List of Green Bay Packers retired numbers

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A photo of the part of Lambeau field that shows all of the Packers' retired numbers and player names.
Lambeau Field's north end zone with the six retired numbers

The Green Bay Packers are a professional American football team based in Green Bay, Wisconsin. Since their founding in 1919, over 1,600 players,[1] including 30 Pro Football Hall of Famers[2] have played for the team. Of those, only six players have had their uniform numbers officially retired by the organization.[3] Professional sports franchises, including the Packers, retire uniform numbers to recognize the contributions that a player has made towards the team. It is customary that after the uniform number is retired, it is no longer worn by future players with that team. These uniform numbers are usually prominently displayed within the team's arena or stadium. In the case of the Green Bay Packers, the retired numbers are displayed above the box seats in the north end zone of Lambeau Field.

The first Green Bay Packer to have their number retired was Don Hutson (No. 14) in 1951. Hutson played wide receiver for the Packers for 11 seasons where he set multiple NFL records and was named NFL Most Valuable Player (MVP) in 1941 and 1942. He is considered to have been the first modern receiver and was one of the most dominant players of his era. He led the league in receiving yards seven times and receiving touchdowns nine times.[4] His number was retired by coach Gene Ronzani during a brief ceremony in a game against the New York Yanks.[5] In 1952, Tony Canadeo became the second Packer to have his number (No. 3) retired, immediately after he retired from the NFL. Canadeo played offense, defense and special teams for 11 seasons for the Packers, becoming the first Packer to rush for over 1,000 yards and winning the NFL championship in 1944. He was also a First-Team All-Pro and was named to the NFL 1940s All-Decade Team.[6] It is not known whether there was a ceremony recognizing the number retirement, however at the very least an unofficial recognition occurred in 1952.[5]

The third Packer to have their number retired was quarterback Bart Starr (No. 15). Over 16 season, Starr led the Packers to five NFL Championships, including the first two Super Bowls in 1966 and 1967. He was named Super Bowl MVP in both games and was the NFL MVP for the 1966 season. He may be most famous for his winning touchdown dive in the closing seconds of the 1967 NFL Championship Game, which became known as the Ice Bowl. He finished his career with a postseason record of 9–1 and numerous Packers and NFL passing records.[7] His number was retired in 1973, two years after his career was over. Linebacker Ray Nitschke became the fourth Packer to have his number retired (no. 66) in 1983. Nitschke, who with Bart Starr, was a five-time NFL Champion and two-time Super Bowl winner under coach Vince Lombardi and anchored the Packers defense for 15 seasons. He was named First-team All-Pro three times, was the MVP of the 1962 NFL Championship Game and was selected to the NFL 50th Anniversary All-Time Team, NFL 75th Anniversary All-Time Team and the NFL 1960s All-Decade Team.[8] Nitschke's number was retired in 1983 in a small ceremony during a game against the Chicago Bears.

Reggie White's No. 92 was the fifth number to be retired by the Packers. White, who was known as the Minister of Defense because of his ordination as a Baptist minister and ability to sack the quarterback, came to the Packers as one of the first big signings of the newly opened NFL free agency rules in 1993 and played for the team for six seasons. As a Packer, he was a Super Bowl champion in 1996, a two-time First-Team All-Pro and was named the NFL Defensive Player of the Year in 1998. He was also chosen to be part of the NFL 75th Anniversary All-Time Team, NFL 1990s All-Decade Team and NFL 1980s All-Decade Team.[9] His number was retired during a half-time ceremony in 2005, less than a year after his death from cardiac and pulmonary sarcoidosis in September 2004.[10] He was the first and only Packer to have their number retired posthumously.[11] Quarterback Brett Favre, White's teammate for all six seasons, became the sixth and most recent Packer to have their number (No. 4) retired. Favre played for the Packers for 16 seasons, starting a record 253 consecutive games at quarterback between 1992 and 2007 (a record that was extended to 297 games after his tenure with the Packers). Favre was 3-time Associated Press Most Valuable Player, an 11-time Pro Bowl selection, and part of the NFL 1990s All-Decade Team. He, along with Reggie White and Ron Wolf, is credited with helping to revive the Packers franchise after 20 years of sub-par performances.[12] He led the Packers to their first championship games since the 1960s in Super Bowl XXXI and Super Bowl XXXII, winning the first and losing the second. He retired from the NFL with almost all of the major passing records in his possession and is still the franchise leader in numerous passing categories for the Packers. His number was retired in 2015 at half-time during a game against the Chicago Bears.[13]

All six players who have had their number retired have also been inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.[2]

Retired numbers

No. Player Name Position Seasons with franchise Year number retired Honors and awards Ref
Packers retired number 3 green.svg Tony Canadeo[a] Halfback 194144
194652
1952
  • 1944 NFL Champion
  • 2× First-team All-Pro
[6][15]
Packers retired number 4 green.svg Brett Favre Quarterback 19922007 2015
  • 3× NFL MVP
  • Super Bowl XXXI Champion
  • 3× First-team All-Pro
  • 11× Pro Bowl
[12][16]
Packers retired number 14 green.svg Don Hutson Wide receiver 193545 1951
  • 1941 and 1942 NFL MVP
  • 3× NFL Champion
  • 9× First-team All-Pro
  • 4× NFL All-Star
[4][17]
Packers retired number 15.svg Bart Starr Quarterback 195671 1973
  • 2× Super Bowl Champion
  • 5× NFL Champion
  • First-team All-Pro (1966)
  • 4× Pro Bowl
[7][18]
Packers retired number 66.svg Ray Nitschke Linebacker 195872 1983
  • 2× Super Bowl Champion
  • 5× NFL Champion
  • 2× First-team All-Pro
  • Pro Bowl (1964)
[8][19]
Packers retired number 92.svg Reggie White Defensive end 199398 2007
  • Super Bowl XXXI Champion
  • 10× First-team All-Pro
  • 13× Pro Bowl
  • 2× NFL Defensive Player of the Year
[9][20]

Possible additions

A photo of Curly Lambeau from the waist up
Curly Lambeau in 1940 as coach of the Packers

Founder, coach and player Curly Lambeau is the only Packer credited with wearing jersey No. 1. It has yet to be retired.[21] Paul Hornung's No. 5 was unofficially retired at the Packers' annual press party on July 10, 1967, although there has not been a ceremony to put his number on the wall of retired numbers at Lambeau Field.[22][23] The No. 12 has also been identified as a potential number to retire in honor of current Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers.[24]

Notes

  1. ^ In 1961, kicker Ben Agajanian, who played only three games for the Packers, wore Canadeo's No. 3 after being assigned it by mistake.[14]

References

  1. ^ "History – All-Time Roster". Packers.com. Green Bay Packers, Inc. Retrieved July 1, 2018. 
  2. ^ a b "Pro Football Hall of Famers by Team". Pro Football Hall of Fame. Retrieved June 19, 2018. 
  3. ^ "Retired Numbers". Packers.com. Green Bay Packers. Retrieved June 19, 2018. 
  4. ^ a b "Pro Football Hall of Fame – Don Hutson". Pro Football Hall of Fame. Retrieved June 19, 2018. 
  5. ^ a b Johnson, Chuck. "Packers Play Confusing Numbers Game". packers.com. The Milwaukee Journal. Retrieved June 19, 2018. 
  6. ^ a b "Pro Football Hall of Fame – Tony Canadeo". Pro Football Hall of Fame. Retrieved June 19, 2018. 
  7. ^ a b "Pro Football Hall of Fame – Bart Starr". Pro Football Hall of Fame. Retrieved June 19, 2018. 
  8. ^ a b "Pro Football Hall of Fame – Ray Nitschke". Pro Football Hall of Fame. Retrieved June 19, 2018. 
  9. ^ a b "Pro Football Hall of Fame – Reggie White". Pro Football Hall of Fame. Retrieved June 19, 2018. 
  10. ^ "Ten years ago, Reggie White, the Minister of Defense, died at 43". Fox Sports. Retrieved June 19, 2018. 
  11. ^ Associated Press. "Brett Favre's retired number unveiled by Packers". espn.com. Retrieved June 19, 2018. 
  12. ^ a b "Pro Football Hall of Fame – Brett Favre". Pro Football Hall of Fame. Retrieved June 19, 2018. 
  13. ^ Wilde, Jason. "Brett Favre's retired number unveiled by Packers". espn.com. Retrieved June 19, 2018. 
  14. ^ "Tony Canadeo – Class of 1974". packers.com. Green Bay Packers,Inc. Retrieved July 23, 2016. 
  15. ^ "Retired Number – Tony Canadeo". packers.com. Green Bay Packers, Inc. Retrieved June 19, 2018. 
  16. ^ "Retired Number – Brett Favre". Packers.com. Green Bay Packers, Inc. Retrieved June 19, 2018. 
  17. ^ "Retired Number – Don Hutson". Packers.com. Green Bay Packers, Inc. Retrieved June 19, 2018. 
  18. ^ "Retired Number – Bart Starr". Packers.com. Green Bay Packers, Inc. Retrieved June 19, 2018. 
  19. ^ "Retired Number – Ray Nitschke". Packers.com. Green Bay Packers, Inc. Retrieved June 19, 2018. 
  20. ^ "Retired Number – Reggie White". Packers.com. Green Bay Packers, Inc. Retrieved June 19, 2018. 
  21. ^ Bellamy, Jason. "Retired Numbers Added To Lambeau Field". Packers.com. Archived from the original on January 14, 2010. Retrieved January 30, 2010. 
  22. ^ Christl, Cliff. "No. 5 should hang on Lambeau wall". jsonline.com. Retrieved June 19, 2018. 
  23. ^ Dougherty, Pete. "Packers should retire Hornung's No. 5". USA Network. Retrieved June 19, 2018. 
  24. ^ Jones, Brian. "Aaron Rodgers is best Packers player to ever wear No. 12". 247 Sports. Retrieved June 19, 2018. 
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