The Green Bay Packers will kickoff their 2023 season 97 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.
Greatest Green Bay Packers Players: #97- Tyrone Williams
The Green Bay Packers drafted Tyrone Williams in the third round (93rd overall) in the 1996 NFL Draft. While not an immediate starter, Williams saw plenty of playing time on a defense that was ranked number one in the NFL that season. Of course, the Packers rode that defense, plus their top-ranked offense and special teams, to Super Bowl glory in their win over the New England Patriots.
Williams became a starter in 1997 on a defense that again helped the Packers reach the Super Bowl. Of course, he did not start out as one of the starters. Craig Newsome was lost for the season after suffering a knee injury in Week One. However, he was named a starter in 1998 alongside Newsome. The years 1998-2001 saw Williams record no less than four interceptions in each season. He had five in 1998 and four in each of the next three seasons. His five interceptions in 1998 led the team.
In seven seasons with the Packers, Williams played in 111 out of a possible 112 games. In 2002, he played for the Atlanta Falcons, but only appeared in six games due to a variety of reasons. He reported to camp overweight, was suspended by the team for their fifth game, and was eventually suspended for the entire second half of the season. He was known to scream at his coaches in Atlanta and was determined to be a toxic influence in the locker room. He was released after one year.
In 2003, he played for the Dallas Cowboys, but only played in three games due to injury. He retired following the season. After his NFL career was over, Williams founded the company TruPros, which is dedicated to helping professional athletes avoid the mistakes he made as a player in Atlanta.