The first game in the 2023 Green Bay Packers schedule is a September 10th matchup at the Chicago Bears. This means we have five 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 five days until the 2023 Green Bay Packers season, we give you the best players to wear Packers number 5. 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 5.
Best Players to Wear Green Bay Packers Number 5
There have been very few players to wear the Green Bay Packers’ number 5 jersey. This is because the number was unofficially retired to honor Paul Hornung. For this reason, we will only discuss the legendary Packer running back. We will also talk about why his number was only unofficially retired below.
1) Paul Hornung, HB (1957-62, 1964-66)
NFL Draft: 1957, Round 1, Pick 1 to the Green Bay Packers.
Obviously, Paul Hornung is the greatest player to wear the Green Bay Packers’ number 5 jersey. “The Golden Boy” is one of the best players in franchise history, and Vince Lombardi deemed him “the greatest player I ever coached.”
In his tremendous Packers career, Hornung won four NFL Championships, one Super Bowl, an NFL MVP, two Pro Bowls and two All-Pros. He totaled 3,711 yards and 50 touchdowns on the ground, 1,480 yards and 12 touchdowns as a receiver, and 383 yards and five touchdowns as a passer. Paul Hornung also converted on 66/140 field goals and 190/194 PATs.
Who Wears Packers’ Number 5 in 2023?
Currently, there are no players to wear the Green Bay Packers’ number 5 jersey. As stated above, this is because the Packers unofficially retired the number in honor of Paul Hornung.
Vince Lombardi made the decision to retire the jersey number in honor of Hornung. However, due to him leaving the Packers soon after the decision, the ceremony never happened. It was also not common to retire numbers back in the 1960s, which is why it is only an unofficial retired number. The reason for not officially retiring the number now, however, is strange.