the Hall as a historic national sports venue and educational resource to the Green Bay community and the state of Wisconsin. The Hall raises funds through its annual Induction Banquet, Golf Classic and other events to preserve the history of the Green Bay Packers and expand its archives. Historic memorabilia donated by individuals to the Hall may qualify as tax-deductible gifts.
Originally established in 1967 as a temporary display in the concourse of the Brown County Veterans Memorial Arena, the Packers Hall of Fame moved into its own facility in 1976 near Lambeau Field. In 2003, it was relocated to the lower level of the Lambeau Field Atrium, and it was closed in November 2013 for renovations. The Packers Hall of Fame reopened in August of 2015, and is now located on the main floor of the Atrium across from 1919 Kitchen & Tap. Groups interested in booking tours and those seeking additional information mayvisit the Hall online at packers.com/lambeau-field/hall-of-fame/visit.html.