The first game in the 2023 Green Bay Packers schedule is a September 10th matchup at the Chicago Bears. This means we have 56 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 56 days until the 2023 Green Bay Packers season, we give you the best players to wear Packers number 56. 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 56.
Best Players to Wear Green Bay Packers Number 56
1) Nick Barnett, LB (2003-10)
NFL Draft: 2003, Round 1, Pick 29 to the Green Bay Packers
Nick Barnett wore the Green Bay Packers’ number 56 jersey for eight years, after he was a first-round pick by the organization in 2003. Barnett was immediately slotted in as a starting linebacker for the Packers, and he had a very successful career.
Barnett won a Super Bowl in Green Bay and was voted to the Second-Team All-Pro. Across 107 starts, he totaled 789 tackles, 52 tackles for loss, 15.5 sacks and nine interceptions. This includes an incredible 95-yard pick-six.
2) Julius Peppers, EDGE (2014-16)
NFL Draft: 2002, Round 1, Pick 2 to the Carolina Panthers
Despite playing only three seasons in Green Bay, Julius Peppers had a massive impact. He made 43 starts in three years, totaling 25 sacks, eight forced fumbles, two interceptions and two touchdowns. He made one Pro Bowl with the Packers as well.
3) Ted Hendricks, LB (1974)
NFL Draft: 1969, Round 2, Pick 33 to the Baltimore Colts
Many forget the NFL Hall of Famer played a season with the Packers. While Ted Hendricks played just one season for Green Bay, it was one of his best. He totaled one sack, one safety and five interceptions across 14 starts. Hendricks was voted an All-Pro and Pro Bowler this season.
Who Wears Packers’ Number 56 in 2023?
Currently, Kenneth Odumegwu wears the Green Bay Packers’ number 56. The undrafted rookie faces and uphill battle to make the Packers’ 2023 roster, but given his athletic tools, he could be an interesting project for the team.