Greatest Packers of All Time – A Recurring Series (#49-#40)

By Mike Jacquart

  1. * Dorsey Levens, RB, 1994-01. Levens burst on the scene in the ’97 NFC Championship game against Carolina with 88 yards rushing, and 117 yards receiving (and a touchdown). The next year, following a preseason injury to Edgar Bennett, Levens rambled for 1,435 yards, just missing Jim Taylor’s single-season Packers’ record. He is the sixth-leading Packers rusher of all time.

  1. * Tobin Rote, QB, 1950-56. A talented runner as well as passer, Rote led the Packers in rushing three times and rushing touchdowns five times. In 1956, Rote amassed an amazing 29 touchdowns, 18 via the air and 11 on the ground.

  1. * Kabeer Gbaja-Biamila, DE, 2000-08. “KGB” was one of the top sack artists in Packers history, totaling 74-1/2 sacks, a team record since broken by Clay Matthews. In 2003, the swift DE became the first player in Packers history to record 10 or more sacks in three consecutive seasons.

  1. Greg Jennings, WR, 2006-12. Jennings made a LOT of big plays during his Packers’ career, which including hauling in four passes for 64 yards and two scores in the Packers’ 31-25 Super Bowl XLV win over the Pittsburgh Steelers. His 425 catches rank 9th all-time in Packer annals.

  1. * Larry McCarren, C, 1973-84. Much better known today as a TV broadcaster and radio analyst, it might surprise some to learn that McCarren was a two-time Pro Bowler. He earned the nickname “The Rock” after starting in 162 consecutive games, one of the longest such streaks in team annals.

  1. * Mark Lee, CB, 1980-90. Lee played on some mostly crummy Packers teams, but his contributions shouldn’t be overlooked. He  recorded 31 interceptions, including a career-high nine in ’86, which remains tied for second in Packers’ history.

  1. * Nick Collins, S, 2005-11. Collins, a two-time Pro Bowler, cemented his place in Packers’ lore with a pick-six on that helped pace the Packers to a 31-25 victory over the Steelers in SB XLV. He suffered a season-ending nick injury against Carolina in 2011, and that sadly was the end of his playing career.

  1. * Cecil Isbell, TB, QB, 1938-42. He alternated with Arnie Herber early in his career, but eventually blossomed as a passer in his own right. His streak of 23-straight games with a TD pass from ’40-’42, was a league record until broken by Johnny Unitas in ’57.

  1. * Bob Skoronski, OT, 1956, 59-68. No less than Bart Starr sang Skoronski’s praises, lauding “Ski” as an elite tackle, and deserving of NFL HOF status. Skoronski was an offensive captain on five Packers championship teams.

  1. * Antonio Freeman, WR, 1995-01, 03. Freeman led the Packers in receiving from 1996–1999, and led the NFL in receiving in 1998 (84 passes for 1,424 yards). Many of Freeman’s grabs made highlight reels, including his 81-yard hookup with Brett Favre in Super Bowl XXI, and his unbelievable game-winning OT TD against the Vikings in 2000

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