Packers Numbers History: Best to Wear Each Number 1-99
The Packers have the most storied and rich history in the NFL and alot of great players and many Hall of Famers have worn different numbers with the team. We take a look at the best player to wear each number with the Packers from 1 to 99.
#1 Earl ‘Curly’ Lambeau
You might think I chose him because he founded the team and they named the stadium after him, but no, it’s because he was the only one to wear one.
#2 Mason Crosby
When he started in 2007, it was the first time a player had worn the number since Charlie Mathys in 1926.
#3 Tony Canadeo
If you get your number retired, you get to claim that number.
#4 Brett Favre
See the rule above, though for petty reasons, I would really love to give this one to Herm Schneldman.
#5 Paul Hornung
Though his number may not be retired, he is in the Hall of Fame.
#6 JK Scott
I will get hate for this one, but Scott is the only one who wore this number for multiple seasons. My other choices were Graham Harrell, Joe Callahan, and Kurt Benkert.
#7 Don Majkowski
This one isn’t even close – Majik by a mile.
#8 Ryan Longwell
This one was tough because Mark Brunell was better than Longwell, but Longwell had the longevity. As a prize, Ryan Longwell receives a $25 gift card to Applebees.
#9 Josh Bidwell
Slim pickins here as I had a few punters to choose from (or Jim McMahon) but Bidwell had the longest tenure on the team.
#10 Matt Flynn (Holding spot for Jordan Love)
I could have gone with Jan Stenerud but I had to go with Flynn since I actually saw him play in a game where he set Packers franchise records.
#11 Matt Hasslebeck
Though only here for two seasons, he ended up getting the Packers a first round pick, which they pissed away, but that’s not his fault
#12 Aaron Rodgers
The deep thinker gets the nod over Lynn Dickey
#13 Chris Jacke
After you end the nightmare that was 1988 and lead the team to the Super Bowl, you get the spot.
#14 Don Hutson
In a world where GOAT is overused, he is the GOAT.
#15 Bart Starr
First two Super Bowl MVPs and a whole heap of championships.
#16 Lou Brock
I know Rodgers would say this number should go to Kumerow but I am going with Lou Brock. He played 1940-1945 and did everything from running to passing to punting.
#17 Davante Adams
Just barely beat out one of the greatest punters of all time in Craig Hentrich.
#18 Tobin Rote
He was the lone bright spot on bad teams before he was traded and the Bart Starr era began
#19 Arnie Herber
In the early days of football, players changed jersey numbers every year but he did wear number 19 in 1937.
#20 Kevin King
I could go with Curly Lambeau again as he wore this number in 1929 but I have a rule that you can’t make the list twic.
#21 Charles Woodson
One of the greatest numbers in Packers history worn by one of the greatest players of all time.
#22 Elijah Pitts
Alot of people with the last name Lee (Mark, Pat) wore this jersey but this goes to the five time NFL champ.
#23 Jaire Alexander
Not many current players make this list but Jaire is one. He got the stank off of that Damarious Randall jersey.
#24 Willie Wood
8 time Pro Bowler, 5 time NFL champ and in the Hall of Fame.
#25 Dorsey Levens
This was close between Levens and Ryan Grant but had to go with Levens. I also wanted to throw in Harland Huckleby just because it’s a fun name.
#26 Herb Adderly
Another Lombardi era player on the list and another Hall of Famer.
#27 Terrell Buckley
When you see a jersey number and one player comes to your mind, they get that spot and that’s T-Buck.
#28 Willie Buchanon
Packers Hall of Famer and 1972 Defensive Rookie of the Year
#29 Ken Stills
Casey Hayward was a close second but Stills hated the Bears with a passion so that’s worth a few points.
#30 Ahman Green
Still the best Packers running back I have personally seen and all time leading rusher in Packers history.
#31 Jim Taylor
Jim Taylor makes the spot here because of the championships and being the second leading rusher in franchise history at a time when they played fewer games than they do today, but Al Harris was a close second.
#32 Travis Jervey
32 is a great number so we need someone great to come take it. There weren’t many players to choose from so I went with the outcast. Other possibilities were Dave Brown, Brandon Jackson, and Chris Banjo.
#33 Aaron Jones
This has been a great number for the Packers going all the way back to 1988 and had several notable players such as Doug Evans, William Henderson, and Micah Hyde.
#34 Edgar Bennett
Another case of seeing a number and one player coming to mind. No running back will ever be better with screen passes than Bennett was. If there could be a GOAT for a specific type of play, Bennett would be it for screen passes.
#35 Michael Haddix
It was a close call with Samkon Gado but Michael Haddix was able to stay in the league for so long while being so bad, this is kind of a pity prize.
#36 LeRoy Butler
Yet another iconic jersey number. They should only give this number to defensive backs picked in the second round as both he and Nick Collins dominated with this number. Since Butler made the Hall of Fame and Collins’ career was cut short due to injury, we’ll give this to LeRoy.
#37 Sam Shields
One of the most important and surprising players during the Packers Super Bowl run in 2010. If Sam Shields isn’t on that team, they probably don’t win the Super Bowl.
#38 Tramon Williams
Here’s how good Tramon Williams is, he took a terrible number and made it good. Think of all of the iconic 38s in NFL history. It’s a pretty short list.
#39 Cal Hubbard
He’s in the Hall of Fame and wore this jersey number in 1929. Mike Prior would be second as you have to respect anyone whose main duty is to fair catch punts.
#40 Eddie Lee Ivery
I know, he sounds like the leader of a 1980’s hair band but the ‘Ramblin’ Wreck from Georgia Tech’ is 15th all time in Packers rushing yards.
#41 Eugene Robinson
Let’s be honest, he is just on this list for his dope track, ‘Titletown’ which is set to the tune of Funkytown.
#42 Jock Brockington
Because I have a ‘no rapists’ policy for this list, Darren Sharper was disqualified.
#43 Doug Hart
I’ll be honest, I had to dig for this one and I had actually not heard of Doug Hart before but he was a member of the Packers first two Super Bowl teams. The runner up was M.D. Jennings, who was not a doctor, but who was on the wrong side of one of the worst calls in NFL history.
#44 Bobby Dillon
When I head 44 I always think of James Starks or guys who poop in hampers but Bobby Dillon was way before my time and is in the Hall of Fame.
#45 Clarke Hinkle
Through most of his career, Hinkle wore #30 but in 1934 he wore 45 so we gave him this spot so the other contenders suck.
#46 Vince Workman
This spot should probably go to Hank Gremminger since he played for the Packers for 10 years in the 50s into the 60s but I never heard of him before making this list.
#47 Roland Micthell
From 1992-1994 you had Buckly and Mitchell on the corners and it’s no coincidence that is when the Packers resurgence began.
#48 Ken Ellis
In his time in Green Bay, he had 20 interceptions and made 2 Pro Bowls and was named All Pro in 1972.
#49 Robert Francois
Francois had two interceptions in the 2011 season.
#50 A.J. Hawk
This just goes to show that I am putting my personal feelings aside for this list because I hate A.J. Hawk but he was the best 50 the Packers have had.
#51 Jim Ringo
Easy choice here as he was a 10 time Pro Bowler and is a member of the NFL Hall of Fame.
#52 Clay Matthews
This has been yet another great number for the Packers. I think eventually Gary takes this spot but for now, it’s Clay.
#53 George Koonce
Mike Douglass could have been here too but Koonce was the starting middle linebackers on the Super Bowl XXXI team.
#54 Larry McCarren
They have given out the number 54 – 20 times since McCareen last wore it in 1984 and I think that’s a travesty.
#55 Za’Darius Smith
Though his time with the Packers ended on a sour note, there were few that matched his intensity and output when healthy.
#56 Julius Peppers
While Nick Barnett gets credit for naming a nightclub after his number, we have to go with future Hall of Famer, Julius Peppers.
#57 Rich Moran
One of the starting guards when I first started watching football in 1989. He played for the Packers from 1985-1993.
#58 Mike Flanagan
Long before Zach Tom and Elgton Jenkins, there was Mike Flanagn who could play any position on the offensive line. A runner up would be Paul Rudzinski who most people probably don’t know but I played against his son and current Virginia defensive coordinator, John, in grade school.
#59 John Anderson
John Anders is here because of his longevity with the team but personally when I think of 59, I think of Wayne Simmons.
#60 Rob Davis
The long snapping GOAT.
#61 Brett Goode
The second best long snapper of all time and one that they have been unable to replace.
#62 Marco Rivera
A starting guard for the best offensive line I have personally seen.
#63 Fuzzy Thurston
So many good options here from iconic centers like James Campen, Scott Wells, and Corey Linsley, but have to go with Thurston for being a 6 time NFL champion.
#64 Ted Fritsch
I mean he’s got a park and a high school football field in Green Bay named after him. I should probably give it to John Jurkovic since he gave up his number 92 to Reggie White and took 64.
#65 Mark Tauscher
Close call between him and Ron Hallstom but I want to keep the Badgers’ fans happy.
#66 Ray Nitschke
It was retired because of him… so….
#67 Jeff Dellenbach
Absolutely atrocious number for the Packers. I am going with Dellenback because he went to the University of Wisconsin and had the number during the Packers 1996 Super Bowl season.
#68 Mike Wahle
Along with Marco Rivera as the guards on that dominant Packers offensive line of the late 90s and early 2000s.
#69 David Bakhtiari
#70 T.J. Lang
Played for the Packers from 2009-2016 and won a Super Bowl ring in 2010.
#71 Santana Dotson
Close call with Josh Sitton but Dotson was a key member of the Packers dominant defense in 1996.
#72 Earl Dotson
The starting right tackle for almost a decade who had a problem with false starts in domes but otherwise a quality player.
#73 Tootie Robbins
There weren’t too many good options. Aaron Taylor’s career was cut short and Daryn Colledge left a lot to be desired so I went with the person with the most fun name.
#74 Aaron Kampman
Elgton Jenkins probably had this spot in the future but for now it’s the hard working, blue collar, defensive end from Iowa.
#75 Forrest Gregg
Iconic number that has also graced the chests and backs of Ken Ruettgers and Bryan Bulaga but goes to Greeg for his place in the Hall of Fame and definitely not his coaching. And if Lombardi calls you the best player he ever coached, I guess I have to agree.
#76 Chad Clifton
Absolute stud who came back from a cowardly hit from Warren Sapp to have an amazing career.
#77 Cullen Jenkins
Jenkins gets this spot due to his efforts to turn the Packers back into Super Bowl champs, but if I was going with potential this would definitely go to Tony Mandarich.
#78 Ezra Johnson
Johnson wore this number for one year in 1978 (otherwise wore 90) and that year he had 17.5 (unofficial) sacks and made the Pro Bowl.
#79 Ryan Pickett
One of the few free agent signings by the Packers and he worked out pretty well, playing with the team from 2006-2013.
#80 James Lofton
Have to go with James Lofton for being in the Hall of Fame but Donal Driver is right there as well. Jimmy Graham and Martellus Bennett aren’t anywhere close.
#81 Desmond Howard
He only played for the Packers for one (full) season but being the only kick returner to win a Super Bowl MVP gets you on this list.
#82 Paul Coffman
The best tight end in a franchise that has had a lot of good tight ends.
#83 Marquez Valdes-Scantling
Probably some recency bias here but there aren’t a lot of great players to choose from. Tom Crabtree would win for his Twitter content though.
#84 Sterling Sharpe
Another iconic number made mostly by Sterling Sharpe.
#85 Max McGee
It was a close call between Max McGee and Greg Jennings. They both had two touchdowns in Super Bowls but McGree scored the first touchdown in Super Bowl history. Jeff Query gets an honorable mention.
#86 Antonio Freeman
He had two different stints with the Packers and scored the longest touchdown in Super Bowl history at the time.
#87 Robert Brooks
I know that this will get hate from the Jordy Nelson fans but Brooks’ season was cut short in 1996 when the Packers won the Super Bowl so I don’t want to rob him of this too. Plus he wrote Jump in the Stands
#88 Bubba Franks
Even though the Packers should have drafted Tom Brady instead of him, he still had a great career.
#89 James Jones
See my asterisk at number 42 and how it relates to not allowing rapists on this list. While I am not implying that Mark Chmura is a rapist, I don’t feel it would be wise to include him on this list so I will go with the hoodie instead.
#90 Vonnie Holliday
Seriously underrated and unfortunately the Packers decided to keep Cletidus Hunt instead of him.
#91 Brian Noble
Noble made the list but according to someone I know, he couldn’t carry Mark D’Onofrio’s jock.
#92 Reggie White
The most dominant defensive player I have ever seen, and I’ve seen Deion Sanders and Lawrence Taylor.
#93 Gilbert Brown
You have to make sure the Gravedigger’s on the list, especially because he had is own burger at Burger King.
#94 Charles Martin
It would be Kabeer Gbaja-Biamila but he never slammed a Bears quarterback long after they had thrown the ball.
#95 Bryce Paup
One of the few mistakes Ron Wold admits was not keeping Paup.
#96 Sean Jones
That makes it a clean sweep of members of the Packers 1996 defensive line.
#97 Tim Harris
He was the first ever to wear the number for the Packers and while Kenny Clark may be better, Tim Harris was more iconic.
#98 Esera Tuaolo
He had a voice like an angel.
#99 Corey Williams
Williams was a rising star before being traded to the Browns. It’s certainly not Jamal Reynolds.