On Monday, it was released that former Green Bay Packers artist John Gordon had passed away due to Alzheimer’s disease at the age of 83. Gordon was an art student who helped in designing the “G” logo for the team back in the 1960s.
Gordon died Saturday, said Matt Cotter, the owner of Cotter Funeral & Cremation Care in De Pere, Wisconsin. The funeral home posted an obituary that says Gordon died “surrounded by his family after living with Alzheimer’s disease.”
Green Bay Packers Logo Designer John Gordon Has Passed Away At 83 Years Old
Gordon was an art student in 1961 when he was given the job of designing the Green Bay Packers logo under Gerald “Dad” Braisher. He was the Packers’ equipment manager during that time. 24 hours after Gordon designed the logo, it was approved as an original.
Many fans and people who followed the Green Bay Packers believed that the original “G” stood for greatness. It was made known that the current logo stands for Green Bay Packers as of 2015.
The Packers “G” Logo
The Green Bay Packers logo does not stand for “greatness” as in recent years. The “G” logo that was sketched by John Gordon was originally shaped like a football back in the early 1960’s. As of now, the logo is shaped like an oval, as times have changed with different equipment and designers of the NFL.
It has been said that the change of the Packers logo was not changed until before 1970. The Green Bay Packers logo “G” has been redesigned but is based on the Georgia Bulldogs logo. That idea was passed in 1964 after the Bulldogs made their helmets.
Packers Jersey Colors
The Green Bay Packers’ colors were not always green and yellow (gold). Back in the late 1920s, they were gold with blue numbers. They listed green and blue as their colors through the early 1940’s. The Packers did not name their primary colors green and gold until 1964. It has been the same colors ever since.
John Gordon was an artist at Parkview Middle School before he became a professor of art at St. Norbert College, which was his alma mater. Gordon will always be remembered as an artist and known as one of the designers or creators of the Packers logo. He may be gone but will certainly never be forgotten.
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