The first game in the 2023 Green Bay Packers schedule is a September 10th matchup at the Chicago Bears. This means we have 79 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 79 days until the 2023 Green Bay Packers season, we give you the best players to wear Packers number 79. 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 79.
Best Players to Wear Green Bay Packers Number 79
1) Ryan Pickett, DT (2006-13)
NFL Draft: 2001, Round 1, Pick 29 to the St. Louis Rams
Ryan Pickett was an eight-year starter on the Green Bay Packers’ defensive line, with one of these seasons resulting in a Super Bowl win. Across these eight seasons, Pickett totaled 3.5 sacks, 319 tackles and 18 tackles for loss. He was an important space-eater in the middle.
2) Dave Hanner, DT (1954-64)
NFL Draft: 1952, Round 5, Pick 52 to the Green Bay Packers
Dave Hanner was drafted by the Packers as a left tackle, but he quickly transitioned to defensive tackle. He would go on to play all 13 of his seasons in Green Bay, but only 11 were in the Packers’ number 79. Over these 11 years, Hanner totaled nine fumble recoveries and three interceptions. The league began counting sacks in his final five seasons, and he totaled 18.
Hanner was voted to two Pro Bowls and won two NFL Championships, but only one of these Pro Bowls was in #79 for the Packers.
3) Mark Koncar, OT (1976-81)
NFL Draft: 1976, Round 1, Pick 23 to the Green Bay Packers
Drafted in the first round of the 1976 NFL Draft, Mark Koncar wore the Green Bay Packers’ number 79 jersey for the first five seasons of his NFL career. He would start 52 games at offensive tackle for the Packers.
Who Wears Packers’ Number 79 in 2023?
Currently, Jean Delance wears the Green Bay Packers’ number 79 jersey. There isn’t much to say about Delance, with all due respect. He is an undersized offensive tackle that has only seen the practice squad, and it will likely stay that way this season.