Carl “Bud” Jorgensen
Property Manager/Trainer: 1924-70
Jorgensen worked for the Packers for 46 years, the longest stint of anyone on the football side of their operation and a period when they won 11 NFL championships. During that time, he handled the team’s property and equipment and cared for players’ injuries. Jorgenson started working for the Packers in 1924 when he assisted property man and trainer Pat Holland on road trips to Chicago and Kansas City. He replaced Holland the next year. “When I started that year I had a bottle of Sloan’s liniment and a few rolls of tape,” Jorgensen said years later.
From 1925 to 1935, he served as property man and doubled as a trainer. When Dave Woodward, the first Packers trainer to officially hold the title, died in 1940 after five years with the organization, Jorgensen was named to replace him. He held the post through Vince Lombardi’s nine seasons as coach, when the Packers won five of their NFL titles, before stepping aside prior to the start of training camp in 1969. Jorgensen spent his final two years as an assistant trainer to Domenic Gentile.
“He was a self-taught trainer and used to impress physicians with how much he knew,” Lee Remmel, former Packers historian and public relations director, said at the time of Jorgensen’s death. Former guard Jerry Kramer once said, “Jorgy was very professional and a great trainer, but my all-time favorite thing about him was that he was one of the guys.”
Jorgensen was inducted into the National Athletic Trainers Association Hall of Fame in 1968. In 1956, he was the first pro trainer assigned to work the Pro Bowl and handled the duties for the Western Conference. For close to 40 years, during his offseasons, he also worked for Bertrand’s Sport Shop, which supplied the Packers’ equipment.
Born April 11, 1904, in Marinette, Wis. Given name Carl Wallace Jorgensen. Graduated from Green Bay West High School in 1922. Died Dec. 18, 1982, at age 78.
- By Cliff Christl