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The Best Ever?
In the 2010 season, Aaron Rodgers brought Green Bay its first Super Bowl since 1996 (when Brett Favre defeated the Patriots, 35-21). Then in 2011, Rodgers led the Packers to their best regular season ever (15-1), took home the MVP, and set the NFL record for passer rating in a single season, 122.5. Rodgers again led the NFL with a 108.0 passer rating in 2012 and maintained his historic efficiency. He has the highest career passer rating in NFL history, 104.9. Rodgers also has the lowest interception percentage in NFL history (1.73%).
Few athletes get inducted into the Hall of Fame for any professional sport, but Packers' tackle Cal Hubbard is a member of both the Pro Football Hall of Fame and the National Baseball Hall of Fame -- the only person to be inducted into both. Hubbard was traded from New York to Green Bay, where during the offseason he began umpiring baseball games, and eventually became umpire-in-chief of the American League. He helped lead the Packers to three consecutive NFL championships from 1929-31 and was named First-Team All Pro three times.
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Since Ted Thompson took over as general manager in 2005, the Packers have been known for building through the draft. Surprisingly, though, the Packers have been drafting well since 1994. Since then, the Packers have drafted 25 Pro Bowl picks, the most in the NFL, despite averaging the second lowest first-round slot. Ted Thompson only drafted seven of the 25, while Ron Wolf drafted 15, and Mike Sherman drafted three.
As the most dominant receiver of his time, Don Hutson led the league in total touchdowns more times than any player in NFL history -- eight. In comparison, Jim Brown, Lance Alworth and Emmitt Smith each led the league three times, the second most. Hutson led the league in total touchdowns for four straight seasons twice, 1935-38 and 1941-44, something no other player has done even once. He did more than just score, too -- he led the league in receiving yards an NFL-record seven times, including the longest streak, four seasons from 1941-44.
The Ice Bowl
The 1967 NFL Championship Game paved the way for the Packers to take home the second Super Bowl title, and still stands as the coldest game in NFL history 46 years later. Despite the field temperature of 13 degrees below zero, more than 50,000 fans packed Lambeau Field on New Year's Eve to watch the Packers take on the Cowboys. With a wind chill of minus-48 degrees, the field was covered in ice and visiting quarterback Don Meredith struggled, completing 40 percent of his passes for 59 yards with no touchdowns and an interception. In fact, the Cowboys' only touchdown pass came from running back Dan Reeves, who hit Lance Rentzel for 50 yards to put the Cowboys up 17-14 with 4:50 left. Packers coach Vince Lombardi and quarterback Bart Starr then engineered a drive for the ages, ending with a touchdown on a quarterback sneak with 13 seconds left.
In his 20-year career, Brett Favre amassed nearly every passing record in the NFL. His 10,189 pass attempts are 1,811 more than Dan Marino (second all-time), and his 6,300 completions are 1,218 more than Peyton Manning (second all-time). Favre also owns the records for most passing yards (71,838) and touchdowns (508). His 71,838 passing yards are 50,177 more than Aaron Rodgers' 21,661 -- meaning Rodgers would have to throw for 4,000 yards for the next 13 seasons to surpass Favre, at the age of 42.
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Picking the King
It's fitting that Favre also owns the record for most interceptions (336). With the Packers, Favre was 87-92 when he threw a pick, including playoffs, but 86-11 when he was pickless. In 22 career postseason games with Green Bay, he was 4-10 when throwing an interception and a perfect 8-0 when he threw no picks. His arm indeed decided his legacy and playoff success. His last pass in the green and yellow capped it all -- an interception that led to a 23-20 overtime loss to the Giants in the 2007 NFC Championship Game.
On the Run
The Packers drafted two running backs in 2013 with the hopes of breaking their streak of 43 regular season games without a 100-yard rusher -- the longest active streak in the NFL. It dates back to Week 5 of 2010, when Brandon Jackson put up 115 yards against the Redskins. It's the longest such streak in 15 years and is tied for fourth-longest since 1980. The Packers did have one postseason 100-yard rusher during the streak: James Starks ran for 123 yards in their 21-16 win over the Eagles in the 2010 wild-card game. Since 1980, the Browns own the longest streak -- they went 69-straight regular season games without a 100-yard rusher from 1988-93.
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The Minister of Defense
While Reggie White played eight years in Philadelphia, he was a Super Bowl champion within his first four years of being a Packer (1996). Widely regarded as the greatest pass rusher of all-time, White was the fastest player to 100 sacks, hitting the mark in his 96th game against the Redskins when he sacked Mark Rypien. White is second in career sacks (198) behind only Bruce Smith (200), but he holds the record with nine consecutive seasons with 10 or more sacks (1985-1993).
Coached by Vince Lombardi, the 1966 and 1967 Packers won the first two Super Bowls with victories over the Chiefs and Raiders, respectively. While Lombardi is widely regarded as the greatest coach ever, he was coaching a team that featured 11 future Hall of Famers, including Lombardi himself. Among the ten players was Ray Nitschke, who has the Hall of Fame luncheon named after him. Also on the team was Bart Starr, who was named MVP of the first two Super Bowls and averaged a 106.0 passer rating over the two games. The defense included cornerback Herb Adderley, who had a 60-yard pick six in Super Bowl II, and Dave Robinson, from the Class of 2013.
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