Green Bay Packers: Some Alabama Players Have Really Made Their Mark in Titletown

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Green Bay Packers: Some Alabama Players Have Really Made Their Mark in Titletown
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In their storied legacy in the NFL, which dates back to 1921 and includes 13 league championships, the Green Bay Packers have seen some players from the University of Alabama make quite an impact on the success of the team.

The Packers have drafted 23 players out of Alabama in the team's history, with the most recent being the selection of safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix in Round 1 of the 2014 NFL draft.

They have also signed some players out of 'Bama as undrafted free agents, like they did recently with linebacker Adrian Hubbard.

The biggest free agent whom the Packers signed out of Alabama was wide receiver Don Hutson. The Packers signed him as a free agent in 1935, which was just a year before the NFL instituted the college draft.

He made a huge impression on the NFL and the Packers, as he became the best wide receiver in the league by a wide margin, plus the Packers won three NFL titles while he played.

Then there was another player from the Crimson Tide, quarterback Bart Starr. He was a 17th-round draft pick by the Packers in 1956. All he did was lead the team to five NFL championships in seven years, which included the first two Super Bowls.

He was incidentally the MVP in both Super Bowl I and Super Bowl II.

One can argue and debate that Hutson and Starr were the two greatest players in the history of the franchise, as a matter of fact.

Then there was the performance of running back Eddie Lacy, whom the Packers drafted in Round 2 last year after a stellar final season with Alabama. He won the NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year award in 2013.

A number of players from Alabama have had their moments for the Packers over the years but certainly not to the degree of Hutson, Starr and Lacy. This list includes Claude Perry, Bill Lee, Rebel Steiner, Scott Hunter, Terry Jones, Rich Wingo, Randy Scott, George Teague and Charlie Peprah.

In this slideshow, I'm going to list the accomplishments of Hutson, Starr and Lacy as members of the Packers. Lacy obviously has a long way to go before his career is over in Green Bay.

Time will tell whether Clinton-Dix will ever approach the accomplishments of Hutson or Starr, or even Lacy for that matter, but he has the talent to become an elite player for the Packers.

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