97 days until football: Which Packers have worn #97?

With 97 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 #97.

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.

Tim Harris

Tim Harris

The first to wear the number, according to Maxymuk, was Tim Harris in 1986. Harris was also the longest-tenured player to have worn the number. 

The author also considers Keith Traylor as one player to forget  “… Traylor started with Denver as a 26-pound linebacker and came to Green Bay  as a 290-pound defensive tackle and lasted for five games.” Maxymuk wrote.

It was Harris that we all remember.

Here is how Maxymuk described him:

“Tim Harris was a flashy motor-mouth. He would spout a non-stop stream of trash-talk throughout a game, trying to distract opponents and gain an advantage. In his prime, though, he didn’t need much of an edge. He was 6-5, 250 pounds with long arms, quick acceleration, speed, and moves. He had all the key attributes to play the elephant position in the modern defense, a pass-rushing defensive end/outside linebacker. He would celebrate a sack whether the Packers were winning or being blown out, and this brought him criticism for being more interested in his own statistics than the success of the team. ‘I never can hold something back on myself. I’m not that type of person. I need to play with emotions. I need to talk loud and have a good time. As long as I do that, I can be out there enjoying myself. If other people see it as hot-doggish, I just think they’re seeing it from a wrong point of view.’”

From To AV
Kenderick Allen 2006 2006 0
Paul Frase 1997 1997 1
Tim Harris 1986 1990 46
Cletidus Hunt 1999 2004 29
Johnny Jolly 2007 2013 22
Matt LaBounty 1995 1995 2
Mike Merriweather 1993 1993 0
John Miller 1987 1987 0
Danny Noonan 1992 1992 0
Vic So’oto 2011 2012 1
Keith Traylor 1993 1993 0

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