The first game in the 2023 Green Bay Packers schedule is a September 10th matchup at the Chicago Bears. This means we have 86 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 86 days until the 2023 Green Bay Packers season, we give you the best players to wear Packers number 86. 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 86.
Best Players to Wear Green Bay Packers Number 86
1) Boyd Dowler, WR (1959-69)
NFL Draft: 1959, Round 3, Pick 25 to the Green Bay Packers
Boyd Dowler wore the Green Bay Packers’ number 86 jersey for his first 11 seasons in the NFL. During these years, he won five NFL Championships and two Super Bowls while getting voted to two Pro Bowls.
Dowler totaled 549 receiving yards and four touchdowns in his Rookie of the Year season. He totaled 448 receptions, 6,918 yards and 40 touchdowns for Green Bay overall.
2) Antonio Freeman, WR (1995-2004)
NFL Draft: 1995, Round 3, Pick 90 to the Green Bay Packers
Antonio Freeman played a major role for the Packers during the mid-to-late ’90s. In eight seasons with Green Bay, he totaled 431 receptions, 6,651 yards and 57 touchdowns.
Freeman also rose to the occasion when it mattered. He totaled over 100 yards and a touchdown in each Super Bowl appearance. Across the two games, he had 12 receptions for 231 yards and three touchdowns. He had 10 touchdowns in 16 playoff games for the Packers.
3) Ed West, TE (1985-94)
NFL Draft: Undrafted in 1984
Despite going undrafted in 1984, Ed West found a home in Green Bay. West ended up playing 11 seasons in Green Bay, then three more elsewhere.
Across his 11 Packer seasons, West started 104 games and totaled 202 receptions for 2,321 yards and 25 touchdowns.
Who Wears Packers’ Number 86 in 2023?
Currently, seventh-round rookie Grant DuBose wears the Green Bay Packers’ number 86. Given the current receiver room in Green Bay, DuBose looks like he should make the team and he could play a bit this season as well. As stated in our Packers draft grades, DuBose has the tools to be a solid NFL receiver.