Russian-born Charles "Buckets" Goldenberg moved to Milwaukee as a child and immediately took to the American game of football. Goldenberg starred as a tackle and back for North Division High School and later for the University of Wisconsin.
It was as a blocking back and guard for the Green Bay Packers that Goldenberg really earned his game. He teamed with Mike Michalske and Cal Hubbard to open holes for the likes of fellow Hall members Clarke Hinkle and Johnny Blood.
Goldenberg was a five-time All Pro selection as a guard and linebacker. He also played basketball, where he earned his "Buckets" name, and wrestled during the off-season. After his retirement from athletics, Goldenberg owned a restaurant in Milwaukee.