Ranking The 27 Green Bay Packers Hall Of Fame Players From Worst To Best

The Green Bay Packers are considered by many to be the greatest team in the history of the NFL. As the third oldest franchise in the league, they have the second most wins and the second highest winning percentage of any team of all time. They also have 13 championships, which are the most of any team in the NFL, which includes nine league championships and four Super Bowls. Only one team has had more long term players who made the Hall of Fame than the Packers. Overall, including stars who spent most of their careers elsewhere, the Packers had 27 players inducted into the Hall of Fame. Although this list only ranks players, it must be noted there is one legendary Hall of Famer who should be the highest ranked Packer of them all. That is Vince Lombardi, the coach and general manager who is one of the main reasons that so many other Green Bay Packers ended up in the Hall in the first place.

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27 Len Ford

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As he only spent one season with the Packers, which was his final year in the league, Len Ford is the lowest ranked of all of the Green Bay Packers in the Hall of Fame. Overall he was obviously pretty good however. He started his career in college playing for the Michigan Wolverines on what is considered the greatest Michigan football team of all time, which went undefeated and won the National Championship in 1947. He spent the bulk of his professional career with the Cleveland Browns after starting his pro career with the Los Angeles Dons of the AAFC. Ford won three championships with the Browns and was a four time All-Pro as well. Despite acquiring Ford in 1958, the Packers won just one game that year and Ford retired shortly thereafter.

26 Walt Kiesling

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Known more for his coaching career, Walt Kiesling (Pictured Left) played for the Packers for just two seasons out of his 12 years in the league. In college, he started on both offense and defense for the University of St Thomas in Minneapolis, Minnesota. From there he played as a guard and a tackle in the pros, starting with the Duluth Eskimos and the Pottsville Maroons before moving to the NFL to play for the Chicago Cardinals, Chicago Bears, the Packers, and ending his playing career with the Pittsburgh Pirates. He did manage to win a championship during his year with the Packers in 1936. As a coach, Kiesling began with the Pirates then coached the Pittsburgh Steelers for a number of years as well. He was also named to the NFL 1920s All-Decade Team.

25 Ted Hendricks

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Out of his 15 year career in the NFL, Ted Hendricks only played one year with the Green Bay Packers, thus his lower ranking. Nevertheless, it was an excellent year as he had five interceptions, blocked seven kicks, had two sacks, and registered a safety, becoming a first team All-Pro for the second time in his career. Hendricks played his college football at the University of Miami before being drafted in the second round of the 1969 NFL Draft by the Baltimore Colts. He spent five years with the Colts before being traded to the Packers in 1974. The following year he was traded again to the Oakland Raiders where he spent the remaining nine years of his career. Hendricks finished his career with 60.5 sacks and 26 interceptions as well as four safeties. He was named first or second team All-Pro nine times and was a part of four Super Bowl winning teams.

24 Cal Hubbard

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The only person to be inducted to both the Pro Football Hall of Fame AND the Baseball Hall of Fame is Cal Hubbard (Pictured Right), who just for good measure is also a member of four other Halls of Fame. For his time in Centenary College in Louisiana, he is in their Hall of Fame and the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame. As a native of Missouri he is in the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame, and he is also in the Helms Foundation Hall of Fame. He is in the Baseball Hall for his work as an Umpire who called a number of World Series and helped develop the modern officiating standards for the game. He is of course in the Packers Hall of Fame as well for his impact with the franchise. He began his NFL career with the New York Giants, but being a small town boy who did not like the city, he requested to be traded to Green Bay. Once there, he was a key ingredient of three straight Packers championships. He was a four time All-Pro and a member of the NFL 1920s All-Decade Team.

23 Jan Stenerud

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One of the greatest kickers ever, Jan Stenerud, played four years for the Packers after spending most of his career with the Kansas City Chiefs. Originally from Norway, Stenerud was on scholarship as a ski jumper at Montana State University when he was discovered by the basketball coach kicking during a break from his skiing workouts. As a former soccer player, Stenerud’s soccer style kicking technique gave him great accuracy and strength which turned out to be perfect for football. After his surprising college career in which he hit a 59 yard field goal, Stenerud eventually made it to the NFL with the Chiefs. During his career, he was named All-Pro seven times, won a Super Bowl, and hit over 66% of his field goal attempts.

22 Curly Lambeau

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Even though he founded the team and christened them the Packers, the field is named after him, and he won six NFL championships in Green Bay, Curly Lambeau was inducted into the Pro-Football Hall of Fame mainly for what he did off of the field. That means as a player he might not be one of the greatest Packers players in the Hall. Not to say he did not have a good career however. Lambeau played seven seasons with the Packers scoring 12 touchdowns. He also kicked six field goals and 20 extra points. He was named All-Pro three times and was also chosen for the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s All-1920s Team. Lambeau became a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame in its inaugural class of 1963.

21 Tony Canadeo

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Mostly used as a halfback, Tony Canadeo also received playing time as a defensive back, punter, quarterback, and return specialist during his football career. Canadeo was known as the “Grey Ghost of Gonzaga” which is where he played his college football. Despite being far away from Green Bay at such a small school, Curly Lambeau was impressed with his versatility and gave him an opportunity. Canadeo played three years with the Packers before he missed a year serving in World War Two. He returned in 1946 and became the go to running back for the Packers over the next few years. In 1949 he became the first Packers player to rush for over 1000 yards in a season. Over his career with the Packers he was on the 1944 championship team, he was named All-Pro three times, and he retired as the Packers’ all time leading rusher and remains fourth on the list with 4197 yards.

20 John "Blood" McNally

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After being kicked out of Notre Dame, John McNally and a friend wanted to try out for a semipro team in Minnesota. Just in case the Fighting Irish might be willing to take him back some day, he decided to use a fake name to preserve his amateur standing. John “Blood” made the team but it was not until a few years later that he made it to the NFL under his real name. He bounced between a number of teams including the Milwaukee Badgers, Duluth Eskimos, and Pottsville Maroons before catching on with the Green Bay Packers. McNally played seven seasons with the Packers with one season in the middle when he played for the Pittsburgh Pirates. He helped lead Green Bay to four NFL championships, including three in a row starting in 1929.

19 Mike Michalske

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Originally a fullback at Penn State University, Mike Michalske started his career with the New York Yankees football team before joining the Green Bay Packers in 1929. He converted to guard in the pros and became a star offensive lineman in Green Bay, missing only nine out of over 100 games with the Packers. His speed and agility on the line helped the Packers win three straight championships as he paved the way for fellow Hall of Famer Johnny McNally and Bob Monnett. Michalske earned first team All-Pro honors six times during his decade long career. Upon retiring, Michalske became the very first guard to be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. He had a stint as the head coach for the Iowa State Cyclones for five years as well.

18 Emlen Tunnell

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As the very first African American to be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, Emlen Tunnell spent the majority of his career with the New York Giants and did not join the Green Bay Packers until his last three seasons. He started off at the University of Iowa where he played quarterback, halfback and on defense for the Hawkeyes. His journey to the pros started when he hitchhiked from Iowa to New York City to try out for the Giants. He played in New York for 11 seasons and moved on to Green Bay when the Packers hired Giants offensive coordinator Vince Lombardi as their head coach. Over his career Tunnell has 79 interceptions, returning four of them for touchdowns. He also had 3506 return yards with six touchdowns on special teams. He was named All-Pro eight times and won a championship with both the Giants in 1956 and the Packers in 1961.

17 Jim Ringo

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Despite being viewed as woefully undersized for a lineman, the Green Bay Packers took a chance on Jim Ringo, drafting him out of Syracuse in the seventh round of the 1953 NFL Draft. His excellent quickness and stellar technique made him an ideal fit for the iconic power sweep running game that Vince Lombardi brought to the team halfway through Ringo’s career. Ringo still managed to excel early in his career, making seven straight Pro-Bowls, but his talent showed off even more as the Packers became the best team in the NFL under Lombardi. Ringo was traded to the Philadelphia Eagles in 1964 where he spent the final three years of his career. He was a key part of two championships with the Packers and was first or second team All-Pro nine times.

16 Henry Jordan

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After starring at the University of Virginia in football and wrestling, Henry Jordan was selected by the Cleveland Browns with the 52nd overall pick in the fifth round of the 1957 NFL Draft. He spent two years with the Browns, not making much of a mark, before he was traded to the Green Bay Packers in 1959. In his second year with the team, Vince Lombardi took over as coach, and before long the team was dominating and Jordan developed into one of the leaders of the defense. Over his 11 years with the Packers, Jordan was a seven time All-Pro and a member of five NFL championship teams as well as a winner in the first two Super Bowls. He was also the MVP of the Pro-Bowl in 1961.

15 Dave Robinson

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A two way player at Penn State University, Dave Robinson was named All-American his senior season as he helped lead the Nitany Lions to a 9-1 record. He was drafted in the first round with the 14th overall pick by the Green Bay Packers in the 1963 NFL Draft. Once he joined the team, Robinson was moved from defensive end to linebacker and along with Ray Nitscke and Lee Roy Caffey they formed what was probably one of the best linebacking corps in NFL history. Like many of the other Packers Hall of Famers, Robinson helped them win three straight NFL championships as well as the first two Super Bowls. Despite the team declining after Lombardi’s retirement, Robinson continued to excel earning various All-Pro honors throughout the 1960s. He played two more seasons with the Washington Redskins after leaving the Packers.

14 Clarke Hinkle

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After a record setting college career with the Bucknell Bison as a fullback and defensive back, Clarke Hinkle joined the Green Bay Packers where he proceeded to have a record setting NFL career. Hinkle played his entire 10 years in the league with the Packers. When he retired in 1941 he was the NFL’s all-time leading rusher with 3850 rushing yards. His record stood until the end of the decade in 1949 when it was broken by Steve Van Buren. In his time there, Hinkle was a key part of the offensive attack, along with Don Hutson and quarterback Arnie Herber that propelled the Packers to two NFL Championships in 1936 and 1939. In addition to being named first team All-Pro four times, Hinkle was a part of the NFL 1930s All-Decade Team and was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1964.

13 Arnie Herber

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The very first “greatest Packers quarterback ever,” before Bart Starr, Brett Favre, and Aaron Rodgers was Arnie Herber. Born right in Green Bay, Herber was a Packer fan all his life. He played college football at the University of Wisconsin, then Regis College in Denver, before returning home and getting a shot with the Packers. Despite the fact that they had won the championship the year before, Herber immediately started playing quarterback and continued the team’s run of success winning two more titles in a row. Herber retired after 11 seasons with the Packers, but returned to the NFL with the Giants during World War Two for two more years. Over his 13 seasons in the NFL Herber passed for over 8000 yards, won four total NFL championships, and was a three time All-Pro.

12 Herb Adderley

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Although he was a star halfback at Michigan State University, and was drafted as an offensive player by the Packers with the 12th overall selection in the 1961 NFL Draft, Herb Adderley instead became a Hall of Famer as a defensive back. With Paul Hornung and Jim Taylor entrenched at running back, Adderley filled in at cornerback during his rookie year. The move became permanent the next season and Adderley excelled with the change, being named an All-Pro seven times and winning six championships. Adderley was traded to the Cowboys at the end of his career which meant he played in four of the first six Super Bowls, winning three of them. He finished his career with 48 interceptions, returning seven of them for touchdowns.

11 Jim Taylor

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Known as one of the toughest runners in the league, Jim Taylor was drafted by the Packers after an All-American career at LSU. After riding the bench as a rookie, Taylor became the Packers all purpose back under Vince Lombardi. His best year was 1962 when he led the Packers to an NFL championship while leading the league in rushing and being named the league's Most Valuable Player. Over his ten year career, Taylor rushed for over 8500 yards including five straight 1000 yard seasons. He also ran for 81 touchdowns with the Packers, which is still the franchise record. He was a key part of four championship teams including the Packers team that won the first Super Bowl. He was a six time All-Pro and led the league in rushing touchdowns twice as well.

10 Willie Wood

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After playing his college football at USC as the first African American quarterback in the history of the Pacific Coast Conference (now Pac-12), Willie Wood went undrafted in the 1960 NFL Draft. Despite the setback, Wood wrote to Packers coach Vince Lombardi requesting a tryout and ended up being signed as a free agent. Although he initially practiced with the quarterbacks, he soon asked to be switched to defense and became a free safety. He was named starter and remained there for his entire career. Through 12 seasons, Wood was a seven time All-Pro and a five time NFL Champion including two Super Bowls. He finished his career with 48 interceptions including one in the inaugural Super Bowl that put the game away for the Packers.

9 James Lofton

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One of the lone great Packers between the glory days of the Lombardi era and the return to prominence under Brett Favre and Aaron Rodgers, was wide receiver James Lofton. Lofton played his college football at Stanford and was selected by the Packers with the sixth overall pick in the 1978 NFL Draft. He played nine of his 16 seasons with the Packers, going to seven of his eight Pro-Bowls while in Green Bay. He held the Packers all time receiving record with 9656 yards when he retired with most of those yards coming courtesy of quarterback Lynn Dickey. After departing Green Bay, Lofton played seven more seasons with four more teams including the Buffalo Bills where he played in four Super Bowls and made one more Pro-Bowl.

8 Ray Nitschke

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One of the greatest linebackers of all time, Ray Nitschke was raised in Chicago and went to school at the University of Illinois. He played quarterback and linebacker for the Illini and by his senior year was considered the best linebacker in the nation. Despite being a long time Bears fan, Nitschke was selected by the Green Bay Packers in the third round of the 1958 NFL Draft instead. In his first year, the Packers had only one win and one tie, but with Vince Lombardi taking over the next year, things of course turned around quickly. Nitschke became a key part of the great Packers defense as middle linebacker. He was part of five NFL championships and the first two Super Bowls, and was named All-Pro seven times.

7 Forrest Gregg

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Named by none other than Vince Lombardi as the finest player he ever coached, Forrest Gregg was a member of six championship teams including half of the first six Super Bowl winners over his 16 year career. Following his stellar college career at SMU, Gregg was drafted by the Green Bay Packers in the second round of the 1956 NFL Draft. He played in 188 consecutive games over his career with the Packers and the Cowboys being named All-Pro eight times. Five of his championships came with Green Bay including Super Bowls I & II and his sixth was Super Bowl VI during his final season in the NFL with the Dallas Cowboys. Gregg is a member of the NFL 75th Anniversary Team and the NFL 1960s All-Decade Team.

6 Willie Davis

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After a great college football career starring at Grambling State, Willie Davis was selected in the 15th round of the 1956 NFL Draft with the 181st overall pick by the Cleveland Browns. Davis joined the Packers in 1960 and immediately became yet another crucial piece of the great Packers’ defenses that helped them win five NFL Championships and the first two Super Bowls. Davis was a five time All-Pro while in Green Bay as well. Although sacks were not officially counted at the time, it is believed that Davis had at least 100 sacks during his ten year career with the Packers and probably over 120, including one season with about 25 sacks. He also still holds the Packers record for most fumble recoveries with 21.

5 Paul Hornung

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As the leading offensive and defensive star for the Note Dame Fighting Irish, Paul Hornung was named first team All-American twice and won the Heisman Trophy in 1956 despite the fact that the Irish suffered a losing season. He became the number one pick in the 1957 NFL Draft going to the Green Bay Packers. As the leader of the Packers offense, Hornung was a key part of four NFL Championship teams. He also helped the Packers to first Super Bowl game but did not play in the game as an injury kept him sidelined. Hornung was a three time All-Pro, he led the league in rushing touchdowns in 1960 and was the NFL Most Valuable Player in 1961. As a halfback and a kicker, Hornung set the all time season record for scoring with 176 points in 1960 that stood for over 45 years until LaDanian Tomlinson broke it in 2006.

4 Don Hutson

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After an All-American career at the University of Alabama where he helped them Crimson Tide win the National Championship in 1934 Don Hutson made his way to the Green Bay Packers to follow up his Hall of Fame college career with a Hall of Fame NFL career. Hutson was the first “greatest receiver ever” setting all of the major all-time receiving records during his career including receptions, yards with 7991, and touchdowns with 99. He is often credited with inventing many of the modern pass routes still in use, and is considered one of the first modern receivers in the NFL. Among his many accolades his number 14 jersey was the very first to be retired by the Packers. He was part of three championship teams, he was an All-Pro eight times, an MVP twice, and was named to the NFL 75th Anniversary All-Time Team.

3 Bart Starr

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The iconic quarterback who was the MVP of the first two Super Bowls was the Green Bay Packers’ most famous player for its entire history until Brett Favre finally stepped into his footsteps and returned the Packers to glory. Starr played his college football at the University of Alabama. A back injury limited him during his career with the Crimson Tide, however, and it was only thanks to an Alabama basketball coach who was friends with a Packers scout that the team even considered him. They ended up selecting Starr in the 17th round of the 1956 NFL Draft with the 200th overall pick. He split time as a backup during his first few years in Green Bay and took over as the starter for good in Vince Lombardi’s first season as coach. From that point, Starr won five NFL championships, the first two Super Bowls, went to four Pro-Bowls, passed for over 3100 yards and 152 touchdowns, and was the greatest Packers quarterback ever for the rest of the century.

2 Reggie White

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One of the best Tennessee Volunteers of all time, even counting Peyton Manning, was Reggie White. As a consensus All-American and 1983 SEC Player of the Year, he also held the all time record for sacks for the Volunteers until this past year. White made a few stops after college before he ended up in Green Bay. He first signed with the USFL where he played for two years before the league disbanded and he joined the Philadelphia Eagles. White dominated for eight years with the Eagles, racking up 124 sacks. He signed as a free agent with the Packers in 1993 and continued his excellent play. Over his six seasons with the Packers, White helped them win Super Bowl XXXI, was named Defensive Player of the Year in 1995, and added 68.5 more sacks to his career totals.

1 Brett Favre

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The latest Packers inductee to the Pro Football Hall of Fame is the gunslinger himself, Brett Favre. As one of the three greatest quarterbacks to ever play in the NFL, he holds or has held most of the major all time passing records at one point. He has been to two Super Bowls, winning one. He has been to 11 Pro-Bowls and has been named the NFL Most Valuable Player three times. After being drafted by the Atlanta Falcons in the second round of the 1991 NFL draft out of Southern Miss, Favre was traded to the Green Bay Packers. Things looked grim to start as he failed his physical which almost cancelled the trade. His very first pass for the Packers was also his very first reception as the ball was deflected and he caught it himself for a seven yard loss. In his next game Favre fumbled four times. From there however things turned around. He ended up engineering a comeback win in that game and started the following game which was his first of 321 consecutive NFL starts (including playoffs). When he finally retired (for the third time) after 20 years in the league Favre had compiled 71,838 yards passing and 508 touchdown passes.

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