Today, we at APC want to pose a question to readers and Packers fans everywhere: which former Packers player is most overlooked or under-appreciated?
This question can be answered in a couple of different ways. The first would be which player does not get the national recognition or honors that he deserves. There certainly are a handful of players who could qualify for this - Jerry Kramer, Sterling Sharpe, and LeRoy Butler come to mind immediately as players who have cases for the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Kramer, of course, was named to the NFL’s 50th Anniversary All-Time team, but is the only member of that group not in Canton. Butler, meanwhile, was a four-time All-Pro and was on the All-1990s team.
So who has been criminally overlooked by various national sources?
However, another way to answer this question is by looking at which player does not get enough recognition from Packers fans rather than national sources. There are any number of qualities to examine here, from a few spectacular or memorable plays to consistent production over a sustained career to a truly exceptional skill set that is not remembered.
Personally, as someone who grew up in the 1990s, I would submit a vote for Santana Dotson in this category. He came to Green Bay from Tampa in 1996, just in time to help anchor the middle of the defensive line as the Packers stampeded their way to Super Bowl XXXI. Whereas Gilbert Brown was the big run-stuffing nose tackle, Dotson created chaos and recorded 26 sacks in his six years as a Packer, mainly from the right defensive tackle position. When thinking back to those Packers defensive lines of the mid-90s, Dotson - not Brown or Sean Jones - is always the second name that comes to my mind after Reggie White.
So who are your picks? Let us know in the comments.