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The greatest Green Bay Packers of all time

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January 14th, 2021

The Green Bay Packers franchise is one of the NFL’s most storied organizations.

The Packers have won 11 NFL championships and four Super Bowls, including the first two (1966 and 1967). The team has had 26 Hall of Famers occupy its locker room over 101 seasons.

We’ve ranked the top five players who passed through the hallowed halls of Lambeau Field.

5. Reggie White

The late, great Reggie White, nicknamed “The Minister of Defense,” begins our countdown.

The defensive end was a seven-time All-Pro with the Philadelphia Eagles before he bolted to Green Bay in 1993 on a four-year, $17 million contract. He played six seasons for the Packers and earned a Pro Bowl selection in each. White was also named NFL Defensive Player of the Year in 1998.

White earned his first and only Super Bowl ring with Green Bay in 1996.

4. Aaron Rodgers

The book is not yet written on presumptive 2020 NFL MVP Aaron Rodgers. But even if he doesn't play another down, Rodgers has already cemented his legacy as an all-timer in Green Bay.

Since he assumed command at quarterback in 2008, Rodgers has secured nine Pro Bowl nominations and two MVPs. He also guided Green Bay to a Super Bowl title in 2010 and won Super Bowl MVP.

If he wins Super Bowl LV, Rodgers might jump up another spot or two on this list.

3. Bart Starr

Bart Starr is the player most associated with the Packers’ first two Super Bowl wins, as the quarterback was named MVP of both games.

Starr had an outstanding career, after he was selected 200th overall in the 1956 NFL Draft, as he led the league in passer rating and completion percentage on four occasions. He was named to four Pro Bowls over 16 seasons and won NFL MVP in 1966.

2. Don Hutson

Few players revolutionized a position in sports like Don Hutson did, as he effectively defined the NFL wide receiver.

In 11 seasons with Green Bay, Hutson led the NFL in receiving touchdowns nine times, receptions eight times, and receiving yards seven times. He helped the Packers get to four NFL Championship Games, and they won three (1936, 1939, and 1944).

Hutson was named to four Pro Bowls and was an eight-time All-Pro.

Hutson was also an outstanding two-way player. He split time as a defensive back and even placekicker for the last six years of his career.

1. Brett Favre

Brett Favre will be forever revered in Green Bay as a franchise savior, and he was arguably the greatest quarterback of his era. There could be no other choice for No. 1 on this list.

Favre came to Green Bay through a trade with the Atlanta Falcons, a year after the Packers missed selecting the Southern Mississippi standout by one pick in the 1991 NFL Draft. Atlanta’s loss was Green Bay’s gain, as Favre went on to start 253 consecutive games for the Packers.

Favre guided the Packers to two straight Super Bowl appearances, a win in Super Bowl XXXI, and three consecutive MVP Awards from the Associated Press. Green Bay went from a franchise that made just two postseason appearances in 24 years to a perennial power with Favre at the helm.

When he retired, Favre held NFL records in almost every major passing category, including completions, yards, and touchdowns. He was enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2016.

Honorable Mentions: Ray Nitschke, Forrest Gregg, Paul Hornung, Willie Wood, Sterling Sharpe

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