For nine seasons, John Kuhn lined up in the Green Bay Packers’ backfield. The versatile Kuhn was part lead-blocker, part short-yardage runner, part receiver, and occasional running back for the Green and Gold, racking up an impressive 28 touchdowns over the course of his career.
Chants of “KUUUUUUHHHNNNNNNNN” would rain down from the seating bowl at Lambeau Field whenever the six-foot, 250-pound fullback moved the chains or found the end zone. Now, they will do so figuratively from Packers fans across the world, as the Packers announced on Wednesday that Kuhn will officially retire as a Packer.
Following his nine-year career in Green Bay, Kuhn suited up for the New Orleans Saints in 2016 and 2017, and he did not play football last fall. However, he has decided that it is officially time to hang up the cleats, and he will have a chance to put on the Green and Gold for one more day before officially filing his retirement papers.
Kuhn racked up 601 rushing yards and 557 receiving yards in a Packers uniform, adding 23 total touchdowns — 15 on the ground and eight scoring receptions. He added three Pro Bowl appearances and a first-team All-Pro nod (in 2014) as well. Of course, Kuhn also has a ring from the Packers’ victory in Super Bowl XLV.
During that 2010 season, Kuhn played a more prominent role as a runner than he did at any other point in his career, setting career-highs in attempts (84), yards (281), and touchdowns (four, which he would achieve twice more). That year, the Packers saw starting running back Ryan Grant land on injured reserve after week one, and Kuhn helped split the rushing load with Brandon Jackson and James Starks the rest of the season. His high-water mark came in a week-nine blowout victory against the Dallas Cowboys, when he carried the ball 13 times for 50 yards.
Congratulations to John, and for one last time, let’s let out a big “KUUUUHHHNNNN!”