Green Bay Packers: Top 10 defensive linemen of all time
By Dan Dahlke
2. Willie Davis
There may not be a player in Packers history that has suffered more from the late arrival of official tackle and sack statistics than Willie Davis.
Tales of Davis’ dominance at defensive end has rippled through generations of Packers fans. A majority of people who watched him play would agree that if sacks were an official stat during the 1960s, he would easily be the Packers all-time leader.
In fact, John Turney of Professional Football Research Foundation estimated Davis had somewhere around 120 sacks in his 10-year career. If this is true, this would blow KGB’s 74.5 career sacks out of the water.
In an interview with Packers.com, Davis was even quoted saying, “I played 10 years and I averaged in the “teens” in sacks each year. I even had 25 in one season.” Many of Davis’ teammates would confirm such proclamations.
But, what we do know for sure about the Packers unofficial sack leader is that he played 138 consecutive games for the Packers between 1960 and 1969. This consecutive streak is the most of any Packers defensive lineman.
Davis also holds the franchise record for the most career fumble recoveries with 21, not to mention he earned five Pro Bowl honors (’63-’67), won five NFL championships, was elected to the NFL 1960s All-Decade Team, and is a member of both the NFL and Packers Hall of Fame.
Not bad for a 6-foot-3, 243-pound defensive end out of Grambling State University.
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