Packers: 5 players who deserved to be Super Bowl champions

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Green Bay Packers, James Lofton
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WR James Lofton (1978-1986)

The 70s and 80s Packers saw some very hard times. Those teams were searching for some type of identity after Lombardi and even called upon his former players (Bart Starr and Forrest Gregg) to try to get some type of magic back from the glory days.

During this period, the team saw a lot more misses than hits in the draft and player acquisition.

Someone who does not fall in that category is James Lofton.

Lofton was drafted sixth overall in the 1978 draft and spent nine very productive seasons on the Packers. Lofton would go on to play 16 total seasons in the NFL but some of his best came in his first nine in Green Bay.

During his nine seasons with the Pack, Lofton would play 136 games, catch 530 passes for 9,656 yards and 76 overall touchdowns (75 receiving, one rushing). Lofton would go to seven Pro Bowls in his nine seasons leaving as the Packers all-time leading receiver.

Lofton was the first-ever receiver in the NFL to go over 14,000 thousand yards and would be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2003. But one thing Lofton never accomplished was winning a championship.

The 80s Packers did see some exciting play on offense with Lynn Dickey and John Jefferson teaming with Lofton but they were never able to put it all together and would only play in one playoff game in Green Bay.

Lofton would go on to play in two Super Bowls with the Buffalo Bills, but he never did capture that ring.