Lavern Dilweg
Date of birth: (1903-01-11)January 11, 1903
Place of birth: Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Date of death: January 2, 1968(1968-01-02) (aged 64)
Place of death: St. Petersburg, Florida
Career information
Position(s): End
College: Marquette
 As player:
Milwaukee Badgers
Green Bay Packers
Career highlights and awards
Honors: Packers Hall of Fame
Playing stats at

LaVern "Lavvie" Ralph Dilweg (January 11, 1903 – January 2, 1968) was an American football player, official, lawyer, and politician.[1]


Dilweg was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on January 11, 1903. He graduated from Marquette University Law School in Milwaukee in 1927, and was admitted to the Wisconsin Bar the same year. While at Marquette, Lavvie was an All-American End. In 1926, Lavvie played for the Milwaukee Badgers, an early NFL team. From 1927 to 1934, while practicing law, Lavvie played for the Green Bay Packers and was recognized as one of the best ends in the NFL during the 1920s and 1930s. His Packers won NFL championships in 1929, 1930, and 1931. Lavvie was an official in the Big Ten Conference until 1943.

Dilweg was elected as a Democrat to the United States House of Representatives from Wisconsin's 8th congressional district in 1942 and served in the 78th United States Congress (January 3, 1943 – January 3, 1945). After serving in Congress, Lavvie resumed the practice of law in Green Bay, Wisconsin, and Washington, D.C. In 1961, he was confirmed as a member of the Foreign Claims Settlement Commission. He died on January 2, 1968, in St. Petersburg, Florida, and is interred at the Fort Howard Cemetery in Green Bay.

Dilweg's grandson, Anthony Dilweg, played professional football as a quarterback for the Green Bay Packers and Los Angeles Raiders from 1989 to 1991.

Lavern Dilweg, is considered the best all-around end in pro football prior, to Don Hutson was named to the National Football League 1920s All-Decade Team, and is only one of two players on the list not in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Dilweg was named consensus all-pro for six consecutive years, with four of those years being unanimous all-pro.


  1. 'Wisconsin Blue Book 1944,' Biographical Sketch of LaVern Dilweg, pg. 23

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