Green Bay Packers: Who wore #74 best?

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Vince Lombardi is immortalized in stone for a reason. Raymond T. Rivard photograph
Vince Lombardi is immortalized in stone for a reason.Raymond T. Rivard photograph /

Henry Jordan … quick, intelligent and a winner

Jordan was originally selected by the Cleveland Browns in the fifth round (52nd overall) of the 1957 NFL Draft. In one of his first deals after coming to Green Bay, head coach Vince Lombardi traded for Jordan for a fourth round pick.

It turned out to be a pretty good selection by Lombardi – Jordan was a four-time Pro Bowler and five-time First-Team All-Pro.

Here is how Maxumuk describes Jordan:

"Henry Jordan was a small, devastatingly quick and intelligent pass-rushing defensive tackle. In perhaps his most memorable game, he sacked Rams quarterback Roman Gabriel four times in the 1967 playoffs to help the Packers advance to the Ice Bowl. Colts Hall of Fame guard Jim Parker said of him that, ‘After I play Green Bay my ankles hurt all week. I had to stay on the balls of my feet against Henry because I never know what he’s going to do next. Other tackles don’t have Henry’s moves.’ Some were undoubtedly moves Henry picked up as he advanced to the NCAA finals in wrestling in 1957. Henry was typical of the 1960s Packers in a number of ways. He was fast and smart; linemen and linebackers in particular had to be able to move and think in Lombardi’s system. Henry also was articulate and witty; he was president of his class four years in a row in high school, vice president of his class at the University of Virginia, and like so many of his teammates, always good for a clever comment. Once, he said he was going to continue playing for ‘the love of the game, the love of money, and the fear of Lombardi.’ Another time, after a win, Jorndan’s elation was tempered by the thought that under Lombardi, ‘We’ll walking to the movies Tuesday morning and we’ll think we lost the game.’ In the 1960s, the Packers were all over magazines, newspapers, and television because they won and because they were extremely good at dealing with the media. Ater retirement, Jorday, again like so many of his teammates, was very successful in business. The Packers of that era coupled their intelligence with Lombardi-like discipline to succeeding a number of arenas. Jordan unfortunately suffered a fatal heart attack while jogging in 1977. He was 42 and sadly left a wife and three children. His election to Canton was posthumous."

Here are Jordan’s career statistics as provided by Pro Football Reference:

Next: Who wore #75 the best?

Since 1950, here are the players who have worn #74 for the Packers:

From To AV
Lester Archambeau 1990 1992 2
Aaron Brown 1973 1974 4
Ken Brown 1980 1980 0
Antonio Dingle 1999 1999 0
Darryl Haley 1988 1988 1
Tim Huffman 1981 1985 16
Henry Jordan 1959 1969 94
Aaron Kampman 2002 2009 54
Marshall Newhouse 2011 2013 21
Dave Roller 1975 1978 18
Donnell Smith 1971 1971 2
Rebel Steiner 1950 1951 0
Carl Vereen 1957 1957 0
Doug Widell 1993 1993 3
Roger Zatkoff 1953 1956 0