All seven of these players have been inducted into the Football Hall of Fame, but only two of these Green Packers have had their numbers retired, Bart Starr and Ray Nitschke. Starr played quarterback from 1956-1971 and was the only quarterback in history to lead a team to 5 championships, until Tom Brady tied his record in 2016. Nitschke spent his entire 15 year professional football career with the Green Bay Packers, and was anchor to their defense, earning the team five NFL chapionships and the first two Super Bowl wins.
Paul Hornung was nicknamed “The Golden Boy”. He was first in pro football history to win the Heisman Trophy, be selected first in the overall draft, win the most valuable player award, and be inducted into the professional and college football halls of fame. Teamed along with James Taylor in the backfield, the Green Bay Fans affectionately called them “Thunder and Lightning” due to Taylor’s power and Hornung’s agility.
Taylor’s was the first player to record five straight seasons of at least 1,000 rushing yards. His 81 rushing touchdowns for the Packers remains a franchise record by a wide margin, and his 8,207 rushing yards with the team has been surpassed only once.
The other Hall of Fame Packers in the photo made history too. Herb Adderley is the only player to appear in the first SIX Super Bowls. Will Davis and Forrest Gregg were ranked in top 100 players in 1999 as rated by The Sporting News. Davis anchored the defensive line for 10 years, playing 138 consecutive regular-season games and is famed for having recovered 22 fumbles. Gregg was a key player on the Packers dynasty of head coach Vince Lombardi that won five NFL championships.
History was in the making with a decade of football victories for the Green Bay Packers with so many great players and Vince Lombardi coaching the team.