I always look forward to the announcement by the Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame on who will be the next lucky former players to be inducted – today’s news that Ahman Green and Ken Ruettgers have been named to be the newest members left me ecstatic.
Those of us who had the privilege of watching both of these players excel on some very good and not-so-good teams in the 80s, 90s and early 2000s knew these two players were special then and are highly deserving of this highest of honors for those associated with the Packers.
Green, the franchise’s all-time leading rusher, was criticized for his penchant for fumbling, but his career statistics were so impressive that they far outweigh any issues he had in hanging onto the ball.
Ruettgers was a wall at the left tackle position for 12 years in Green Bay. Ruettgers played with some teams in the 80s and early 90s that just weren’t very good and it was ironic that Ruettgers’ last season was 1996 when the team won Super Bowl XXXI. He was injured early in that season, attempted a comeback, but ended up calling it a career when his body wouldn’t let him continue.
The Hall of Fame issued a press release today with the announcement.
That release is below.
GREEN BAY PACKERS HALL OF FAME INC. TO INDUCT GREEN AND RUETTGERS
Green, a running back who was obtained through a trade with Seattle in 2000, played eight seasons (2000-06, ’09) with the Packers and finished as the club’s all-time rushing leader with 8,322 yards. He also holds franchise records for most yards from scrimmage (11,048), 1,000-yard seasons (six), 100-yard games (33) and rushing attempts (1,851). From 2000-04, his total yards from scrimmage (9,036) and rushing yards (6,848) were an NFL high. In 2003, Green set the team’s single-season rushing mark (1,883 yards), tied the NFL’s second-longest run (98 yards) and set the franchise’s single-season touchdown mark (20). Green also was a four-time Pro Bowl selection (2001-04).
The Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame Inc. is a nonprofit corporation independent of the Green Bay Packers that guides the Hall as a historic national sports venue and educational resource to the Green Bay community and the state of Wisconsin. The Hall raises funds through its annual induction banquet, Golf Classic and other events to preserve the history of the Green Bay Packers and expand its archives. Historic memorabilia donated by individuals to the Hall may qualify as tax-deductible gifts.