Ex-Packer Jacke speaks at Marshview Banquet

by Steve Ottman
Review Co respondent


FORMER GREEN BAY Packer kicker Chris Jacke speaks at the recent Marshview Sports Banquet. Jacke was a member of the Packers’ Super Bowl XXXI championship team. – Review photo by Steve Ottman FORMER GREEN BAY Packer kicker Chris Jacke speaks at the recent Marshview Sports Banquet. Jacke was a member of the Packers’ Super Bowl XXXI championship team. – Review photo by Steve Ottman SHEBOYGAN FALLS – Special guest speaker former Green Bay Packers kicker Chris Jacke reminisced with the crowd in attendance at the 17th annual Marshview Sports Banquet at Village at 170 banquet hall in Sheboygan Falls July 12.

The banquet was hosted by the Marshview Conservation Club in Falls.

Jacke transcribed his career with the Packers and asked the fans for questions rather than just talk about himself. Jacke stated that he wasn’t supposed to be drafted by Green Bay.

“I never worked out for the Packers,” said Jacke. “I’m glad that it all worked out.”

Jacke, a sixth round pick in 1989, appeared in 147 games in 11 NFL seasons – eight with Green Bay, one with Washington and two with Arizona.


CHRIS JACKE, former Green Bay Packer standout kicker, autographs a photo from his playing days at the recent Marshview Sports Banquet. – Review photo by Steve Ottman CHRIS JACKE, former Green Bay Packer standout kicker, autographs a photo from his playing days at the recent Marshview Sports Banquet. – Review photo by Steve Ottman In his last season with the Packers he helped lead Green Bay to a 13-3 record and a Super Bowl XXXI win over the New England Patriots. Jacke then became a free agent and was signed by the Pittsburgh Steelers, released and signed by Washington for one season and then finished his career with Arizona.

Jacke ranks fourth on the Packers’ all-time kicking list with 202 field goals (76 percent). He was inducted into the Packer Hall of Fame in 2013.

Jacke is the founder of Player Alumni Resources in which he organizes speaking engagements for former Packers.

When he arrived in Green Bay it was 1989 and he kicked five gamewinning field goals for the so-called “Cardiac Pack.”

However, the next two seasons the Packers went 4-12. Then came the transition era with new general manager Ron Wolf who brought in Brett Favre, Reggie White and Keith Jackson.

“It was fun watching the transformation of the team into a contender once again,” Jacke recalled. “It was incredible how the team progressed back into the playoffs.” “I didn’t like losing to Dallas though [in the playoffs].

Jacke’s favorite games included the Monday night overtime win against the San Francisco 49ers and the 49-yard game-winning field goal over Tampa Bay.

Another memory he recalled was that 5,000 or more fans showed up Austin Strabel Airport to greet the Packers one time.

“The fans in Green Bay are great. They’re everywhere,” remarked Jacke. “I vacationed in Cancun once and on Punta Cana and found them there also.”

Jacke was asked when he starting kicking and said that it was in the seventh grade as a soccer player. He loves soccer and didn’t know why the U.S. never caught on to the game. His parents were his mentors.

Jacke kicked for the University of Texas El Paso, which he jokingly referred to as the other Texas team.

As his career wound down, he enjoyed his experiences with former Packer head coach Mike Holmgren and quarterback Favre who will be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

“Holmgren always had the team focusing on football,” Jacke explained. “I always heard from him if I missed a field goal.” “Favre was a character. He was a gunslinger on off of the field.”

Jacke closed by wishing he could have had a do-over.

“I would have never yelled at coach Holmgren after that Tampa Bay game and I would have worked harder to stay healthy,” Jacke stated.

The Marshview Conservation Club held raffles, and live and silent auctions of sports memorabilia as a fund-raiser to benefit youth programs, college scholarships and many conservation programs throughout Sheboygan County.

The Club expressed its thanks to everyone for their support at the banquet.


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