Green Bay Packers countdown to NFL football season 2017 – #97

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Johnny Jolly, 2009. Raymond T. Rivard photograph

The Green Bay Packers have already shown their stuff while playing in helmets and shorts this spring and with the start of training camp and the kickoff to the 2016 season not that far away, we continue our player number countdown.

There is plenty of Packers team history that’s worth remembering and writing about. That’s the goal here – to remember many of the dozens of players who have been counted as a professionals in Packers News.

Through this countdown we don’t necessarily write only about the stars, because there have been character players for the Packers (Johnny Blood, Jermichael Finley), classic players (Bart Starr and Ray Nitschke), and recent heroes (Brett Favre and Aaron Rodgers), and though they will most likely get some ink here, the focus throughout the countdown is to talk about the interesting and sometimes colorful players.

Green Bay Packers defensive tackle Kenny Clark. Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

We are digging into Packers history and continuing this countdown to the start of the 2017 season by focusing on each number and the players who wore the number.

We continue the series here by focusing on number 97, a jersey that’s been worn by only 12 players since 1950.

The number is currently worn by Kenny Clark, the sophomore inside defensive lineman who is being looked to as one of those young players who are expected to take the next step in individual improvement this season.

Let’s learn something new today … so that when the Seattle Seahawks come to Green Bay to play the Packers to kickoff the start of the NFL season Sept. 10, we’ll know a little bit more about the team’s history and many of the players who have worn the Green and Gold.

The countdown, from the beginning:

So many have passed through Green Bay – players who don’t necessarily stand out in the statistics, but still had some sort of impact on the franchise.

So, this focus is on #97 …

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