The Green Bay Packers will kickoff their 2023 season 100 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. One player will be spotlighted each day until the start of the regular season, and the Packers’ greatest player ever is revealed. Our rankings are based on Pro Football References Approximate Value stat, which gives a numeric value to each season a player plays in.
Greatest Green Bay Packers Players #100: Daryn Colledge (Left Guard)
Daryn Colledge was drafted by the Green Bay Packers in the second round (47th overall pick) of the 2006 NFL Draft. This was the same draft in which the Packers drafted Packers Hall of Famers AJ Hawk and Greg Jennings.
In his five seasons with the Packers, Colledge played in all 80 regular season games. He was instantly inserted as the team’s starting left guard, protecting then starting quarterback Brett Favre. After the Packers transition from Favre to Aaron Rodgers, Colledge remained at left guard and saw his approximate value improve with the more mobile quarterback (nine in 2009 and 11 in 2010; he had approximate values of six and eight in his first two seasons).
Of course, Colledge was the starting left guard on the offensive line that won Super Bowl XLV in 2010. That year also happened to be his last in Green Bay. Following the season, Colledge signed with the Arizona Cardinals, with whom he spent the next three seasons. While with Arizona, he played in all 48 regular season games.
In 2014, Colledge signed with the Miami Dolphins for his final NFL season. This was the only year in which he did not play every single regular season game. He played in 13 that year.