The Green Bay Packers will kickoff their 2023 season 87 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 Players: #87- Robert Brooks
The Green Bay Packers drafted Robert Brooks in the third round (62nd overall pick) of the 1992 NFL Draft. Sometimes, it takes a couple of seasons for a player to find his footing in the NFL, and that was certainly true of Brooks. Between 1992 and 1993 he had just 32 receptions for 306 yards and a single touchdown. He had an AV of one in his rookie season and an AV of three the next season. However, 1994 saw him explode onto the scene as one of the most dynamic wide receivers the Packers have had in their recent history (albeit for a short time).
In 1994, Brooks more than doubled his production from his first two seasons by putting up 58 receptions for 648 yards and four touchdowns and an AV of nine. 1995 saw Brooks put up not just the best season of his career, but one of the best seasons in Packers franchise history. That season, he had 102 receptions for 1,497 yards and a NFL-leading 13 touchdown receptions, good for an AV of 16. At the time, his 1,497 receiving yards was a single-season Packers record that would not be broken until Jordy Nelson posted 1,519 in 2014.
The 1996 season, of course, was the year that the Packers won Super Bowl XXXI. Unfortunately, that year Brooks was limited to just seven games due to a broken leg. He bounced back in 1997 with 60 receptions for 1,010 yards and seven touchdowns (and an AV of 12) as the Packers made their way back to the Super Bowl again.
Unfortunately, that would be his last full and productive season in the NFL. He was limited to 12 games (31 receptions for 420 yards and three touchdowns) in 1998 due to another injury, one that also cost him the entire 1999 season.
In 2000, he spent the year with the Denver Broncos, but appeared in just four games, catching three passes for 51 yards.
Brooks’ career AV with the Packers is 50.
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