Who's Best Player in Franchise History?

The five legendary players on the FoxSports.com ballot are Brett Favre, Don Hutson, Ray Nitschke, Bart Starr and Reggie White.

Don Hutson was one of 17 players selected for the first class of the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1963.

Bart Starr, Ray Nitschke and Reggie White were selected in their first year of eligibility.

Brett Favre will join them as a first-ballot Hall of Famer in a few more years.

So, which of those five is the best player in Green Bay Packers history? FoxSports.com's "Franchise Players" page allows you to vote for the best player in the history of each of the league's 32 teams. For the ballots, CLICK HERE.

Here's the lowdown on each:

Hutson hauled in 99 touchdown passes from 1935 through 1945, a record that would stand until Steve Largent broke it in 1989. He led the league in receiving eight times and scoring five times, and was named to the league's 50- and 75-year anniversary teams. One league record that has stood the test of time was his 29-point quarter in 1945, with Hutson posting four touchdown catches and kicking five extra points. Oh, he intercepted 30 passes in his career, too.

Starr, a lowly 17th-round draft pick who barely played a meaningful snap as a senior at Alabama, was the NFL's ultimate winner. He was part of five championship teams, including the first two Super Bowls. From 1960 through 1967, Starr led the Packers to a 62-24-4 mark with six division titles. He was named NFL MVP following the 1966 season. In the playoffs, he threw 15 touchdowns against three interceptions while going 9-1.

The menacing Nitschke could bludgeon a running back on one play and get into a passing lane for an interception on the next. He earned first- or second-team all-NFL honors seven times in an eight-year span. He was named MVP of the 1962 NFL Championship Game after recovering two fumbles in a 16-7 win over the Giants in New York. For his career, he picked off 25 passes. Plus, he was the founder of Packer Report.

"The Minister of Defense," White is arguably the greatest defensive lineman in NFL history. Signed after a whirlwind free agent tour, White's addition made the Packers a legitimate contender and put them on their way to winning Super Bowl XXXI. White set the club record with 68.5 sacks from 1993 through 1998, and was named NFL Defensive Player of the Year during his final season in Green Bay. He's the only player in NFL history to post nine consecutive seasons of 10-plus sacks, and his 198.5 career sacks was a league record when he retired.

Favre started 321 consecutive games, including playoffs. That's a record that almost certainly will not be broken given the physical challenge of playing quarterback. He retired as the NFL's career leader in every meaningful stat, including 71,838 passing yards, 6,300 completions, 508 touchdown passes and 336 interceptions. He won three consecutive MVP awards, including in 1996, when he led the Packers to their first Super Bowl crown in three decades. His flair for the dramatic resulted in 45 game-winning drives and 30 fourth-quarter comebacks.


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