Tom Braatz

Thomas Myron Braatz (born May 12, 1933) is a former American football linebacker in the National Football League for the Washington Redskins, Los Angeles Rams, and Dallas Cowboys. He also is a former general manager of the Atlanta Falcons and Green Bay Packers. He played college football at Marquette University.

Tom Braatz
No. 84, 83, 85, 51
Defensive End
Personal information
Born:May 12, 1933 (age 85)
Kenosha, Wisconsin
Height:6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight:216 lb (98 kg)
Career information
High school:Bradford (Kenosha, Wisconsin)
NFL Draft:1955 / Round: 14 / Pick: 159
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career NFL statistics
Games played:38
Fumble recoveries:1
Player stats at
Player stats at PFR

Early years

Braatz attended Mary D. Bradford High School, where he was a teammate of future Pro Bowl player Alan Ameche. He accepted a scholarship from Marquette University, where he played as a two-way End. He was named the team's co-captain as a senior.[1]

Professional career

Washington Redskins (first stint)

Braatz was selected in the fourteenth round (159th overall) of the 1955 NFL Draft by the Washington Redskins. He spent two years out of football, while serving in the Korean War from 1955 to 1956 as a crypto operator. He returned in 1957, playing both at defensive end and linebacker, until being waived on October 13, 1958.

Los Angeles Rams

On October 16, 1958, he signed with the Los Angeles Rams to play as a defensive end. After playing in one game, he was released to make room for halfback Clendon Thomas on October 20, 1958.

Green Bay Packers

In 1959, he was signed by the Green Bay Packers. He was released on September 22.

Washington Redskins (second stint)

In 1959, he returned to the Washington Redskins and was asked to concentrate on playing linebacker.

Dallas Cowboys

Braatz was selected by the Dallas Cowboys in the 1960 NFL Expansion Draft. He was used as a reserve linebacker, registering 49 tackles and one interception.[2] He was placed on the injured reserve list on August 29, 1961. He would later announce his retirement.

Personal life

After retiring as a player he joined the expansion Atlanta Falcons as a part-time area scout in 1965. In 1968, he was promoted to director of player personnel and was named the General Manager from 1982 to 1985.

In 1987, he was hired by the Green Bay packers as the franchise's first Director of Football Operations. Braatz held that position for five years until being fired on November 21, 1991, with the team having a 2-9 record. In 1992, he was hired as the Miami Dolphins Director of College Scouting and retired in 2003.[3][4]


  1. ^ "Marquette Has Depth, Power--Except at Ends". Retrieved February 3, 2018.
  2. ^ "Borden, Braatz Sign With Dallas". Retrieved February 3, 2018.
  3. ^ "Dolphins Welcome Former Packers VP". Retrieved February 3, 2018.
  4. ^ "Sports briefs". Retrieved February 3, 2018.
1960 NFL expansion draft

The 1960 NFL expansion draft was the first National Football League (NFL) draft in which a new expansion team, named the Dallas Rangers, selected its initial players. The NFL awarded Dallas, Texas a franchise to compete for revenue with Lamar Hunt's Dallas Texans of the upstart American Football League. The Dallas expansion franchise was approved too late for it to participate in the 1960 NFL draft which had been held on November 30, 1959. Dallas is the only NFL expansion team to not have had the benefit of a college draft in its first year.So that the Rangers (Cowboys) could become competitive with existing teams, the league gave them the opportunity to select current players from existing teams. That selection was provided by the expansion draft, held on March 13, 1960. In this draft, the Rangers chose 36 players from the existing 12 teams. The NFL also assigned the rights to 1960 NFL draft picks Don Meredith (who had been drafted by the Chicago Bears) and Don Perkins (drafted by the Baltimore Colts) to the Cowboys for a couple of future draft picks.22 players made the active roster that season. 11 players played only one year with Dallas. Eight players (including Jack Patera, who was injured early in the 1961 season) played in 1960 and 1961. The three remaining players from the draft started for several years, including: Bob Fry, Tackle, 1960–64; Jerry Tubbs, Linebacker, 1960–66; and Frank Clarke, Wide Receiver, 1960–67.On March 19, 1960, the Rangers renamed themselves the Cowboys.

1961 Dallas Cowboys season

The 1961 Dallas Cowboys season was their second in the National Football League. The team finished with 4 wins, 9 losses, and 1 tie, placing them 6th in the Eastern Conference.

1979 Atlanta Falcons season

The 1979 Atlanta Falcons season was the Falcons' 14th season. The Falcons were trying to improve upon their 9–7 record in 1978 and make it to the playoffs for the second time in team history, their first appearance being the year before. Rookie fullback William Andrews rushed for 167 yards in a 40–34 overtime win over the Saints in the season opener in New Orleans. Andrews set a club record with 1,023 yards, while quarterback Steve Bartkowski became the first Falcon to surpass the 2,000-yard mark with 2,505. However, the Falcons' defense allowed 388 points in a 6–10 start.

1981 Atlanta Falcons season

The 1981 Atlanta Falcons season was the Falcons 16th season. The Falcons get off to a solid 3-0 start, but lose three key starters for the season in a 34-17 win at Fulton County Stadium over the San Francisco 49ers. The Falcons would go to finish the season with a disappointing 7-9 record, losing seven games by five points or less.

1982 Atlanta Falcons season

The 1982 Atlanta Falcons season was the franchise's 17th season in the National Football League (NFL). The team qualified for the postseason and unofficially won the NFC West for the second time in three years. Due to the players strike, this was not recognized as divisions were dissolved for this year only. As the lone NFC West team to qualify for the playoffs, Falcons were considered the 1982 first place team when 1983 matchups were determined.

1983 Atlanta Falcons season

The 1983 Atlanta Falcons season was the Falcons’ eighteenth season in the National Football League. The team looked to improve on its 5–4 1982 season and make the playoffs for the second consecutive season. However, the Falcons started out terribly, losing five of their first seven games. The Falcons overall would disappoint, and would finish the season with a mediocre 7–9 record in their first season under head coach Dan Henning. This would ultimately prove the first of eight consecutive losing seasons for the Falcons.

1985 Atlanta Falcons season

The 1985 Atlanta Falcons season was the franchise’s 20th season in the National Football League (NFL). They finished last in the NFC West with a record of four wins and twelve losses.

This season marked the first time since 1972 that the Falcons played the Kansas City Chiefs, and merely the second in team history. The reason for this is that before the admission of the Texans in 2002, NFL scheduling formulas for games outside a team’s division were much more influenced by table position during the previous season.

1987 Green Bay Packers season

The 1987 Green Bay Packers season was their 69th season overall and their 67th in the National Football League. The team posted a 5–9–1 record under coach Forrest Gregg, earning them 3rd-place finish in the NFC Central division.

The 1987 NFL season was marked by a 24-day players strike, reducing the number of games from 16 games to 15. Three games of the Packers’ season were played with replacement players, going 2–1.

The season ended with coach Forrest Gregg announcing he was leaving to fill the head coaching position at his alma mater, Southern Methodist University.

1990 Green Bay Packers season

The 1990 Green Bay Packers season was their 72nd season overall and their 70th in the National Football League. The club posted a 6–10 record under third-year coach Lindy Infante, earning them a fourth-place finish in the NFC Central division.

1991 Green Bay Packers season

The 1991 Green Bay Packers season was their 73rd season overall and their 71st in the National Football League. The club posted a 4–12 record under coach Lindy Infante, earning them fourth-place finish in the NFC Central division. 1991 was the last season the Packers played under Lindy Infante.


Braatz is a surname. Notable people with the surname include:

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Verne Lewellen

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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

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