Green Bay Packers: 50 greatest players in franchise history

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Bobby Dillon. 32. player. 49. . S. (1952-59)

Greatest players in Green Bay Packers history: 32. Bobby Dillon

Bobby Dillon might have had only one good eye, but he was “The Hawk” of the Packers’ secondary in the 1950s. No, seriously. That was the colloquial nickname by Packers fans for their gifted defensive back with great ball skills. Dillon spent his entire eight-year NFL career in Green Bay after being a third-round pick by the Packers in the 1952 NFL Draft out of the University of Texas.

Dillon played in a time where there were only 12 regular NFL season games. In more than half of them, he came away with an interception. During his first seven years in the league, Dillon had at least four interceptions in a season. In the middle six years of his NFL career, Dillon had at least six picks per season. So he was seriously picking a ball off in better than every other game for The Pack in the 1950s.

Dillon would make four straight trips to the Pro Bowl from 1955 to 1958. He made four All-Pro first teams over a five-year span. Dillon made back-to-back All-Pro teams in 1954 and 1955 then again in 1957 and 1958. It should come as no surprise that he set a franchise record for interceptions at 52. What you might find shocking is that record still stands near 60 years since Dillon last played.

Though the times they are a-changing when it comes to ball-hawking abilities in NFL secondaries, it’s hard to overlook the production Dillon had in the 1950s for Green Bay. So why isn’t he in the Pro Football Hall of Fame? Maybe it’s too short of a career or not making the All-Decade Team in the 1950s? Regardless, Dillon is in the Packers Hall of Fame and made one day get out of the Hall of Very Good and rightfully into Canton.