The first game in the 2023 Green Bay Packers schedule is a September 10th matchup at the Chicago Bears. This means we have 53 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 53 days until the 2023 Green Bay Packers season, we give you the best players to wear Packers number 53. 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 53.
Best Players to Wear Green Bay Packers Number 53
1) Fred Carr, LB (1968-77)
NFL Draft: 1968, Round 1, Pick 5 to the Green Bay Packers
Fred Carr was a fifth-overall draft pick who became the best player to wear the Green Bay Packers’ number 53 jersey. He made 112 starts at linebacker across a 10-year NFL career. Carr also totaled 13 sacks, eight interceptions and a touchdown while getting voted to three Pro Bowls.
2) Mike Douglass, LB (1979-85)
NFL Draft: 1978 Round 5, Pick 116 to the Green Bay Packers
While Mike Douglass was drafted by Green Bay in 1978, he didn’t switch to the Packers’ number 53 until his second year in the league. Douglass would go on to play seven seasons in that jersey, totaling 35 sacks, 10 interceptions and three touchdowns in 103 starts.
3) George Koonce, LB (1992-99)
NFL Draft: Undrafted in 1991
After going undrafted in 1991, George Koonce played a year in NFL Europe before arriving with the Packers. He played eight seasons for Green Bay, starting 102 games and winning a Super Bowl. Koonce totaled 554 tackles, 7.5 sacks, four interceptions and a touchdown with the Packers.
Who Wears Packers’ Number 53 in 2023?
Currently, Jonathan Garvin wears the Green Bay Packers’ number 53 jersey. Garvin was a seventh-round draft pick in the 2020 NFL Draft, and he showed some flashes early in his career. However, with more talent added to the defensive line in this past draft class, Garvin must bring his best during training camp in order to make this roster.