The Pro Football Hall of Fame has announced their preliminary nominees for the 2023 class. This list shrinks in November to a list of semi-finalists. There are a handful of Packers on this list. There are many Packers legends among the nominees for the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Donald Driver is the first Packers legend that pops out from the list. He is the Packers all time leading receiver in both receptions and yards. Driver played his entire 13 year career with Green Bay. He never led the league in any receiving categories but was a model of consistency. Driver played in 13 or more games in almost every season. He went over 1,000 yards seven times only dropping off as his role became diminished. Driver was also active off the field making an impact on the community at large. Driver would be a perfect Packers legend for the Hall of Fame.
Nick Collins anchored the Packers defense in the late 2000s. Collins was named to the Pro Bowl 3 times and made 2nd team All-Pro as well. The play most people probably remember him for was his interception returned for a touchdown in the Super Bowl. Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger threw a deep pass under pressure and Collins snagged it a weaved his way for a touchdown. Packers free safety Nick Collins is absolutely deserving of a Hall of Fame nod.
Kicker Ryan Longwell, the Packers second-leading all time scorer, made the list. Other former Packers on the list of nominees are Vonta Leach, Eric Metcalf, Allen Rossum, Andre Rison, Jahri Evans, Jeff Saturday, Seth Joyner, and Sean Landeta. For a franchise that has had so much success, it makes sense that they have so many players on the initial list. Every one of these players has made a significant impact on the field for the Packers and would be deserving of a Hall of Fame nod.
The Hall of Fame announces a list of 25 semi-finalists in November. The list goes down to 15 finalists in January. From there, the selection committee votes. It will be interesting to see if any of these Packers legends make it into the next round for the Hall of Fame.