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Toughest Packers Of All Time?

Discussion in 'Packer Fan Forum' started by gwh11, Sep 21, 2011.

  1. gwh11

    gwh11 Cheesehead

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    So who are the ones who put up substantial, great careers while playing through long stretches of injury or pain?
    Here are some that came to my mind:
    Sterling Sharpe
    Ken Bowman
    Lynn Dickey
    Ken Bowman
    Bob Brown
    Dave Hanner
    Brett Favre
    Jerry Kramer
     
  2. Hype

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    Ray Nitschke...nuff said
     
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  3. gwh11

    gwh11 Cheesehead

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    Yep, I forgot Ray.
     
  4. Helmets

    Helmets Cheesehead

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    Was going to say Ken Bowman, however he was so tough that he was mentioned twice in the opening post!

    Played with his shoulder in a special custom made harness - where he couldn't lift his arm...
     
  5. gwh11

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    Cripes, I really need to preview my posts...
     
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    The Real Pack Attack Cheesehead

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    Tough not to go with Ray. He played a game against the Lions with his hamstring torn. There are video's of him intercepting a pass and running on one leg into the endzone. Its at the very end of this video

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i40P-2z12Z8

    Jerry Kramer deserve special notice also. His team mates nicknamed him "The Zipper" because of all the injuries he had. In 1964 he had surgery to remove a piece of a board that was inbedded in his abdomen. It had been there since an accident when he was 14.

    [​IMG]

    Heres another famous Packer tough guy!
     
  7. realcaliforniacheese

    realcaliforniacheese A-Rods Boss

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    So let it be written....So let it be done.
     
  8. AmishMafia

    AmishMafia Cheesehead

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    Is there a better 'tough guy' picture?

    [​IMG]

    You can just hear Ray growling 'Get up dammit so I can hit you again!
     
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  9. Forget Favre

    Forget Favre Cheesehead

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    This is a short list.
    I mean, doesn't every player play with some amount of pain?
     
  10. gwh11

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    Yes--that's why I was wondering if anyone had more names.
    I'm certain every player does play with some pain, but clearly from reading accounts from other Pro players, trainers, etc., there are special players who seem to be a bit more extraordinary regarding this.
    Read former Packers trainer Domenic Gentile's book "The Packer Tapes" and you'll see what I mean.
     
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    I have a shirt with above photo on it, and the caption "What would Nitschke do?"
     
  12. gwh11

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    In his book that I mentioned above, Gentile stated that Nitschke basically played his entire career on one leg. His left leg had suffered so much damage in high school and college that the muscles had atrophied and never fully regenerated. Those muscles were 50 percent smaller than the ones in his right leg.
     
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    This pains me to say it but Favre has a challenge for this honor.

    "Recalling a conversation he had with former General Manager Ron Wolf, Favre told reporters that he originally had failed his physical with the Packers after Wolf traded a first-round draft choice to Atlanta for him. According to Favre, Wolf went down and told the medical staff to pass Favre and the rest is history.
    "In the East-West Shrine game I hurt my hip, which basically I had avascular necrosis, the same thing Bo Jackson has," Favre said. "It's a lack of blood supply to a socket. To this day it bothers me from time to time."
     
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  15. gwh11

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    Yes, one of the reasons he should be on a list like this.
    Unfortunately, lack of blood supply to the brain dogged him at the end of his career...
     
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  16. 13 Times Champs

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    How can you people forget Reggie White. Hell he played with a hole in his hamstring.
     
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    He also played football shortly after having part of his intestines removed. I remember him getting hit so hard on one Monday night game I think, where he just threw up on the field and kept playing. A lot of negative things can be said about him, but no one can doubt how tough he was.

    And I agree, Ray freakin' Nitzsche is definitely near the top of the list.
     
  19. IluvGB

    IluvGB I <3 Packers!!!!

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    he also played without a liver and a soul!!!! LOL! It had to be said!

    So back on track... Nitschke for SURE!
     
  20. Kitten

    Kitten Feline Cheesehead Staff Member Super Moderator

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    We should by all means consider him. One of the things I hate most about these lists is the subjective nature of them. Therefore, to be completely objective and to keep my personal feelings out of it, I would consider Favre to rank high on this list for toughness alone. Look at his play last year with the Vikings, all the injuries he sustained and he still played. He was a Viking then, not a Packer, but it still says something. I may not fancy him very much, but I will not deny him what he has achieved. I have no right to do that.
     

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