The 1992 season has special significance for the Green Bay Packers. Not only did it mark the arrivals of Ron Wolf, Mike Holmgren and Brett Favre; it also signaled the end of an incredibly dismal era of Packer football and the start of a dramatic transformation.
The 20 years prior to the 1992 season marked the worst stretch in the storied history of the Packers. The team had fallen so suddenly into mediocrity and despair, that outside of the uniforms, it bore no resemblance to the once proud franchise headed by men like Vince Lombardi and Curly Lambeau.
From 1972-1991, according to pro-football-reference.com, the Packers had just one playoff appearance and three winning seasons to their credit, while suffering 13 losing seasons over that same period. It was a dark time in Packer history, yet it all changed the day Wolf took the over as general manager.
Not only did Wolf hire Holmgren, who at the time was the offensive coordinator for the 49ers, he traded a first-round pick to the Atlanta Falcons for Favre, a young, undisciplined, gunslinger, who wore out his welcome in Atlanta after just one season.
Just three games into that season, Favre took over as the starting quarterback following the injury to starter Don Majkowski and the rest as they say is history. The team finished the season 9-7, but missed the playoffs.
Wolf, the bold deal-maker, used the team’s success to sell defensive great Reggie White to the Packers and eventually signed him as a free agent following the 1992 season.
From that point on, greatness ensued.
From the day Wolf, Holmgren and Favre first came aboard, the Packers have won an average of 10.8 games a season, have qualified for the playoffs 14 times, have played in the Super Bowl three times, winning it twice and have had just two non-winning seasons.
This list will chronicle the top 10 players of the 20 years since the 1992 season when the Packers began their ascent to the NFL’s elite.
Although, Wolf, Holmgren, current general manager Ted Thompson and head coach Mike McCarthy have all had a tremendous impact on the franchise, they will not be on this list. This is a players' list only.
Players were ranked based on two things: their play on the field as well as their overall influence on the success of the franchise as a whole.
It took a long time for Green Bay to be once again mentioned as a premier franchise in the NFL but with the help of these 10 players and many more, they have now become exactly that.