The All-Pro who moonlighted as District Attorney
A native of Lincoln, Nebraska, Verne Lewellen is considered by Green Bay Packers historian Cliff Christi to be the most deserving player who is not in the Pro Football Hall of Fame but should be. It’s hard to argue his points, especially considering that while Lewellen was the unofficial Most Valuable Player for Green Bay’s first three championships in 1929, 1930, and 1931 (the award didn’t exist then), Lewellen was also the District Attorney for Brown County, where Green Bay is located.
Lewellen was District Attorney from 1928 to 1932 and continued to practice law until his retirement.
His successful 1928 campaign was one of the most unusual political campaigns in history at any level considering that Lewellen’s opponent was his All-Pro teammate, LaVern “Lavvie” Dilweg. A five-time Pro Bowl player, Dilweg earned his law degree from Marquette and though he lost the Brown County seat, he went on to become elected as a Democrat to the Seventy-eighth Congress (1943-45).
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