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1953 Green Bay Packers season
Head Coach Gene Ronzani (10 games)
Ray McLean (interim)
Hugh Devore (interim)
Home Field City Stadium
Milwaukee County Stadium
Results
Record 2–9–1
Place 6th NFL Western
Playoff Finish did not qualify
Timeline
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1952 1954

The 1953 Green Bay Packers season was their 35th season overall and their 33rd in the National Football League. The club posted a 2–9–1 record under head coach Gene Ronzani and interim co-coaches Ray McLean, and Hugh Devore, and finished last in the newly named Western Conference.

Fourth-year head coach Ronzani led the team for the first ten games, but resigned after a nationally televised Thanksgiving Day loss, his eighth loss to the Detroit Lions in four seasons;[1] McLean and Devore co-coached the last two games of the season, both losses. It was the only in-season coaching change in Packers history, until 2018. This season also marked the first season that the Packers played at the recently completed Milwaukee County Stadium.

Offseason

NFL Draft

Round Pick Player Position School/club team
1 7 Al Carmichael Halfback USC
2 19 Gil Reich Back Army/Kansas
3 31 Bill Forester Linebacker SMU
4 43 Gib Dawson Halfback Texas
5 55 Roger Zatkoff Linebacker Michigan
6 67 Bob Kennedy Guard Wisconsin
7 79 Jim Ringo Center Syracuse
8 91 Lauren Hargrove Back Georgia
9 103 Floyd Harrawood Tackle Tulsa
10 115 Vic Rimkus Guard Holy Cross
11 127 Joe Johnson Halfback Boston College
12 139 Dick Curran Back Arizona State
13 151 Bob Orders Center Army/West Virginia
14 163 Charley Wrenn Tackle TCU
15 175 Gene Helwig Back Tulsa
16 187 John Hlay Fullback Ohio State
17 199 Bill Georges End Texas
18 211 Jim Philee Back Bradley
19 223 Bill Lucky Defensive tackle Baylor
20 235 John Harville Back TCU
21 247 Bob Conway Back Alabama
22 259 Bill Turnbeaugh Tackle Auburn
23 271 Bill Murray End American International
24 283 James Haslam Jr. Tackle Tennessee
25 295 Ike Jones End UCLA
26 307 George Bozanic Back USC
27 319 Jim McConaughey End Houston
28 331 Zack Jordan End Colorado
29 343 John O'Brien Guard Boston College
30 355 Al Barry Guard USC

Regular season

Schedule

Week Date Opponent Result Record Venue Attendance
1 September 27 Cleveland Browns L 27–0 0–1 Milwaukee County Stadium
22,604
2 October 4 Chicago Bears L 17–13 0–2 City Stadium
24,835
3 October 11 Los Angeles Rams L 38–20 0–3 Milwaukee County Stadium
23,353
4 October 18 Baltimore Colts W 37–14 1–3 City Stadium
18,713
5 October 24 at Pittsburgh Steelers L 31–14 1–4 Forbes Field
22,918
6 October 31 at Baltimore Colts W 35–24 2–4 Memorial Stadium
33,797
7 November 8 at Chicago Bears T 21–21 2–4–1 Wrigley Field
39,889
8 November 15 Detroit Lions L 14–7 2–5–1 City Stadium
20,834
9 November 22 San Francisco 49ers L 37–7 2–6–1 Milwaukee County Stadium
16,378
10 November 26 at Detroit Lions L 34–15 2–7–1 Briggs Stadium
52,607
11 December 6 at San Francisco 49ers L 48–14 2–8–1 Kezar Stadium
31,337
12 December 12 at Los Angeles Rams L 33–17 2–9–1 Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum
23,069

Standings

Template:1953 NFL Western standings

Roster

Green Bay Packers roster
Quarterbacks

Running Backs

Wide Receivers

Offensive Linemen

Defensive Linemen

Linebackers

Defensive Backs

Rookies and first-year players in italics

Awards, records, and honors

References

Eastern Conference Western Conference
Chicago Cardinals Baltimore
Cleveland Chicago Bears
New York Detroit
Philadelphia Green Bay
Pittsburgh Los Angeles
Washington San Francisco
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