The best Green Bay Packers player to ever wear No. 8 is an easy choice. There have been a number of solid players to wear No. 8, but there was one who stood out from the rest.
Ryan Longwell played for the Packers from 1997-2005 and became one of the best kickers in Packers history. When he left the Packers, he was the second all-time leading scorer and made 226 field goals which was the second most in team history. And one other interesting tidbit about Longwell is he holds the record for most points by a player who never reached a Pro Bowl (1,687).
Here’s a closer look at the history of the Packers No. 8 jersey:
Number of players to wear No. 8: 12
Player to wear No. 8 the longest: Longwell – Nine seasons
Notable Packers to wear No. 8: RB Bob Forte (1946-53), QB Mark Brunell (1994), P Tim Masthay (2010-15).
The Packers are now in the offseason and there’s a lot of work to be done to get ready for next season.
Yes, Burnell, who went on to have a strong career with the Jacksonville Jaguars, was Brett Favre’s backup in 1994. The Packers actually drafted Brunell in the fifth round in 1993, but he did not see any action.
Longwell will be remembered by Packers fans as one of the best to play the game. He’s not going to have his jersey retired but expect the California alum to be inducted into the Packers Hall of Fame very soon.