The Green Bay Packers are the ultimate NFL franchise. They are one of three original NFL teams that still exist today (the Bears and Cardinals are the other two) and have won 13 world championships (four Super Bowls), which is the most of any franchise. They won the first two Super Bowls, play their home games at the most historic stadium in the NFL, and have had a number of legends suit up in green and gold. This is a ranking of the top Packers of all-time, according to the ultimate Packers fan, me:
5) Ray Nitschke (1958-72)
Nitschke was the true Packer. He was tough, talented, and cared more about winning than anything else. Back in the 60's, Nitschke may have been the most feared player in the National Football League. He hit ball carriers hard and often. And, he may have been the anchor of the Packers defense during their glory years. So, it's hard not to consider Nitschke at the greatest linebacker in Packers history.
4) Reggie White (1993-98)
White is one of the most recognized figures in Green Bay Packers history for good reason. The Packers signed him back in 1993 and three years later White led the Pack to their first Super Bowl victory in thirty years. In his first and only Super Bowl, White recorded the three most important sacks of his life against Drew Bledsoe and the Patriots. And, although he played for the Eagles for most of his career, he is better known as a Packer and that is the way it should be. Reggie is a great Packer not just because of his talent, but because of his likeability and his will to win.
3) Bart Starr (1956-71)
In the 1960's, no quarterback symbolized winning more than Bart Starr. He had a rough start to his career, but when Vince Lombardi became the head coach of the Pack in 1959, Starr suddenly blossomed into a great quarterback. Starr wasn't an excellent passer, but he was a brilliant field general that cared more about his team's success than anything else. He won five world championships and was the MVP of the first two Super Bowls. Starr will be a Green Bay legend forever, but he isn't the greatest QB in Packers history........
2) Brett Favre (1992-2007)
I'm sorry Bart, but Brett has to be #1. Although Favre ruined his reputation after leaving Green Bay in '07, but I still respect the things he did in his 16 seasons with the Packers. He only won one Super Bowl (1996), but he is the Packers all-time leader in every passing category imaginable. And, as long as Favre was the QB, you knew the Packers were going to contend each and every year. Favre was one of the most loveable Packers because of his personality and his playing style. Everybody loves a gunslinger and Favre was the definition of a gunslinger. It wasn't always pretty, but he got the job done. And, that is all we can ask for. Also, we can't forget about what he did for other quarterbacks as a mentor. Matt Hasselbeck and Mark Brunell are just two of Favre's backups that ended up having success with other teams. And, what about that guy Aaron Rodgers?
1) Don Hutson (1935-45)
You know that you are special when a training facility is named after you. Not only is Don Hutson the greatest Packer of all-time, but you could argue that he is the greatest player of all-time. Hutson was really one of a kind back in the 30's. During a time when the forward pass wasn't that popular, Hutson set receiving records that lasted for decades. I bet no one reading this post right now ever watched Hutson play (and neither have I), but he is well known for his speed. Back in the day, Hutson was the fastest player in the NFL, which gave him a huge advantage. And, even though he didn't face a lot of competition, the things he did were remarkable. And, not to be forgotten, Hutson won three titles in Green Bay in the 30's and 40's. That is what makes him the greatest Packer of all-time.
Honorable Mentions: Aaron Rodgers, Paul Hornung, Jim Taylor, Sterling Sharpe, Willie Davis, Arnie Herber, James Lofton, Forrest Gregg, Jerry Kramer
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