Which former Green Bay Packers players could still make an impact in the NFL if they came out of retirement?
Over the years, many NFL players have come out of retirement. Most recently, Tom Brady came back for another season with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Aaron Rodgers getting traded to the New York Jets has brought back memories for Green Bay Packers fans of when Brett Favre came out of retirement.
It's fun to imagine which former Packers would still be able to play at a high level if they chose to unretire.
It would've been amazing to see Jordy Nelson or Charles Woodson or B.J. Raji make a surprise return to help the Packers win another Super Bowl. However, the reality is that players don't often come out of retirement. It's rare.
Still, it's fun to think of the possibilities. While it's highly unlikely any of these four former Packers would even consider making a comeback, we still think they could make an impact if they chose to.
4. Whitney Mercilus, EDGE
Whitney Mercilus only played five games for the Packers, but it didn't take long to become a fan favorite. Mercilus' season appeared to be over when he suffered a torn biceps in 2021. However, he returned just two months later for the Packers' playoff matchup against the San Francisco 49ers. Talk about toughness.
Mercilus had made one sack and two quarterback hits in four regular season games before suffering the injury. It took no time for him to make an impact for the Packers after signing with the team midway through the 2021 season.
The former All-Pro retired at the end of that season, but there's no doubt he could still play at a high level if he wanted to. Even now, a year after retiring, Mercilus is only 32 years old.
He had an incredible career, mostly with the Houston Texans before finishing it off with the Packers. If he ever chose to come out of retirement, we'd love to have him back.