The countdown to Packers football continues: Tobin Rote and Cecil Isbell

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With 17 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 17 days we focus on the number that represents the days remaining … and for today we take a look number 18 and 17.

Most recently, we took a look at number 19 – Carlos Brown – A quarterback who didn’t play the position very well, but went on to a very successful television and film career.

Today we move on to numbers 18 and 17, where we once again turn to John Maxymuk, the author of “Packers by the Numbers: Jersey Numbers and the Players Who Wore them,” to provide insight and background and take us back to the years when Tobin Rote and Cecil Isbell played for the Packers …

Maxymuk, titles his chapter about Rote as the “Running Quarterbacks” and then follows that up with his chapter about Isbell, “1939 Champs.”

But before we get to Maxymuk’s descriptions, I’ll address the question you are all thinking – why not focus on Randall Cobb for the #18 jersey?

Clearly, Cobb has been the most dynamic player in the past 50 years to wear #18. He burst onto the scene as a rookie and has been one of the go-to players for the Packers over the past three seasons. His injury last season slowed his incredible statistical output, but his upside is beyond average, good and excellent and could be considered superior.

In three seasons, Cobb has accounted for 4,502 all-purpose yards for the Packers and if he continues to stay healthy, he could light up the NFL as one of the best.

But he’s got a long way to go to prove that he belongs in the same breath as the great wide receivers who have played the game.

Stay tuned on that point.

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