Revisiting the NFL Network’s Top 10 Green Bay Packers

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It is difficult to try and select the top 10 players in the history of the Packers.

A team which has been in existence for nearly 100 years, rich in tradition and history, has certainly had more than its share of top tier players.

Last year, the NFL Network explored this very topic, coming out with their list of the top 10 players in Packers history. The list, which caused much debate, went as follows:

10: Jim Taylor

9: Jerry Kramer

8: James Lofton

7: Herb Adderley

6: Paul Hornung

5: Ray Nitschke

4: Reggie White

3: Bart Starr

2: Brett Favre

1: Don Hutson

That is a very impressive list of players, all of whom have made a significant impact on the history of the Packers.

One year after this list first came out, it is time to re-examine the list to see if the right players are on the list, and in the correct order.

The first thing that needs to be done is review some of the newsworthy items that have taken place over the past few months, as they might have an impact on the players and the order.

The omission of Aaron Rodgers was seen  by some as a glaring oversight by some last year.  After another season of statistical excellence, should Rodgers be added to the list of Top 10 Packers?

How about Donald Driver, who retired after a 14 year career as the Packers all time leader in receptions and receiving yards? Does Quickie deserve a place on the list?

What about the recently released Charles Woodson, who ranks very high in several categories in the Packers record books? Is CWood among the best to ever play for the Packers?

Dave Robinson was recently elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame-does this equal a place on the list?

It is very tough to try and determine the best to ever play in the green and gold.

The inclusion of James Lofton created the most debate last year. It seemed that his name was placed on this list simply to honor the horribly mediocre years he played in Green Bay. And while he was a great player for the Packers, I just cannot rationalize Lofton ranking among the top 10 players to ever play in Green Bay.

Brett Favre ranking ahead of Bart Starr was the other hotly contested point. If rings equal greatness, then Starr should undoubtedly be ahead of Favre. Yet Starr was significantly inferior to Favre statistically. Granted it was a different offensive game during the time Starr played, but there were a few seasons that Starr statistically terrible. Even Favre’s worst seasons were better than some of Starr’s best.

As much as I loved watching Donald Driver play, he does not deserve to be placed on this list. It could be argued that he should be included ahead of James Lofton, since Driver finished ahead of Lofton in yards and receptions. But neither are able to squeak into the top 10.

Charles Woodson was a great player for the Packers. A great player. But Herb Adderley was better. If the last two seasons of Woodson’s Packers career had been as strong as the first five were, it is possible Woodson could have cracked the top 10. But he doesn’t.

This is a lot tougher than I thought it would be…

Alright-after careful consideration, here is my revised list of the Top 10 Packers of all time.

10: Aaron Rodgers (with a bullet)

9: Jerry Kramer

8: Jim Taylor

7: Herb Adderley

6: Paul Hornung

5: Ray Nitschke

4: Reggie White

3: Bart Starr

2: Brett Favre

1: Don Hutson

Did I get the list right? Let me know in the comments what changes you would make.

John Rehor is a  staff writer at PackersTalk.com and co-host of Cheesehead Radio . To contact John follow him on Twitter @jrehor or email john rehor@yahoo.com

 

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