Green Bay Packers: 50 greatest players in franchise history

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49. . DT. (1959-69). Henry Jordan. 21. player

Greatest players in Green Bay Packers history: 21. Henry Jordan

Defensive tackle Henry Jordan put together a hall of fame career during the 1960s with the Packers. Jordan was initially drafted in the fifth round out of Virginia in the 1957 NFL Draft by the Cleveland Browns. He would arrive in Green Bay in 1959 after begin traded for a future fourth-round pick.

In 1960, Jordan would have his breakout season in Green Bay. He would be named to his first of four Pro Bowl squads and his first of five All-Pro first team rosters. Jordan would make two other All-Pro second teams during his time with the Packers. Hard to believe that the Browns were willing to part ways with a future Pro Football Hall of Fame defensive tackle for just a fourth-round pick.

Five times would Jordan be an NFL champion in Packers uniform. Green Bay would win the first two Super Bowls at the end of the 1966 and 1967 seasons over the Kansas City Chiefs and the Oakland Raiders, respectively. Jordan would retire at the end of the 1989 NFL season at the age of 34.

Sadly, Jordan would pass away far too young in 1977 at the age of 42 when he suffered a heart attack after a jog. He would be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame posthumously in 1995. His Canton classmates include Jim Finks, Steve Largent and Lee Roy Selmon. Jordan is also a member of the Packers Hall of Fame.