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Monday, August 18, 2008
Green Bay Packers: Franchise player

By Kevin Seifert
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Kevin Seifert
 
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 He may be a Jet right now, but Brett Favre was voted the greatest player in Green Bay history.

Readers' pick: Brett Favre, QB

Ha! The words "Brett" and "Favre" return to the NFC North blog! Victory!

Without a doubt, Favre is the most popular player in Packers history. His personality, gunslinger mentality, durability and his Super Bowl championship endeared him to generations of Packers fans.

But Packers history is well fortified with champions. Quarterback Bart Starr, who finished a distant second behind Favre in the voting, won five NFL titles and two Super Bowl championships. Running back Paul Hornung, who finished sixth in the voting, led the NFL in scoring for three years.

The biggest inconsistency in the Packers voting is defensive end Reggie White finishing third behind Favre and Starr -- and in front of linebacker Ray Nitschke, wide receiver Don Hutson, Hornung and others. White had a Hall of Fame career, but he spent only six years with the Packers. As good as White was, it seems difficult from this vantage point to put him ahead of some players who contributed to the golden years of Packers history.