Where Does Davante Adams Rank Among the Packers Greatest All-Time Receivers?

Now that Davante Adams has been traded to the Raiders, one question that may be asked is where Adams fits into the list of all-time great Packers receivers.

The Packers have had so many outstanding receivers during the team’s more than 100 year history. Here is a look at the best of them and where Adams fits into that list. Feel free to comment on where you think Adams belongs. This list is based solely on what players did in a Packers uniform and not what they did while playing for other teams.

The list is based on statistics and the dominance that each player had during their respective era. Obviously, a 50-catch season in 1965 could put a player near the top of the league leaderboard while a 50-catch season in 2021 wouldn’t get you anywhere near that. Longevity and consistency also are taken into consideration.

5. Donald Driver (1999-2012)

Driver rose from the obscurity of being a seventh-round pick to becoming the Packers all-time leading receiver. In 13 seasons with the team, he played with both Brett Favre and Aaron Rodgers to become a dangerous weapon in some very good Packers offenses.

The Alcorn State alum made three Pro Bowl appearances during his career and had seven seasons of 1,000-or-more yards receiving including six straight from 2004-2009.

Driver never led the league in any receiving category, but he was consistent, had great hands and ran precise routes. He finished his Packers career with 743 catches for 10,137 yards and 61 touchdowns and was inducted into the Packers Hall of Fame in 2017.

4. Sterling Sharpe (1988-1994)

Had injuries not cut Sharpe’s career short, there is little doubt he would be higher on this list and earned induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.  He was named to the Packers Hall of Fame in 2002.

Sharpe played seven NFL seasons, all with the Packers and finished with 595 catches for 8,134 yards and 65 touchdowns.

The former first-round pick out of South Carolina was dominant during his time in Green Bay, leading the league in receptions three times and twice setting a new NFL record for catches in a single season. He also led the league in receiving yards in 1992 and twice led the NFL in receiving touchdowns.

Sharpe was named to the Pro Bowl five times in seven NFL seasons and was All Pro three times. While he wasn’t a burner, he had size, strong hands and physicality that made him difficult to cover and bring down.

He suffered a neck injury in the 1994 season finale that ended his career while he was still in his prime.

3. Davante Adams (2014-2021)

Adams’ career got off to a slow start and consistency was lacking early in his career, but by his third season in the league, he emerged as the favorite target of his quarterback and he never looked back.

The former Fresno State star went to five straight Pro Bowls from 2017-2021 and was named All Pro in both 2020 and 2021.

Adams had excellent chemistry with Rodgers and used film study and his precise route-running ability to gain a big advantage on defensive backs right off the snap of the ball.

He led the NFL with 18 touchdown catches in 2020 and had three seasons of 1,000-or-more yards receiving and two other seasons with 997.

Now, Tae is heading to Las Vegas to rejoin Derek Carr, his quarterback at Fresno State.

2. James Lofton (1978-1986)

The Packers selected Lofton in the first round of the 1978 draft out of Stanford and the former track star had in immediate impact. In nine seasons with the Packers, Lofton was selected to seven Pro Bowls and was All Pro in 1981.

Lofton was an intelligent player who also had elite speed and the ability to make acrobatic catches downfield for big gains.

He had five 1,000-yard seasons with the Packers and led the NFL in average yards per catch in 1983 (22.4) and 1984 (22.0).

Lofton had the misfortune of playing on some mediocre Packers teams in the 1970s and 80s and the Pack only made the playoffs once during his nine seasons in Green Bay. He teamed with John Jefferson and Paul Coffman to give the Packers one of the most dangerous receiving corps in the NFL.

Lofton was inducted into the Packers Hall of Fame in 1999 and the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2003.

1. Don Hutson (1935-1945)

There has never been a more dominant receiver in the NFL than Don Hutson. “The Alabama Antelope” spent 11 seasons in the NFL, all with the Packers, and transformed the way the receiver position was played. Hutson is widely credited with inventing the modern pass route tree and many of the patterns he invented are still in use today.

Huston led the NFL in catches eight times, in receiving yards seven times and in touchdown catches nine times. He was named All Pro eight times and twice won the league MVP Award.

He was the first NFL player to catch 50 passes in a season and the first to gain more than 1,000 yards receiving in a season. Keep in mind that for most of his career, teams played only 11 games each year and that Hutson also played defense and kicked for the Packers.

He finished his career with 488 catches for 7,991 yards and 99 receiving touchdowns which was a record that stood until Steve Largent of the Seahawks broke it more than 40 years later.

At the time of his retirement, Hutson held 23 different league records some of which still stand today more than 75 years after his retirement.

Huston was a member of the inaugural class of the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1963 and was inducted into the Packers Hall of Fame in 1972. The Packers indoor practice facility is named after him (the Don Hutson Center) and his number 14 was the first to be retired by the Packers in 1951.

 

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dobber's picture

March 19, 2022 at 12:26 pm

I think Adams is certainly in the conversation for the Mt. Rushmore of Packers WRs just based on his volume of production. Being the target funnel for an MVP QB certainly helps. I think Lofton and Sharpe are both physically more gifted, but Adams belongs in that group. We'll see how he fares when he's sharing targets with 2-3 other capable pass-catchers and a lesser QB in Vegas.

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Savage57's picture

March 20, 2022 at 05:37 am

First, Davante. Then, Dropvante. Finally, Divante.

Just kidding. The guy's get off was legendary. I bet CB's hated trying to guess where he was going because if they were trying to react to his release, they'd already lost.

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HankScorpio's picture

March 19, 2022 at 12:37 pm

I'd bump Sterling Sharpe to #3 ahead of Davante Adams.

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Pernicious's picture

March 19, 2022 at 12:39 pm

That was my thought as well.

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jhtobias's picture

March 19, 2022 at 01:10 pm

Not even a question or an argument I know twitter will dis agree lol

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LambeauPlain's picture

March 19, 2022 at 01:28 pm

Me too. Sharpe was Favre's security blanket for #4's first 3 years with the Pack getting 75% of his targets. The Pack went 9-7 all three years. After Sterling retired following the 1994 season...the Packers went 11-5, 13-3 and 13-3...went to 2 SBs, winning one while Favre sprayed the ball around and earned 3 consecutive MVPs.

But Sharpe was a master of catching anything near him...so strong with outstanding hands. But also showed having an elite receiver does not automatically create an elite O.

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LambeauPlain's picture

March 19, 2022 at 01:37 pm

David Ojabo, Edge/Michigan, tore his achilles at his pro day. Dang...I thought he would look good in green and gold.

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Archie's picture

March 20, 2022 at 11:19 am

Still might. Chances are good he will be on the board at 28. Will depend, of course, on who else is still available.

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dblbogey's picture

March 19, 2022 at 02:20 pm

Also an occasional pain in the butt. I recall he decided about a week before one season was to begin to hold out for more money, even though he was under contract. He was a great player though. As Gil said, he'd be higher on the list if not for the short 7 year career.

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PeteK's picture

March 19, 2022 at 03:19 pm

Injury ended his career that season.

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Dano-W's picture

March 19, 2022 at 03:10 pm

My thoughts as well.

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Dano-W's picture

March 19, 2022 at 03:10 pm

My thoughts as well.

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MarkinMadison's picture

March 19, 2022 at 05:51 pm

Agreed. I'd also bump Jordy over Donald Driver.

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LLCHESTY's picture

March 19, 2022 at 07:07 pm

As hard as it is to believe he actually had less help around him than Adams and put up huge numbers when it was a lot more rare. They got it done in different ways but they both got it done when everybody in the building knew where the ball was going. Slight edge to Sharpe for me.

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Ferrari-Driver's picture

March 19, 2022 at 12:44 pm

Hard to disagree with your list. The connection between James Lofton and Lyn Dicky was tremendous and if the Packers had had better defenses during that period, I truly believe that we would have had at least one or perhaps more Championships in our trophy case.

I watched a game on TV between the Packers and Broncos in 1984 which was played in Denver during a snow storm. While the Packers failed to win the game which was their sixth straight loss, Lyn dicky and James Lofton lit it up as usual with Dicky throwing for 349 yards and James Lofton catching 11 passes for 206 yards.

Lofton was traded in 1986 to the Raiders and it was because of a personal conduct issue involving sex. The Packers had suffered negative publicity previously because of a defensive back named Mossy Cade who had been charged and convicted of raping his aunt so that certainly exacerbated the issue.

Lofton was a great receiver and so is Adams. A primary difference between the two is the downfield speed that Lofton possessed otherwise I'd call it a tossup between them.

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Coldworld's picture

March 19, 2022 at 02:17 pm

It has become much easier to be a WR in modern times I think. Also the pass has become so much more important. It’s hard to compare the older guys fairly.

What about guys like Boyd Dowler, Max McGee, Carroll Dale, Billy Howton?

They put up figures whe defenders could defend and there were less games. I confess that I didn’t see them, but always respected them. Paul Coffman too (I know he was a TE, but he’s still by far our best receiving TE).

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canadapacker's picture

March 19, 2022 at 02:53 pm

Totally agree with easier to be a reciever now - remember the Raider who used to clothesline receivers. Jack Tatum George Atkinson etc. They are protected now - unless it is not seen like what happened to Adams last year. But my biggest issue with the list is longevity.I value being able to play productively for a long time - which is why I like Sharpe and Driver ahead of Adams. But maybe he comes back like James Jones did and puts in a few more years.

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PeteK's picture

March 19, 2022 at 03:24 pm

Lofton was a great athlete at 6'3" 180, won the NCAA long jump. If he was on the Packers this season, his stats would be mind boggling.

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Archie's picture

March 20, 2022 at 11:23 am

Agreed. MVS is a very poor man's version of Lofton. Packer World came down hard on him for accepting a BJ from a fan.

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dblbogey's picture

March 19, 2022 at 02:30 pm

But it was only Mossy Cade's Aunt by marriage, so it's all good. He was really just a dumb thug, the kind Forrest Gregg seemed to like under his disastrous rein. I use Mossy's name as my username on some non football sites, occasionally someone will recognize it, usually a U. Texas Alumni. And yes, Lofton was outstanding and I loved Lynn Dickey.

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Oppy's picture

March 19, 2022 at 07:55 pm

For what it's worth, Lynn Dickey is a criminally underrated QB talent who really should be talked about in the conversation of the lineage of great Packers QB's. To mention Starr, Favre, and Rodgers without mentioning Dickey is such an injustice.

Dickey, while not a HoF'er, was a dominant QB talent that was on Packers teams with truly abysmal defenses. He was a great QB.

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Since'61's picture

March 20, 2022 at 03:01 pm

Oppy, Dickey was a very good QB. Unfortunately he was injury plagued. He had a great arm and he was fun to watch. He was not very mobile but a solid pocket passer. His OL was solid but as you correctly he had no chance due to a usually abysmal defense.

1. Rodgers
2. Favre.
3. Starr
4. Dickey

After these 4 I'm not sure it's worth mentioning other Packer QBs unless we go all the way back to Isbell/Herber days.
Paul Horning would probably have been a better QB than anyone besides Dickey between the Starr and Favre eras. Thanks, Since '61

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Crankbait's picture

March 19, 2022 at 10:41 pm

Yes I remember the "love in the elevator" incident.

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Crankbait's picture

March 19, 2022 at 10:41 pm

Yes I remember the "love in the elevator" incident.

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Bure9620's picture

March 19, 2022 at 01:08 pm

1) Hutson
2) Sterling Sharpe
3) Davante Adams
4) James Lofton
5) Jordy Nelson
6) Greg Jennings
7) Donald Driver
8) Andre Rison ( 1 year)
9) Randall Cobb
10) Bill Schroeder

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AnotherLombardiPlease's picture

March 19, 2022 at 01:45 pm

I have issues with the bottom of your list. Andre Rison for one year and no Antonio Freeman?? Bill Schroeder??

I'd also give some serious consideration to John Jefferson and Boyd Dowler.

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Bure9620's picture

March 19, 2022 at 02:34 pm

Ya left off Freedman, I'm human

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Bure9620's picture

March 19, 2022 at 02:34 pm

Ya left off Freedman, I'm human

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AnotherLombardiPlease's picture

March 19, 2022 at 02:46 pm

No worries. It's easy to overlook someone and these lists are all subjective anyway!

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LambeauPlain's picture

March 19, 2022 at 03:04 pm

Yeah, Bad Moon was a 5 game regular season and playoff rental. I would put James Jones, Greg Jennings, John Jefferson, Bowd and Carroll Dale ahead of Rison.

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NickPerry's picture

March 19, 2022 at 02:14 pm

I was there with you until Rison and Schroder. Personally I'd put Driver in front of Jennings, though I liked Jennings a lot until he started talking shit about Rodgers and the Packers and then his sister got involved too... I mean common Greg.

I never saw Hudson and will give him due as the best. Especially when you consider the era he played in. But holy crap, Sterling Sharpe was one of the best I've ever seen. Personally I think Sterling Sharpe BELONGS in the HOF. What he accomplished in 7 seasons in yet a different era than today is remarkable.

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LambeauPlain's picture

March 19, 2022 at 03:05 pm

I agree. Sterling was simply sterling at WR.

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PeteK's picture

March 19, 2022 at 03:26 pm

I'll take Dale over Cobb .

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PeteK's picture

March 20, 2022 at 09:09 am

When one looks at this list of some of the greatest WRs of all time, we forget that it all took place outside in one of the most brutal elements to throw a football. AMAZING.

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jhtobias's picture

March 19, 2022 at 01:08 pm

I was a kid when Sterling Sharpe played but he might be the most underrated Wide Receiver not only in Green Bay history but the Nfl as a whole.

What this man did with let's face it a group of Wide Receivers that at best were average to below average on mostly garbage teams except for 92-94 and just listen to Guys like Deion Sanders Rod Woodson speak about Sterling .

I don't know anything about Don Hutson , James Lofton my dad and others said was a beast .

While Davante is a beast, but he is not in Sterling Shapes conversation could not do what shape could and in the few playoff games Sharpe played he was an absolute stud.

When Ron Wolf Says that Sterling is the greatest football player he has ever been around that speaks louder than anything,

I'm not bashing Davante at all he is a stud but like I tell my teenage daughters who love the packers (Thanks Dad) Those stats , footwork catching ability you see with Davante well Sterling was every bit as good as Davante in those categories but just add strength speed only catching footballs from a future hall of famer for 3 yrs and 4 years prior catching footballs from back ups

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PeteK's picture

March 19, 2022 at 03:31 pm

I remember the short outlet passes they would throw to him where he would destroy the CBs. Nelson also found success on those plays.

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ganggreen7's picture

March 19, 2022 at 01:16 pm

1. Hutson
2. Lofton
3. Sharpe
4. Freeman
5. Nelson
6. Adams

The top 5 are real difference makers- especially in big games. Adams is very good as well..but also can disappear at times.

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ImaPayne's picture

March 19, 2022 at 02:04 pm

I'll take a guy who never let you down and was a true Packer at heart and played for the game: Nelson. Funny never heard Davante saying, wow Rodgers your targeting me way too much how about spreading it around. What I dont get is why werent the other receivers pissed at Rodgers and take him to task.
I would have been in his face if I was busting my but to watch him throe the ball over and over again to Adams.
There is a reason St Brown and MVS and a few others never reached development stage they never got the ball thrown to them.

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SwedeBayPacker's picture

March 19, 2022 at 01:34 pm

No doubt one of the best. But I can't help but think being targeted by AR12 26% of the time has something to do with his stats or am I crazy?

It will be interesting to see how he handles himself in a scrub club like the Raiders. Either way I wish him the best.

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PeteK's picture

March 19, 2022 at 03:42 pm

You are ignoring the routes, press coverage avoidance, concentration, and the great quickness after the catch. Adams is poetry in motion.

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Bure9620's picture

March 19, 2022 at 01:45 pm

Now looking much more at WR prospects, the more I watch Christian Watson, the more he screams Packer. He is like a Jordy Nelson clone in both play style and size. He could be available early 2nd round if they trade back......Just like Jordy....

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ImaPayne's picture

March 19, 2022 at 02:00 pm

You have to look at how many passes were thrown his way versus everyone else. If I got 75% more throws my way I should hold the record. He and Rodgers cost this team the playoffs. Two playoffs being greedy and not spreading the ball to open receivers. Good bye Davante you put your wallet before the fans and may find your career going in the tank with the Raiders. We dont care!

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Bure9620's picture

March 19, 2022 at 02:03 pm

Okay but Davate can't spread the ball around. He doesn't throw it.....There is an indiividual who can and that would be QB/GM....

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TarynsEyes's picture

March 19, 2022 at 02:18 pm

He's gone one day and some here are trying to immortalize him. Let's see what he does with another QB(s) over the next couple of seasons to see whether he was actually that good or if it was Rodgers making sure he looked that good. I think we'll find it a blessing in disguise not retaining him for that money, and that will place him behind many a previous Packer WR. Recent evidence, Greg Jennings.

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stockholder's picture

March 19, 2022 at 02:22 pm

A-Men

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PeteK's picture

March 19, 2022 at 04:07 pm

While I agree the contract was exorbitant, you must listen to the games on radio.

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NickPerry's picture

March 20, 2022 at 03:17 am

"I think we'll find it a blessing in disguise not retaining him for that money, and that will place him behind many a previous Packer WR. Recent evidence, Greg Jennings."

When you think about it, the situation with Jennings and Adams wasn't all that much different. Jennings was offered a HUGE contract from Ted prior to 2012, his final season in GB and he turned it down wanting more. Jennings had that core injury IIRC in 2012 so he had a down season. In FA following 2012, the Packers offered him $8 million a year, the Vikings $9 million a year, and Jennings chose to be a Viking but was NEVER REMOTELY the same player .

I wish Adams well and personally I'm happy the Packers didn't give him that contract. This is a DEEP draft, I think Gute is about to do some of his best work ever!

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HarryHodag's picture

March 19, 2022 at 02:32 pm

Glad to see the love for Don Hutson. Hutson held records that took five decades to equal. He changed the game to what it is now-a passing game.

I would argue he is the greatest Packers player but there are certainly arguments to be made for a number of players.

To this day I can't figure out the lack of support for Donald Driver. Driver holds the franchise record for the most career receptions of any wide receiver to play for the Packers (647) and holds the most receiving yards in team history (10,137).

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Coldworld's picture

March 19, 2022 at 03:44 pm

Hutson was unparalleled I believe, but Driver will likely always be my favorite Packer receiver. Maybe not the absolute greatest WR, but he’s up there with many mentioned, but my favorite living Packer.

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Bure9620's picture

March 19, 2022 at 03:56 pm

Hutson has to be up there. The game was MUCH different then, in fact WR was not even a position. But when you are so dominant it evolutionizes how the game is played, he has to be #1

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Bure9620's picture

March 19, 2022 at 03:57 pm

Hutson has to be up there. The game was MUCH different then, in fact WR was not even a position. But when you are so dominant it revolutionizes how the game is played, he has to be #1.

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BirdDogUni's picture

March 20, 2022 at 03:53 pm

Max McGee was my favorite, by far... Tbh I never liked Greg Jennings... I really hated him after all his BS too.

Don Hutson
Sterling Sharpe
James Lofton
Donald Driver
Davante Adams
Jordy Nelson
Max McGee
Boyd Dowler
Antonio Freeman
Carroll Dale

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PeteK's picture

March 19, 2022 at 03:57 pm

Great WR, but #5 in TDs , scoring holds the most value.

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Crankbait's picture

March 19, 2022 at 10:55 pm

Drops perhaps ?

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LambeauPlain's picture

March 19, 2022 at 03:15 pm

Double D was a consummate Packer pro. Humble, hard working, and a leader on and off the field. I saw DD at a business conference in Madison doing a celebrity appearance while he was doing his Dancing with The Stars gig and I got a brief question in to him:

"Hey Donald...shouldn't you be practicing in the dance studio"?

He gave me that big DD smile and said "after I leave here, I have a 4 hour practice...in the dance studio!" Everybody laughed.

I also have a DD autograph on my Packer football. He has a great autograph.

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PeteK's picture

March 19, 2022 at 03:37 pm

Over achieving 7th round pick !

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LambeauPlain's picture

March 19, 2022 at 03:22 pm

Douglas is back! CB will now be a 3 day priority.

Alexander, Stokes and Douglas are one of the best NFL trios to start the 2022 season.

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PeteK's picture

March 20, 2022 at 09:06 am

YES YES YES!!!!!! Now lets get a DT or two and this defense will make offenses wish they never set foot on the frozen tundra or any other field.

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LambeauPlain's picture

March 19, 2022 at 03:50 pm

Now that the D is set for starters at ILB and CB...load up WR, both lines (DL early because it is good at the top), OL and S.

Thanks Tae!

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Qoojo's picture

March 19, 2022 at 06:37 pm

i would put Sharpe at #3.

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Philarod's picture

March 19, 2022 at 08:08 pm

Hutson earned his place at the top, and it's a good list.
I think that Jennings was the most talented WR that Rodgers has thrown to, but it's tough to just pick 3 among Sharpe, Adams, Driver, Jordy and Jennings.

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PortlandMark's picture

March 19, 2022 at 11:47 pm

Carroll Dale and Boyd Dowler should get mentioned. They were great during the Lombardi years. During the Packer 3 peat, Dale averaged over 20 yards a catch.

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Since'61's picture

March 20, 2022 at 11:57 am

Yes, they were great receivers. Dowler had great hands and made numerous clutch catches. Dale was the speedster of the Lombardi receiving corps. Both were great downfield blockers as well, which was a requirement in the Lombardi offense.

Max McGee was also a great WR. Actually a prototype for many of the WRs of the late 50s/60s era. Good speed, great hands and an effective blocker. However, there were numerous better receivers around the league even in their day and none of them are in the HOF. Stay safe. Thanks, Since '61

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Since'61's picture

March 20, 2022 at 11:51 am

My ranking of greatest Packer receivers won't be very popular but here goes:

1. Lofton - of all the Packers WRs that I have watched Lofton was the smoothest runner with great speed, great hands and he played during an era that still allowed DBs to actually play pass defense. For me Lofton is the prototypical #1 WR. He is the model I think of when I think of a "#1" receiver. Adams would be a great #2 on a WR corps with Lofton.
2. Davante Adams - his footwork off the LOS is the best I've seen. His ability to catch passes in double and even triple coverage is remarkable. He has continually made great plays even when everyone in the stadium knew he was the target on the play. Great hands, great concentration but not great speed like Lofton, hence #2 for me.
3. Sterling Sharpe - a great receiver. He had all the tools but he is #3 for me because of his injury shortened career.
4. Jordy Nelson - came from out of nowhere to become a dominating receiving threat. Excellent for creating separation and could turn on a extra gear to run away from defenders once he made the catch. A great route runner and an extremely reliable clutch receiver.
5. Donald Driver - one of the most consistent WRs the packers have ever had. Great hands, good route runner and good speed. Gave everything he had whenever he was on the field.
6. Don Hutson -What? Why? Heresy! Blasphemy!! How can I rank Hutson as #6. First, I never saw Hutson play. I have no doubt that he was the greatest receiver of his day and that he would be a great receiver during any era. But let's put his era into perspective. There is not one DB in the NFL HOF who played prior to 1950. I realize that Hutson played during the "two way" era and maybe the DBs are in as offensive players but who knows. Secondly, Hutson played half of his career during WW2, when America's best athletes were serving their country. If you look at College football during the 40s you will note that Army and Navy were the powerhouse teams of that decade. That is because the best players joined the various armed forces and military academies. Upon graduation they were sent off to war. By the time the war ended Hutson had retired in 1945. My point is that Hutson probably didn't play against the highest level of competition from 1941 -1945. Again I don't mean to take anything away from Hutson or his achievements. He deserves to be in the NFL HOF. I just look at the time that he played with a different perspective that is not just based upon his numerous records. Having said that I reiterate that Hutson would have been a great receiver in any era, but that is also true of the receivers who I have ranked above him. Thanks, Since '61

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Ferrari-Driver's picture

March 20, 2022 at 07:55 pm

In Hudson's defense, I will say the ball they played with in those days was much heavier and made out of pig's bladders. Plus they were much rounder than the modern day footballs. Also, the quarterbacks throwing the ball were nothing like Aaron Rodgers, Patrick Mahomes, or Josh Allen. Running the ball was a major emphasis in the early days. Don Hudson was a man playing with boys.

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Since'61's picture

March 20, 2022 at 09:30 pm

Ferrari-Driver - I agree that Hutson was a man playing with boys. He was ahead of his time in terms of level of physical talent and his mental approach to the game. He took the receiving position to the next level. It would take Otto Graham and Johnny Unitas to get QBs to take a similar leap at their position and move both receivers and QBs into the modern era. Thanks, Since '61

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Ferrari-Driver's picture

March 20, 2022 at 04:03 pm

There were some interesting comments about it being tougher on wide receivers years ago and I fully agree with that. I watched a goodly number of Raider football games and saw Jack Tatum deliver some of the most vicious hits on receivers and running backs as well that I ever saw in my life. I remember clearly the hit he delivered on receiver Darryl Stingley during a preseason game in 1978 (I saw it on reply not in real time during the game) which left Stingley as a quadriplegic.

We had a guy in our division during the 1960's who also was infamous for his tackling and some of the old timers here may remember his name. He played for the Detroit Lions and was voted to the All NFL 1950's team. His name was Dick "Night Train" Lane and he was notorious for tackling by grabbing and holding on to the face mask and he was the reason the NFL implemented the rule against grabbing and holding the face mask I think it was in or around 1960.

Yes to those guys who said it was tougher to play wide receiver in the old days...much tougher.

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