Hal Van Every
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Van Every, circa 1942
No. 36
Position:Halfback/Defensive back
Personal information
Born:(1918-02-10)February 10, 1918
Minnetonka Beach, Minnesota, U.S.
Died:August 11, 2007(2007-08-11) (aged 89)
Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S.
Career information
High school:Wayzata (MN)
NFL draft:1940 / Round: 1 / Pick: 9
Career history
Career NFL statistics
Rushing attempts-yards:63–281
Player stats at NFL.com

Harold Van Every (February 10, 1918 – August 11, 2007) was an American football back in the National Football League (NFL) who played 21 games for the Green Bay Packers. In 1940, the Green Bay Packers used the ninth pick in the first round of the 1940 NFL Draft to sign Van Every out of the University of Minnesota.[1] Van Every went on to play for two seasons with the Packers and retired in 1941.

Van Every then joined the United States Army for World War II, then transferred to the Air Corps after six months, becoming a bomber pilot.[2] He was assigned to 510th Squadron, 447th Bomb Group, Eighth Air Force, flying a Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bomber out of Rattlesden Air Base in England.[2] On his ninth mission, his B-17 was shot down by flak on May 12, 1944. He was taken prisoner and sent to Stalag Luft III, arriving just after the famous "Great Escape".[2] Near the end of the war, with the Russians closing in, the Germans marched their prisoners away from the camp. Finally, on April 29, 1945, the POWs were liberated by George S. Patton's Third Army.[2]


  1. ^ "1940 NFL Draft Listing". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved March 30, 2023.
  2. ^ a b c d Poling, Jerry (2006). After They Were Packers: The Super Bowl XXXI Champs & Other Green Bay Legends. Trails Books. pp. 242–244. ISBN 9781931599726. Retrieved December 18, 2017.