The first game in the 2023 Green Bay Packers schedule is a September 10th matchup at the Chicago Bears. This means we have 44 days until the kickoff of the 2023 Packers season. As our official countdown here on Let’s Go Wisconsin, we will go over the best players ever to wear the jersey number for the Packers equal to the number of days remaining. Follow along to keep track of how many days until the Packers’ season begins, and share who YOU think the best player to ever wear the Packers’ number is!
With 44 days until the 2023 Green Bay Packers season, we give you the best players to wear Packers number 44. The official ranking of these players is based on the Approximate Value (AV) from Pro Football Reference. The AV is based on performance and accolades during the time they wore this number in Green Bay.
Without further ado, here are the all-time best players to wear Green Bay Packers number 44.
Best Players to Wear Green Bay Packers Number 44
1) Donny Anderson, RB (1966-71)
NFL Draft: 1965, Round 1, Pick 7 to the Green Bay Packers
Donny Anderson is clearly the best player ever to wear the Green Bay Packers’ number 44 jersey. He played six seasons for Green Bay, starting 54 games. He totaled 3,165 yards and 24 touchdowns on the ground, then another 1,725 yards and six touchdowns as a receiver. Anderson also returned a punt for a touchdown.
He won two NFL Championships, two Super Bowls and was voted to the Pro Bowl. In Super Bowl I, Anderson’s knee knocked out Fred “The Hammer” Williamson, who was very boastful prior to the game.
2) James Starks, RB (2010-16)
NFL Draft: 2010, Round 6, Pick 193 to the Green Bay Packers
All seven of James Starks’ NFL seasons were spent in Green Bay. While he was a backup for most of his career, he started all four of the Packers’ playoff games during their most recent Super Bowl run. In total, Starks started 13 regular season games, running for 2,506 yards and nine touchdowns. He added another 1,017 yards and six touchdowns as a receiver.
3) Jerry Holmes, CB (1990-91)
NFL Draft: Undrafted in 1980
Despite going undrafted in 1980, Jerry Holmes had a successful 10-year NFL career. The final two seasons were spent in Green Bay where he started 28 games. Holmes totaled four interceptions and one sack with the Packers.
Who Wears Packers’ Number 44 in 2023?
Currently, Henry Pearson wears the Green Bay Packers’ number 44 jersey. The undrafted rookie is the only fullback on the Packers roster, currently. There is a strong chance Green Bay doesn’t keep a full-time fullback on the final roster, so Pearson has some work to do in order to win a roster spot.