Skip to comments.Ted Kennedy Was a Green Bay Packers Prospect
Posted on 08/26/2009 8:03:19 AM PDT by dead
Had Ted Kennedy given a different response to a letter from a Packers head coach, it's possible Senator Ted Kennedy may have become Packers receiver Ted Kennedy.
The senator's web site says that Kennedy, a senior right end for the Harvard football team in 1955, received a letter from Packers head coach Lisle Blackbourn.
"You have been very highly recommended to us by a number of coaches in your area, and also by our talent scouts as a possible pro prospect," said Blackbourn in the letter.
Kennedy responded that he was flattered, but he stated he was planning on going to law school and "another contact sport, politics."
If Kennedy had changed course and made the Packers' roster in 1956, he would have joined future pro football Hall of Famers Bart Starr and Forrest Gregg as rookies that year.
In 1960, Packers head coach Vince Lombardi gave Kennedy's brother John his endorsement for the Presidency. John Kennedy defeated Richard Nixon in that election.
A year later, JFK personally made sure running back Paul Hornung, linebacker Ray Nitschke and wide receiver Boyd Dowler passes from the U.S. Army so they would be available to play in the NFL Championship game on December 31st, 1961 against the New York Giants.
The Packers won that game, 37-0, to take their first of five NFL titles from 1961-67.
Sen. Kennedy died of a brain tumor at 77 years old late Tuesday night.
Too bad he didn’t choose to play football instead.
America might have been a better place for it.
More of a fudge packer fan.
Very unfortunate. I'd have loved to have seen Teddy Boy meet Dick Butkus during a crossing pattern route.
A Fudge Packer like Barney .
is this an urban legend (along the lines of “the Washington Senators nearly signed Fidel Castro and changed the course of history” line that’s been out there for years)?
That is w/o a doubt one of the most HILARIOUS photo shops I have ever seen! LMAO!!
you should have shown Braylon dropping the ball, LOL
(long time Browns fan......)
I propose we name the Obamanation Health Care Bill for Messr. Kennedy. My offerings:
Bridge to Health Care.
Swimming In Health.
Life Preserver Bill.
Or my FAVORITE:
S.P.L.A.S.H. for short.
Socialism hasnt worked in 6,000 years of recorded history because it didnt have me to run it. - Ted KennedyAnd despite all his efforts to the contrary, it never worked in America either. Even with him as the Jackal of the Senate trying his best to implement it. May God have mercy on his soul...but we are better as a nation with him permanenetly out of that position of power and influence.
The best epitath for this leftist, socialists, corrupt old man would be for a conservative or at the least a moderate, to be elected to fill his seat by the people of Mass.
Now we have Barrack Hussein Obama and his ilk, who will surely try to use the death of Kennedy to push through the biggest socialization effort in American history - ObamaCare.
We cannot let it happen. Stand firm, speak out, lean into their storm of word and ideologies...and push them back.
...and on the lighter side, take your mind off the Obamanation for a few minutes and enjoy some beautiful Western US scenery slideshows.
TED KENNEDY'S "OTHER" LEGACY - LEFTIST, SOCIALIST ANTI-AMERICAN TO THE CORE
Kennedy smears President Bush and our troops on the US Senate floor:
He described the Iraq war as a fraud made up in Texas as part of political strategy accused the President of the US of telling lie, after lie, after lie, in order to go to war in Iraq.
Kennedy smears Judge Alito...Mrs. Alito in tears:
In suggesting that Samuel Alito had belonged to a racist conservative group, Massachusetts Democratic Senator Ted Kennedy relied heavily on an essay published by the organization that sounded like a bigoted rant. The essay, titled In Defense of Elitism.....But the magazines editor at the time says the article was pure satire, a send-up of what liberals think conservatives think. He added quote, I think left-wing groups have been feeding Senator Kennedy snippets and he has been mindlessly reciting them,
Sen. Edward Kennedy Smears the Nation
On March 19, 2004, President Bush asked: Who would prefer that Saddams torture chambers still be open? Shamefully, we now learn that Saddams torture chambers reopened under new management U.S. management. - A speech on the Senate floor, May 10, 2004.
Kennedys smear of Judge Bork on the US Senator floor:
Robert Borks America is a land in which women would be forced into back-alley abortions, blacks would sit at segregated lunch counters, rogue police could break down citizens doors in midnight raids, schoolchildren could not be taught about evolution, writers and artists could be censored at the whim of the Government, and the doors of the Federal courts would be shut on the fingers of millions of citizens for whom the judiciary is and is often the only protector of the individual rights that are the heart of our democracy....
Kennedy betrays his Senate position, President Reagan and America
May 14, 1983 document from the KGB archives reveals that Senator Edward Kennedy (D-Mass.) reached out to the General Secretary of the Soviet Unions Communist Party, Yuri Andropov, to propose a kind of public relations strategy to counter President Reagans defense policy initiatives toward the Soviet Union, policies that Kennedy felt were too aggressive.
Kennedy was either a prime instigator or author of every expansion of an increase in immigration, up to and including the latest attempt to grant amnesty to illegal aliens.
The death of Mary Jo Kopechne at Chappaquiddick:
On July 19, 1969, Kennedy attended a party on Chappaquiddick Island in Massachusetts .. At about 11:00 PM, he borrowed his chauffeur's keys to his Oldsmobile limousine, and offered to give a ride home to Mary Jo Kopechne, a campaign worker. Leaving the island via an unlit bridge with no guard rail, Kennedy steered the car off the bridge, and flipped into Poucha Pond.
He escaped te car andswam to shore and walked back to the party, passing several houses and a fire station. Two friends then returned with him to the scene of the accident. According to their later testimony, they told him what he already knew - that he was required by law to immediately report the accident to the authorities. Instead Kennedy made his way to his hotel, called his lawyer, and went to sleep. Kennedy called the police the next morning and by then the wreck had already been discovered. Before dying, Kopechne had scratched at the upholstered floor above her head in the upside-down car.
The Kennedy family began "calling in favors", ensuring that any inquiry would be contained. Her corpse was whisked out-of-state to her family, before an autopsy could be conducted. Further details are uncertain, but after the accident Kennedy says he repeatedly dove under the water trying to rescue Kopechne and he didn't call police because he was in a state of shock. It is widely assumed Kennedy was drunk, and he held off calling police in hopes that his family could fix the problem overnight.
The inquest into Kopechnes death took place in Edgartown in January 1970. At the request of Kennedys lawyers, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court ordered that it be conducted in secret. The 763-page transcript of the inquest was released four months later. Judge James A. Boyle presided at the inquest. Among Judge Boyles conclusions in his inquest report was the following: There is probable cause to believe that Edward M. Kennedy operated his motor vehicle negligently and that such operation appears to have contributed to the death of Mary Jo Kopechne.
Under Massachusetts law Boyle, having found probable cause that Kennedy had committed a crime, could have issued a warrant for his arrest, but he did not do so. District Attorney Dinis chose not to pursue Kennedy for manslaughter, despite Judge Boyles conclusions.
Kennedy pled guilty to leaving the scene of an accident, and was given a SUSPENDED SENTENCE OF TWO MONTHS. Kopechne's family received a small payout from the Kennedy's insurance policy, and never sued. There was later an effort to have her body exhumed and autopsied, but her family successfully fought against this in court, and Kennedy's family paid their attorney's bills.
In 1964, he was seriously injured in a plane crash, and hospitalized for several months. Test results done by the hospital at the time he was admitted had shown he was legally intoxicated. The results of those tests remained a "state secret" until in the 1980's when the report was unsealed. Didn't hear about that from the unbiased media, did we?
While attending law school at the University of Virginia , he was cited for reckless driving four times, including once when he was clocked driving 90 miles per hour in a residential neighborhood with his headlights off after dark. Yet his Virginia driver's license was never revoked. Coincidentally, he passed the bar exam in 1959.
He was caught cheating at Harvard when he attended it. He was expelled twice, once for cheating on a test, and once for paying a classmate to cheat for him.
Are you kidding? Lombardi would have been fired after the first season with Kennedy.
Isn’t Barney Frank a “packer?”
Next we’ll have reports that he turned down offers from Hollywood to star in Ben Hur, The Ten Commandments and Cleopatra. Oh and also declined to be a member of the Rat Pack to sing with Frank, Martin/Lewis and Sammy Davis Jr. I also hear he turned down a chance to play on the 1960 Yankees!
I mean there’s going to be a whole slew of great opportunities we’ll find out Saint Ted passed on so he could screw, er.... serve, the American public!
Doesn’t Bwaney Fwank play with the Packers?
He would have done less damage to America as a Packer.
What?....They didn’t have enough tackling dummies?.....
Doesnt Bwaney Fwank play with the Packers?
The Green Bay Fudge Packers?.....
Wow I hear Ted Was with Limbrurgh when he crossed the Atlantic. Also he was on San Jaun Hill with another Teddy.
I also heard he was in the Bunker with Hitler when Hitlo and Eva killed them selves.. Wow Ole Swimmer sure got around.
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