The first game in the 2023 Green Bay Packers schedule is a September 10th matchup at the Chicago Bears. This means we have 96 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 96 days until the 2023 Green Bay Packers season, we give you the best players to wear Packers number 96. 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 96.
Best Players to Wear Green Bay Packers Number 96
1) Sean Jones, DE (1994-96)
NFL Draft: 1984, Round 2, Pick 51 to the Los Angeles Raiders
Unlike most of the players we have highlighted in these articles to this point, Sean Jones played his final years in Green Bay after spending a lot of time elsewhere. He didn’t come to the Packers until his 11th year in the NFL, but he was an every-week starter for three seasons in Green Bay.
During these three years, Sean Jones totaled 145 tackles, 24.5 sacks and seven forced fumbles with the Packers. He helped bring a Super Bowl win to Green Bay in his final NFL season.
2) Mike Neal, LB (2010-15)
NFL Draft: 2010, Round 2, Pick 56 to the Green Bay Packers
Mike Neal played all six of his NFL seasons in Green Bay wearing the Packers’ number 96 jersey. He made 29 starts across these seasons, totaling 133 tackles, 31 tackles for loss, 19 sacks and three forced fumbles. While he didn’t play in the game, Neal is a Super Bowl champion with Green Bay.
3) Shawn Patterson, DE (1988-93)
NFL Draft: 1988, Round 2, Pick 34 to the Green Bay Packers
Shawn Patterson was drafted in the second round out of Arizona State, but he never truly panned out. He made 13 starts over these seasons, totaling only 11 sacks and one interception.
Who Wears Packers’ Number 96 in 2023?
Currently, rookie Colby Wooden wears the Green Bay Packers’ number 96 jersey. Wooden is a versatile defensive lineman out of Auburn that will be expected to contribute in his first NFL season.