Green Bay Packers: The 25 Best Players to Ever Play for the Packers

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Green Bay Packers: The 25 Best Players to Ever Play for the Packers

The Green Bay Packers started their illustrious history in the NFL in 1921. The Packers have won 13 NFL titles during that time, including four Super Bowl crowns. The greatness of the Packers can be broken into four periods: the Curly Lambeau era, the Vince Lombardi era, the Ron Wolf/Mike Holmgren/Brett Favre/Reggie White era and the Ted Thompson/Mike McCarthy/Aaron Rodgers era.

Under Lambeau (1921-1949), the Packers went 209-104-21 in the regular season, 3-2 in the postseason and won six NFL titles.

The Lombardi era (coaching only) was from 1959-1967 and his teams were 89-29-4 in the regular season, 9-1 in the postseason and the team won five NFL championships in seven years, including the first two Super Bowls.

Wolf was hired as GM in late 1991 and he hired Holmgren the next year, plus traded a No. 1 pick in the draft to acquire Favre in 1992. The next year Wolf signed Reggie White as a free agent.  It led to six straight appearances in the postseason, three consecutive NFC Central titles, three straight NFC Championship Game appearances and two straight Super Bowl appearances, with the Packers winning Super Bowl XXXI.

Thompson was hired in 2005 (his second time back with the Packers) to become GM. Thompson's first-ever draft choice was Rodgers in 2005. Thompson fired Mike Sherman after the 2005 season and brought in McCarthy to be his next head coach in 2006.  Since then the team has gone 63-33 in the regular season, 5-3 in the postseason and the team won Super Bowl XLV. 

The Packers are 679-525-36 all-time in the regular season and 29-17 all-time in the postseason.

The Packers currently have 21 individuals in the Pro Football Hall of Fame, with one glaring omission...Jerry Kramer.

There has been an abundant of great players in that time frame, but I am going to try and rank the top 25. It will not be an easy task.

My list of 25 includes 16 players who are in the Pro Football Hall of Fame, three who definitely will be and a few more who should be. 

The various criteria that I used include being among the best players in the NFL at his position, overall dominance, records achieved, longevity and championships won. There is not an exact science to all of this, but I will weigh the variables. This ranking is for players only, no coaches, although Curly Lambeau did both at one time (Lambeau was actually All-Pro three times).

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