With 92 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 #92.
Is there anyone who doesn’t know who best wore #92?
The name, the legend.
We highly recommend “Packers by the Numbers: Jersey Numbers and the Players Who Wore Them,” by John Maxymuk. The book, published in 2003, chronicles every Packers jersey number and the characters who wore them. Maxymuk provides a thorough background about the players and their numbers up to that point in time.
The first to wear the number, according to Maxymuk, was defensive tackle Rich Dimler. He was acquired from Cleveland and spent the 1980 season with the Packers, according to Maxymuk.
In addition to Dimler, John Jurkovich wore the number in 1991 and 1992 before White came to Green Bay in 1993. White wore 92 and Jurkovic wore 64 for the remainder of his time in Green Bay – through the 1995 season.
But it was White who was one of the first to make the lucrative jump in free agency and then bring a championship to a team. He was a key piece of the Packers domination in the mid-1990s as they went to three straight conference championships and two straight Super Bowls, winning one title.
Maxymuk says this about Reggie in his book:
Eagles owner Norman Braman was adamant that he would not overpay to retain Reggie White, asserting that White’s best years were behind him. Reggie went on a well-publicized 37-day free agency tour before shocking the sports world by signing with Green Bay. Reggie said that God told him to go to Green Bay; cynics figured that money had more to do with the decision …
Braman was right, Reggie was not as good a player as he was in Philadelphia, but he was still among the best linemen in the game, would still make big plays that no one else could, and was an unquestioned, respectable leader in the clubhouse and on the field. Braman was penny-wise and pound-foolish. He saved some money, but his football team never went to the Super Bowl.
The Packers went to the Super Bowl twice with Reggie helping lead the way. His place in the NFL and Packers Hall of Fames was earned through years of consistent play and the uncanny knack for making the plays when they counted most.
His untimely death caught the world by surprise …
And while he was the best ever to wear #92, he should be in the “best Packer of all-time” conversation.