98 Days to Sept. 4: Who has worn #98 for the Packers?

With 98 days left until the start of the NFL season, our countdown to the big day, Thursday, Sept. 4, when the Green Bay Packers travel to Seattle to take on the Super Bowl Champion Seahawks will focus on the the number that represents the number of days remaining … today it’s #98.

See the list below, but if you know of any others, let us know by leaving a comment below.

In addition, we highly recommend “Packers by the Numbers: Jersey Numbers and the Players Who Wore Them,” by John Maxymuk. The book, which chronicles every Packers jersey number was published in 2003, so it may be a bit incomplete, but it provides a strong background of information about Packers players and their jersey numbers up to that point in time.

The first to wear the number, according to Maxymuk, was nose tackle Tony DeLuca in 1984. DeLuca played in one game in his NFL career and died of a heart attack at age 38.

Esera Tuaolo

Esera Tuaolo

The author also considers Esera Tuaolo one player to forget – despite the fact that he sang the National Anthem beore the Oct. 17, 1991, before a game against the Bears. “The Bears won 10-0; Tuaolo was a better singer than a tackle,” Maxymuk wrote.

The longest tenured player to wear the number was Gabe Wilkins, from 1994-97 and  Billy Lyon from 1998-2001. 

It was Wilkins that we all remember.In a 1997 game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Wilkins gave us an impression of Superman.

Here is how Maxymuk described it:

“The Pack led only 7-3 in the second quarter when Tampa recovered a Brett Favre fumble at the Green Bay 18. On he next play, quarterback Trent Dilfer tried a sweing pass go Mike Alstott, but Wilkins made a strong rush, got in the path o the pass, and intercepted it. Dilfer tried to cut Wilkins low, but Gabe hurdled the grounded quarterback and rumbled 77 yards untouched for a touchdown and a 14-3 lead. It was a play that displayed the very best of Wilkins – his power, his quickness, his agility and his speed. The Packers won the game 21-16 and got back in the race for the 1997 divisional title.”

Here is a list of all the players who have worn #99 for the Packers – it’s provided courtesy of Pro Football Reference - remember these guys?

Tony DeLuca 1984 1984 0
David Grant 1993 1993 1
Billy Lyon 1998 2002 8
Alfred Malone 2008 2008 0
Brent Moore 1987 1987 0
Alfred Oglesby 1992 1992 0
Kenny Peterson 2003 2005 3
Esera Tuaolo 1991 1992 8
Gabe Wilkins 1994 1997 17
C.J. Wilson 2010 2013 9

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