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True Pro Bowl honor is being named starter

Nov. 6, 2013
 
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 While making the Pro Bowl is a nice honor, the true measure of a solid season is to be named a Pro Bowl starter. There’s a distinction. It’s one thing to be named to the Pro Bowl as a backup or injury replacement. It’s another to be named a starter at your position. The most starters the Packers ever had for a Pro Bowl was eight, and that came in 1967 when the Packers won their fifth and final championship under Vince Lombardi. The Packers had six Pro Bowl starters in 1961, 1962, 1963, and five starters in 1964 and 1966. Since 1967 the Packers had as many as five Pro Bowl starters just once, and that came in 1998. On the other end of the spectrum, the Packers produced no Pro Bowl starters from 1970 to 1988. That’s a stunning 19 consecutive seasons without a single Pro Bowl starter, which speaks volumes about the quality of play, or lack of it, during the Gory Years of the 1970s and 1980s in Green Bay. Here’s a look back over the past 20 years of Packers that were selected to the Pro Bowl. (Total number of starters are listed in parenthesis following the year). Starters are underlined and listed in bold:  1992 (2): S Chuck Cecil, WR Sterling Sharp, QB Brett Favre. 1993 (1): DE Reggie White, S LeRoy Butler, QB Brett Favre, WR Sterling Sharpe. 1994 (1): LB Bryce Paup, WR Sterling Sharpe, DE Reggie White. 1995 (3): TE Mark Chmura, QB Brett Favre, DE Reggie White. 1996 (3): S LeRoy Butler, QB Brett Favre, DE Reggie White, TE Keith Jackson, C Frank Winters. 1997 (4): S. LeRoy Butler, QB Brett Favre, RB Dorsey Levens, DE Reggie White, TE Mark Chmura, ST Travis Jervey. 1998 (5): S LeRoy Buter, TE Mark Chmura, WR Antonio Freeman, KR Roell Preston, DE Reggie White. 1999 (0). 2000 (1): S Darren Sharper. 2001 (3): QB Brett Favre, RB Ahman Green, TE Bubba Franks. 2002 (3): QB Brett Favre, TE Bubba Franks, S Darren Sharper, WR Donald Driver, RB Ahman Green, G Marco Rivera. 2003 (2): RB Ahman Green, G Marco Rivera, QB Brett Favre, C Mike Flanagan, TE Bubba Franks, DE Kabeer Gbaja-Biamila. 2004 (2): FB William Henderson, G Marco Rivera, RB Ahman Green, WR Javon Walker. 2005 (0). 2006 (0): WR Donald Driver, DE Aaron Kampman. 2007 (3): QB Brett Favre, CB Al Harris, DE Aaron Kampman, T Chad Clifton, WR Donald Driver. 2008 (2): S Nick Collins, CB Charles Woodson, CB Al Harris. 2009 (1): CB Charles Woodson, S Nick Collins, LB Clay Matthews, QB Aaron Rodgers. 2010 (3): S Nick Collins, LB Clay Matthews, CB Charles Woodson, T Chad Clifton, WR Donald Driver, LB A.J. Hawk, WR Greg Jennings, CB Tramon Williams. 2011 (4): QB Aaron Rodgers, LB Clay Matthews, CB Charles Woodson, FB John Kuhn, WR Greg Jennings, DT B.J. Raji, C Scott Wells.

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