Meet Jim Rice
Jim has been writing and speaking about Packer history in Wisconsin since 2011. As a former history teacher, coach and school superintendent, sports history has been a lifelong interest of Jim’s. He attended Marquette University in the 1970s and has remained in Wisconsin ever since.
After 35 years in education, Jim Rice retired in 2010. The Packer’s victory in Super Bowl XLV rekindled an interest in Packer history. After digging out all of his old newspapers, football cards, and magazines — the research began. Numerous visits to Green Bay followed and meeting with hundreds of Packer fans (even five members of the Packers FAN Hall of Fame), culminated in Jim’s four books on Packer rivalries, championships and NFL history.
“There are teams that evoke something beyond merely winning and losing. Celtics. Yankees. Notre Dame. The Packers are such a team.”
– Tim Layden, Sports Illustrated 2/14/11
Jim is not a sports writer, nor a big shot at one of the network channels — he’s something better — a converted Packer fan… a long process that dates back to the NFL Championship game in 1961 versus the New York Giants.
Along the way, Jim has collected great stories about being a Packer fan from their founding to the present day. All of these stories, in written form, will appear in Tthe Packers’ Century and some will be made available in the blog. Be sure to sign up to learn all about it.
Get in on the Conversation with fellow Packerbackers
PackersCentury.com is the only site that gets you off the sidelines and into the game with, quite literally, ALL of your favorite Packers. From Curly Lambeau to Bart Starr to Aaron Rodgers — you can tell your story about your connection, meetings or memory of them all! We want to hear all about it. You can even send in your photos and we’ll publish them!
Listen to Jim’s Packer Fan Interviews
Beyond the great games that Jim writes about are some truly amazing stories from fans, sportswriters, and former players about the only community owned franchise in pro sports. Take a walk through history through the eyes of those that live and breathe Packer football!
Bring Jim into Speak to Your Group
Jim speaks to groups of all sizes about Packer history throughout the football season. With the Packers preparing to play their 100th season, Jim presents photos of his extensive memorabilia collection of old football cards, newspapers and magazines to trace Packer history from Lambeau to McCarthy.
Own the Books that are Packer History!
Jim’s four books — Giant Cheeseheads, 13 Championship Seasons, 92 Years! and Great Games of the Gridiron — detail histories of games and rivalries over the 100-year history of the franchise. Inexpensive to own, but easy to purchase and packed full of stories, statistics and Packer info for the die hard fan.