The Green Bay Packers will kickoff their 2023 season 85 days from now against the Chicago Bears. In celebration of a new era of Packers football and in anticipation for the upcoming season, Wisconsin Sports Heroics will present the top 100 players in franchise history in the 100 days leading up to the start of the regular season. Our rankings are based on Pro Football References Approximate Value stat, which gives a numeric value to each season a player plays in.
Green Bay Packers Greatest Player #85: Edgar Bennett
Edgar Bennett was a fourth round pick (111th overall) by the Packers in the 1992 NFL Draft. He spent six seasons with Green Bay, although he missed the entire 1997 season due to injury.
When Bennett became the Packers’ starting running back in 1993, he produced four-straight 1,000+ all-purpose yard seasons. Incredibly, he only rushed for 1,000 yards once during this time. Rather, he was the perfect dual threat running back who was able to combine rushing prowess with great receiving acumen.
Bennett’s best season was 1995 season when he rushed for a career-high 1,067 yards and three touchdowns. He also had 61 receptions for 648 yards and four more touchdowns, giving him an incredible 1,715 all-purpose yards for the year. At the time, it was the Packers’ franchise record for all-purpose yards by a running back in a single season.
Of course, Bennett helped the Packers to victory in Super Bowl XXXI in a season in which he and Dorsey Levens were the best running back duo in the NFL. After missing the 1997 season, Bennett signed with the Chicago Bears, with whom he played for two years. He later came back to Green Bay as a wide receivers coach and offensive coordinator.
Bennett’s career AV with the Packers is 49. From 1993-1996, he did not finish a season with an AV less than 10.
Green Bay Packers Greatest Players List
- #100- Daryn Colledge
- #99- Mike Butler
- #98- Bernardo Harris
- #97- Tyrone Williams
- #96- Dick Himes
- #95- Mason Crosby
- #94- Mike McCoy
- #93- Gilbert Brown
- #92- Ryan Pickett
- #91- Ron Kostelnik
- #90- Earl Dotson
- #89- Paul Hornung
- #88- Kabeer Gbaja-Biamila
- #87- Robert Brooks
- #86- Ken Bowman