Former Packers DB says team torched 1940s training facility to save franchise
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Did the Green Bay Packers set fire to their training camp home on purpose?
A former player tells ESPN they did exactly that, and it may have saved the franchise from financial ruin.
"They torched it," then-defensive back Ken Kranz claimed.
Author Larry Names added, "torching Rockwood Lodge is what allowed the Packers to survive."
Rockwood Lodge was located about 15 minutes north of Green Bay and served as the team's training facilities during the late 1940s.
In January, 1950, the Packers were deep in financial straits and could have potentially folded without an influx of cash.
On Jan. 24, the Rockwood Lodge facility caught fire.
The ESPN story says that team secretary Frank Jonet revealed how the lodge was insured, and that "the initial losses (were) at least $50,000 - which just so happened to be almost the exact amount of the Packers' debt."