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Legends Wallpaper Series Continues With Lofton, Ringo


In celebration of the renovated and rededicated Lambeau Field, this season 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 Herb Adderley, Henry Jordan and Johnny (Blood) McNally, among others, this week the series continues with tributes to James Lofton and Jim Ringo.

In future weeks, the series will include wallpapers of two of the names most synonymous with Green Bay Packers football: Curly Lambeau and Vince Lombardi, plus additional tributes to some of the great players and moments in team history.

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

James Lofton --

The Packers' first Hall of Famer without direct ties to either Curly Lambeau or Vince Lombardi, James Lofton was a deep-threat receiver who possessed both speed and great hands.

Selected by Green Bay in the first round (sixth player overall) of the 1978 NFL Draft, Lofton made an immediate impact and was selected to play in the Pro Bowl his first seven years in Green Bay and eight times overall.

In nine years wearing the green and gold, Lofton made 530 catches -- including at least 50 receptions in each of those years -- and remains the team's all-time leader with 9,656 receiving yards.

In a career that spanned 16 years, Lofton became the first player to catch a touchdown pass in the 1970's, 1980's and 1990's.

An All-Pro selection four times (three with the Packers), Lofton caught an impressive 764 passes for 14,004 yards throughout his career -- an NFL yardage record at the time of his retirement.

A native of Fort Ord, Calif., the former Stanford Cardinal was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2003.

Jim Ringo --

A seventh-round draft choice out of Syracuse in 1953, Jim Ringo was a highly durable performer, once holding the NFL record for most consecutive games played (183), including 126 with Green Bay.

During his 11 years as the Packers' center (1953-63), Ringo earned All-Pro honors seven times and played in seven Pro-Bowls.

Later traded to Philadelphia in 1964, he continued his stellar career, logging another All-Pro honor and three additional trips to the Pro Bowl before retiring in 1967.

Born Nov. 21, 1931, the Orange, N.J., native helped the Packers win back-to-back titles in 1961-62.

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