Green Bay Packers: 50 greatest players in franchise history

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Dave Robinson, Green Bay Packers
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LB. (1963-72). Dave Robinson. 18. player. 49.

Greatest players in Green Bay Packers history: 18. Dave Robinson

It took forever, but it finally did happen in 2013. Former Packers linebacker Dave Robinson got his due and earned his rightful bust in Canton. Robinson spent the first 10 of 12 hall-of-fame seasons in the NFL with the team that drafted him No. 14 overall out of Penn State in the 1963 NFL Draft. His best years would obviously come with The Pack.

Robinson would enter with great praise after being an All-American linebacker at Penn State. Green Bay had already won back-to-back NFL championships by the time Robinson arrived in Wisconsin in 1963. A few short years later, Robinson too was a multi-time NFL champion. The Packers won three NFL titles in a row from 1965 to 1967 with him in the middle of that defense.

When the Packers won Super Bowl I over the Kansas City Chiefs at the end of the 1966 NFL season, Robinson would make his first trip to the Pro Bowl, as well as earn his first All-Pro first team nod. He would win Pro Bowl MVP in 1967 and make the All-Pro second team in 1968. Robinson would play his last two NFL seasons for the Washington Redskins from 1973 to 1974 before retiring.

He was a two-time Super Bowl champion and made the NFL’s All-Decade Team for the 1960s. Robinson made it into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1997. Robinson is also a member of the Packers Hall of Fame. He finally earned Canton enshrinement in 2013. Robinson’s Pro Football Hall of Fame classmates include Larry Allen, Curley Culp, Jonathan Ogden and Warren Sapp.