May 20, 2024

The Green Bay Packers have sent 33 players to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Only the Chicago Bears have sent more players to Canton. Whether it was the Vince Lombardi era, the Brett Favre era or the Aaron Rodgers era, all the Packers did was win.

This list was created by measuring each player’s Approximate Value, a Pro Football Reference statistic that’s used to “put a single number on the seasonal value of a player at any position from any year,” according to their website. Awards, stats, and records were also considered. Let’s get to it!

Note: Approximate Value is unavailable for games played prior to 1960, which is why Don Hutson (or any other Packers players from before the Super Bowl era) does not appear on this list.

1. Aaron Rodgers (Approximate Value: 231)

Aaron Rodgers (Approximate Value: 231)

The greatest Packer of all time, Rodgers took over the offense when Brett Favre left for the New York Jets. Rodgers became a prolific passer in the frozen tundra of Lambeau Field, unleashing an aerial assault on the league. The four-time MVP won the Super Bowl with the Packers in 2010 and is one of the best quarterbacks of his era. With Rodgers at quarterback, the Packers were always Super Bowl contenders.

2. Brett Favre (AV: 226)

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Favre started his career with the Atlanta Falcons. When he was traded to the Packers, it was the start of something great. In the 1970s and ’80s, the Packers struggled to make the playoffs. Then, Favre came along in 1992 and revived football in Green Bay. In his prime, Favre won three MVPs in a row and took the Packers to back-to-back Super Bowls, winning one. He was the definition of a gunslinger and started an NFL-record 321 games in a row.

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No, not the Willie Davis who won two World Series with the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Davis, the Hall of Fame defensive tackle for the Packers in the ’60s, was a dominant force on the defensive line during the Vince Lombardi era. Without him, those defenses wouldn’t have been the same.

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