Packers fans have been spoiled with an embarrassment of talent throughout their franchise’s history -- defensive stars of the 1960s rival the team’s QB success of the 21st century.

But who stands out amongst the pack (pun intended)? Stars on the offensive or defensive side of the ball? Stay tuned to this Betway Insider top 10 to find out.

As usual, all stats are courtesy of and are updated through the end of the 2023 NFL regular season.

Who were the best Green Bay Packers from the 2022 NFL season?

Some of the best players from the 2022 Packers starting lineup feature on the offensive side of the ball, like WR Romeo Doubs and OG Elgton Jenkins.

Who are the best Green Bay Packers players for the 2023 NFL season?

Some of the stars of the Packers 2023 roster hailed on defense, such as DE Kenny Clark and CB Jaire Alexander.

Green Bay Packers History of Players

Most of the Packers' famous stars have featured under center. Green Bay has a legendary QB trio to rival any other franchise: Bart Starr, Brett Favre, and Aaron Rodgers.

Famous Green Bay Packers Players

Other famous players for the Packers include studs from the 1960s defense, like LB Ray Nitschke, CB Herb Adderley, and S Willie Wood.

Ranking the Top 10 Greatest Green Bay Packers Players of all time

  1. Donald Driver, 1999-2012

Position: Wide Receiver

The Green Bay Packers have a list of wide receivers to rival all others -- Sterling Sharpe, Devante Adams, Antonio Freeman, Greg Jennings. But who has the most receiving yards in franchise history?

The answer may surprise you: Donald Driver. Driver had 10,137 yards over his 14-year NFL career, spent entirely in Green Bay. Yes, he certainly benefited by catching passes from QBs Brett Favre and Aaron Rodgers. However, 4 Pro Bowl nods and seven 1000+ yard receiving seasons speak for themselves.

  1. Willie Wood, 1960-1971

Position: Safety

Former Packers safety Willie Wood does just enough to edge out a cavalry of other deserving Packers defensive legends from the 1960s to earn a spot on this list. Why? He’s a:

  • 5x NFL Champion, 2x Super Bowl Champion
  • 5x First-team All-Pro, 9x Pro Bowler
  • 1x NFL Interceptions champ
  • NFL 1960s All-Decade Team
  • Pro Football Hall of Fame

In a loaded defense, Wood was one of the standouts.

  1. Herb Adderley, 1961-1969

Position: Cornerback

While Willie Wood may have been the star safety for the 1960s Packers, Herb Adderley was the lockdown corner. QB Bart Starr called Adderley “the greatest cornerback to ever play the game.”

Adderley was a 3x Super Bowl Champion (once with the Dallas Cowboys) and a 5x NFL Champion. Like many others on this list, he was a member of the NFL’s 1960s All-Decade team and, you guessed it, is a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

  1. Forrest Gregg, 1956, 1958-1970

Position: Offensive Tackle

Perhaps the Packers didn’t expect 1956 second-round pick Forrest Gregg to turn into a Hall of Fame OT. He was the best player on the Green Bay offensive line for star QB Bart Starr, earning 7 First-team All-Pro nods and 9 Pro Bowl berths.

The NFL's 1960’s All-Decade selection is a member of both the NFL’s 75th and 100th Anniversary teams. Gregg had a successful second career as an NFL head coach, leading the Cincinnati Bengals to their first-ever Super Bowl.

  1. Ray Nitschke, 1958-1972

Position: Middle Linebacker

No, former Packer linebacker Ray Nitschke didn’t accumulate the accolades of many of his 1960s Packers teammates. The 5x NFL Champion and 2x Super Bowl winner cracked just 2 First-team All-Pro Squads and made just one Pro Bowl.

However, Nitschke would eventually get his flowers. Of all of the past Packers' great players on this list so far, he’s the first to make the NFL’s 50th Anniversary team (he’s also on the 75th Anniversary team). The Pro Football Hall of Famer joins many of his teammates on the NFL’s 1960s All-Decade team as well.

  1. Reggie White, 1993-1998

Position: Defensive End

We’ll jump to a different generation and introduce the “Minister of Defense” to our list. Former Packers DE Reggie White didn’t join the Packers until he was 30 years old and only lasted six seasons in Green Bay.

White still left a mark, winning his second NFL Defensive Player of the Year award in 1998, making the Pro Bowl in all six campaigns. He helped lead the Packers to a Super Bowl XXXI title with 3.0 sacks throughout the postseason. The NFL’s 1990s All-Decade selection is a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame. He is arguably the greatest Packers defense player of all time.

  1. Bart Starr, 1956-1971

Position: Quarterback

Former Packers QB Bart Starr would be the top-ranked QB on just about any other NFL list: instead, he’ll have to settle for the third-ranked QB here and the fourth-best player overall.

None of this is a reflection on Starr: the man is a 5x NFL Champion and 2x Super Bowl-winning quarterback. Only 13 quarterbacks have won two or more Super Bowls, and only Tom Brady and Bart Starr can claim 7x titles (Brady does have seven pure Super Bowl wins, however).

Starr was far more dependable than explosive. He led the NFL in completion percentage on four occasions, won the 1966 NFL MVP, and is a member of the NFL’s 1960s All-Decade team.

  1. Don Hutson, 1935-1945

Position: Wide Receiver

Former Packers WR Don Hutson was arguably the NFL’s first great wide receiver. While his 7,991 career receiving yards may not seem as impressive in the current league environment of pace-and-space, they were extremely prolific relative to his peers.

Hutson led the NFL in receptions 8 times, in receiving yards 7 times, and in receiving yards 9 times -- mind you, he only spent 11 years in the NFL. Hutson was also the first man with 1,000+ receiving yards in a season.

Further accolades: Hutson was a 2x NFL MVP, 3x NFL Champion, and a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame. He is included in our Top 10 Packers wide receivers of all time.

  1. Brett Favre, 1992-2007

Position: Quarterback

Fun fact: former Green Bay QB Brett Favre was not actually drafted by the Packers. He was originally a 1991 second-round pick by the Atlanta Falcons and was traded to Green Bay ahead of the 1992 season for a first-round pick.

Favre immediately became the team’s starter and never looked back. The 3x NFL MVP helped the Packers break a three-decade title drought by taking home Super Bowl XXI. The 11x Pro Bowler was arguably the best QB of his generation, earning a spot on the NFL’s 1990s All-Decade team and leading the league in passing touchdowns four times.

  1. Aaron Rodgers, 2006-2022

Position: Quarterback

Why is current New York Jets QB Aaron Rodgers the greatest quarterback in Green Bay Packers history? Let’s check on Rodgers’s Packers CV:

Rodgers’s career TD-INT ratio is a staggering 475-105. In his MVP-winning 2011 season, it was a freakish 45-6.
Parameters of Rankings

Rankings are made based on a combination of 1) individual accomplishments, 2) team success, 3) franchise legacy, and 4) personal accolades.


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