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When the Packers dedicated their redeveloped Lambeau Field in 2003, they placed enormous statues of the two most important men in the franchise’s history out front of their glistening atrium — Curly Lambeau, who co-founded the team and was one of its greatest coaches and players, and Vince Lombardi, who coached his 1960s teams to the club’s greatest on-field era.

While Wolf made the moves that restored the Packers to prominence after Harlan hired him as general manager in November 1991 — firing coach Lindy Infante and replacing him with Mike Holmgren; trading a 1992 first-round draft pick for quarterback Brett Favre; signing transformative free-agent defensive end Reggie White in 1993 — what’s even more remarkable is that the Packers had a chance to hire Wolf four years earlier.