Green Bay Packers: 50 greatest players in franchise history

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With as impressive of a history the Green Bay Packers have, it was a challenge to narrow this down to just 50. Here are the 50 greatest Packers of all-time.

We’re getting very close to the 100th Anniversary of the founding of the Green Bay Packers. The Packers have been a football institution in Wisconsin for generation after generation. Few fan bases are as massive as what Green Bay has to offer. This is the only NFL franchise that is owned by the community. Frankly, the Packers best embody the past, present and future of the NFL.

From their founding back in 1919, the Packers have been synonymous with winning. In their nearly 100-year history, the Packers have won 13 league championships, including four Super Bowls. Outside of a rough period in the 1970s and 1980s, the Packers are rarely bad and are almost always in the mix for contention in the NFC.

Of course, it helps having two Pro Football Hall of Famers under center in Bart Starr and Brett Favre and another sure-fire hall of famer still in the league in Aaron Rodgers. It is a testament to how well the Packers have done historically in terms of team building. From Curly Lambeau to Vince Lombardi to Ron Wolf to Ted Thompson to now Brian Gutenkunst, the Packers’ front office knows what it takes to win at a high level.

But to do any of that, you must have one thing above all: great players. Fortunately, the Packers have had plenty of them over the years. Canton is littered with several outstanding players who have starred on the Frozen Tundra spanning nearly a century. Without further ado, here are the 50 greatest players in the history of the Packers.

Honorable Mentions: Davante Adams, David Bakhtiari, Robert Brooks, Charley Brock, Gilbert Brown, Lee Roy Caffey, Mark Chmura, Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, Larry Craig, Lon Evans, Jermichael Finley, Bubba Franks, Milt Gantenbein, Tim Harris, William Henderson, Ted Hendricks, A.J. Hawk, Cecil Isbell, T.J. Lang, Ryan Longwell, Chester Marcol, John Martinkovic, Julius Peppers, B.J. Raji, Marco Rivera, Darren Sharper, Ernie Smith, Javon Walker, Jesse Whittenton, Roger Zatkoff

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Greatest players in Green Bay Packers history: 50. John Kuhn

Who says fullbacks in the modern NFL aren’t important? Well if you feel that way, you haven’t had a guy like John Kuhn playing fullback for your team. For nine years, he was the epitome of a fan favorite at Lambeau Field. Kuhn first arrived in Green Bay in 2007 after spending his rookie season with the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2006.

Undrafted out of Shippensburg, Kuhn first stuck with the Steelers in 2005. He would be a part of the Super Bowl XL championship team in 2005 over the Seattle Seahawks, albeit as a member of the practice squad. However, coming to Green Bay two years later would be where Kuhn’s NFL legacy would really come in to form.

Kuhn would be cut by the Steelers shortly before the start of the 2007 NFL season. His breakout year with the Packers would come a few years later in 2010 where he had 84 carries for 241 yards and four touchdowns. Green Bay would with the Super Bowl that year over Kuhn’s former team in the Steelers. He ended up making three Pro Bowls in Green Bay uniform, as well as being a first team All-Pro after the 2014 NFL season.

Kuhn would sign with the New Orleans Saints ahead of the 2016 NFL season, where he has spent the last two campaigns. Though currently a free agent, maybe there is a chance Kuhn gets back out there on the gridiron in 2018? In nine years with the Packers, Kuhn amassed 196 carries for 601 yards and 15 touchdowns. He found pay dirt through the air nine additional times on 81 catches for 557 yards in his nine seasons with Green Bay.