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

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Oct 26, 2014; New Orleans, LA, USA; A detail of a Green Bay Packers helmet before a game against the New Orleans Saints at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

6. Willie Wood

Our list has been notorious for players during the Vince Lombardi era, and we continue the trend with former Green Bay Packers defensive back Willie Wood at number six.

Wood’s story is a little unorthodox after not being drafted; Wood resorted to reaching out to teams in search of a chance. He ended up in Green Bay in 1961, and went on to play a hall of fame career.

As a quarterback at USC, Wood was not drafted as mentioned earlier, and figured a change of position was going to be needed in order to secure a spot on an NFL roster.

Heading to training camp in 1961, Wood made the team and scored two touchdowns as a punt returner, but really was not utilized until the second season of his NFL career. He intercepted five passes as a defensive back in 1962, en route to the Packers championship that season.

At 5-10, Wood’s productive career, saw him total 48 interceptions, with two defensive touchdowns. He accumulated a whopping 699 yards total on the interceptions of his career as well.

Wood was elected to the Pro Bowl eight times, while winning five NFL Championships with the Packers. He was also apart of the Packers’ first two Super Bowl Championships and was elected to the Pro Football Hall-of-Fame in 1989.

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