Miller spent 32 years working in various capacities in the Packers’ front office, including 10 as a valued advisor to Vince Lombardi in his role as general manager. Hired in 1956 as sales promotional director and unofficial publicity director, Miller rose to the position of assistant to the president – business. In that position, he oversaw the maintenance of Lambeau Field, planning and construction of new facilities, preseason broadcast rights and team travel. Previously, Miller worked in sales and public relations, and supervised the ticket office. Lombardi named Miller his assistant to the general manager in 1966.
“I think his greatest contribution was the fact that he was just very loyal and dedicated to what he did,” said Bob Harlan, who shared administrative duties with Miller for 17 years.
Miller first joined the Packers in 1946 when he appeared in two games as an end. He returned to Green Bay in 1954 to become assistant operations manager for the H.C. Prange Co. His positions with the Packers included sales promotional director (1956-59), publicity director (1959-66), assistant to the general manager (1966-75), business general manager (1975-81) and assistant to the president –business (1981-88). Miller retired June 1, 1988. In January 1981, less than a week after Bart Starr had been stripped of his title as general manager, the Packers announced that Harlan and Miller would split the duties, but their jobs really didn’t change.
Born May 23, 1918, in Milton, Pa. Given name Thomas Marshall Miller. Died Dec. 2, 2005, at age 87.
- By Cliff Christl