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9. Pick a position and name the top three Packers of all time.
Top 3 by position: Cornerbacks Herb Adderley, Willie Buchanon and Charles Woodson. Add an honorable mention to Tim Lewis whose career was cut short by a neck injury.
I choose the obscure position of quarterback. However, I will disqualify the obvious three and my players will have specific reasons why they are all-time Packers.
1. Don Majkowski – He’s the magic man. Best nickname in the business
2. Matt Flynn – Flynn-sanity has the most touchdowns in a single game. Enough said.
3. Jay Cutler – A bear? Yes. Cutler was 2-11 against the Packers and threw 22 picks. All-timer.
Margaux from Tallahassee, FL
While the names Max McGee, Boyd Dowler and Carroll Dale may not resonate with Packers fans, they top my list as all-time Packer receivers. Although tinged with nostalgia, their exploits are legendary. McGee and Dowler kicked. Dale gave Starr the Deep Threat and corresponding stats. One of the greatest plays in Packer’s history was when Max grabbed a hand between the Super Bowl I goal posts. He was and still is my favorite player of all time for his exploits on and off the pitch.
The three best Packers long snappers of all time: Larry McCarren, Ken Bowman and Rob Davis (in no particular order). I realize that I cheated a bit by including two centers who played before the LS position specialized. That said, Rock deserves to be on at least one of those lists and he’s done a great job for Chester Marcol. Bowman and Davis, we’re both mainstays of championship-level teams where the kicking game was a strength. Hello to all the hiker!
My answer for the top three in a position group and for dining with is the same. For me it’s always the defensive line I played there from college to university and always wore number 92 and the guy who really made me love football and always number 1 on the One of my NFL-related lists was Reggie White. The other two gentlemen would be Aaron Kampman and Gilbert Brown; all three men have big personalities and really hope to meet the latter two one day.
Jeffery from Brooklyn, WI
Defensive backs: Mark Lee, Chuck Cecil and Mark Murphy.
Spencer from Hampshire, Illinois
I think the obvious answer is Jim Taylor, William Henderson and KUUUUUUUHHHHHNNNNN.
The top three Packers or one-position favorites: Linebackers – Ray Nitschke, Mike “Mad Dog” Douglass and Clay Matthews III.
Ghosts. The first is Herb Adderley. When I started cheering on the Packers, Herb seemed to do it all. Next is Desmond Howard because during that year he played a major role in winning the title, and my first comeback is Travis Williams. As a rookie he was great to watch and seemed every time he caught the ball he scored. An honorable mention is Roell Preston and #88, which I believe has a special place in II. Willie Wood, like Herb, did it all. Man, they were all awesome.
I decided to go with the position that touches football every game and Green Bay has been blessed with consistent long-term excellence: Center. By my tally, just nine players have accounted for 93% of seasons since 1953. In 1953, Green Bay used a seventh-round pick on future HOF Jim Ringo. Vastly undersized but fast, Ringo was an All-Pro in the ’60s. Next was the man who handed the ball to Brett for three consecutive seasons MVP Frank Winters. Finally, there is a man who can be described in two words: “The Rock”.
Michael from Morrison, IL
The three best bettors (modern era): Craig Hentrich, Tim Masthay, David Beverly.
Linebacker: Ted Hendricks, Dave Robinson and Ray Nitschke.
Nathan from New Lisbon, WI
The top 3 comeback specialists (and only counting players I’ve seen play) is Micah Hyde he usually wasn’t a big threat to go all the way but his hands and style of always going from the front allowed him to break a few. Allen Rossum, I caught him as soon as I started watching the Packers, and he was a real player holding his breath. Will Blackmon, he had a very short window, but I really thought he would be one of the best returners ever if he hadn’t been injured.
Not a position but a list of players injured early in their career who could have had HOF careers: WR Sterling Sharpe, S Nick Collins and DB Tim Lewis. My honorable mention would be RB Eddie Lee Ivery. (Editor’s note: I know I said I’d try to stay quiet for a little while after LeRoy Butler was finally committed to Canton, but it’s time to take another look at Sterling Sharpe’s candidacy. Hey, maybe that’s the title (think?).
Safety Willie Wood, center Larry “The Rock” McCarren and kicker Chester Marcol.
Jerry from Des Moines, Iowa
Packer’s top three centers: Jim Ringo, NFL HOF’s only Packers center. Also, classic name for a football player or a riverboat player. Larry “Rock” McCarren. You can’t keep the Rock off the list. Larry was an outstanding player, is an outstanding broadcaster and one of the greatest Packers ambassadors of all time. Larry would be first if Ringo wasn’t in the NFL HOF. Ken Bowman, a Lombardi-era pick who was tough and scrappy. Honorable Mention Frank “Bagadonuts” Winter.
Security. 1. Willie Wood – HOF’s top undrafted player. I had to write a letter to Lombardi just to get a try. 2. LeRoy Butler – Started the Lambeau Leap, the NFL’s greatest tradition. Finally be inducted into the HOF. 3. Nick Collins – Will always remember his pick six in SB’s win over the Steelers. Career cut short by his neck injury, otherwise he would also be in the HOF.
Derek from Eau Claire, WI
The three best Packers (maybe NFL) backup QBs of the Brett Favre era: Mark Brunell, Matt Hasselback and Aaron Rodgers.
Adam from Chippewa Falls, WI
Running backs: 1. Jim Taylor 2. Clark Hinkle 3. Ahman Green
I’m going to answer it twice, same position (sort of) but in two different ways. How about a little love for one of the most scrutinized positions in all of sport? Kickers. Better still kickers who mainly played in a different position. No particular order; Don Hutson known primarily as a game-changing WR. Imagine someone like Allen Lazard lining up for an FG/PAT. Paul Hornung, an RB. It would be interesting to see Quadzilla launch an FG. Jerry Kramer, on the offensive line. Maybe Jenkins with all his versatility could throw an FG?
Tim (still) from St Louis, MO
Keeping that were actually kickers (minus a few punts). Third would be Don Chandler, maybe not third statically, but he did some huge kicks with Super Bowl II standing out. The second is Ryan Longwell, longtime team record holder. I will forgive him for joining the Vikings. First? Uh, Mason Crosby!! Who else? Two unforgettable years but otherwise as solid as a kicker you would want and one of the best in the NFL.
Special Teams – Travis Jervey, Jarrett Bush, Ted Hendricks (seven blocked kicks in a season!)
Guard: Mike Michalske “Iron Mike”, who was with the Green Bay Packers from 1929 to 1935 and 1937. He led the Packers to three consecutive National Football League (NFL) championships from 1929 to 1931 and was selected seven times as a first-team All-Pro between 1927 and 1935. Gale Gillingham was a five-time Pro Bowler, six-time All Pro and twice an AP NFL first-team All-Pro. Jerry Kramer, five-time All-Pro and member of the NFL’s 50th Anniversary Team in 1969.
James from Ottawa, Canada
Obscure, of course, but deserves recognition. The three best guards in Packers history: Jerry Kramer, Mike Michalske and Elgton Jenkins. I realize EJ is young and that’s a high projection – but who can argue based on what we’ve seen so far? ! Many, many others who also deserved to be on this list!