The first game in the 2023 Green Bay Packers schedule is a September 10th matchup at the Chicago Bears. This means we have 88 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 88 days until the 2023 Green Bay Packers season, we give you the best players to wear Packers number 88. 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 88.
Best Players to Wear Green Bay Packers Number 88
1) Ron Kramer, TE (1957, 1959-64)
NFL Draft: 1957, Round 1, Pick 4 to the Green Bay Packers
The fourth overall draft pick in 1957 spent sevens seasons wearing the Green Bay Packers’ number 88. Rob Kramer won two NFL Championships with the Packers before joining the Detroit Lions. He missed the 1958 season due to service in the Air Force.
It seemed to be a good decision for Kramer to turn down the offer to play professional basketball and instead play football for Green Bay. In seven seasons, Kramer totaled 170 receptions for 2,594 yards and 15 touchdowns.
2) Jermichael Finley, TE (2008-13)
NFL Draft: 2008, Round 3, Pick 91 to the Green Bay Packers
The Green Bay Packers haven’t had many great tight ends in its history, and many fans consider Jermichael Finley to be the last true threat the team had at the position.
Finley played seven NFL seasons in the Packers’ number 88 jersey, totaling 223 receptions, 2,785 yards, 20 touchdowns and he won a Super Bowl. Unfortunately, Finley’s NFL career was cut short due to a spinal cord injury that he never bounced back from.
3) Bubba Franks, TE (2000-07)
NFL Draft: 2000, Round 1, Pick 14 to the Green Bay Packers
Surprisingly, Bubba Franks is one of the most recent pass-catchers to be drafted by the Green Bay Packers in the first round. Franks was popular due to both his name and performance on the field. He spent eight seasons in Green Bay and was voted to a Pro Bowl in three of them.
Franks totaled 256 receptions, 2,300 yards and 32 touchdowns as a member of the Packers.
Who Wears Packers’ Number 88 in 2023?
Currently, second-round rookie Luke Musgrave wears the Green Bay Packers’ number 88. The tight end out of Oregon State is an athletic freak and has all of the tools to be the next great tight end for Green Bay. If he lives up to his potential, Musgrave could make the list above someday.