Former Green Bay Packer President Judge Robert J. Parins has passed away at the age of 98. He served as the team president from 1982 to 1989 and has been credited with completely changing the franchise after 20 years of struggles.

While he may have served as president for only seven years, he was a vice president in the organization before that and his most lasting legacy was actually what he did when he retired from the position of president. He pushed for Bob Harlan to become the next president of the team and it marked the first time that a civic leader was not the president of the team. It showed he had a clear vision for the team to win games and become much more competitive.

Under Harlan, the Packers won two Super Bowls and appeared in one more. Judge Parins was also responsible for removing full authority over the football operations from the head coach, which led to the general manager having more strength in the organization.

Judge Parins is survived by his wife of 76 years, five children, 11 grandchildren, and 27 great-grandchildren.

[h/t Pro Football Talk]

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