Green Bay Packers: Top 10 defensive players of all-time

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9. Henry Jordan

A fifth round pick of the Cleveland Browns in 1957, the Green Bay Packers made a move in trading for defensive tackle Henry Jordan in 1959.

In Vince Lombardi’s first season with the Packers as their head coach and general manager, one of the first moves he made was to acquire Jordan from Cleveland for a fourth round draft pick. It turned out to be a smart decision, as Jordan was an instrumental part of the Packers’ defense during the Lombardi era.

Winning five NFL Championships and two Super Bowls, Jordan was definitely familiar with the Packers’ championship pedigree and success. As an individual, he was elected to four Pro Bowl’s and was an All-Pro selection six times in his career.

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His 6-2 frame was not the most intimidating for a defensive lineman in the NFL, but Jordan proved to be tough as nails in playing 139 games for the Packers during his his 11 year career.

Jordan’s success exemplified what the Lombardi era stood for, and he will be remembered as one of the key components of success during that time frame.

He was elected to the Pro Football Hall-of-Fame in 1994. He got along with other players and Lombardi well, and even had a sense of humor when talking about Lombardi.

"“He treats us all like dogs,” and “When he says sit down,’ I don’t look for a chair.”"

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