The Green Bay Packers have the second-most Hall of Famers of any franchise in the NFL, trailing only the Chicago Bears. Even though no former Packers players were voted for induction in the modern era this past year, several of them have been named semi-finalists for induction by the Hall of Fame’s senior committee. Of these names, Sterling Sharpe and Mike Holmgren are the most notable.
In addition to Sharpe and Holmgren, Cecil Isbell, Mark Clayton, Steve McMichael, and Eddie Kotal are all up for a nomination. They are all part of a list of 60 (31 players and 29 coaches/contributors) former NFL persons that are up for consideration.
On July 27, the list will be trimmed to 12 players and 12 coaches/contributors. In August, three players and one coach/contributor will be voted upon for induction into the Hall of Fame. Coach Holmgren has been a finalist in each of the past two years.
Below, we examine the cases for the three players/coaches who are up for induction for their work with the Packers, Sharpe, Holmgren, and Isbell. Clayton, McMichael, and Kotal are up for induction for their work with other franchises.
Kotal, who played for the Packers in the 1920s and was an assistant coach with the team in the 1940s is up for his work as a longtime scout for the Rams.
Former Green Bay Packers Wide Receiver Sterling Sharpe
- Seven NFL seasons, 112 games played (more than Hall of Famers Terrell Davis and Tony Boselli)
- Five-time Pro Bowler, three-time First Team All-Pro
- Led NFL in receptions three times, receiving yards once, and touchdowns twice
- Career stats of 595 receptions, 8,134 yards, and 65 touchdowns
Former Green Bay Packers Head Coach Mike Holmgren
- 161-111 regular season record
- Super Bowl XXXI Champion
- One of five coaches to lead two different teams to the Super Bowl
- Won two Super Bowls (XXIII and XXIV) as an assistant coach
Former Green Bay Packers Quarterback Cecil Isbell
- Five NFL seasons (1938-1942)
- One-time NFL Champion
- Four-time Pro Bowl selection
- One-time First Team All-Pro
- One-time Second Team All-Pro
- Member of the Hall of Fame’s All-1930s Team
- Led the NFL in completions, passing yards, and passing touchdowns in each of his last two seasons