Packer Receivers of History: Ahman Green

Ahman GreenAs we continue the series on Packer Receivers of History, we want to take some time to include the Packer running backs that have contributed heavily to the passing game. To read the articles you missed, go to the Packer Receivers of History category page.

As the eve of training camp approaches and another Packers season is almost here, we take a look at one final running back who contributed greatly to the Packer passing attack during his tenure with the green and gold.

Ahman Green.

We just spent an entire week celebrating Brett Favre and reliving the good fortune the Packers had in stealing him away from the Falcons. Ahman Green was another of the great Packer steals of history.

Drafted in the sixth round of the 1998 draft by the Seattle Seahawks, Green got very little playing time behind Ricky Watters and he struggled with fumbles. Those two factors allowed the green and gold to bring The Batman to the Frozen Tundra and introduce Packer fans to the man who, in eight seasons, would become the Packers all-time leading rusher.

Green holds  a ton of records for the Packers. In addition to being the leading rusher with 8,322 yards, he also holds the record for most 1,000 yard seasons with six, 100 yard games with 33, and is one of only two players in NFL history to have two rushing touchdowns of 90+ yards.

As with Edgar Bennett and Dorsey Levens before him, Favre frequently included Green in the passing game. He was as deadly in the flats or on a screen play as his predecessors and could easily churn up yardage once he got the ball in his hands. Not only is Green the leading career rusher for the Packers but he also holds the record for the most yards from scrimmage (11,048).

Whether Brett was hitting him in the flats, dropping a screen pass to him over crashing defenders, or was just shoveling one of his awkward, off-balance shovel passes to him, Green could shed blockers with the best of them. Then, when the time was right, he would engage the nitro and disappear into the distance.

Green caught 350 passes for 2726 yards while wearing the green and gold, and he averaged 7.8 yards a catch.

In 2007-08, Green played for the Texans, but returned to Lambeau in 2009. By the time Green returned his number 30 had been give to a guy named Kuuuuuhn, so he choose to wear number 34 in honor of the great Walter Payton.

Unfortunately, while he had many great seasons in Green Bay, Green’s career worked out so that he missed his chance to earn a Super Bowl ring by a single season.

In 2014, Ahman Green was inducted into the Packer Hall of Fame.

Packer Receivers of History: Ahman Green
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