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Brett Favre was not someone projected to break most of the NFL passing records when the Atlanta Falcons out of Southern Mississippi drafted him but apparently Green Bay (specifically Ron Wolf) did when they pulled the trigger on a trade to land one of the greatest gunslingers of all time.
Bart Starr may not be on the top of this list (though he almost was) but when you think of the Green Bay Packers and their great history, this is automatically the first name that comes to mind.
Inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1963, Don Hutson was a three NFL Champion who was a member of both the NFL 50th and 75th Anniversary Team. Hutson, who was also a two time National Football League MVP also is thought of as the first true Wide Receiver in the game of Football. As was expected in the era in which he played, Hutson was also involved in defense and special teams, and he was quite competent as their Place Kicker.
How good must Forrest Gregg have been when Vince Lombardi calls you the finest player he ever coached?
In the opinion of most people (including this website), the most egregious snub form the Pro Football Hall of Fame is Offensive Lineman, Jerry Kramer. The question will always be asked in how is it that a five time Champion with five First Team All Pros isn’t in yet? Especially considering the fact that he was a member of the NFL 75th Anniversary Team!
Thanksgiving is a time of reuniting the family. That is what is happening in Green Bay, as Brett Favre is returning tonight but not in a Vikings jersey, but there to have his number four retired by the franchise where he became a star. This is no small honor as while the Packers have the largest Hall of Fame in all of professional sports, this will only be the 6th number retired by the team. Favre will join Tony Canadeo (#3), Don Hutson (#14), Bart Starr (#15), Ray Nitschke (#66) and Reggie White (#92). Bart Starr is scheduled to appear at tonight’s festivities. It was not that long ago that a night like this seemed impossible as Favre left the team acrimoniously and the last time he appeared at Lambeau Field it was in Vikings purple and he was booed on every play. A lot of healing has taken place on both sides, and in fact, Favre was awarded to the key to the city this afternoon, by the mayor of Green Bay. Favre would throw 61,655 Yards and 442 TDs for the Packers and would lead them to victory in Super Bowl XXXI and would also win three MVPs. Favre, who was already inducted into the Packers Hall of Fame this past summer, is expected to enter the Pro Football Hall of Fame next year. He has already made the semi-finalist list and is ranked #1 on our Notinhalloffame.com list. We would like to congratulate Brett Favre and the Green Bay Packers as this is an accolade that was meant to be.
A major retirement will take place at the end of the season as Oakland Raiders, Safety, Charles Woodson, has stated that this will be his final season in Professional Football.
Woodson spent the majority of his career with the Green Bay Packers and he helped them with a Super Bowl. Eight times, he was named to the Pro Bowl and three times, a first team All Pro. Woodson was also named the Defensive Rookie of the Year and in 2000, was named the NFL Defensive Player of the Year.
There are many who have named Charles Woodson as the best Defensive Back of his era and his Hall of Fame chances are very good. Woodson will be eligible for the Hall of Fame in 2021.
Overall Woodson has played 252 Games (with two to go) and has 20 Quarterback Sacks, 65 Interceptions with 11 of them returned for Touchdowns.
We here at Notinhalloffame.com would like to thank Charles Woodson for the memories and we don’t put it past him to created one more in the two games remaining in the season.
The Green Bay Pakcers, the team with the largest Hall of Fame membership in North American sports has announced that Chad Clifton, Nick Collins and Russ Winnie will be the three members who will comprise the Class of 2016.
Chad Clifton would play twelve seasons with the Packers, starting 160 Games after 165 Games Played. The Offensive Lineman was a second draft pick in 2000, was selected for the Pro Bowl twice and was a member of the Packers Super Bowl XLV Championship Team.
Clifton will be joined by another second round pick, 2005 selection, Nick Collins. Collins would also play for the Super Bowl XLV Champions, and would have a Pick Six in the big game. He would also become the first Packers Safety since LeRoy Butler to make three consecutive Pro Bowls.
Russ Winnie was the radio announcer for the Packers from 1929 to 1946 and covered six NFL Championships.
The Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame will have their induction banquet on July 23.
We here at Notinhalloffame.com would like to congratulate the latest class for the Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame.
We have another significant retirement in the National Football League.
At the age of 32, Wide Receiver, Greg Jennings has announced his retirement from the game of Football, last playing with the Miami Dolphins.
A second round pick out of Western Michigan, Jennings would become a starter quickly and in 2008 would enjoy his first of his three straight seasons where he would exceed over 1,000 Yards Receiving. That third 1,000 Yard season would become the most memorable one as he would net his first of two Pro Bowls and would win the Super Bowl.
In 2013, Jennings would join the Minnesota Vikings, where he would play for two seasons before finishing off his career with Miami.
Overall, Greg Jennings caught 571 passes for 8,291 Yards and 64 Touchdowns. He will eligible for the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2021.
We here at Notinhalloffame.com would like to congratulate Greg Jennings on a wonderful career in Professional Football.
As you all know we are working on our Top 50 Players from each major North American Team. This will eventually bleed into a look at how each one of them honors their respective former players/executives with retired numbers, rings of honor, franchise halls of fame etc.
As such, it is news to us that the Green Bay Packers have announced that they will be inducting Donald Driver and Mark Lee to their organization’s Hall of Fame on July 27th, 2017.
Drafted seventh overall in 1999, Wide Receiver Donald Driver would play 205 Games over his fourteen year tenure at Lambeau. He would catch 743 passes for 10,137 Yards, both of which are franchise records. Driver would tally 62 Touchdowns and went to four Pro Bowls (2002, 2006, 2007 & 2010), and was a part of their Super Bowl win in 2010.
Driver will be joined by Cornerback, Mark Lee, who was with the Packers from 1980 to 1990. Lee recorded 31 Interceptions, placing him eighth overall in that metric. He played 157 Games for Green Bay starting in 139 of them.
The Green Bay Packers were the first team to build their own Hall of Fame and is a must visit for not just Packers fans but for NFL fans.
We here at Notinhalloffame.com would like to congratulate both Donald Driver and Mark Lee for achieving this very prestigious honor.
was nominated for the Football Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility in 1974. Over thirty five years later he is still waiting from that call from Canton, Ohio.
Jerry Kramer was a bruising offensive lineman who was part of seven championship Green Bay Packer teams; including the first two Super Bowls. He was the key part of the “Packer Sweep” where he and the other guard would lead block to the right side. He was considered by his teammates and coaches (including the legendary Vince Lombardi) to be one of the most resilient and toughest in the league as evidenced by the numerous injuries he returned from. He was a legendary blocker and his famous block that allowed Bart Starr in the final seconds to win the “Ice Bowl” is still part of Lambeau lore.
Much like our entry with Terrell Davis, we wonder what kind of career numbers Sterling Sharpe
would have put up had a neck injury not prematurely ended his career in his prime in 1994. It is not out of the realm of possibility to think that he could have in the top ten in every major receiving category had he stayed healthy.
Sterling Sharpe was productive in every year he was in the NFL. Three times he led the league in receptions and was the main go to target for Brett Favre when the latter joined the Packers. His apex season was in 1992 when he won the Wide Receiver’s version of the “Triple Crown” where he was the top performer in receptions, receiving yards, and receiving touchdowns. In joining that elite group, many felt that he was truly the top Wide Receiver in the NFL.
A lot of people talk about “Playstation” numbers where by offensive stars put up offensive numbers that don’t seem realistic. John Hadl
was putting up those types of numbers when Quarterbacks generally were more conservative and decades before the Madden craze took over.
On three separate occasions John Hadl eclipsed 3,000 yards passing. This is expected pout of many Quarterbacks now, but it was very impressive considering the era he played in. He was one of the games early gunslingers and as such posted very impressive Touchdowns Pass numbers. Subsequently, this led to a copious amount of interceptions and he did finish his career with more picks than TD passes.
You would think that the All Time Leader in NFL receptions would have been at least been a finalist for the Hall of Fame. Of course, Billy Howton
was the all time leader when he retired in 1963. He has dropped considerably since then.
Billy Howton was one of the top receivers for the Green Bay Packers through out the 1950’s. He was a constant fixture for years in every receiving category and when he became the all time leader in receptions and yards he took that slot from the legendary Don Hutson.
When LeRoy Butler
was at the top of his game, there were few Safeties who could touch him. The problem for opposing teams was that Butler was at his best a lot.
Although he became known for the sexual assault case in 2014 (which alleged that he was a serial rapist), Darren Sharper was known mostly on the gridiron for his defensive skills and for leading the National Football League in Interception Return Yards three times.
It might be hard being named Keith Jackson when there was already a very famous sports commentator with the same name who became the voice of the sport. The Tight End with the same name still managed to carve out his own identity.