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Top 5 Green Bay Packers Who Were Worthy of a Super Bowl Ring before Retiring

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Top 5 Green Bay Packers Who Were Worthy of a Super Bowl Ring before Retiring

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To win a Super Bowl with the Green Bay Packers is to join elite company. Some of the greatest players to ever step foot on a gridiron won a NFL championship with the Packers. Unfortunately, for all of those outstanding players that won a ring, there are some equally great players that never got the opportunity to bring the Lombardi Trophy back home to Titletown.

Who are the top five Packers that deserved a Super Bowl ring before retiring?

Players such as Reggie White, Brett Favre, Bart Starr, Aaron Rodgers, Charles Woodson, Paul Hornung, Jerry Kramer, Ray Nitschke, Forrest Gregg and a truck load of other legends will forever be able to sit at the table with Vince Lombardi for accomplishing what the iconic coach always wanted from his teams. These players will be enshrined by Packers fans for generations to come and will never be forgotten.

However, some great players may get lost in the history books because they never won the ultimate prize. Hopefully, the people of Green Bay will never allow this to happen but it might be a legitimate possibility decades from now because these players never won the coveted award.

At the same time, Packers fans are thankful that fan favorites Donald Driver, Chad Clifton and Mark Tauscher were able to win a ring before their careers ended. However, it is hard not to think about the players that rightfully deserved to call themselves Super Bowl champions but will never get the chance to do so.

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5. Aaron Kampman

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Aaron Kampman is one of the top defensive ends to have ever played for the Packers. The 10-year player spent nine seasons in Green Bay and ranks fourth all-time in franchise history with 54 sacks behind only Tim Harris, Reggie White and Kabeer Gbaja-Biamila. Kampman was elected to two straight Pro Bowls in 2006 and 2007 in which he posted the best numbers of his career. In 2006, Kampman recorded career-highs in sacks (15.5), tackles (89), forced fumbles (three) and fumble recoveries (one). His 12 sacks and 64 tackles in 2007 helped pave the way for Green Bay to reach the NFC Championship game. It was the closest he ever got to reaching the Super Bowl.

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4. Kabeer Gbaja-Biamila

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Gbaja-Biamila is one of the top defensive players to ever put on a Packers uniform. The only blunder in his career was that he never got the opportunity to win a Super Bowl ring. Gbaja-Biamila spent all nine years of his career in Green Bay and retired in 2008 with 74.5 sacks, which made him the all-time leader surpassing White. Gbaja-Biamila was selected to the Pro Bowl in 2003 when he posted 10 sacks, 45 tackles, three forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries. However, that was not even his best statistical season. That came the following year when he recorded 13.5 sacks, 47 tackles and two forced fumbles. Like Kampman, the closest he ever got to appearing in a Super Bowl was the 2007 season.

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3. Ahman Green

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Running back Ahman Green was one of the most beloved players on the team in the 2000s because he was a likeable guy and ran through the defense with authority. Green ran for over 1,000 yards in six of his eight seasons with the Packers. In the two years that he did not reach this accomplishment, he played in only five and eight games respectively. Green returned to the Packers in 2009 for one last shot at a Super Bowl ring but the team was bounced from the 2009 playoffs after an intense Wild Card game. Instead, his 160 rushing yards that season gave him 8,322 in a Packers uniform, which was enough to break the franchise’s all-time rushing record. Green was a four-time Pro Bowl selection (2001-04) and a two-time All-Pro (2001, 2003). He was named the NFC Offensive Player of the Year in 2003 in which he ran for 1,883 yards and 15 touchdowns on 355 carries.

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2. Sterling Sharpe

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Sterling Sharpe is one of the best wide receivers in franchise history and could have been one of the best ever if it were not for a neck injury that ended his career in 1994. In fact, that neck injury is the only thing that prevented him from being inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, as well as, a Super Bowl ring. His younger brother Shannon Sharpe is known for famously saying, “I’m the only pro football player that's in the Hall of Fame, and I'm the second best player in my own family.”

Sterling was named an All-Pro five times (1989-1994) and was elected to the Pro Bowl those same years. Brett Favre and he became one of the best quarterback-wide receiver tandems in all of football and a dangerous one at that. In 1992, Sharpe led the league in receiving yards, receiving touchdowns and receptions, something that has only been accomplished seven times in NFL history. He was also the first player to ever have back-to-back seasons with at least 100 receptions. Sharpe finished his career with 595 receptions, 8,134 yards and 65 touchdowns. He also holds the NFL record for most consecutive games with at least four receptions (32) and games with at least four touchdown receptions (4).

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1. James Lofton

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James Lofton is the most decorated wide receiver in Packers franchise history not named Don Hutson. Lofton was an eight-time Pro Bowl selection (1978, 1980-85, 1991), a four-time All-Pro (1980-81, 1983-84), a member of the NFL 1980s All-Decade Team and was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2003. His best statistical seasons came in the nine years he played in Green Bay in which five of the years he posted more than 1,000 receiving yards. Unfortunately, Lofton never came close to getting a Super Bowl ring with the Packers. However, he is the only player on this list to actually appear in football’s biggest game. Lofton played in three straight Super Bowls with the Buffalo Bills from 1990-92 but of course, the Bills famously lost four in a row.