By John Turney
Here is the team, First-teams on left, Second-teams on
Our First-team center is Jim Ringo, 1961 (All-Pro), and the Second
is Larry McCarren, 1983 (Second-team All-Pro). It was a close margin between him and the honorable mentions who are Charley Brock, 1939, Frank Winters, 1996, Mike Flanagan, 2003, and Scott Wells, 2011. teamer
Jerry Kramer, 1967 (National 1,000 Yard Club NFL Offensive Linemen of the Year, All-Pro) and Mike Michalske, 1929 (All-Pro), are the top guards. The backups are a pair of All-Pros, Gale Gillingham, 1971 (All-Pro, NFLPA NFC Offensive Lineman of the Year), and Fuzzy Thurston, 1961 (All-Pro).
The list of honorable mentions is: Buckets Goldenberg, 1939 (All-Pro), Rich Moran, 1989 (NEA All-Pro), Josh Sitton, 2014 (All-Pro), Lon Evans, 1936 (All-Pro), and Adam Timmerman, 1998.
Forrest Gregg, 1967, (All-Pro, NFLPA NFL Offensive Lineman of the Year), Cal Hubbard, 1931 (All-Pro). The backups are Baby Ray, 1939, Greg Koch, 1982 (Second-team All-Pro).
The HMs are Bob Skoronski 1966 (Pro Bowl), Chad Clifton, 2010, Ken Ruettgers, 1993, Mark Tauscher, 2004, Earl Dotson, 1998
, and Bryan Bulaga, 2011.
Johnny Blood, 1931, is the top close end. The Second-team tight end is Paul Coffman, 1983. Blood played a variety of positions in his NFL career for various teams. In 1931 he was often a wing-back, lining up just outside of the tackle. Our conversion for that position is tight end.
are Jermichael Finley, 2011, Ron Kramer, 1962, and Mark Chmura, 1995. honorables
The recent-era fullbacks are First-
John Kuhn, 2014, and Second- teamer William Henderson, 2004. The two honorable mentions are Cully Lidberg, 1926 teamer , and Bo Molenda, 1931 who were blocking backs of that era.
The ball carriers are a pair of MVPs/Players of the Year: Jim Taylor, 1962 (AP Player of the Year) and Paul Hornung, 1961 (AP NFL MVP). Backing them up
Clarke Hinkle, 1937 (All-Pro), Ahman Green, 2003, (Packers rushing record-1883 yards). are
mentions at running back are Verne Lewellen, 1929, Curley Lambeau, 1924, John Brockington, 1971, Ted Fritsch, 1946, Dorsey Levens, 1997, Tony Canadeo, 1949, Howie Ferguson, 1955, and Edgar Bennett, 1995. honorable
Vince Workman, 1991, is the 3rd down back. The second-
is Dorsey Levens, 1996. The two honorable mentions are Eddie Lee Ivery, 1986, and Herman Fontenot, 1989. teamer
Our extra wide receiver slot goes to James Jones, 2011, backed by Javon Walker, 2003. The rest of the list is Corey Bradford, 1999, Perry Kemp, 1988, Don Beebe, 1996, and Randall Cobb, 2012.
Don Hutson, 1942, and Sterling Sharpe, 1992, are our First-team picks at wide-out. Our Second-team picks are Lavie Dilweg, 1929, and James Lofton, 1983.
The top honorable mention is Billy Howton, 1952, followed by Jordy Nelson, 2014, Antonio Freeman 1998, Robert Brooks, 1995, and Randall Cobb, 2014.
Brett Favre, 1996 (Super Bowl
, MVP, All-Pro), takes the First-team spot at quarterback. We chose Bart Starr's 1966 (Super Bowl win , MVP, All-Pro, passing leader) next. The stellar win mentions are Aaron Rodgers, 2011, Cecil Isbell, 1942, and Arnie Herber, 1932. honorable
The top kicker is Chester Marcol, 1972, followed by Jan Stenerud, 1981. Our
are Don Chandler, 1967, Mason Crosby, 2013, Chris Jacke, 1993, and Ryan Longwell, 2000. HMs
Jerry Norton, 1963, (39.2 net punting average), Craig Hentrich, 1996, Don Chandler, 1966 (36.4 net), and Tim Masthay, 2015 (40.2 net) are the list of punters.
Desmond Howard, 1996, easily take the First-team punt return slot and he's followed on the Second-team by Billy Grimes, 1950.
The HMs are Will Blackmon, 2008, Willie Wood, 1961, Micah Hyde, 2014, and Ken Ellis, 1972.
Travis Williams, 1967 (41.1-yard average, 4 touchdowns), is the top kick returner and next is Roell Preston, 1998 (Pro Bowl, 2 TDs). The list of HMs
: Dave Hampton, 1971, Allen Rossum, 2000, Herb Adderley, 1963, Steve Odom, 1975, and Al Carmichael, 1956. includes
Our special teams demon is Travis Jervey, 1997, first and then Ray Nitschke, 1959. Jervey was a Pro Bowler and Nitschke toiled away at special teams before he secured a full-time starting job in 1962.
Corey Bradford, 1999 (16 tackles), K.D. Williams, 2001 (17 tackles and a FF, and a FR) and Jeff Janis, 2015. Tight end Gary Lewis blocked five place kick (3 FG, 2 PAT) in 1983 and Fred Carr did the exact same in 1976. They get a mention, are also Ted Hendricks, who in 1974 blocked seven kicks, 3 FG, 1 PAT and 3 punts. too and
The First-team defensive specialists are nickel back Casey Hayward, 2014 (47 tackles, 3 picks for 1 TD and 2 FR one for a TD), and nickel rusher Kabeer Gbaja-Biamila, 2001 (23 tackles, 3 FF, 13.5 sacks).
are DB Jarrett Bush, 2011 (30 tackles, 1.5 sacks, 2 picks), and DE Ezra Johnson, 1984 (7 sacks). teamers
The nickel back
Tiger Greene, 1989, Antuan Edwards, 1999, Will Blackmon, 2008, Ron Pitts 1988, Estus Hood, 1981 (though 1978 was a good year as well, and arguably the better season) and finally LeRoy Butler, 1990. HMs are
Two nickel rushers merit honorable mention, they are Mike Daniels, 2013, and Keith McKenzie, 1998.
The First-team secondary is composed of corners Herb Adderly, 1965 (Consensus All-Pro, 3 pick 6s), and Charles Woodson, 2009 (NFL Defensive Player of the Year, All-Pro, 9 picks, 3 for TDs) and strong safety LeRoy Butler, 1996 (All-Pro, 87 tackles, 6.5 sacks, 5 INTs), and free safety Willie Wood, 1965 (Consensus All-Pro).
The Second-team secondary is Willie Buchanan, 1978 (All-Pro, 9 INTs), and Bob Jeter, 1967 (All-Pro) at
and strong safety Steve Luke, 1978 (114 tackles, 4 FF), and Bobby Dillon, 1957 (All-Pro, 9 picks one for a score). corner
The honorable mention list for cornerbacks is Ken Ellis, 1972, Jesse Whittenton, 1961, Sam Shields, 2014, Al Harris, 2007,
Williams, 2010, Tim Lewis, 1984 and Mark Lee, 1986. Tramon
Strong safety honorable mentions are John Symank, 1957, Mark Murphy, 1985, and Atari Bigby, 2007.
The free safety counterparts are Nick Collins, 2008 (Pro Bowl, 7 picks, 3 TDs), Darren Sharper, 2000 (All-Pro, 92 tackles led NFL with 9 INTs), Tom Flynn, 1984 (9
), and Chuck Cecil, 1992. picks
Ray Nitschke, 1967 (All-Pro, NFLPA NFL Linebacker of the Year, and Nick Barnett, 2007 (Second-team All-Pro, 131 tackles, 3.5 sacks), are the First- and Second-team middle linebackers. The
are Jim Carter, 1973 (Pro Bowl), Brian Noble, 1987 (Second-team All-NFC), and Randy Scott, 1985. honorables
Dave Robinson, 1967 (Consensus All-Pro, 4 picks, 3 sacks) and Clay Matthews, 2010 (Sporting News Defensive Player of the Year, All-Pro, 59 tackles, 13.5 sacks and a pick six), are the First-team outside linebackers.
them up backing Ted Hendricks, 1974 (Consensus All-Pro, 75 tackles, 5 picks, 7 blocked kicks), and Tim Harris, 1989 (NEA Defensive Player of the Year, All-Pro, 70 tackles, 19.5 sacks, 6 stuffs, 4 FF). are
Mike Douglass, 1981 (Sports Illustrated All-Pro, 134 tackles, 9.5 sacks, 7 FF, 3 INT, 3 FR), heads a fine list of corner linebackers: Bill Forester, 1962 (All-Pro), Dan Currie, 1962 (All-Pro), Fred Carr, 1975 (Second-team All-Pro), Roger Zatkoff, 1955 (All-Pro), John Anderson, 1983 (113 tackles, 4 sacks, 5 INT, 11 PDs), Na'il Diggs, 2002 (83 tackles, 3 sacks, 2 INT), Bryce Paup, 1994 Pro Bowl, 79 tackles, 7.5 sacks, 3 INT), and Julius Peppers, 2015 (Pro Bowl, 36 tackles, 10.5 sacks).
Henry Jordan, 1961 (All-Pro, 8½ sacks), and Dave Hanner, 1959 (Sporting News All-Conference) are the top of the defensive tackle group.
are Bob Brown, 1969 (9 sacks), and B.J. Raji, 2010 (39 tackles, 6.5 sacks). Bob Brown was a Pro Bowler in 1972, but we went with 1969 instead. Raji was a Pro Bowler in 2011, but as with Brown we felt the season we chose was a bit superior. teamers
The honorable mentions are Dave Pureifory, 1975 (11 sacks), Mike McCoy, 1976 (60 tackles, 5 PD, 8½ sacks), Dave Roller, 1977 (76 tackles, 8 sacks, 9 stuffs), Santana Dotson, 1997 (71
, 5.5 sacks and 5 stuffs) and Gilbert Brown, 1996 (51 tackles, 7 stuffs). tackes
Willie Davis, 1962 (All-Pro, 13½ sacks), and Reggie White, 1998 (Defensive Player of the Year, 46 tackles, 16 sacks, 4 FF), take the First-team defensive end slots.
are Ezra Johnson, 1978 (68 tackles, 20½ sacks), and Aaron Kampman, 2006 (Second-team All-Pro, 89 tackles, 15.5 sacks). teamers
The list of honorable mentions are Sean Jones, 1994 (Second-team All-NFC, 59 tackles, 10.5 sacks, 9 stuffs), Lionel Aldridge, 1970 (13½ sacks), John Martinkovic, 1954 (Pro Bowl), Alden Roache, 1976 (8½ sacks), Clancy Williams, 1972 (10½ sacks), and Mike Butler, 1978 (63 tackles, 11½ sacks).
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