Green, Ruettgers to be Packers Hall of Famers
Neither played in a Super Bowl, barely missing the opportunity, but Ahman Green and Ken Ruettgers were integral parts of the foundation for both of the Green Bay Packers' most-recent Super Bowl-winning teams.
The longtime starters will be the 152nd and 153rd players inducted into the Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame at a ceremony Saturday in the Lambeau Field Atrium.
Green, a punishing halfback, played eight seasons with the Packers, including seven straight from 2000 to 2006. He rejoined the team for the 2009 season but was out of the NFL by the next season, when the Packers won Super Bowl XLV.
Green is Green Bay's all-time leading rusher with 8,322 yards and was a four-time Pro Bowler (2001-04). He was acquired in a trade with the Seattle Seahawks for cornerback Fred Vinson and set several other team records: yards from scrimmage (11,048), 1,000-yard seasons (six), 100-yard games (33) and rushing attempts (1,851).
In 2003, Green set the team's single-season rushing mark (1,883 yards), tied the NFL's second-longest run (98 yards) and set the franchise's single-season touchdown mark (20).
Ruettgers was a fixture at left tackle for more than a decade. He played 12 seasons for the Packers, starting in 1985 after being selected with the seventh pick in the first round of the NFL draft out of USC. He appeared in 156 games, including 140 starts, for Green Bay.
Ruettgers, who played for coaches Forrest Gregg, Lindy Infante and Mike Holmgren, earned team offensive MVP honors in 1989.
During the 1996 season, he returned from a brief retirement brought on by a chronically bad left knee, but played only four games, including one start, before ending his career and missing the Super Bowl victory later that season.
Also on the docket for the 44th Hall of Fame Induction Banquet is Eddie Lacy, who will be honored with the Hall's Rookie of the Year award.