Packers: 5 players who deserved to be Super Bowl champions

Green Bay Packers, Ahman Green (Photo by Brian Bahr/Getty Images)
Green Bay Packers, Ahman Green (Photo by Brian Bahr/Getty Images) /
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Green Bay Packers, Ahman Green
Green Bay Packers, Ahman Green (Photo by Darren Hauck/Getty Images) /

RB Ahman Green (2000-2006, 2009)

Another phenomenal player who fell just short of team greatness with the Packers is Ahman Green. Green was part of some pretty good Packers teams but not one that could put it all together.

Green’s best shot came during the 2003 season when the Packers made it to the divisional round and fell to the infamous fourth-and-26 against the Eagles.

That season Green finished with the Packers’ single-season record 1,883 yards. And if not for Jamal Lewis’ 2,066 yards rushing that year, Green would have taken home the NFL rushing title.

In fact, 2003 was one of the most prolific offensive seasons for a Packers player. In addition to Green’s 1,883 rushing yards, he caught 50 passes for 367 yards and had 20 total touchdowns.

Had then-head coach Mike Sherman trusted Green and his abilities in that playoff game, he might not be on this list.

Late in the game with the Packers facing a fourth-and-short, Sherman decided to go for a field goal instead of putting the ball in the hands of his best playmaker all season despite the fact the Eagles couldn’t stop the Packers’ run game all game long. We all know what happened after that.

After the 2006 season, the team let Green walk where he ended up with a big payday in Houston. One can’t help but wonder how much of a difference Green could have been in the 2007 NFC Championship game.

Green ended up back with the Packers three seasons later and was a role player on the 2009 team.

Green finished his career as the Packers’ all-time leading rusher with 8,322 yards to go with 54 rushing touchdowns. He also contributed in the passing game catching 350 passes for 2,726 yards and 14 touchdowns.

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Truly one of the all-time Packer greats, Green just couldn’t get his hands on that ultimate prize, the Super Bowl.