Ron Hallstrom finished his playing days with the NFL in 1993 after twelve seasons in the trenches of professional football. Ron has settled down in a small tourist meca of Minocqua, Wisconsin running his Sport and Marina business. How Ron Hallstrom, offensive guard, got from high school football to the NFL is a Midwest success story. Hallstrom played his high school football in the Midwest Mississippi River town of Moline, Illinois. Moline became famous as the home of John Deere equipment.
Ron began his college career by taking is six foot, 270 pound body to Iowa Central, the two year college where he played on the defensive side of the ball. While at Iowa Central, his team won a national championship. Hallstrom had developed his playing skills enough during his time that he was noticed by college coaching legend Coach Hayden Fry of the University of Iowa. Once Hallstrom arrived in Iowa City, Coach Fry and his staff moved him to the offensive side of the ball. A red shirt season during that first year at Iowa helped develop his offensive line skills to the level he could then play for the Hawkeyes. Hallstroms playing days then moved to the professional ranks after being drafted 22nd by the Green Bay Packers in the 1982 draft.
During his first season with the Packers Ron was a member of a team led by a Packer great, Bart Starr. Hallstrom worked hard for the Packers and was awarded the starting right guard position during the 1984 season. While these were some lean years in his early career with the Packers, Ron still protected a couple of the Packers better known quarterbacks during his time playing for the Green and Gold, Don Majkowski and Brett Farve.
Hallstrom also played for another former Packer great who turned coach, Forrest Gregg. During these seasons he was responsible for blowing open holes for running backs and protecting the passing arms of each Packer quarterbacks, Ron was on the field for some memorable and historic games. Some of these games were played at Old County Stadium in Milwaukee and if you remember, they had the field set up in such a way that both teams had to have their players on the same side of the field.
Ron Hallstrom was a Packer when the lights went out on the Monday night game in 1982 while playing against the New York Giants, and during the 1986 Bears game when Charles Martin planted a late hit on Jim McMahon. There were many more games that could be included in the historic games during the time that Ron Hallstrom played for the Packers. I hope that these two will bring back some good memories of Packer games gone by and that, like Ron, you can enjoy memories while enjoying some outdoor fun this summer.
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