As reported in Sports Illustrated earlier this year, Packers historian Cliff Christl gave potential HOFer Verne Lewellen the high praise of being "among a handful of players in the discussion for the greatest Packer ever." Bear in mind that there are more than 20 other Packers already enshrined at Canton!
Packer teammate Charlie Mathys agreed: "Defensively, offensively—of the players we had in the old days, he was number one," Mathys said. "And I'm not alone in saying that. Any of the old-timers I've talked to say the same thing … He was way ahead of his time in ability. If he doesn't get in the Hall of Fame, it's a joke."
Arguably the best punter and touchdown scorer of his day, Lewellen (d.1980) was the recipient of this check from fellow Green Bay legend Vince Lombardi. It's dated 3/31/59 and measures 8-1/4" x 3-1/4", with black-ballpoint "9" signatures of Lombardi and team president Dominic Olejniczak on front, along with Lewellen's blue-ink "8-9" sig on reverse. VG-EX condition with three filing folds. Full LOA from JSA.