Greatest Packers of All Time – A Recurring Series (#19-#11)

By Mike Jacquart   (** Indicates member of Pro Football Hall of Fame)

  1. ** August “Mike” Michalske, G, 1929-35, 37. Michalske, also known as “Iron Mike”, was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame as part of its second induction class in 1964. Iron Mike led the Packers to three consecutive NFL titles from 1929 to 1931.


  1. Charles Woodson, CB, S, 2006-12. Woodson was undoubtedly the leading free agent acquisition of the Ted Thompson era. He was the 2009 Defensive Player of the Year and led the league twice in interceptions (’09 and 2011). Undoubtedly a future Packer and NFL HOFer.

  1. ** Jerry Kramer, G, 1958-68. Best known for his block on Jethro Pugh that sprung Bart Starr on a QB sneak to win the Ice Bowl, A five-time First-Team All Pro, Kramer was elected in the NFL Hall of Fame in 2018. Finally.

  1. ** Willie Wood, S, 1960-71. An undrafted QB out of USC, Wood wrote every NFL team a letter asking for a chance to try out. Only Lombardi responded. Wood asked to be switched to defense, and he was recast as a free safety. Wood, a fierce tackler, was an eight-time Pro Bowler.


  1. ** Willie Davis, DE, 1960-69. Had they recorded sacks as an official statistic at the time, Davis would be the Packers’ all-time leader. (It’s estimated he had more than 100.) Davis was selected five times for the Pro Bowl and as an All-Pro.

  1. ** Robert “Cal” Hubbard, T, 1929-33, 35. At 6-2, 253, Hubbard was a large player for his day, although he had exceptional quickness for a man his size. Playing “off tackle” as well as on the line, he is considered one of the first NFL linebackers. Hubbard is a charter member of the NFL HOF (’63).


  1. ** Jim Taylor, RB, 1958-66. As tough a football player who ever lived, Taylor would rather run through you than around you. A five-time Pro Bowler, Taylor held the Packers’ career rushing record for more than 40 years. (Taylor passed away last week at age 83.)

  1. ** Johnny “Blood” McNally, halfback, 1929-33, 35-36. John Victor McNally, better known as Johnny Blood, picked up his famous moniker after watching the movie Blood and Sand starring Rudolph Valentino. Johnny Blood, known for his speed and agility, is a charter member of the NFL Hall of Fame.


  1. **Herb Adderley, CB, 1961-69.  Adderley, a four-time First-Team All-Pro, started in the first two Super Bowls, which included a pick-six against the Oakland Raiders in SB II, the first pick-six in Super Bowl history.

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