96 days until football: Who has worn #96 for the Green Bay Packers?

With 96 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 #96.

Currently, #96 is worn by Purdue alum Mike Neal, but in the past has been worn by others …

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 Tony Leiker in 1987. And while the most notable player to wear the number since 1950 was Super Bowl champion Sean Jones, it was a different Sean – Paterson – who wore the number the longest.

The author also considers Paterson as one of the players to forget – he was a second round draft pick who was a big disappointment. Hi production didn’t match his expectations.

The Jamaican born Sean Jones came to Green Bay in 1994 and played opposite Reggie White as the Packers’ defense helped lead the team to two consecutive Super Bowls and one title in 1996.

Here is a list of all the players who have worn #96 for the Packers – it’s provided courtesy of Pro Football Reference - remember these guys?


From To AV
Vaughn Booker 1998 1999 7
David Bowens 2000 2000 1
Sean Jones 1994 1996 25
Tony Leiker 1987 1987 1
Mike Montgomery 2005 2009 8
Mike Neal 2010 2013 6
Shawn Patterson 1988 1993 10
Larry Smith 2003 2004 1
Steve Warren 2002 2002 1
Gerald Williams 1997 1997 0

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