Best pass rushers in Green Bay Packers history: 6. Henry Jordan
- Pro Football Hall of Fame (Class of 1995)
- 5x NFL Champion (1961-62, 1965-67)
- 2x Super Bowl Champion (I, II)
- 5x First-Team All-Pro (1960-64)
- 4x Pro Bowl (1960-61, 1963, 1966)
Henry Jordan was a dominating defensive tackle at the peak of his powers playing on Vince Lombardi’s Packers. After being a fifth-round pick out of Virginia by the Cleveland Browns in the 1957 NFL Draft, Jordan made it to Green Bay in year three. The rest was history.
He would be a part of five NFL Championship teams in Green Bay in the 1960s. This included playing a prominent role on the Packers defense in the first two Super Bowl Championship teams in 1966 and 1967.
Jordan was a five-time First-Team All-Pro in the early part of the decade from 1960 to 1964. He was a Pro Bowler four times in his NFL career and made two All-Pro Second Teams in the two Super Bowl Championship seasons.
However, Jordan would not be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame until decades after his untimely death. While Jordan sadly died of a heart attack at age 42 in 1977, he did posthumously earn Canton enshrinement as part of the 1995 Pro Football Hall of Fame class.
Given that Jordan played in an era that predated official quarterback sacks, it’s hard to say how dominant he was at getting after the passer from the defensive interior. What we do know is that Jordan was an ultimate disruptor right smack dab in the middle of Green Bay defense during the golden age of Packers football.
Being a First-Team All-Pro in five straight years from 1960 to 1964 only illustrates how complete of a player Jordan was in his prime. Given that he played on the defensive interior, this should only help him out on this all-time list. Surely, opposing quarterbacks were absolutely terrified of knowing a player of Jordan’s caliber was lined up just on the other side of the line of scrimmage from the center.