Green Bay Packers Top Five All-Time Greats

Steven FinchCorrespondent IMarch 17, 2009

There have been 21 players inducted into the Hall of Fame from the storied Green Bay Packers—another 130 inducted into the Packers' Hall of Fame.

Which had me wondering: Who are my top five player/coaches to line up for the Packers? They will be listed from five to one.


Curly Lambeau

Without this guy, there would be no team.

The founder of the Packers played and coached for the team from 1919-1949.

He was responsible for leading the Packers to six NFL Championships in 1929-31, '36, '39, and '44.

In 1965, the name of the Packers' stadium was changed from "City Stadium" to the current name of "Lambeau Field."

Lambeau died three months before the name change.

Today, his statue is next to Vince Lombardi's in front of the Atrium, renovated by former President Bob Harlan.


Vince Lombardi

Head coach of the Packers from 1959-67, Lombardi took over a team that had lost 10 games the previous year.

Just two years into his career at Green Bay, he led the team to the 1960 NFL Championship Game, losing to the Eagles.

Using his prolific "Packers Sweep," Lombardi led the team to five championships: '61, '62, and '65-'67.

Between Lambeau and Lombardi, the Packers have won 11 NFL Championships, two Super Bowl victories, and to this day, they are responsible for the only "three-peat" in the NFL.

Lombardi passed away in 1970 from cancer.


Paul Hornung

Hornung won the Heisman Trophy in 1956 with the University of Notre Dame.

The most versatile player in franchise history, Hornung could pass, run, and kick. He also led the league in scoring three straight years for the Packers from 1959-61.

He won four NFL titles, including Super Bowl I, which he didn't play in.

He set an all-time record with 176 points scored in 1960—a feat that stood until 2006, when LaDainian Tomlinson scored 180.

He is one of only five players to have won a Heisman as well as NFL MVP. He was also selected to two Pro Bowls.

The one thing that stands out to me is his willingness to serve his country as well as play the game of football at the same time.


Mike Holmgren

After Lombardi left the Packers, there were tough times ahead.

From 1968-91, the Packers posted a dismal 146-201-9 regular season record.

That is, until 1992, when the team signed Holmgren, who was an assistant coach for the San Francisco 49ers.

Under Holmgren, the team was 75-37. In 1996, Favre and Holmgren delivered the team their first Super Bowl victory in 29 years.

The following year, they went back to the Super Bowl only to lose to the Denver Broncos.

I, for one, was sad to see him depart in 1998 for the Seattle Seahawks.

There's a street named after him in Green Bay—Holmgren Way.


Reggie White/Brett Favre

My top player is actually a combination of two. In 1992, the Packers traded away their No. 1 pick for an unknown quarterback—Brett Favre.

We all know his records. The one that stands out to me is his three consecutive NFL MVP awards—the only player to complete that feat.

Favre played for the Packers for 16 seasons, leading them to the Super Bowl victory in 1996, but he couldn't do it alone.

The Packers desperately needed a leader on defense, and they got that player in 1993.

Reggie White will be known as the best pass rusher in NFL history, as far as I'm concerned.

White became the Packers' all-time sack leader with 68.5, eventually surpassed by KGB (Kabeer Gbaja-Biamila).

Shortly after his death, White became the fifth player in franchise history to have his number and name retired on the ring in Lambeau Field.

There are many more who could be on this short list of players. These are just my top five/six.

Who are your all-time greats?


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