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The Green Bay Packers have 22 individuals in the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio, including Class of 2013 inductee Dave Robinson. The Packers’ total is second only to that of the Chicago Bears, who have 27 enshrinees. The New York Giants (20) and Pittsburgh Steelers (20) are next, followed by the Washington Redskins (19) and Cleveland Browns (16).
In addition, five other players who played briefly for Green Bay – defensive end Len Ford, linebacker Ted Hendricks, guard/coach Walt Kiesling, kicker Jan Stenerud and safety Emlen Tunnell – have their busts displayed in the Hall of Fame. Biographies of the Packers’ 22 HOF players follow:
1963 — Earl L. (Curly) Lambeau
Founder, Player, Head Coach, Vice President (1919-49)
Founded Packers in 1919 and served as team’s only head coach through 1949 season. Also played halfback from ’19 through ’29, a period during which he pioneered forward pass in professional football. Led Packers to six world championships and is one of only eight coaches to record more than 200 coaching victories in the NFL (others are Don Shula, George Halas, Tom Landry, Chuck Noll, Marty Schottenheimer, Dan Reeves and Bill Belichick). Had coaching record of 212-106-21 (.667) with Packers. Also coached Chicago Cardinals (1950-51) and Washington Redskins (1952-53). Born April 9, 1898, in Green Bay. Died June 1, 1965, at age of 67. Lambeau Field named in his honor, Sept. 11, 1965.
1963 — Robert (Cal) Hubbard
Tackle (1929-33, 1935)
Also played for New York Giants, Pittsburgh Pirates. A legendary athlete, he was one of pro football’s first genuine giants – a massive 6-foot-5, 250-pounder who was a devastating blocker on offense and relentless pursuer on defense as a premier, two-way performer. Was an official NFL All-Pro choice in each of first three years (1931, ’32, ’33) such selections were made. Selected to NFL’s All-50-Year Team in 1970 and to All-Time Two-Way Team in 1994. Played college football three years at Centenary College in Louisiana and one final season at Geneva in Pennsylvania. Born Oct. 31, 1900, in Keytesville, Mo. Died Oct. 17, 1977, at age of 76.
1963 — don hutson
End/Defensive Back (1935-45)
Made ninth-most touchdown receptions (99) in pro football history, an all-time NFL record until broken by Steve Largent in 1989. Credited with inventing pass patterns, he led league in receiving eight years and in scoring five seasons, both also lifetime marks. Also played defensive back and placekicked. Named to NFL’s All-50-Year Team in 1970, later was selected to league’s 75th Anniversary and All-Time Two-Way teams in 1994. Also holds league record for most points scored in one quarter (29). Played collegiately at Alabama. Named to four Pro Bowls. Born Jan. 31, 1913, in Pine Bluff, Ark. Died June 26, 1997, at age of 84.
1963 — johnny (blood) mcNALLY
Halfback (1929-33, 1935-36)
Also played for Milwaukee Badgers, Duluth Eskimos, Pottsville Maroons, Pittsburgh Pirates. An elusive runner and gifted pass receiver, he played a major role in Packers’ drive to first three championships in 1929, ’30 and ’31. Also helped Packers win a fourth world title in ’36. Going into 2014 season, still held 26th place in Packers lifetime scoring, over seven decades after departing Green Bay scene, with 230 points. Collegiate star at St. John’s (Minn.). Born Nov. 27, 1903, in New Richmond, Wis. Died Nov. 28, 1985, at age of 82.
1964 — clarke hinkle
A member of the official NFL All-Pro team four times (1936, ’37, ’38, ’41). Incredibly versatile, he was a tough, bruising runner, fine blocker, good receiver and excellent placekicker, as well as a shrewd, hard-hitting linebacker. Seventh-ranked rusher in Packers’ history entering 2014 season with 3,860 yards on 1,171 carries. Was selected to NFL’s All-Time Two-Way Team in 1994. Played college football at Bucknell. Named to three Pro Bowls. Born April 10, 1909, in Toronto, Ohio. Died Nov. 9, 1988, at age of 79.
1964 — Mike michalske
Guard (1929-35, 1937)
Also played for New York football Yankees (1927-28) before joining Packers. Rated one of game’s greatest guards during pro football’s “two-way” era. Two-time official NFL All-Pro selection (1931 and 1935). A true 60-minute player, he was known as “Iron Mike” because of his great stamina and durability. Best asset was exceptional quickness, which made him equally effective on both offense and defense. Played college football at Penn State. Born April 24, 1903, in Cleveland. Died Oct. 26, 1983, at age of 80.
1966 — arnie herber
Also played for New York Giants (1944-45). Pro football’s first great long passer. Won three NFL passing titles (1932, ’34, ’36) and was All-Pro selection in 1932. Teamed with Don Hutson to form NFL’s first feared passing combination in mid-’30s. Ranks sixth in Packers annals with 66 career touchdown passes over his 11 seasons. Tough, durable athlete and accomplished punter as well as great passer. A Green Bay native, he played college football at Regis University (Denver). Born April 2, 1910, in Green Bay. Died Oct. 14, 1969, at age of 59.
1971 — vince lombardi
Head Coach and General Manager (1959-67), General Manager (1968)
Also assistant coach for New York Giants (1954-58) and head coach of Washington Redskins (1969). Directed Packers to five NFL championships in seven years (1961-62 and 1965-66-67), a feat without parallel in pro football history. His 1966 and 1967 teams also made history by winning first two Super Bowls. Packers won nine of 10 playoff games, the last nine in consecutive fashion. Under his leadership, Green Bay compiled a 98-30-4 record, a glittering .766 winning percentage, as he never had a losing season. A guard, played his college football at Fordham, where he was one of the legendary “Seven Blocks of Granite.” Born June 11, 1913, in Brooklyn, N.Y. Died Sept. 3, 1970, at age of 57.
1974 — tony canadeo
Halfback (1941-44, 1946-52)
Became only the third 1,000-yard rusher in pro football history when he gained 1,052 yards in 1949. Still ranks as No. 4 ground gainer in Packers annals entering 2014 season with 4,197 yards on 1,025 attempts, a 4.1-yard average. A durable, all-purpose halfback, he was an accomplished blocker, capable passer and good receiver, in addition to being a highly effective kick returner. Also played defensive back during early years of his career. Played college football at Gonzaga, where he acquired nickname “Grey Ghost.” Served Packers organization longer than any person in history, 59 years, including tenures on the executive committee and board of directors. Born May 5, 1919, in Chicago. Died Nov. 29, 2003, at age of 84.
1976 — jim taylor
Also played for New Orleans Saints (1967). Rushed for more than 1,000 yards five straight seasons (1960-64). Had ranked among NFL’s top 20 rushers, with 8,597 yards over his 10 seasons, until displaced in 2003. Is Packers’ second all-time leading ground gainer with 8,207 yards to his credit during his nine seasons in Green Bay. Had 26 career 100-yard rushing games, all in a Packers uniform (second most in team history). Played his college football at LSU. Named to five Pro Bowls. Born Sept. 20, 1935, in Baton Rouge, La.
1977 — forrest gregg
Tackle (1956, 1958-70)
Also played for Dallas Cowboys (1971). Drafted in the second round (20th overall) in 1956. Was named All-Pro eight times (including at both guard and tackle in 1965) and nine times to the Pro Bowl. Called by Vince Lombardi “the finest player I ever coached.” Voted to NFL’s 75th Anniversary Team in 1994. Held the Packers record for durability with 187 consecutive games played, until surpassed by Brett Favre in 2003. Head coach of Green Bay Packers, 1984-87. Also served as head coach of Cleveland Browns (1975-77) and Cincinnati Bengals (1980-83). Played college football at SMU. Born Oct. 18, 1933, in Birthright, Texas.
1977 — bart starr
Drafted in 17th round in 1956. Became the winningest quarterback in football, directing the Packers to six Western Division titles and five world titles, including two Super Bowl victories, and earning MVP honors in Super Bowls I and II. Led the league in passing in 1962, 1964 and 1966, and was named to the Pro Bowl four times. Held Packers career record for most games played (196) until surpassed by Brett Favre in 2004. In 1972 he coached Packers’ quarterbacks. Head coach of Green Bay Packers, 1975-83. Played college football at Alabama. Born Jan. 9, 1934, in Montgomery, Ala.
1978 — ray nitschke
Drafted in third round in 1958 after playing fullback at Illinois. Most Valuable Player in 1962 NFL title game vs. N.Y. Giants. Named to the NFL’s All-50-Year and 75th Anniversary teams. All-Pro in 1964, 1965 and 1966; Pro Bowl selection in 1964. Played in fourth-most games (190) in Packers history. Had 25 career interceptions. Born Dec. 29, 1936, in Elmwood Park, Ill. Died March 8, 1998, at age of 61.
1980 — herb adderley
Also played for Dallas Cowboys (1970-72). Packers’ No. 1 draft choice (Michigan State) in 1961. Five-time All-Pro at cornerback. Played in five Pro Bowls, four of first six Super Bowls (two with Green Bay, two with Dallas). Had 48 career interceptions (39 with Packers); ran seven back for TDs (second in Green Bay history), including three in 1965. Born June 8, 1939, in Philadelphia.
1981 — willie davis
Defensive End (1960-69)
Also played for Cleveland (1958-59). A 15th-round draft choice, he came to Packers from Browns in 1960 trade. Became one of premier pass rushers in pro football history, earning All-Pro honors five times and selection to Pro Bowl five times. Holds all-time Packers record for career fumble recoveries (21). Helped Packers win five NFL titles during 1960s. Played college football at Grambling. Served on Packers’ board of directors from 1994-2005. Born July 24, 1934, in Lisbon, La.
1981 — jim ringo
Also played for Philadelphia (1964-67). Seventh-round draft choice out of Syracuse in 1953. Went on to earn All-Pro honors eight times, seven with the Packers, and played in 10 Pro Bowls, seven with the Packers. Highly durable performer, once held NFL record for most consecutive games played (183), including 126 with Green Bay. Helped Packers win back-to-back NFL titles in 1961-62. Traded to Eagles in 1964. Born Nov. 21, 1931, in Orange, N.J. Died Nov. 19, 2007, at age of 75.
1986 — paul hornung
Halfback (1957-62, 1964-66)
One of the most versatile players in pro football history, he won NFL scoring title three consecutive years (1959-60-61), setting league record of 176 points in 1960 (which stood 46 years until broken by LaDainian Tomlinson in 2006). Also shares second-highest single-game NFL playoff scoring record, 19 points. All-Pro selection two times and named to Pro Bowl twice. Averaged 4.2 yards per rush, caught 130 passes and kicked 66 field goals during nine-year career. Fifth-ranked scorer in Packers history entering 2014 season with 760 points. Bonus choice (first player selected overall) in 1957 NFL Draft. Played college football at Notre Dame, winning Heisman Trophy in 1956 (only player ever to win Heisman on a team with a losing record). Born Dec. 23, 1935, in Louisville, Ky.
1989 — willie wood
Sent postcards to several NFL teams asking for a tryout coming out of USC in 1960. Went on to become recognized as a premier free safety, winning All-Pro honors nine straight years beginning in 1962. A Pro Bowl selection eight times, he also played in six NFL championship games, helping Packers win five titles. Starting free safety for Green Bay in Super Bowls I and II, broke open a close contest in third quarter of Super Bowl I, intercepting a Len Dawson pass and returning it 50 yards to the Chiefs’ 5. Had 48 career interceptions. Won NFL title in 1962 with nine thefts. Also captured league punt-return crown in 1961 with 16.1-yard average. One of only 15 non-drafted free agents to make Hall of Fame. Born Dec. 23, 1936, in Washington, D.C.
1995 — henry jordan
Defensive Tackle (1959-69)
Also played for Cleveland (1957-58). Originally a fifth-round draft choice of Browns, came to Green Bay in 1959 trade. Named All-Pro five straight seasons (1960-64), he also was selected to play in the Pro Bowl four times. One of team’s more colorful personalities, missed only two games in his first 12 seasons. Played in seven NFL title games (including 1957 with Cleveland), plus first two Super Bowls. Had 3.5 sacks in 1967 Western Conference championship win over Rams. Played college football at Virginia. Born Jan. 26, 1935, in Emporia, Va. Died Feb. 21, 1977, at age of 42.
2003 — james lofton
Wide Receiver (1978-86)
Also played for L.A. Raiders (1987-88), Buffalo (1989-92), L.A. Rams (1993) and Philadelphia (1993). First Packers Hall of Famer without direct ties to either Curly Lambeau or Vince Lombardi. Made 530 catches in a Packers uniform (third in club annals), and ranks second in franchise history with 9,656 receiving yards. Selected by Green Bay in first round (sixth player overall) of 1978 NFL Draft. A deep-threat receiver, possessed both speed and great hands. Recorded more than 50 receptions in a season nine times. First NFL player to score a touchdown in 1970s, 1980s and 1990s. In 16 seasons, caught 764 passes for 14,004 yards – an NFL yardage record at the time of his retirement. Named All-Pro four times (twice with Packers) and All-NFC three times (all with Packers). Selected to play in eight Pro Bowls, including his first seven years with Green Bay. Born July 5, 1956, in Fort Ord, Calif.
2006 — REGGIE WHITE
Defensive End (1993-98)
Also played for Philadelphia Eagles (1985-92) and Carolina Panthers (2000). In 15 NFL seasons, played 232 games. Nicknamed “Minister of Defense” while playing at the University of Tennessee, where he was a consensus All-American. After two seasons with the Memphis Showboats (USFL), selected by Eagles in first round (fourth overall) of 1984 Supplemental Draft. During eight seasons with Philadelphia, recorded more sacks (124) than games played (121). A landmark free agent, signed with Green Bay in 1993 and went on to post a then-franchise-record 68.5 sacks. At the time of retirement, his 198 sacks were an NFL record, as were his 12 seasons with 10-plus sacks. Only player to record 10 sacks in nine consecutive seasons. Was important contributor to Packers’ two Super Bowl berths, adding a Super Bowl-record three sacks in XXXI victory over New England. NFL Defensive Player of the Year in 1987 and 1998. Elected to 13 straight Pro Bowls. Named All-Pro 13 of 15 seasons, including 10 as first-team selection. Born Dec. 19, 1961, in Chattanooga, Tenn. Died Dec. 26, 2004, at age of 43.
2013 — DAVE ROBINSON
Also played for Washington (1973-74). Drafted in the first round (14th overall) in 1963. Named to the NFL’s All-Decade team of the 1960s. All-Pro in 1967 and 1969; Pro Bowl selection in 1966-67 and 1969. Started on teams that won three consecutive NFL championships (1965-67) and two straight Super Bowls (I and II). Played in 127 regular-season games during his 10 seasons with Green Bay and registered 21 interceptions (tied for No. 3 in franchise history among linebackers). His 12 interceptions from 1965-67 were the most in the league among linebackers. Played college football at Penn State University. Born May 3, 1941, in Mount Holly Township, N.J.
Last updated: 08/21/14