Greatest Packers of All Time – a Recurring Series (#79-#70)

By Mike Jacquart

In celebrating the Green Bay Packers’ 100th anniversary, one thought kept coming to my mind: Who are the 100 greatest Packers of all time? At first, this didn’t seem like this would be that big a task, but a quick online search on The Football Database ( revealed nearly fifty current and former Packers in the “As” alone! Clearly, determining the 100 greatest Packers ever would involve more research than I had envisioned!

Greatest Packers 90-100
Greatest Packers 80-89

Aaron Kampman, DE, LB (2002-09). With 54 career sacks – fifth on the Packers’ all-time list — including 15-1/2 in 2006, it might be just a matter of time before Kampman is in the Packers’ Hall of Fame.

78. * Bob Jeter, CB (1963-70). A former running back and wide receiver, Jeter was converted to cornerback in ’65. The move proved well worth it as he recorded 26 career interceptions as a steady corner opposite HOFer Herb Adderley.

77.Charles “Buckets” Goldenberg, G-RB (1933-45). A native of the Ukraine, Goldenberg is not in the NFL HOF even though he was a member of the NFL 1930s All-Decade Team. He is often credited as originating the draw play as his blitzing caused Bears QB Sid Luckman to hand off instead of pass.

76. * Ken Ruettgers, OT (1985-96). The Packers’ #1 pick out of USC in 1985, Ruettgers was a fixture at tackle on the offensive line but, sadly, injuries did not allow him to finish what ended up being a Packers championship season in ’96.

75. Tim Harris, DE, LB (1986-90). Even though he hasn’t worn the Green and Gold in nearly 20 years, Harris still ranks fourth all-time in sacks (55, just ahead of Kampman), and his 19-1/2 sacks in 1989 remains the club’s single-season record. (Ezra Johnson recorded an unofficial 20-1/2 sacks in 1978, but this was before official sack records were kept.)

74. * Mark Murphy, S (1980-85, 87-91). It might surprise some to learn the Packers had a player named Mark Murphy – and a pretty darn good one at that – long before there was a Packers’ CEO by the same name. Murphy led Green Bay in interceptions three times, and paced the team with total tackles twice. Not bad for an undrafted free agent.

73. * Marco Rivera, G (1997-04). A sixth-round draft pick out of Penn State, Rivera continued to elevate his game until he became a three-time Pro Bowl selection.

72. * Don Majkowski, QB (1987-92). While injuries led to a “what-might-have-been?” type career, there is no disputing that Don was “Majik” in 1989, when his 27 touchdowns, and 4,318 passing yards paced the Cardiac Pack to a 10-6 record that just missed a playoff berth. The most notable victory was the famous “instant replay” win over the hated Bears.

71. * Chad Clifton, T (2000-11). A second-round draft pick out of Tennessee, Clifton had the good fortune of blocking for three HOF quarterbacks (Peyton Manning in college, and Favre and Rodgers in GB). He was a two-time Pro Bowler and outstanding pass blocker.

70. * Lee Roy Caffey, LB (1964-69). Caffey was acquired by the Packers in the famous Jim Ringo trade, and went on to start 80 out of 84 games and named an All-Pro. The Packers’ linebacking trio of Nitschke, Robinson, and Caffey was often considered the best in the game.

Mike Jacquart is a freelance writer and editor who lives in Iola, Wisconsin with his wife, Deb; and dog, Pepper Ann. He can be reached at [email protected].

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