A veteran in his area of expertise, Gordon "Red" Batty is in his 27th season as equipment manager of the Green Bay Packers.
Batty is responsible for properly outfitting players with the safest and most advanced equipment, as well as ordering and maintaining all of the team's equipment and sideline apparel. Immediately prior to joining the Packers, he had spent 13 seasons (1981-93) in the same position with the then-Houston Oilers.
Batty remarkably is in his 48th season in the equipment field. He began his career in 1973 at age 14 as a ball boy for the Montreal Alouettes of the Canadian Football League. Six years later, he was elevated to the position of equipment manager for the Alouettes. During Batty's tenure in Montreal, the Alouettes won two Grey Cups (1974 and '77).
Batty subsequently joined the Oilers in June 1981, in the process becoming the NFL's youngest equipment manager at age 22. He also purports to be the first native-born Canadian to garner both a Grey Cup and Super Bowl ring, and he now has two of each, the latter distinction earned when the Packers captured Super Bowls XXXI and XLV with Batty in charge of the team's equipment. He also worked his fifth Pro Bowl following the 2015 season.
Upon being named to the Packers' staff on Jan. 24, 1994, Batty became only the fifth person in club history to hold the title of equipment manager. Batty (pronounced BATT-ee) was born in Montreal and has two children, a daughter, Chelsei, 29, and a son, Cameron, 24.
Batty has served as the equipment coordinator for what is now known as the NFL Players Rookie Premiere preseason event for the past 26 years. Batty is given the duty of communicating with each rookie invitee's team equipment manager to secure equipment and jerseys utilized for trading-card photo shoots.
A devout hockey fan, Batty has also worked several NHL Winter Classic and Stadium Series outdoor games.