Cliff Christl was an award-winning sportswriter for 36 years at newspapers in Manitowoc, Green Bay and Milwaukee. A native of Green Bay, he is one of 44 members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame selection committee and also is on the Packer Hall of Fame selection committee.
He was named sportswriter of the year in Wisconsin a record seven times. Twice, in 1999 and 2001, the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association honored him in Salisbury, N.C., for writing the best national sports story. Three times in the 1990s, he placed in the enterprise reporting category in the Associated Press Sports Editors national writing contest.
Christl was inducted into the Wisconsin Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame as a “friend of basketball” in 2006 and was inducted into the Wisconsin Football Coaches Association Hall of Fame in a special citation category in 2007.
Just this past year, Christl received a Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh.
He has co-authored four books: “The Twenty-Five Greatest Moments in Lambeau Field History,” “Mudbaths & Bloodbaths: The Inside Story of the Bears-Packers Rivalry,” “Sleepers, Busts & Franchise-Makers: The Behind-the-Scenes Story of the Pro Football Draft,” and “Bicycling Wisconsin.” Two other books were scheduled to be published this year, including one on the Lombardi years and training camp at St. Norbert College.
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