The Green Bay Packers are the next team in my “Top 5 Greatest Players” series and their is a ton of history with this team. From Bart Starr to Brett Favre to Aaron Rodgers this team is very rich on tradition especially at the quarterback position. Being one of the most storied franchises in the history of the NFL I was very excited to research and watch old film about all these great players of the past and present. When I was 6 years old, I watched the Green Bay Packers beat my New England Patriots in the Super Bowl and I am happy to tell you after only ten years of hating them I am now successfully over it. Hey, I was young. Enough about me, lets get to my list. These are my top 5 greatest Green Bay Packers of all time.
Aaron Rodgers, Quarterback (2005-Present)
Yeah, yeah, yeah. Everyone is going to say “OMG, AARON RODGERS IS SOOOO TOP 3.” But he’s not if you honestly think about it. Look at him now, the guy can’t get past the NFC Championship game if his life depended on it. He’s as good at that as he is with women. But, lets talk about what he can do and that’s play quarterback. Rodgers is a three time NFL MVP and won just this past year. I’m not saying he isn’t great but he just doesn’t win the big one and isn’t a great leader, which is something I value. Remember this is my greatest Green Bay Packer’s list after all.
Ray Nitschke, Linebacker (1958-1972)
Ray Nitschke was named All-Pro six times and was also MVP of the 1962 NFL championship game against the New York Giants. He deflected one pass for an interception and also recovered two fumbles. He was the heart and soul of the great 60’s Packers defense and one of the great middle linebackers in football history.
Herb Adderley, Cornerback (1961-1969)
Herb Adderley was named All-Pro seven times and was also named to five Pro Bowls. He also returned the third-most kickoffs (120) in team history, plus has the third-most yardage (3,080) in team history. Adderley also returned two kickoffs for TDs. Adderley was one of the first true shutdown cornerbacks in NFL history and is the greatest cornerback in Green Bay Packer’s history.
5.) Reggie White, Defensive End (1993-1998)
Reggie White to me is the biggest Free Agent signing in NFL history. White was named “The Minister of Defense” and helped bring the Lombardi Trophy back to Green Bay. He averaged over 11 sacks per season in Green Bay and was named 1998 AP Defensive Player of the Year. White helped lead the top ranked Green Bay Packers defense to their Super Bowl victory in 1997. Even though White only played for the Packers for 6 seasons, the impact he had on the team and organization didn’t go unnoticed.
4.) Forrest Gregg, Offensive Tackle (1956-1970)
The great Vince Lombardi once said that Gregg was the greatest player he ever coached. Gregg was named All-Pro and to the Pro Bowl nine times. He was elected into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Later was the Packers head coach from 1984-87. Gregg led the Packers to five World Championships, was named First Team All-Pro seven times and earning nine Pro Bowl trips. Many people consider him the best lineman in league history. I wouldn’t go that far but he’s in the conversation for sure.
3.) Don Hutson, Wide Receiver (1935-1945)
Don Hutson was the best receiver in NFL history before a man named Jerry Rice came along. Hutson is regarded by many football historians as the NFL’s first great wide receiver period. Playing in the World War II era, Hutson pioneered the art of route-running and set the template for it that receivers use still to this day. Hutson also led the NFL in interceptions as a safety in the 1940 season and finished his career with 30 picks. He was a great two-way player who revolutionized the game. He was an obvious pick for my list.
2.) Brett Favre, Quarterback (1992-2007)
Brett Favre is the guy who the term “Gunslinger” will be always be linked to. Favre won three consecutive MVP awards from 1995 to 1997. He was also named All-Pro six times and was named to the Pro Bowl nine times. Favre is tied with Bart Starr with 16 seasons played for Green Bay, plus he also played in 255 games (regular season) for the Pack, which is the most all-time. Many think Aaron Rodgers is better but I obviously don’t feel that way. Like always voice your displeasure in the comments section at the bottom of this page.
1.) Bart Starr, Quarterback (1956-1971)
The game-winning drive in the 1967 “Ice Bowl” against the Dallas Cowboys is the greatest drive by any Packer quarterback and one, if not the biggest moment in Packer history. One huge aspect of how I rank is winning and championships. Starr won 5 NFL championships, which is 3 more than Favre and Rodgers COMBINED. Starr was also the league MVP in 1966, plus led the NFL in passing three times. Die-hard Packer fans shouldn’t have an issue with Starr being number one on this list.
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