Green Bay Packers: 15 greatest pass rushers of all-time

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player. 49. . DE. (1960-69). Willie Davis. 2

Best pass rushers in Green Bay Packers history: 2. Willie Davis

  • Pro Football Hall of Fame (Class of 1981)

  • 5x NFL Champion (1961-62, 1965-67)

  • 2x Super Bowl Champion (I, II)

  • NFL 1960s All-Decade Team

  • 5x First-Team All-Pro (1962, 1964-67)

Willie Davis finishes as runner-up on this all-time list. He played last 10 years of a Pro Football Hall of Fame career in Green Bay and was a monster of a pass rusher for the Packers before the stat was even considered official.

Davis did however start his NFL career in 1958 as a member of the Cleveland Browns. They drafted him in the 15th round out of Grambling State. After only making eight starts over two years with the Browns, Davis became a Packer in 1960. From there, the rest was history.

Davis won five NFL Championships as a member of the vaunted Packers defense for head coach Vince Lombardi. He was part of the team that won the first two Super Bowls over the Kansas City Chiefs and the Oakland Raiders in 1966 and 1967, respectively.

Davis made the All-Pro First-Team five times and earned a spot on the NFL 1960s All-Decade Team, having spent the entire decade in Green Bay of his illustrious career. He also made five straight Pro Bowls from 1963 to 1967.

Keep in mind that Davis played his entire NFL career before stats were measured. That being said, Davis is said to have somewhere in that 100 to 120-range, including around 40 from 1963 to 1965. 40 unofficial sacks over a three-year window in an NFL era that was more run than pass on offense is simply incredible.

After retiring as a player in 1969, Davis had to wait a dozen years before earning his rightful place in Canton. Davis landed his gold jacket in 1981 as the greatest Packers pass rusher up to that point. He would only be surpassed by arguably the greatest defensive end football has ever seen in the 1990s.