Green Bay Packers: Top 10 players of the 2000s
By Josh McPeak
Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) and the Packers offensive line lines up against the Pittsburgh Steelers during Super Bowl XLV at Cowboys Stadium. Green Bay defeated Pittsburgh, 31-25. Nelson Chenault-US PRESSWIRE
7. Chad Clifton
The 2000 second round selection didn’t waste much time becoming an anchor at left tackle. Only half way through his rookie season, Clifton took over as the starting left tackle and never looked back.
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Clifton suffered a severe pelvic injury during the 2002 season – an injury that took place on an infamous cheap shot, from the likes of Warren Sapp. Clifton would be hospitalized and was unable to walk without aid for a duration of time.
He would show his toughness and start every game the following season. Playing in all 1,031 offensive snaps. The team would also set a record for fewest sacks allowed with 19.
The six-foot-five towering tackle would make the Pro Bowl in 2007 and the 2010 season. One could argue that Clifton should have been a perennial in Hawaii.
Clifton was also a member of the Super Bowl 45 champions.
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