The past few months since the 2020 NFL Draft, the Green Bay Packers have been making headlines for the wrong reasons. Let’s just say that Jordan Love’s Madden 21 rating wasn’t the biggest surprise in Wisconsin this past offseason.
In the recently concluded draft, a Packers team in desperate need of additional options for franchise quarterback Aaron Rodgers had the 26th pick. Instead of choosing from the myriad of wide outs in this year’s pool, Green Bay decided to select Utah State QB Jordan Love, a move considered to be foreshadowing an end to Rodgers’ time with the Packers. To make things worse, GM Brian Gutekunst and head coach Matt LaFleur would decide to not draft a single receiver with the rest of their picks and chose to go with selections that would suggest the second-year coach has no plans to build this team around the franchise’s aging superstar.
It has been all rainbows and butterflies out in Lambeau recently, but it still does not take away from the Packers’ historic run in the NFL. After all, it’s not called Title-town for nothing.
Whether it’s through an aerial attack led by Rodgers or a more ground-oriented offense, I think it’s only fair to give Green Bay a bit of our patience. But before LaFleur and his squad can prove people wrong, let’s first take a look at some of the best ballcarriers to have worn the iconic Packers’ colors.
Here are our 3 best running backs in Green Bay Packers history
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3. Paul Hornung, 1957-1966
Not the flashiest or fastest halfback ever, Hornung was talented in a different way and he definitely put those talents to good use in his time with the Packers.
Taken first overall in the 1957 NFL Draft, the Heisman Trophy winner entered his pro career with high expectations. And even though he wasn’t that successful to begin with, he would eventually live up to the hype and justify the No. 1 pick Green Bay used on him.
The Golden Boy would help the Packers win four NFL titles and would be on the roster for the inaugural Super Bowl, which Green Bay also won despite Hornung refusing to enter the game. He would be play in two Pro Bowls as a Packer and was selected for All-Pro teams thrice. He was named league MVP in 1961.
2. Ahman Green, 2000-2006, 2009
Number two on our list is Nebraska product Ahman Green. Arriving in Green Bay via trade, the criminally underrated Green immediately made the Seahawks regret ever letting him go. He would rush for over a thousand yards his first year in Lambeau and would run in ten touchdowns as well. The former All-American would run for over 1,000 yards the next four years and if it weren’t for an injury in 2005, Green would’ve had an epic seven straight seasons of rushing for 1000-plus yards.
He would end his time with the Packers with 8,322 rushing yards — a franchise record — and 54 touchdowns, second all-time in franchise history.
1. Jim Taylor, 1958-1966
And the man who tops our list is none other than Hornung’s running mate, Jim Taylor.
Drafted a year after the Golden Boy, Taylor is undoubtedly the best to every the ball for Green Bay. He was an excellent blocker especially for Hornung, and he rarely fumbled the football. And he scored a ton of touchdowns. He still hold the franchise record with 81 career rushing touchdowns as a Packer.
With the help of his running partner, Taylor and Green Bay dominated the NFL in the 60’s, winning five championships in total including Super Bowl I. He would be named a Pro Bowler five times and was an All-Pro team selection six times in his career. He was named NFL MVP in 1962, a year after Hornung won the same award.