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Blaze of glory

In 1950, the Packers were a franchise in ruin. Then a mysterious fire saved them.

Originally Published: September 19, 2013
By David Fleming | ESPN The Magazine

PASSING THROUGH THE massive stone gateway that marked the entrance to Rockwood Lodge, members of the 1946 Green Bay Packers felt as if they had been granted admission to football utopia. Up ahead, to the west, were sandy beaches, tennis courts and a boat dock. To the north were 50-plus acres of lush woods, a stocked fishing pond and an outdoor theater. Directly in front of the players stood the grand estate itself, a magnificent 40-room cut-stone mansion set on a limestone ...

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