The first game in the 2023 Green Bay Packers schedule is a September 10th matchup at the Chicago Bears. This means we have 45 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 45 days until the 2023 Green Bay Packers season, we give you the best players to wear Packers number 45. 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 45.
Best Players to Wear Green Bay Packers Number 45
1) Perry Smith, CB (1973-76)
NFL Draft: 1973, Round 4, Pick 92 to the Oakland Raiders
Perry Smith played his first four NFL seasons in the Green Bay Packers’ number 45 jersey. He started 32 games for the Packers, totaling seven interceptions and one fumble recovery.
2) John Rowser, DB (1967-69)
NFL Draft: 1967, Round 3, Pick 78 to the Green Bay Packers
John Rowser was a third-round draft pick who played three seasons for the Green Bay Packers. He started just one game for Green Bay and didn’t have much for stats to show. He did, however, win an NFL Championship and Super Bowl II.
3) Emlen Tunnell, S (1959-61)
NFL Draft: Undrafted in 1948
Emlen Tunnell may not have played his best seasons in the Green Bay Packers’ number 45 jersey, but he did spend his final three seasons with Green Bay. The NFL Hall of Famer started 25 games for the Packers, totaling five interceptions. He won one NFL Championship and was voted to one Pro Bowl with Green Bay.
Who Wears Packers’ Number 45 in 2023?
Currently, Eric Wilson wears the Green Bay Packers’ number 45 jersey. The veteran linebacker joined the Packers midseason last year and played some valuable snaps. He will look to be another veteran presence on a fast Green Bay defense this season.