The first game in the 2023 Green Bay Packers schedule is a September 10th matchup at the Chicago Bears. This means we have 48 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 48 days until the 2023 Green Bay Packers season, we give you the best players to wear Packers number 48. 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 48.
Best Players to Wear Green Bay Packers Number 48
1) Ken Ellis, CB (1970-75)
NFL Draft: 1970, Round 4, Pick 93 to the Green Bay Packers
After getting drafted in the fourth round, Ken Ellis played six seasons in the Green Bay Packers’ number 48 jersey before playing for other teams. Ellis was a solid player with Green Bay, making 82 starts. He totaled 20 interceptions and three touchdowns.
Ken Ellis was voted to two Pro Bowls, a First-Team All-Pro and a Second-Team All-Pro.
2) Joe Thomas, LB (2015-17)
NFL Draft: Undrafted in 2014
The linebacker Joe Thomas may not be the most famous Joe Thomas in the state of Wisconsin, but he was a solid player for the Green Bay Packers. Thomas was undrafted in 2014, but he found an opportunity with the Packers in 2015. He played 42 games in three seasons in Green Bay, totaling 110 tackles, 1.5 sacks, one forced fumble and one interception.
3) Nate Simpson, RB (1977-79)
NFL Draft: 1977, Round 5, Pick 122 to the Green Bay Packers
Running back Nate Simpson played all three of his NFL seasons with the Packers. He totaled 497 yards and a touchdown running the back, then he tallied 69 more yards as a receiver.
Who Wears Packers’ Number 48 in 2023?
Currently, Benny Sapp III wears the Green Bay Packers’ number 48 jersey. The undrafted rookie out of Northern Iowa faces an uphill battle to make the final roster, but the safety position for Green Bay is wide open, so he will be given an opportunity.