Green Bay Packers: Top 10 defensive linemen of all time

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8. Gilbert Brown

Just about any Packers fan growing up in the 1990s remembers the “The Gravedigger.” Brown is one of those iconic players that has stuck around in the team’s lore well beyond the conclusion of his career.

From the “Gilbert Burger” to the “Gravedigger” dance to the dark visor, Brown became a cult hero in Green Bay during a time the franchise was experiencing a second golden age of football.

Brown’s impact on the field, however, was bigger than all of the commercials and crazy fandem. At 6-foot-2 and 340 pounds, the tough and rugged nose tackle could clog up running lanes better than any other player in the league.

In fact, Brown’s ability as a run stopper was a big reason the Packers finished fourth in the NFL in defense, while only allowing 88.5 yards per game, during their ’96 Super Bowl run.

Brown is now a member of the Packers Hall of Fame, and for good measure. In 10 seasons, he registered 103 starts, 292 tackles, and 15 playoff appearances.

There may have not been a better nose tackle in franchise history.

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