'Legends' Wallpaper Series Continues With Hinkle, Michalske


In celebration of the renovated and rededicated Lambeau Field, this season Packers.com is offering a new desktop wallpaper series that pays tribute to the Packers' storied past.

The Legends of the Green and Gold series depicts some of the renowned individuals from team history, all of whom helped to make the Packers one of the greatest franchises in all of professional sports.

Having already released free wallpapers of Don Hutson, Ray Nitschke and Willie Wood, among others, this week the series continues with tributes to Clarke Hinkle and Mike Michalske.

In future weeks, the series will include wallpapers of greats such as Jim Ringo and James Lofton, along with Curly Lambeau, Vince Lombardi and the rest of the Green Bay Packers enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

The following is a closer look at this week's legends:

Clarke Hinkle --

A four-time All-Pro selection (1936-38, '41), fullback Clarke Hinkle was a tough, bruising ballcarrier for the Packers from 1932-41.

Incredibly versatile, Hinkle, who played college football at Bucknell, possessed excellent blocking, receiving and placekicking skills in addition to being a hard-hitting linebacker.

Hinkle remains the No. 6 rusher in Packers history with 3,860 yards in 1,171 carries.

Having been named to three Pro-Bowls, Hinkle, a native of Toronto, Ohio, was also selected to the NFL's All-Time Two-Way Team in 1994.

Named to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1964 and the Packers Hall of Fame in 1972, Hinkle died Nov. 9, 1988, at the age of 79.

The Packers honored the legendary ball carrier by naming one of their practice fields in his honor.

Mike Michalske --

Rated one of the game's greatest guards during pro football's "two-way" era, Mike Michalske was a two-time All-Pro selection (1931 and 1935) for the Packers.

A true "60-minute" player, Michalske was known as "Iron Mike" because of his great stamina and durability.

Perhaps his best asset was his exceptional quickness, which made him equally effective on both offense and defense.

Born April 24, 1903, in Cleveland, Ohio, Michalske played college football at Penn State before later being enshrined into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1964.

Also a member of the Packers Hall of Fame and a former player for the New York Yankees (1927-28), Michalske, died October 26, 1983, at the age of 80.

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