By Green Bay Packers
Thursday night marks another Green Bay preseason tradition: the Bishop’s Charities Game. It was first played in 1961 after Vince Lombardi was approached by the Diocese of Green Bay about playing a charitable contest in Green Bay (the Shrine contest was a fixture in Milwaukee). The series enjoys its 57th contest this year and has raised more than $3.7 million.
For more than 30 years, the church handled much of the game’s business-related tasks, including game-program and advertising sales, using a network of volunteers covering 14 counties throughout northeastern Wisconsin. The Packers assumed many of those tasks beginning in 1994.
The Packers are 31-24-1 all-time in the series. u The Eagles will be making their second appearance in the Bishop’s Charities Game. Their lone appearance came in 1983, a 27-14 Philadelphia victory.
Green Bay has won three consecutive contests and seven of the last eight games in the series, including a 20-12 victory over the Oakland Raiders last year. Prior to that, the Packers had lost six consecutive Bishop’s Charities contests. That six-game losing streak (2003-08) came on the heels of a 12-game winning streak (1991-2002) in the series. Over the last three Bishop’s Charities Games, the Packers have outscored their opponents, 92-36.