Green Bay Packers PR icon Lee Remmel dies at age 90

Green Bay Packers icon Lee Remmel died on Thursday at the age of 90.

Remmel was a member of the Packers' front office since 1974 and led the franchise's public relations and publicity efforts until 2004, when he became Green Bay's team historian.

Before joining the Green Bay's front office, Remmel was a sportswriter and columnist for the Green Bay Press-Gazette for nearly 30 years. He was the only sportswriter in Wisconsin to have covered the Packers throughout all of the team's coaching regimes at that point.

Remmel was also a member of the NFL public relations directors' Professional Football Writers of America liaison, statistics and NFL Films committees.

"He had a tremendous love for the organization, a tremendous love," said former Packers CEO Bob Harlan. "Everyone had great respect for his ability as a writer, and certainly if you wanted a quick point in history, there was not a better source than Lee."

A native of Shawano, Wisconsin, Remmel was voted Wisconsin "Sports Writer of the Year" in 1967. He was also a past president of the former Wisconsin Pro Football Writers' Association.

Remmel was inducted into the Green Bay PackersHall of Fame on March 30, 1996 in recognition of his close association with the organization that spanned more than a half-century. The Packers also honored him in August 2003 by naming a press box at the redeveloped Lambeau Field "The Lee Remmel Press Box."

"He had great humility," Harlan said. "He was always concerned with how it might reflect on the organization. I always had to assure him, 'You're a legend around here Lee. The press box should be named after you, the dinner is a tremendous event, and you certainly deserve to be in the PackersHall of Fame.'"

In August 2008 Remmel and his wife, Noreen -- who passed away three years ago -- celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary.

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