Thursday, July 29, 2010

Christl Thinks the Packers Should Retire #5

Cliff Christl argues that the Packers should retire #5 in honor of Paul Hornung (sub req'd).

I completely disagree. As a preliminary matter, if any running back should have his number retired, it should be Jim Taylor.

The fact is the Packers have too rich a history to retire every great player. If the Packers retired the numbers of all their great players, the Packers would run out of numbers.

The Packers have 20 players in the Hall of Fame, but only the five have their numbers retired. A player should not have his number retired unless his name is in the conversation of all time NFL greats at their position. Don Hutson, Bart Starr, Ray Nitschke, Reggie White: these guys make the cut. (Tony Canadeao is something of a special case, because he played in the earlier years of the NFL.)

Favre is a tweener who I would keep out for his poor play in in big games, but will probably see his number retired eventually.

Paul Hornung does not make the cut.


1 comment:

  1. Well, Hornung is my favorite non-watched (?) Packers player of all time.

    I would make a case that he was far more than a RB. AND He held the all-time scoring in a season with 176 points. (In 12 freaking games. LT made 180 with 16). He was simply a scoring machine, and does have 2 league MVPs.

    I'm not necessarily saying his jersey should be retired (though I don't remember it ever being used again). But I think there's a good case for it to be.