The first game in the 2023 Green Bay Packers schedule is a September 10th matchup at the Chicago Bears. This means we have 66 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 66 days until the 2023 Green Bay Packers season, we give you the best players to wear Packers number 66. 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 66.
Best Players to Wear Green Bay Packers Number 66
1) Ray Nitschke, LB (1959-72)
NFL Draft: 1958, Round 3, Pick 36 to the Green Bay Packers
Ray Nitschke is not just a Green Bay Packers legend but he is an NFL legend as well. The NFL Hall of Famer had a 15-year NFL career in Green Bay, where he made 150 total starts. He accumulated 25 interceptions and two touchdowns on the defensive side of the ball.
The tough Ray Nitschke also received many accolades while wearing the Green Bay Packers’ number 66. He was a five-time NFL Champion, two-time Super Bowl Champion, a Pro Bowler, a member of the First-Team All-Pro twice and Second-Team All-Pro seven times. Nitschke was voted to the NFL 50th and 75th Anniversary All-Time Teams.
2) Paul Rudzinski, LB (1978)
NFL Draft: Undrafted in 1978
After going undrafted in 1978, linebacker Paul Rudzinski played three years in the NFL, with all of them being in Green Bay. However, he wore a different jersey number every year. He wore the Packers’ number 66 jersey during his rookie year when he was a reserve player.
3) Mike Lewis, DT (1980)
NFL Draft: Undrafted in 1971
Mike Lewis went undrafted in 1971, but he was picked up by Atlanta, where he had a solid nine-year run in the NFL. He played his final NFL season in Green Bay, where he was a backup defensive tackle.
Who Wears Packers’ Number 66 in 2023?
Currently, there are no players wearing the Green Bay Packers’ number 66, and that is because it is not an available number. Ray Nitschke is a legendary player. To honor that, #66 is one of the Green Bay Packers’ retired jersey numbers.