LaVern Dilweg

LaVern Ralph "Lavvie" Dilweg (November 1, 1903 – January 2, 1968) was a professional football player, attorney, and U.S. Congressman from Wisconsin.[1][2][3][4]

LaVern Dilweg
No. 70
Personal information
Born:November 1, 1903
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Died:January 2, 1968 (aged 64)
St. Petersburg, Florida
Height:6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight:200 lb (91 kg)
Career information
High school:Washington (WI)
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Games played:107
Player stats at
LaVern Dilweg
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Wisconsin's 8th district
In office
January 3, 1943 – January 3, 1945
Preceded byJoshua L. Johns
Succeeded byJohn W. Byrnes
Personal details
Political partyDemocratic


Born and raised in Milwaukee, Dilweg attended its public schools and graduated from Washington High School. He enrolled at Marquette University in Milwaukee and played college football for the Golden Avalanche under head coach Frank Murray. A three-sport college athlete, he played center on the basketball team and was a shot putter on the track team.[5] Dilweg was an All-American end, and played in the first East–West Shrine Game in San Francisco in late 1925.[6][7] The Golden Avalanche had a record of 28–4–1 during Dilweg's four years.[8]

After two undergraduate years at Marquette, Dilweg had enrolled in the MU law school, and was admitted to the Wisconsin Bar in 1927.[9] While in law school in 1926, he played professionally for the Milwaukee Badgers, an NFL team in its fifth year that folded before the end of the season.[10] While practicing law in Green Bay, he continued to play pro football, he signed with the Green Bay Packers in August 1927[11] and played through the 1934 season, with football in the morning and afternoons at the law office.[10] Dilweg was recognized as one of the best ends in the NFL during the late 1920s and early 1930s and the Packers won three consecutive NFL championships in 1929, 1930, and 1931. Dilweg was a football official in the Big Ten Conference until his move to Washington, D.C. in early 1943.[12]

Dilweg played in 107 games (out of a possible total of 113) while starting 72 of them. Records are incomplete, but they show Dilweg having 12 touchdowns with 23 receptions on 443 yards. Considered the best all-around end in pro football prior to Don Hutson, Dilweg was named to the NFL 1920s All-Decade Team, and is only one of two players on the list not in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. He was named consensus All-Pro for six consecutive years, with four of those years being unanimous All-Pro. In 2005, he was named to the Professional Football Researchers Association Hall of Very Good in the association's second HOVG class [13] and his candidacy for induction into the Professional Football Hall of Fame is one of four candidacies that the PFRA officially supports.

Political career

During World War II, Dilweg was elected to Congress in 1942 as a Democrat from the 8th district. He announced his candidacy in late July, less than four months before the election,[12] and defeated incumbent Joshua Johns. He served in the 78th United States Congress (January 3, 1943 – January 3, 1945), but was not re-elected in 1944, defeated by John Byrnes, who went on to serve 28 years in the seat. Dilweg resumed the practice of law in Green Bay and Washington, and was confirmed as a member of the Foreign Claims Settlement Commission in 1961, appointed by President Kennedy.


Ill for several months after surgery, Dilweg was on vacation with his wife in Florida in early 1968 when he died in St. Petersburg, where they had been visiting friends.[3][4][14] His death came just two days after the famous Ice Bowl game at Green Bay on New Year's Eve. Dilweg is interred at the Fort Howard Cemetery in Green Bay.


Dilweg's wife, Eleanor Coleman Dilweg (1906-1978) was an Olympic swimmer from Milwaukee and a former world record holder.[15][16] They met at Marquette, married in 1927, and had three sons.[4] Son Gary (b. 1937) graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy and served in the U.S. Marines, and later in the Wisconsin legislature as a Republican from Green Bay.[17][18][19]

Grandson Anthony Dilweg was an NFL quarterback from 1989 to 1991, with the Packers and Los Angeles Raiders. He played college football at Duke under head coach Steve Spurrier.



  1. ^ "Biographical Sketch of LaVern Dilweg" (PDF). Wisconsin Blue Book. 1944. p. 23.
  2. ^ "Football star, Dilweg, dies". Milwaukee Journal. January 2, 1968. p. 17, part 2.
  3. ^ a b "Dilweg, ex-Pack, MU great, dies". Milwaukee Sentinel. UPI. January 3, 1968. p. 1, part 2.
  4. ^ a b c "Dilweg had two careers; was successful in both". Milwaukee Journal. January 3, 1968. p. 16, part 2.
  5. ^ "LaVerne Dilweg". Marquette University Athletics. Hall of Fame. 2011. Retrieved March 22, 2014.
  6. ^ Runyon, Damon (December 26, 1925). "All-star elevens get big grid test on coast today". Milwaukee Sentinel. Universal Service. p. 10.
  7. ^ Runyon, Damon (December 28, 1925). "Runyon heaps praise on play of Lavvie Dilweg". Milwaukee Sentinel. Universal Service. p. 9.
  8. ^ "Marquette". College Football Data Warehouse. yearly totals. Retrieved March 23, 2014.
  9. ^ Hylton, J. Gordon (November 2009). "Lavvie Dilweg ('27): MU Law's Contribution to the NFL (and to Congress)". Marquette University Law School. faculty blog. Retrieved March 22, 2014.
  10. ^ a b Bledsoe, Terry (October 7, 1965). "Halas helped make Dilweg a Packer". Milwaukee Sentinel. Packers of the past. p. 21, part 2.
  11. ^ "Dilweg signs with Packers". Milwaukee Sentinel. August 21, 1927. p. 3, section 3.
  12. ^ a b "Dilweg enters Congress race". Milwaukee Journal. July 20, 1942. p. 6, part 2.
  13. ^ "Hall of Very Good". Retrieved July 14, 2016.
  14. ^ "Ex-Packer great 'Lavvie' Dilweg dies here at 64". St. Petersburg Times. January 3, 1968. p. 3C.
  15. ^ Dilweg, Eleanor C. (May 1, 1933). "Swimming is unequaled for benefits to health, beauty, and poise". Milwaukee Journal. p. 2, part 2.
  16. ^ "Dilweg dies; ex-Olympian". Milwaukee Journal. October 3, 1978. p. 8, part 2.
  17. ^ "Dilweg to seek Proxmire seat". Milwaukee Sentinel. May 1, 1976. p. 6, part 1.
  18. ^ Shiveley, Neil H. (February 13, 1980). "Legislators charge Green Bay paper factor in death". Milwaukee Sentinel. p. 1, part 1.
  19. ^ "Gary T. Dilweg". Wisconsin Historical Society. Dictionary of Wisconsin History. Retrieved March 22, 2014.

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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Joshua L. Johns
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Wisconsin's 8th congressional district

January 3, 1943 - January 3, 1945
Succeeded by
John W. Byrnes
1927 All-Pro Team

The 1927 All-Pro Team consists of American football players chosen by various selectors at the end as the best players at their positions for the All-Pro team of the National Football League (NFL) for the 1927 NFL season. Selectors for the 1927 season included the Green Bay Press-Gazette poll and the Chicago Tribune.

1928 All-Pro Team

The 1928 All-Pro Team consisted of American football players chosen by various selectors for the All-Pro team of the National Football League (NFL) for the 1928 NFL season. Teams were selected by, among others, the Green Bay Press-Gazette (GB), based on the results of a questionnaires sent to the league managers and reporters, and the Chicago Tribune (CT).The Chicago Tribune picked quarterback Benny Friedman as the captain of its team, calling him "not only a great player but a magnificent showman," "a great passer and a field general par excellence."

1929 All-Pro Team

The 1929 All-Pro Team consisted of American football players chosen by various selectors for the All-Pro team of the National Football League (NFL) for the 1929 NFL season. Teams were selected by, among others, the Green Bay Press-Gazette (GB), based on the return of 16 ballots sent to the team owners, managers, and sports writers of clubs in the NFL, Collyer's Eye magazine (CE), and the Chicago Tribune (CT).

1930 All-Pro Team

The 1930 All-Pro Team consisted of American football players chosen by various selectors for the All-Pro team of the National Football League (NFL) for the 1930 NFL season. Teams were selected by, among others, the Green Bay Press-Gazette (GB), based on the returns of ballots sent to the league's coaches, club officials, sports writers and officials, and Collyer's Eye (CE).

1932 All-Pro Team

The 1932 All-Pro Team consisted of American football players chosen by various selectors for the All-Pro team of the National Football League (NFL) for the 1932 NFL season. Teams were selected by, among others, seven of the eight NFL coaches for the Associated Press (AP), the United Press, and Collyer's Eye (CE).Five players were selected for the first team by all three selectors: Portsmouth Spartans quarterback Dutch Clark; Chicago Bears fullback Bronko Nagurski; New York Giants end Ray Flaherty; Green Bay Packers tackle Cal Hubbard; and Chicago Bears guard Zuck Carlson.

1933 All-Pro Team

The 1933 All-Pro Team consisted of American football players chosen by various selectors for the All-Pro team of the National Football League (NFL) for the 1933 NFL season. Teams were selected by, among others, the NFL coaches (NFL), the United Press, Red Grange for Collyer's Eye (CE), and the Green Bay Press-Gazette (GB).

Anthony Dilweg

Anthony Hume Dilweg (born March 28, 1965) is a former American football player. He played professionally as a quarterback for the Green Bay Packers of the National Football League (NFL). Dilweg attended Walt Whitman High School in Bethesda, Maryland, graduating in the class of 1984, followed by Duke University, graduating in the class of 1989.

While attending Duke, he played under coach Steve Spurrier and was named the 1988 ACC Football Player of the Year and the offensive MVP of the 1989 Hula Bowl. Dilweg holds the Duke single season record for passing yards with 3,824 in the 1988 season.

Dilweg was selected in the third round of the 1989 NFL Draft with the 74th overall pick by the Green Bay Packers. Dilweg is one of only 17 players to be selected in the NFL draft out of Duke. Dilweg's best NFL season was 1990 when he played 9 games with the Packers and threw for 1,267 yards and 8 touchdowns.

Today Dilweg is the Chairman of the Dilweg Companies, a real estate development company, and a sideline reporter for Duke. Dilweg and his wife, Jamie, have two daughters and one son.

Dilweg's grandfather, Lavern Dilweg, played end for the Packers from 1927-1934.

Bob Monnett

Robert C. Monnett (February 27, 1910 – August 2, 1978) was a professional American football player who played halfback for six seasons for the Green Bay Packers. He was inducted into the Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame in 1973.

Charley Brock

Charles Jacob "Charley" Brock (March 15, 1916 – May 25, 1987) was an American football center and linebacker.


Dilweg may refer to:

Anthony Dilweg (born 1965), quarterback for the Green Bay Packers

Gary T. Dilweg, (born 1937), American politician

Lavern Dilweg (1903–1968), practising lawyer, football player, elected as a Democrat to Congress in 1942

Gerry Ellis

Gerry Ellis (born November 12, 1957

in Columbia, Missouri) is a former professional American football player who played running back for seven seasons for the Green Bay Packers.

Hank Bruder

Henry George "Hank" Bruder Jr. (November 22, 1907 – June 29, 1970) was an American football player in the National Football League. He played nine years with the Green Bay Packers from 1931 to 1939 and was inducted into the Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame in 1972. Bruder attended Northwestern University, where he was a member of the Delta Upsilon Fraternity.He was part of the offensive line that blocked for Pro Football Hall of Fame back Johnny "Blood" McNally.

Hank Gremminger

Charles Henry "Hank" Gremminger (September 1, 1933 – November 2, 2001) was an American football player, a defensive back in the National Football League for eleven seasons. He played ten seasons for the Green Bay Packers (1956–1965) and one for the Los Angeles Rams in 1966.

John W. Byrnes

John William Byrnes (June 12, 1913 – January 12, 1985) was a U.S. Representative from Wisconsin. Byrnes ran for the Republican nomination in the United States presidential election of 1964, winning two states and coming in fifth in the popular vote.

Byrnes was the U.S. Representative for Wisconsin's 8th congressional district from 1945 to 1973. During this time he was the chairman of the House Republican Policy Committee from 1959 to 1965 and was later the ranking minority member of the Committee on Ways and Means from 1963 to 1972.

Johnny Bryan

John Frederick "Johnny" Bryan (February 28, 1897 – July 1, 1966) was a professional football player for the Chicago Cardinals, Chicago Bears, and Milwaukee Badgers. He was also a player-coach and franchise owner of the Badgers in 1925 and 1926.

The Badgers franchise was turned over to Bryan after it was discovered that the team had employed four Chicago high school players for game against the Chicago Cardinals that resulted in a 59-0 loss for the Badgers. As a result of the scandal, owner Ambrose McGuirk was forced by NFL President Joe Carr to turn over his franchise to Bryan.Under Bryan, the team did manage to win two games in 1926 due to the arrival of end Lavern Dilweg. However Milwaukee dropped out of the NFL after that season.


Lavern may refer to:

Lavern Ahlstrom, retired provincial level politician and former leader of the Alberta Social Credit Party

LaVern Baker (1929–1997), American rhythm and blues singer, who had several hit records on the pop chart in the 1950s and early 1960s

Alan LaVern Bean (born 1932), American former naval officer and aviator, aeronautical engineer, test pilot, and the fourth person to walk on the Moon

Lavern Corbin, American basketball player who was an NCAA All-American as a senior at Cal in 1929

LaVern Dilweg (1903–1968), professional football player, attorney, and U.S. Congressman from Wisconsin

Lavern Eve (born 1965), female track and field athlete from the Bahamas who competes in the javelin throw

Lavern Francis (born 1991), footballer from Saint Kitts and Nevis

Edward Lavern Johnstone (born 1954), retired Canadian ice hockey player

Ryan Lavern (born 1987), American professional baseball player in the Atlanta Braves organization

LaVern W. Parmley (1900–1980), the fifth general president of the Primary of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church)

Lavern Roach (1925–1950), boxer from Texas who was Ring Magazine's Rookie-of-the-Year in 1947

Lavern Spencer (born 1984), Saint Lucian high jumper

LaVern Torgeson (1929–2015), American football linebacker

Nate Barragar

Nathan Robert Barragar (June 3, 1907 – August 10, 1985) was an American collegiate and professional football player.

Pete Tinsley

Elijah Pope "Pete" Tinsley (March 16, 1913 – May 11, 1995) was a professional football player, born in Sumter, South Carolina, who played guard, defense and offense for eight seasons for the Green Bay Packers. He was inducted into the Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame in 1979.

Verne Lewellen

Verne Clark Lewellen (September 29, 1901 – April 16, 1980) was an American football player and executive.

A four-sport high school athlete, Lewellen stayed in Lincoln to attend Nebraska University, where he captained and quarterbacked the Cornhuskers to a 14-7 defeat of a Notre Dame squad in 1923. Also a pitcher, the Pittsburgh Pirates were ready to sign him until an injury from a train wreck affected his pitching arm. Jim Crowley - who played against Lewellen in the 1923 Nebraska-Notre Dame matchup - recommended Lewellen to Packer coach Curly Lambeau.He played most of his nine-year career with the Green Bay Packers. Lewellen played in 102 games for the Packers from 1924 to 1932 (in 1927, the team "lent" him to the New York Yankees for three end-of-season games) and earned all-league first team honors from 1926-29. Completing a law degree from Nebraska University during his professional football career, he ran successfully for Brown County (WI) District Attorney in 1928 against Packer teammate LaVern Dilweg and was re-elected in 1930. He lost the seat in the 1932 election and practiced law until his retirement.In 1950, he joined the Packers as a member of the executive committee, served as the Packers' general manager from 1954 through 1958 and business manager from 1961 to 1967.He was elected to the Wisconsin Athletic Hall of Fame in 1967 and the Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame in 1970.

The Professional Football Researchers Association named Lewellen to the PRFA Hall of Very Good Class of 2009

Wisconsin's delegation(s) to the 78th United States Congresses (ordered by seniority)
78th Senate: R. La Follette Jr.A. Wiley House: M. HullF. KeefeR. MurrayH. SauthoffW. StevensonT. WasielewskiL. SmithH. McMurray • L. Dilweg • A. O'Konski

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