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List of best NFL player by jersey number features numerous Packers

Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel logo Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel 8/19/2019 JR Radcliffe

USA Today published a list Monday of "greatest NFL players by uniform number," penned by Jim Reineking, and there are Packers connections aplenty.

Heck, even if you don't go with purely Green Bay connections, the headline itself gives you two Wisconsin guys: "From No. 00 Jim Otto to No. 99 JJ Watt." Otto graduated from Wausau East before becoming a highly decorated center for the Oakland Raiders and earning enshrinement in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Watt, of course, is the Pewaukee native who has netted three NFL Defensive Player of the Year trophies as one of the most dominant defensive linemen this generation.

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Here's the full rundown of local ties

00 — Jim Otto

00 -- Jim Otto © AP 00 -- Jim Otto

The Wausau native first named first team All-AFL 10 times during his run with the Raiders from 1960 to 1974. He played for all 10 years of the AFL and saw action in every game.

4 — Brett Favre

a group of people in a field: 2000 SEASON: Green Bay quarterback Brett Favre walks off the field Dec. 24, 2000, after the Packers beat the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 17-14 in overtime in the last game before renovations begin at Lambeau Field. © Dan Powers/USA TODAY NETWORK-Wis. 2000 SEASON: Green Bay quarterback Brett Favre walks off the field Dec. 24, 2000, after the Packers beat the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 17-14 in overtime in the last game before renovations begin at Lambeau Field.

The Gunslinger was named MVP three times and led the Packers to a triumph in Super Bowl XXXI, with another appearance the following year. He also set a record with 299 consecutive games played and retired as the NFL's all-time leading passer.

5 — Paul Hornung

a group of baseball players playing a football game: Showing classic form of the cutback Paul Hornung of the Packers gained four yards over right tackle in the third quarter of their game with the Vikings at County Stadium Sunday. © S. Niels Lauritzen, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Showing classic form of the cutback Paul Hornung of the Packers gained four yards over right tackle in the third quarter of their game with the Vikings at County Stadium Sunday.

The Pro Football Hall of Famer won four NFL championships and was named the NFL MVP in 1961. He was a multi-dimensional talent for the Packers as a halfback and kicker, and he set an NFL record with 176 points in 1960 -- with just 12 games of data. That mark stood until 2006.

14 — Don Hutson

Don Hutson standing in front of a sign: 14 -- Don Hutson © Associated Press 14 -- Don Hutson

The three-time NFL champion and Pro Football Hall of Famer has 99 career touchdown receptions, a mark that stood as an NFL record for four decades. Today, the Packers' practice facility across from Lambeau Field bears his name.

15 — Bart Starr

a group of people running on a baseball field: Green Bay Packers quarterback Bart Starr in action during Super Bowl I at the Los Angeles Coliseum against the Kansas City Chiefs on Jan 15, 1987. Starr, the Green Bay Packers quarterback and catalyst of Vince Lombardi's powerhouse teams of the 1960s, has died. He was 85. The Packers announced Sunday, May 26, 2019, that Starr had died, citing his family. He had been in failing health since suffering a serious stroke in 2014. © Tony Tomsic, USA TODAY Sports Green Bay Packers quarterback Bart Starr in action during Super Bowl I at the Los Angeles Coliseum against the Kansas City Chiefs on Jan 15, 1987. Starr, the Green Bay Packers quarterback and catalyst of Vince Lombardi's powerhouse teams of the 1960s, has died. He was 85. The Packers announced Sunday, May 26, 2019, that Starr had died, citing his family. He had been in failing health since suffering a serious stroke in 2014.

The five-time NFL champion and 1966 NFL MVP is one of the defining icons of the Packers organization. He was named MVP in each of the first two Super Bowls.

31 — Jim Taylor

a baseball player is getting ready to hit the ball: Jim Taylor, 1935-2018, football. © Preston Stroup, AP Jim Taylor, 1935-2018, football.

Taylor led the NFL in rushing in 1962 -- the only year Jim Brown didn't lead the league in his nine-year career. Taylor won four NFL championships, was named the 1962 NFL MVP and is in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

38 — Arnie Herber

a vintage photo of a man: 38 -- Arnie Herber © ASSOCIATED PRESS 38 -- Arnie Herber

Herber was a key cog in the Packers' 1930s teams under Curly Lambeau and won four NFL championships. He became first passer ever to throw for 1,000 yards in 1936 and led the league in passing in 1932, '34 and '36.

45 — Emlen Tunnell

Tunnell has 79 career interceptions, though only five of those came with the Packers when he closed his career there from 1959-61. He's primarily known as a New York Giant, although he was selected to the Pro Bowl as a Packer in 1959.

64 — Jerry Kramer

1963 SEASON: In this Nov. 24, 1963, file photo, Green Bay Packers offensive guard Jerry Kramer and coach Vince Lombardi watch the Packers' defense against the San Francisco 49ers in an NFL football game in Milwaukee. © Associated Press file 1963 SEASON: In this Nov. 24, 1963, file photo, Green Bay Packers offensive guard Jerry Kramer and coach Vince Lombardi watch the Packers' defense against the San Francisco 49ers in an NFL football game in Milwaukee.

Recently inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, the beloved Kramer threw the block that got Bart Starr into the end zone in the Ice Bowl, and the offensive guard also earned all-pro standing five times.

66 — Ray Nitschke

Ray Nitschke wearing a green shirt: 1973 SEASON: Linebacker Ray Nitschke (66) of the Green Bay Packers poses in a 1973 file photo. © AP/file 1973 SEASON: Linebacker Ray Nitschke (66) of the Green Bay Packers poses in a 1973 file photo.

He's the only linebacker to appear on the NFL's 50th anniversary team, and the two-time All Pro was a force on the dominant 1962 championship team. He won five titles and is now in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

90 — Julius Peppers

The nine-time Pro Bowler spent three seasons in Green Bay, racking up 25 sacks in that stretch with eight forced fumbles and two interceptions. He'll be remembered most likely as a Carolina Panther, and he also spent time with the Chicago Bears, but few boasted the athleticism of Peppers.

91 — Kevin Greene

He never played for the Packers but coached the Green Bay linebackers from 2009-13, presiding over a Super Bowl triumph in that run. As a player, he finished with 160 career sacks with the Steelers, Panthers, Rams and 49ers.

92 — Reggie White

a group of baseball players standing on top of a grass covered field: Reggie White was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2006. © CHARLES KRUPA, AP Reggie White was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2006.

This one's easy. The Hall of Famer helped the Packers win Super Bowl XXXI after his franchise-altering decision to sign as a free agent in Green Bay. The Minister of Defense recorded 68.5 sacks in his six seasons and was AP Defensive Player of the Year in 1998.

99 — J.J. Watt

a group of baseball players standing on top of a grass covered field: Showing classic form of the cutback Paul Hornung of the Packers gained four yards over right tackle in the third quarter of their game with the Vikings at County Stadium Sunday. © Benny Sieu, Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports Showing classic form of the cutback Paul Hornung of the Packers gained four yards over right tackle in the third quarter of their game with the Vikings at County Stadium Sunday.

The Pewaukee native and University of Wisconsin product has wreaked havoc for the Texans since he was drafted in 2011, and he's also made a massive impact off-the-field in fundraising for Hurricane Harvey relief efforts.

Also considered

3 — Jan Stenerud (behind Bronko Nagurski)

12 — Aaron Rodgers (behind Tom Brady)

13 — Kurt Warner (behind Dan Marino)

23 — Troy Vincent (behind Devin Hester)

24 — Willie Wood (behind Darrelle Revis)

26 — Herb Adderley (behind Rod Woodson)

30 — Clarke Hinkle (behind Terrell Davis)

36 — LeRoy Butler (behind Jerome Bettis)

40 — Elroy Hirsch (behind Gale Sayers)

41 — Eugene Robinson (behind Matt Snell)

52 — Mike Webster (behind Ray Lewis)

69 — Tim Krumrie (behind Jared Allen)

73 — Joe Thomas (behind John Hannah)

84 — Sterling Sharpe (behind Randy Moss)

87 — Willie Davis (behind Rob Gronkowski)

JR Radcliffe can be reached at (262) 361-9141 or jradcliffe@gannett.com. Follow him on Twitter at @JRRadcliffe.

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