Packers countdown continues: Bob Skoronski and Forrest Gregg

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With 75 days left until the start of the NFL season, our countdown to the big day continues. Thursday, Sept. 4, is the day when the Green Bay Packers travel to Seattle to take on the Super Bowl Champion Seahawks.  Over the  course of the next 75 days we focus on the number that represents the days remaining … today its two numbers – 75 and 76.

That’s because we’re doing two for the price of one today – mainly because I missed yesterday’s deadline for my daily post, which would have focused on #76.

For an in-depth look at every number and the players who wore them, we highly recommend “Packers by the Numbers: Jersey Numbers and the Players Who Wore Them,” by John Maxymuk.

Since 1950, here are the players who have worn #76 for the Packers … including Mike Daniels, the most recent player to wear the number:

From To AV
Mike Ariey 1989 1989 0
Alphonso Carreker 1984 1988 27
Chad Clifton 2000 2011 66
Mike Daniels 2012 2013 4
Bob Dees 1952 1952 0
Harry Galbreath 1993 1995 25
Mike McCoy 1970 1976 40
Tom O’Malley 1950 1950 0
Bob Skoronski 1956 1968 49
Tim Stokes 1978 1982 15
David Viaene 1992 1992 0
Matt Willig 1998 1998 1

Since 1950, here are the players who have worn #75 for the Packers:

From To AV
Dick Afflis 1954 1954 0
Carl Barzilauskas 1978 1979 8
Bryan Bulaga 2010 2013 20
Jim Flanigan 2001 2001 4
Forrest Gregg 1956 1970 87
Craig Heimburger 1999 1999 0
Grady Jackson 2003 2005 10
Lou Michaels 1971 1971 1
Tony Moll 2006 2008 10
Dave Pureifory 1972 1977 18
Ken Ruettgers 1985 1996 55
Howie Ruetz 1951 1953 0
Jared Tomich 2002 2002 0
Richard Turner 1981 1983 4

There have been some excellent players who have worn both numbers for the Packers. At #76, consider Chad CliftonAlphonso Carreker, and Mike McCoy

At #75, consider Grady JacksonKen Ruettgers, and Dave Pureifory.

They were all solid contributors to a lot of Packers teams.

But today we have to go back to the 1960s for the two best players to wear those numbers: Bob Skoronski and Forrest Gregg.

Gregg, we all know, was considered by Lombardi to be the finest player he ever coached. Skoronski quietly helped anchor that same offensive line that dominated defenses for years.

For an in-depth look at every number and the players who wore them, we highly recommend “Packers by the Numbers: Jersey Numbers and the Players Who Wore Them,” by John Maxymuk.

Our last spotlight Thursday focused on #77 – a number that prompted our look at  Ron Kostelnik, another of the defensive linemen from the Lombardi years who wasn’t a superstar, but was a huge asset to the Packers teams of the 1960s that won so many championships.

Today we drop to numbers 76 and 75.

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