Green Bay Packers historian Larry Names credits Nate Abrams, the childhood friend of the famous Earl "Curly" Lambeau, with helping found the Packers in the late 1910s. Abrams was the son of Lithuanian Jews, and played with Lambeau in the Green Bay city league with a team called the South Side Skiddoos (Abrams was team captain). Some have hinted that anti-Semitism in Green Bay at the time prevented Abrams from taking credit for starting the Packers. While this view is controversial, it is generally recognized that without Abrams, the Packers would have later folded. In the 1920s, before Green Bay became a publicly owned team, Abrams helped the squad pay their bills.
Birth and Death Dates:
b. December 25-1897 - d. April 30, 1941
Abrams was a member of the Packers' first team in the NFL (then called the American Professional Football Association). During that initial season in 1921, the hometown hero played as an end in only one game, registering one touchdown and a single interception.
Green Bay, Wisconsin
Abrams played as an end in the NFL with Green Bay in 1921.
5'4", 145 pounds
In the NFL:
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The Encyclopedia of Football, by Roger Treat (New York: A.S. Barnes and Co., 1976 -- 14th Edition)
Total Football: The Official Encyclopedia of the National Football League, edited by Bob Carroll, Michael Gershman, David Neft, and John Thorn (New York: HarperCollins Publishers, 1999)
encyclopedia of JEWS in sports, by Bernard Postal, Jesse Silver, and Roy Silver (New York: Bloch Publishing Co., 1965)