Packers Hunt for Next Top Cheesehead

Outgoing CEO revitalized franchise, but left a void
By Wesley Oliver,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 8, 2007 8:00 AM CDT
Green Bay Packers CEO Bob Harlan waves to the crowd during an NFL football game against the Minnesota Vikings in Green Bay, Wis. in this Dec. 21, 2006 file photo. Harlan will delay his retirement because...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – A frenzied effort is underway in Green Bay to fill a key position on the Packers, and it's not to replace Brett Favre, Forbes reports. The coaching staff may need a new quarterback next year, but for now focus is centered on the storied NFL team’s search for a new CEO after its chosen successor fizzled under pressure.

For 19 years, outgoing executive Bob Harlan revitalized the team and is beloved by fans, and colleagues. But critics chide Harlan, 71, for not grooming successors. "This is the best job in sports," he insists. "You get to be the 'owner' of a team without investing a lot of money." The trick, say observers, will be to find someone who agrees—and has Harlan's talent.