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Green Bay Packers: Current Packers' Odds For Post-Career Honors

Michael AkelsonCorrespondent IOctober 11, 2010

Green Bay Packers: Current Packers' Odds For Post-Career Honors

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    The Green Bay Packers are one of the most historic franchises in all of sports.

    They have 12 Championship rings, 21 Hall of Famers, and some of the greatest players to ever step foot on the football field.

    With such a great franchise comes great honors, the Packers have their very own Packer Hall of Fame, Ring of Honor, and, of course, have retired several jerseys.

    Which raises the question, which current Packers will claim these honors?

    Here's the odds for current Packers most likely to be inducted into the Packer Hall of Fame, Ring of Honor, have their jersey retired, and make the National Football League Hall of Fame.

Packers Hall Of Fame

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    Being inducted into the Packers Hall of Fame is quite an honor, and not everybody gets in.

    The Packers Hall of Fame, however, is much more lenient in letting players in than the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

    The Players (chance of getting inducted)...

    Donald Driver (100%)- This is a no-brainer, the franchise all-time leader in receptions, receiving yards (after this season anyway) and fifth in touchdowns. He's also a fan favorite which certainly helps in the Packer Hall of Fame.

    If Mark Chmura got in, there's no way in hell they leave Driver out.

    Chad Clifton (35%): Now in his 11th season, Clifton has been an above-average Left Tackle in this league for quite some time. He may not get all the glory being an offensive lineman, but Clifton is a very good player.

    However, being a very-good offensive lineman probably isn't good enough in this case. I wouldn't count out Clifton's chances at the Packer Hall though.

    Aaron Rodgers (65%): For now Aaron Rodgers' chances at the Packer Hall of Fame can't go any higher than 65 percent being that he's only in his third year as a starter, but all indications are pointing towards Aaron only getting better.

    Barring a historic collapse, Aaron will one day be a Packers Hall of Famer.

    Nick Barnett (45%): Nick Barnett is now in his eighth year as a Packer and he has quietly put together an unbelievable career.

    In every season that he started all 16 games he's topped 100 tackles. If he keeps this up for another four or five years he'll get in, but with his recent injury history that's not a given.

    Charles Woodson (80%): In just 67 games as a Packer Charles Woodson has registered 29 interceptions, 10 forced fumbles, and nine defensive touchdowns.

    He has also won a Defensive Player of the Year award. If he's not a lock already, Woodson will be a lock for the Packers Hall of Fame as long as he plays two more seasons here at a high level or wins a ring.

    He'll most likely get in, he's just too talented not to.

    Al Harris (40%): Al Harris has been a very productive player for the Packers for quite some time, but unless he can return from his injury at full strength and give us another good three or four years, it'll be tough, but not impossible, for him to make the Packer Hall.

    Clay Matthews (50%): Not even halfway through his sophomore, season it seems crazy to already consider Clay Matthews for this honor, but in just 18 career starts he has 18.5 sacks.

    He has football in his blood and shows no signs of stopping. I like his chances.

Pro Football Hall Of Fame

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    We all know what it takes to get into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. It ain't easy, but are any current Packers good enough to get in?

    The Players (Chances of getting inducted)......

    Donald Driver (30%): I love Donald Driver to death, I think he's a great, underrated, tough, hard-nosed, football player, but I don't believe he'll ever be joining his long-time friend Brett Favre in the Hall of Fame.

    While he does have seven seasons of more than 1,000 yards, and he will likely pass 10,000 yards at the conclusion of this season, he's just not well-known enough.

    He kept his mouth shut when guys like Randy Moss and Terrell Owens were crying out. He looked the other way when Javon Walker and Greg Jennings were getting more targets than him.

    And while those are things that you would consider admirable they won't help his Hall of Fame chances. He'll be up for induction the same years as guys like Moss, TO, Ochocinco, Reggie Wayne, Torry Holt, and many others.

    I won't rule him out yet (You never can rule out Driver of anything), but Driver probably won't be a Hall of Famer.

    Charles Woodson (95%): Charles Woodson is one of the great ball hawks in football history, and when he gets a pick he can take it to the house.

    He might not make it on the first ballot, but Charles Woodson will almost assuredly be wearing that Hall of Famer blazer one day.

    Aaron Rodgers (30%): It's way to early to judge Rodgers' career just yet, but things are looking good so far.

    He's the only quarterback in NFL history to post back to back 4,000-yard seasons in his first two years as a starter, as of right now he has the highest passer rating of any QB in NFL history, and he plays for an elite team which should win at least one Super Bowl Ring with him at quarterback.

    But nothing's a given in the NFL which is why I can't place him any higher than 30 percent for now.

    Clay Matthews (30%): Once again it's way too early to call Matthews a Hall of Famer but his sack numbers right now are legendary.

    Again, anything can happen but if he keeps up on half the pace he's on right now he should be a Hall of Famer.

Lambeau Field Ring Of Honor

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    The Packers Ring of Honor is the ultimate sign of respect from Packer Nation. It's the Packers Hall of Fame with much higher standards.

    The Players (chance of induction)....

    Donald Driver (40%): There's a legitimate case to be made for Donald Driver cracking the Packers Ring of Honor, but there's a case against it as well, which may be stronger.

    Only 20 men have ever been inducted into the Packers Ring of Honor, of those 20, former GM Ron Wolf is the only non-Hall of Famer.

    The fans love Driver so he definitely has a shot, but I'd be more surprised if it happened than I would be if it didn't.

    Aaron Rodgers (30%): Let's just leave it at this- If Aaron makes the Hall of Fame, he's going in the Ring of Honor.

    Clay Matthews (30%): See: Rodgers, Aaron.

    Charles Woodson (45%): Charles Woodson may be destined for the Hall of Fame one day, but eight seasons in Oakland have a lot to do with that.

    If the Packers win a Super Bowl with Woodson, and he remains productive for another three or four years (both very possible) he has a great chance at getting in. If Reggie White can get in, Woodson certainly can.

Retired Number

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    The Packers hold extremely high standards when it comes to retiring players numbers. Only five, you heard me, five of the Packers' 21 Hall of Famers have seen their numbers retired.

    The Players (and their chance of having their number retired)....

    Donald Driver (25%): I'd love nothing more than for the Packers to retire Driver's number 80 for good, but if former number 80 James Lofton wasn't good enough, and only Don Hutson, Reggie White, Bart Starr, Tony Canadeo, and Ray Nitschke are, do you really think Driver is?

    Aaron Rodgers (30%): The Packers have already stated that Brett Favre's number will one day be retired, so if Aaron is to win at least one Super Bowl and have at least 10 productive seasons as a Packer he should be home free, right?

    Easier said than done though.

    Clay Matthews (30%): If Clay wants his number retired he has to keep doing his thing. Seven years from now if Matthews is over 85 sacks for his career he'll just be a Super Bowl Ring away. Surprisingly the second part may actually be harder for him than the first part. This guy is an animal!

    Charles Woodson (45%): If Woodson keeps doing what he's been doing for three or four more years, and is a key piece of another Packers Championship I don't see why his number wouldn't be retired.

    However, one thing is for sure- There are no guarantees when it comes to getting your number retired in Green Bay.

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