"Jesse was a real competitor, a bright guy who had almost a procedural way of playing every receiver that he typically lined up against," former Packers great Willie Davis said. "I had great respect for him. He was a guy that I think was always ready to play. He was definitely important to the defensive plan and the design of the defense. Very seldom did you catch him out of position."
Whittenton had 20 interceptions and recovered 10 fumbles in his Packers career from 1958 to 1964.