Don’t be mystified if you hear a cheer or two for the Green Bay Packers from Springfield, Mass., during football season.
MassMutual and the Packers, you see, have a major connection: Curly Lambeau.
Lambeau, of course, co-founded the Packers in 1919 and was its legendary player-coach through 1949 (hence the Green Bay home venue of Lambeau Field). Less well-known about Lambeau was that he was a MassMutual district sales manager for Wisconsin.
Remember, football back in the day wasn’t the full-time major industry that it is now. Many footballers had other jobs to keep them going in the off-season. Lambeau’s was insurance and he established a MassMutual office in Green Bay in 1930. The Packers were added to the office directory in 1941.
Of course, MassMutual continues to have a major presence in Wisconsin to this day. At the end of 2015 over 70 agents were representing the company there. On the other hand, MassMutual also has a major presence in other areas of the country as well. For instance the company has a major operation in Phoenix, so the Arizona Cardinals may deserve some support from time to time as well.
Depending on the schedule and playoff outcomes, of course, if any football team goes on to meet the Patriots, things sometimes get really conflicted at the company’s Springfield headquarters.