Last week, the NFL announced its finalists for the NFL 100 All-Time team on the defensive line and at linebacker. The Green Bay Packers, while well-represented on the finalists list there, had just a single player named to the team: defensive end Reggie White. That came after four linebackers with strong Packers connections and three former Packers defensive linemen were named as finalists.
Ray Nitschke, Clarke Hinkle, and Dave Robinson — along with former Packers’ outside linebackers coach Kevin Greene — did not make the cut at linebacker, while Willie Davis and Julius Peppers missed out on the line. This week, however, the Packers will hope for some better luck in the secondary.
Three Packers players were among the finalists at cornerback and safety, while a fourth former Packer was named among the kicker finalists as well. Here is a breakdown of these four players, and stay tuned later this week for the NFL’s announcement of the members of the All-Time team.
Herb Adderley, cornerback (played for Packers from 1961-1969)
12 seasons; 4-time first-team All-Pro; 5 Pro Bowls
6 NFL championships: 1961, 1962, 1965, 1966 (SB I), 1967 (SB II), 1971 (SB VI with Cowboys)
164 games played; 48 interceptions (7 returned for TDs), 14 fumble recoveries, 25.7-yard kickoff return average
Charles Woodson, cornerback (2006-2012)
18 seasons (7 with Packers); 3-time first-team All-Pro; 9 Pro Bowls; 1998 Defensive Rookie of the Year; 2009 Defensive Player of the Year
1 NFL championship: 2010 (SB XLV)
254 games played; 65 interceptions (11 returned for TDs); 33 forced fumbles; 18 fumble recoveries; 1205 total tackles
Willie Wood, safety (1960-1971)
12 seasons (all with Packers); 5-time first-team All-Pro; 8 Pro Bowls
5 NFL championships: 1961, 1962, 1965, 1966 (SB I), 1967 (SB II)
166 games played; 48 interceptions (2 returned for TDs); 16 fumble recoveries; 7.4-yard punt return average
Bonus: Jan Stenerud, kicker (1980-1983)
19 seasons (4 with Packers); 1-time first-team All-Pro; 6 Pro Bowls
1 AFL championship and Super Bowl win (SB IV)
263 games played; 66.8% field goals, 96.5% PATs