With 93 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 #93.
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 halfback Dom Moselle in 1951. He was acquired from Cleveland and was best as a kick returner, according to Maxymuk.
Probably one of the best known #94s with Green Bay was Gilbert Brown. Another Brown – Robert – wore the number for 11 seasons, 1982-1992.
But it was Gilbert “The Gravedigger” who has been the best-known and loved #93.
Brown played his college ball at the University of Kansas. He was selected by the Minnesota Vikings in the third round of the 1993 draft, but was cut in training camp. The Packers picked him up off waivers.
Maxymuk writes: “In the Super Bowl year of 1996, Brown was at his peak. He was the best run-stuffer in the league and was called ‘The Gravedigger’ for his signature shoveling move to punctuate his tackles. With his brod chest and sloppy stomach filling out an XXX-large Green jersey and his shaded helmet visor, he was quite a sight on the field: a rumbling, jiggling, dominant warrior Buddha in pads … The local kids loved him because he was clearly still a big kid … Brown said at the time, ‘It comes down to being happy or just getting a paycheck. It’s fun to come to work here.’”
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?
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