Green Bay Packers: 50 greatest players in franchise history

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Fred Carr. 38. player. 49. . LB. (1968-77)

Greatest players in Green Bay Packers history: 38. Fred Carr

Linebacker Fred Carr was a standout at UTEP. He was an All-American for the Miners in 1967, taken No. 5 overall by the Packers in the 1968 NFL Draft. While he was a great player, his timing in joining the Packers wasn’t ideal. Green Bay was coming off its second Super Bowl championship in 1967. It would take 30 years for The Pack to get back.

Regardless, Carr was able to come in and make an impact right away in the Green Bay defense. He played in 14 regular season games in all 10 seasons of his with the Packers. By year three in the league in 1970, Carr was able to garner his first Pro Bowl nod. He would be named Pro Bowl Co-MVP in that 1970 glorified exhibition.

Carr made two more Pro Bowls in his Packers career. The second of three came in 1972, while his third Pro Bowl nod came in 1975. That season, Carr would be named to his only All-Pro team as a professional, making the second team that year. Carr called it a career after 10 seasons in the league in 1977, retiring at the age of 31.

After retiring, Carr would earn enshrinement in three halls of fame: both of his colleges in Phoenix College, UTEP and the Packers Hall of Fame. Carr could still one day be inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame for being an All-American in 1967. However, he doesn’t stand much of a chance at earning Canton enshrinement. He only made three Pro Bowls in a down period for The Pack. That being said, Carr continued the excellence in the middle of the Packers defense set before him by his former teammate Ray Nitschke.