Do you know what the “G” on the Green Bay Packers’ helmets stands for? (Tiki Barber does!) [UPDATE]

I bet that you, like me, reasonably assumed the the “G” on the Green Bay Packers’ helmets stood for “Green Bay.” Makes sense right? Well you and I would both be wrong in that assumption.

Don’t feel too badly though. As the video below proves, a lot of the Packers’ own players did not know what the “G” stood for either.

But you know who did? The all-knowing Tiki Barber, that’s who.

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And now you know that the “G” on the Green Bay Packers helmets stands for “Greatness.”

Update 2/5/11: Thanks to the skepticism of commenters, which I always appreciate, I decided that I should dig into this claim by Tiki Barber further rather than simply taking it at face value. I cannot say with certainty whether he is right or wrong – that the “G” stands for “Greatness” – but I can say that I do not have any legitimate sources to cite that back him up. Also, I asked for Packers beat reporter Greg Bedard about this, and he’d never heard anything like this before. That gave me great pause.

I dug into this last night, and the claim was made on the Packers Wikipedia page, but the sourcing was dubious. I could not find any other source I trusted that corroborated. Then, when I checked the Packers Wikipedia page today, the claim that the “G” stands for “Greatness” is now actually sourced to Barber himself. See the circular nature of this? (For the record, I think Wikipedia is an excellent source for knowledge, but you do have to be careful and source-check.)

So, let me first say that I apologize for not presenting all of this information when I first posted this. I never should have taken anyone’s word at face value – especially a turd sandwich like Barber – and then presented it as fact without doing my own fact-checking first.

Conclusion: I am not saying that it’s not true, but the only proof that anyone seems to have is Barber saying it’s true above. So take that as you will. Personally, I no longer trust that this is true. I would think someone like Bedard would have heard about this if it really was.

TL;DR – click here and read this. Sums it up.

Update 2/6/11: The Packers’ Assistant Director of PR and Corporate Communications had the following to say: “There’s nothing in our history that suggests there’s any truth to this. The Packers Hall of Fame archivist said the same thing.”

Next question: why do the Steelers only have their helmet logo on one side of their helmets? Here is the answer.

Final thought: does anyone else think that Tiki Barber seems like the kid in elementary school who loved to know something that no one else did and loved even more running around saying “Na-na-na-na-boo-boo” and rubbing it in that he knew it and you didn’t? I think so. I also think this video sums up Tiki Barber quite well.

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Comments

  1. Greatness? Yeah, right. The Packers aren’t great.

    • if they arent great how did they get in the superbowl. JACKASS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • scott greening says:

      Oh contrair,they are great .the oldest and one of the best teams in the league EVER" 3 superbowl wins,soon to be 4

  2. Quiet Earp says:

    Be serious. There's no evidence of this … none. Just because someone writes that the G stands for Greatness doesn't mean it's true. Cite your sources … besides Tiki Barber!

    • How embarassing for you. It took me 3 seconds to find this.
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Green_Bay_Packers

      "The oval "G" logo — which stands for "greatness"[36] — was created in 1961 by Packers equipment manager George "Dad" Braisher. The team used a number of different logos prior to 1961, but the "G" is the only logo that has ever appeared on the helmet.[37][38] "

      • billyliberty says:

        It's actually embarrassing that you're using Wikipedia as evidence for Barber's claim.

      • Sadly, we all may have been duped here by Barber. I should have done fact checking before I posted this, which is my fault, but so should Barber. If you look at the Wikipedia page now, Barber is actually the primary source. When I looked at it last night, this wasn't the case, but the sources cited were dubious at best. I talked to a former Packers beat writer who had never heard anything about this. I can't say for sure this isn't true, but I'll say that I personally no longer believe it.

        • Bill Woods says:

          "The Lombardy Legacy: Thirty People Who Were Touched By Greatness" *might* have something to say on the subject, since it evidently includes a chapter on Braisher (whose first name, as CMcAloon pointed out, was Gerald not George) :

          "30. Gerald “Dad” Braisher. Whenever you see the Green Bay Packer logo, the “G” on the helmet, you’re looking at Dad." http://thelombardilegacy.com/content/table-of-con

          • Very cool! Thanks for posting Bill. Either way, whether it stands for "Green Bay" or "Greatness" or "Gerald"…it's all at least a synonym for "greatness" ;-)

      • Did you not notice that the source listed on their is Tiki Barber?

        • It is now. It wasn't previously. Someone edited it since last night to name Barber as the source. Originally it made the claim without mentioning Barber and linked to a couple of obscure blogs.

  3. Tiki is incorrect regarding the most important part–the gentleman who designed the "G" is named GERALD Braisher, not George, as Tiki said. His nickname was Dad, since he was the equipment manager and took care of everyone.
    http://www.packers.com/fan-zone/faq.html#historic

  4. Bobby Hill says:

    I thought it stood for GAY!!!

  5. Tiki's really lame.

  6. billyliberty says:

    The same individual who edited the "greatness" explanation into the Wiklpedia page (on July 7th) for the Packers, which Tiki Barber apparently used as his source, also edited the Minnesota Vikings page (on June 25th) to read: "The Vikings have never won a Super Bowl, therefore, they suck!''

    Clearly, someone needs to explain how Wikipedia works to Tiki Barber.

    • Thanks for posting this. I should have fact-checked before presenting this as fact. I updated the post above.

    • The rumor that I heard was the “G” on the helmet…when turned a certain way..was also a meathook…the town of Green Bay..and the Packers…was for Meat Packing…the G upside down..looks like a meathook…

      Being a Packer fan…I personally like the idea of a meathook on the side of a helmet…very bad ass..

  7. Jack the Yooper says:

    It matters not what anyone thinks the G stands for. The Packers are in the Super Bowl!
    As for the meaning of a letter on a footbal helmet, most of the University of Nebraska players think the N stands for knowledge.

  8. Bill Woods says:

    "Next question: why do the Steelers only have their helmet logo on one side of their helmets? Here is the answer."

    The link is bad; it should be http://www.steelers.com/history/logo-history.html

  9. I thought it meant "Gay"

  10. my grandpa's name was gerald but everyone called him george.

  11. or jerry

  12. Who cares what the "G" stands for. 'G"reenbay works fine, if someone wants it to be "greatness" does that really matter in the grand scheme. I doubt the Packers staff themselves care. By the way, I doubt any of you Tiki bashers would dare line up against him even now in his career, he was real "G"ood too.

  13. Why are people on this page that dont care?? you really spend your time looking at things online that you dont like? wow, i bet u voted for Obama too!! thats y u must have a really important job so u can spend time zooming the internet for pointless reasons. GO PACKERS THEY ARE "G"REAT!!!!!

    • Blue State fan says:

      GO PACK GO!!! But the fact that you wanted "Grandpa Set In His Ways" and "VP Moron/Hatemonger" (McCain/Palin) to lead our country shows your lack of education. I like you root for the Pack but get back to changing my oil and unclogging my toilet you uneducated retard!

  14. madisonman says:

    If this is true, I wonder if they were the "Madison Packers" if they would have put a "G" on the helmet. I doubt it, so it must mean Green Bay.

  15. Let,s see, they are known as cheeseheads so it must stand for Gargonzola or Guuda

  16. packfannchitown says:

    I'm glad this was cleared up a bit but I notice that while they asked the Packers as to whether or not the "G" stood for Greatness, they DIDN'T ask what the "G" DID actually stand for.

    One site I read that quotes this site had this to say:

    An anonymous reader tipped me off to what we think is the origin of this nonsense. It comes from a 2003 DVD called Legend of Lambeau Field. In the chapter on the 1961 NFL Championship Game, the narrator intones:

    "Lombardi added a 'G' to the Packers' helmet in 1961. And it stood for 'great.' The team posted the league's best record, and earned the right to host the championship game."

    Not saying a DVD is gospel but it would really help if we could get the Packers historian to tell us what the "G" stands for if he/she hasn't already.

  17. The rumor that I heard was the "G" on the helmet…when turned a certain way..was also a meathook…the town of Green Bay..and the Packers…was for Meat Packing…the G upside down..looks like a meathook…

    Being a Packer fan…I personally like the idea of a meathook on the side of a helmet…very bad ass..

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