The Green Bay Packers have not had many stand-out defensive players over the past decade, and the first player that comes to mind is linebacker Clay Matthews. Matthews has been retired since after the 2019 season. He played for the Packers from 2009-2018 before finishing his NFL career with the Los Angeles Rams.
Safety/cornerback Charles Woodson is also one of the best Packers defensive players of all time, but he played with Green Bay from 2006-2012. The only other team he played with during his NFL career was the Oakland Raiders.
Woodson has not taken a snap for the Packers in over a decade. There have been way more noticeable offensive players for the Green Bay Packers over the last decade than defensive players. Based on research, Clay Matthews is the only one that seems to stick out.
The most tackles that Matthews had throughout his career in one season was 66 total tackles in 2015. In his first two seasons in the NFL, he recorded a total of 23.5 sacks, but the most sacks he recorded in one season after that was 11 during the 2014 NFL season.
Clay Matthews of the Green Bay Packers Can Very Well End Up in Canton, Ohio
With Matthews officially retiring from the NFL on September 27, 2022, he will have to wait a few years to be eligible to get into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio. Timothy Lindsay of Lombardiave.com wrote back on April 25, 2022, before he retired, his case for him to wind up in Canton, Ohio. He said:
“The long-haired maniac from USC turned in one of the best careers for a Packers edge rusher in history. The Packers already have a slot in their Hall of Fame ready for him. But the folks in Canton should start making a bust of him if they haven’t already done so.”
Throughout his career, he had 520 total tackles, 92.5 sacks, and six interceptions. Clay Matthews is one of the best edge rushers in the history of the Packers. The only other defensive player over the last decade that has been good for the Packers is edge rusher Julius Peppers, who played for them from 2014-2016. He is eligible for the first time for the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2024.