48 … 47: Green Bay Packers countdown continues

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With 47 days left until the start of the NFL season, our countdown to the big day continues.

Jesse Whittenton

Jesse Whittenton

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 47 days we focus on the number that represents the days remaining … and for today that number is 47 … oh, and 48 – because I’ve been so damn busy at work I missed #48 yesterday and include it today.

Most recently, we took a look at Walt Kieslingthe player who was elected to both the Green Bay Packers and Pro Football Hall of Fames.

If you’re like John Maxymuk, the author of “Packers by the Numbers: Jersey Numbers and the Players Who Wore them,” you understand that Kiesling was undeserved of either honor. Think about Jerry Kramer, who is so much deserved to be in Canton and then compare him to a guy like Kiesling and you may just shake your head.

Today we take a look at the players who wore numbers 48 and 47 …

Quick, give me the name of a single player who wore those numbers … no, I can’t either.

That’s why we turn to Maxymuk and his book on those unheralded and unremembered players.

His chapters on the two numbers focus on #48 Ken Ellis and #47 Jesse Whittenton.

Though Wittenton was a bit before my time, I remember Ellis very well.

In all, there have been 15 players who have worn 47 and 13 who have donned #48.

Ken Ellis

Ken Ellis

You might remember that Atari Bigby wore #47 back in 2005, or that Jamari Lattimore wore the number in 2011, but you surely don’t remember Val Joe WalkerDom Moselle, or Dave Davis, right?

How about the guys other than Ellis who have worn the 48 number? Mike Bartrum or Jim Kitts? No, I didn’t think so, but you might remember that Vonta Leach wore the number for three years, from 2004-2006.

So, who are these two guys, Ellis and Whittenton, selected for today’s focus?

Well, turn the page to find out …

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