CLICK HERE TO VOTE: Chime in with your selection for GreenBay100 guard for the 53-man All-Time Team!
Welcome to our 13th week of voting for GreenBay100, where the fans of the Green Bay Packers will choose the ultimate 53-man roster spanning the 100 seasons of Packers football.
This week, you get the chance to pick the best guards in team history. You can expect at least three, possibly four guards to make it.
Our criteria for making the ballot for the All-Time Team includes accomplishing one of these:
1) Becoming a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame
2) Becoming a member of the Packers Hall of Fame
3) Being named first-team All-Pro
4) Being named to the Pro Bowl
5) Ranking top five in the Packers all-time record book for applicable career or single-season statistics
To help guide your vote, click on the links below to see, compare and contrast the resumes for the guard position:
- Engebretsen, Tiny
- Evans, Lon
- Gillingham, Gale
- Goldenberg, Buckets
- Kiesling, Walt
- Koch, Greg
- Kramer, Jerry
- Lang, T.J.
- Letlow, Russ
- Michalske, Mike
- Rivera, Marco
- Sitton, Josh
- Thurston, Fuzzy
- Tinsley, Pete
- Wildung, Dick
The guard position has changed over the years as the game has changed from a grind-it-out running game in the early decades of the sport to the pass-happy era of today. The 20's and 30's were eras of leather-helmeted run blocking in the mud. The 60's brought about the era of the Packers' legendary power sweep with guards escorting backs to the outside for big gains before the era of highly mobile linebackers which could shut that down. Now, guards are mainly pass protectors for the aerial circus that is football. Perhaps the best comparison between eras is how well respected players were over the years - via Hall of Fame inductions, Pro Bowls and first-team All-Pro mentions.