As you read this, the preparations for another induction ceremony for the Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame is under way.
Tonight, none other than Ahman Green and Ken Ruettgers will be inducted.
It was back in 2000 when we first heard about Ahman Green when former Packers head coach Mike Holmgren gave up on the University of Nebraska running back and gave him up to Green Bay.
Holmgren couldn’t stand the fact that Ahman tended to put the ball on the ground. He fumbled a lot through his career, but he also eventually ended up being the team’s all-time rushing leader with 8,322 yards. He also holds the franchise’s record for most yards from scrimmage, 11,048; 1,000-yard seasons, six; 100-yard games, 33; and rushing attempts, 1,851.
Here’s what Green told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel recently:
“It’s something that I expected all running backs to do, but we don’t see it these days. You kind of see a guy who’s just a receiver, a fast back who gets the ball in the air and he’s out in space. Or then you see a guy that just can’t get tackled or a guy who just picks up the blitz. I think I was a jack-of-all-trades — and pretty good at all of them.
“I needed to be on my game physically so it was one less thing to worry about and one less thing for teammates to worry about. They’d know, Ahman was ready to play. They knew, ‘I don’t need to be worried about No. 30 because he was going to be ready mentally and physically to play.’”
Ruettgers was a first round draft pick in 1985 and was a stalwart at left tackle for 12 years. Though he was the team MVP in 1989, Ruettgers played through some tough seasons with the team. Ironically, Ruettgers was injured in 1995, and tried to come back in 1996, but couldn’t do it. He retired during that Super Bowl-winning season.
Ruettgers started 140 of his 156 games (1985-96) and was a starter for three playoff teams (1993-95) for the Packers.