1996 IN REVIEW
29 years of frustration, poor personnel decisions, false hopes and questionable coaching choices ended on a January night in New Orleans, as the
Packers defeated the New England Patriots in Super Bowl 30. Green Bay opened the season 3-0 and outscored their opponents 115-26. They ended
the season with a four-game winning streak, in which they outscored their opponents 138-36. The Packers led the NFL in scoring with 456 points, and
allowed the fewest with 210. The road to the Super Bowl did not come easy. QB Brett Favre announced in May that he was addicted to painkillers. He
spent 46 days in a Kansas rehabilitation center, then returned to throw a franchise-record 39 touchdown passes and was named NFL MVP for the
second straight year. He did this without WR Robert Brooks (lost for the season in October with a torn ACL), WR Antonio Freeman (out four games with
a broken arm) and TE Mark Chmura (out three games with a sprained arch). Don Beebe and Andre Rison provided relief for the receiver corps when it
was needed. Other key acquisitions included KR Desmond Howard (he set an NFL record with 875 punt returns), DL Santana Dotson, OT Bruce
Wilkerson, S Eugene Robinson (team-leading six interceptions).
WHERE DO THE 1996 PACKERS RANK
So where do the 1996 Packers rank among the all-time Super Bowl champions? There have been many attempts to rank the teams, and ESPN took a
shot in 2006 at ranking the top teams. Let the arguments begin:
ESPN.COM (2006) - THE BEST SUPER BOWL TEAMS
1 - 1989 SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS (14-2) - This team gets our nod due to its excellence on both sides of the ball, mind-boggling statistics and perhaps
the most dominant postseason run in NFL history. This team gave us Montana, Rice, Roger Craig, Ronnie Lott and Charles Haley in their primes. It
also boasted the largest margin of victory in Super Bowl history, scoring 55 points against the NFL's best scoring defense.
2 -  1985 CHICAGO BEARS( 15-1) - Da Bears were great. But not quite The Greatest. Chicago won its first championship in 22 years behind one of the
most fearsome defenses in NFL history. The Bears won 14 games by double digits, including three dominant postseason performances.
3 - 1978 PITTSBURGH STEELERS (14-2) - This season would represent the zenith of a dynasty that captured four Super Bowl championships in six
years. Pittsburgh ultimately would send nine players and its head coach to the Hall of Fame. Most of them were in their prime as the Steelers blasted
their way through the defending AFC champion Broncos and the upstart Oilers in the playoffs. Pittsburgh then became the first franchise to win three
Super Bowls, by defeating an excellent Cowboys team. 
4 - 1992 DALLAS COWBOYS (13-3) - The Cowboys returned to glory in a big way, forcing a Super Bowl-record nine turnovers in one of the big game's biggest blowouts. This team boasted the NFL's all-time leading rusher, Emmitt Smith, behind arguably the league's best-ever offensive line. Dallas played defense, too, allowing the fewest yards in the league.
5 - 1984 SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS (15-1) - Like the Bears the following season, this team came up one victory shy of a perfect season en route to its title. Unlike the Bears, the 49ers' defeat was by a mere field goal, and San Francisco went on to manhandle a dominant offense in the Super Bowl.
6 - 1996 GREEN BAY PACKERS (13-3) - The '96 Packers are one of two postmerger Super Bowl participants to lead the NFL in points scored while allowing the fewest points. Reggie White anchored a defense that also allowed the fewest yards in the league, had more than twice as many interceptions (26) as touchdown passes allowed (12) and limited opponents to a league-best 5.41 yards per passing attempt. All three of the Packers' losses came on the road, and its closest postseason game was 14 points.
7 - 1972 MIAMI DOLPHINS (14-0) - How can the only NFL champion with a perfect record be ranked this far down? The Dolphins played the easiest schedule of all 80 Super Bowl participants, and their passing game was ordinary. All three of Miami's postseason games were decided by seven points or fewer. We have no choice: Undefeated…and No. 7.
OTHER PACKER TEAMS
22 - 1966 GREEN BAY PACKERS (12-2) - The '66 team was pretty mediocre on offense, ranking in the middle of the NFL pack in yards gained. Nevertheless, this team suffered its two losses by a combined four points, and regular-season MVP Bart Starr enjoyed his finest season with a 105.0 passer rating.
37 - 1997 GREEN BAY PACKERS (13-3)
48 - 1968 GREEN BAY PACKERS (9-4-1)
NAME                NO  POS  HGT WGT COLLEGE         YR PR AG  G HOW ACQUIRED
Mike Arthur         50    C 6- 3 280 Texas A&M        2  6 28  5 1995 Trade - N. England
Don Beebe           82   WR 5-11 183 Chadron State    1  8 31 16 1996 UFA - Carolina
Edgar Bennett       34   RB 6- 0 217 Florida State    5  5 27 16 1992 Draft - 4th round
Bucky Brooks        22   CB 6- 0 195 North Carolina   1  2 25  2 1996 FA - Buff (1994)
Robert Brooks       87   WR 6- 0 180 South Carolina   5  5 26  7 1992 Draft - 3rd round
Gary Brown          71   OT 6- 4 315 Georgia Tech     3  3 25  8 1994 FA - Pittsburgh
Gilbert Brown       93   NT 6- 2 325 Kansas           4  4 25 16 1993 FA - Minnesota
LeRoy Butler        36    S 6- 0 200 Florida State    7  7 28 16 1990 Draft - 2nd round
Mark Chmura         89   TE 6- 5 250 Boston College   4  4 27 13 1992 Draft - 6th round
Shannon Clavelle    91   DE 6- 2 287 Colorado         2  2 27  8 1995 FA - Buffalo
Ron Cox             54   LB 6- 2 235 Fresno State     1  7 28 16 1996 UFA - Chicago
Jeff Dellenbach     67    C 6- 6 300 Wisconsin        1 12 33  3 1996 FA - New England
Earl Dotson         72    T 6- 3 315 Texas A&I        4  4 25 15 1993 Draft - 3rd round
Santana Dotson      71   DT 6- 5 285 Baylor           1  5 26 16 1996 UFA - Tampa Bay
Corey Dowden        42   CB 5-11 190 Tulane           1  1 27  9 1996 FA
Doug Evans          33   CB 6- 1 190 Louisiana Tech   4  4 26 16 1993 Draft - 6th round
Brett Favre          4   QB 6- 2 225 S. Mississippi   5  6 26 16 1992 Trade - Atlanta
Antonio Freeman     86   WR 6- 0 190 Virginia Tech    2  2 24 12 1995 Draft - 3rd round
Bernardo Harris     54   LB 6- 2 243 North Carolina   2  2 24 16 1995 FA
Chris Hayes         40    S 6- 0 200 Washington State 1  1 24  2 1996 FA - NY Jets
William Henderson   30   FB 6- 1 248 North Carolina   2  2 25 16 1995 Draft - 3rd round
Craig Hentrich      17    P 6- 3 200 Notre Dame       3  3 25 16 1993 FA-Jets (PS-1993)
Darius Holland      90   DT 6- 4 310 Colorado         2  2 22 14 1995 Draft - 3rd round
Lamont Hollinquest  56   LB 6- 3 243 USC              1  3 25 16 1996 FA - Wash (1994)
Desmond Howard      81   WR 5-10 180 Michigan         1  5 26 16 1996 UFA - Jacksonville
Chris Jacke         13    K 6- 0 205 Texas-El Paso    8  8 30 16 1989 Draft - 6th round
Keith Jackson       88   TE 6- 2 258 Oklahoma         2  9 31 16 1995 Trade - Miami
Travis Jervey       32   RB 5-11 225 The Citadel      2  2 24 16 1995 Draft - 5th round
Calvin Jones        27   RB 5-11 205 Nebraska         1  3 25  1 1996 FA - Oak (1995)
Sean Jones          96   DE 6- 7 283 Northeastern     3 13 33 15 1994 UFA - Houston
Lindsey Knapp       53    G 6- 6 300 Notre Dame       1  2 26  9 1995 Trade - KC
George Koonce       53   LB 6- 1 243 East Carolina    5  5 27 16 1992 FA
Bob Kuberski        94   NT 6- 4 295 Navy             2  2 25  1 1993 Draft - 7th round
Dorsey Levens       25   RB 6- 1 235 Georgia Tech     3  3 26 16 1994 Draft - 5th round
Derrick Mayes       80   WR 6- 0 200 Notre Dame       1  1 22  7 1996 Draft - 2nd round
Gene McGuire        60    T 6- 7 290 Notre Dame       1  2 26  8 1996 FA - Chi (1993)
Keith McKenzie      95   DE 6- 3 242 Ball State       1  1 22 10 1996 Draft - 7th round
Jim McMahon          9   QB 6- 1 195 BYU              2 15 37  5 1995 FA - Ari (1994)
John Michels        77    T 6- 7 290 USC              1  1 23 15 1996 Draft - 1st round
Terry Mickens       88   WR 6- 0 198 Florida A&M      3  3 25  8 1994 Draft - 5th round
Anthony Morgan      81   WR 6- 1 200 Tennessee        4  6 28  3 1993 FA - Chicago
Roderick Mullen     28   CB 6- 1 204 Grambling State  2  2 23 14 1995 FA
Craig Newsome       21   CB 6- 0 190 Arizona State    2  2 25 16 1995 Draft - 1st round
Doug Pederson       18   QB 6- 3 215 NE Lousiana      1  2 28  1 1996 FA - Miami (1993)
Mike Prior          45    S 6- 0 208 Illinois State   4 11 32 16 1993 UFA - Indianapolis
Andre Rison         84   WR 6- 1 195 Michigan State   1  8 29  5 1996 FA - Jacksonville
Eugene Robinson     41    S 6- 0 195 Colgate          1 12 33 16 1996 Trade - Seattle
Michael Robinson    46   CB 6- 1 192 Hampton          1  1 23  6 1996 FA
Ken Ruettgers       75    T 6- 5 292 USC             12 12 34  4 1985 Draft - 1st round
TRADES AND TRANSACTIONS
JUNE 6 - Traded DB Lenny McGill to ATLANTA for RB Robert Baldwin
JUNE 27 - Traded DE Matt LaBounty to SEATTLE for DB Eugene Robinson
JULY 17 - Traded S George Teague to ATLANTA for a conditional draft choice
NAME                NO  POS  HGT WGT COLLEGE         YR PR AG  G HOW ACQUIRED
Brian Satterfield   38   FB 6- 0 225 North Alabama    1  1 26  1 1996 FA
Wayne Simmons       59   LB 6- 2 248 Clemson          4  4 26 16 1993 Draft - 1st round
Kevin Smith         49   TE 6- 4 255 UCLA             1  4 27  1 1996 FA-Raiders (1994)
Aaron Taylor        73    G 6- 4 305 Notre Dame       2  2 23 16 1994 Draft - 1st round
Jeff Thomason       83   TE 6- 4 250 Oregon           2  4 26 16 1995 FA - Cin (1993)
Adam Timmerman      63    G 6- 4 295 South Dakota St  2  2 25 16 1995 Draft - 7th round
Reggie White        92   DE 6- 5 300 Tennessee        4 12 34 16 1993 UFA - Philadelphia
Bruce Wilkerson     64    T 6- 5 305 Tennessee        1 10 32 14 1996 FA - Jack (1995)
Gabe Wilkins        98   DE 6- 4 305 Gardner-Webb     3  3 24 16 1994 Draft - 4th round
Brian Williams      51   LB 6- 1 235 USC              2  2 23 16 1995 Draft - 3rd round
Tyrone Williams     37   CB 5-11 195 Nebraska         1  1 23 16 1996 Draft - 3rd round
Frank Winters       52    C 6- 3 295 West Illinois    5 10 32 16 1992 Plan B - K. City
NO - Jersey Number POS - Position HGT - Height WGT - Weight YR - Years with Packers PR - Years of Professional Football AGE - Age on September 1 G - Games  Played FA - Free Agent
1996 PACKERS PRACTICE SQUAD
NAME                POS COLLEGE           HOW ACQUIRED
Chris Hayes           S Washington St     1996 FA - NY Jets
Eric Matthews        WR Indiana           1996 FA
Buster Owens         CB Georgia           1996 FA
Michael Robinson     CB Hampton           1996 FA
Bill Schroeder       WR UW-La Crossee     1996 FA - New England
Walter Scott         DE East Carolina     1996 FA
Chris Sedoris        OL Purdue            1996 FA
Kylie Wachholtz      QB USC               1996 Draft - 7th round
Bold Italics - Made Active Roster
1996 PACKERS DRAFT (April 20-21, 1996)
RND-PCK NAME                POS COLLEGE       NOTES
1    27 John Michels          T USC
2    56 Derrick Mayes        WR Notre Dame 
3a   90 Mike Flanagan         C UCLA 
3b   93 Tyrone Williams      CB Nebraska      (A) 
4   123 Chris Darkins        RB Minnesota 
5   161 Traded to Kansas City in Lindsay Knapp
6a  197 Traded to Philadelphia for Joe Sims
6b  208 Marco Rivera          G Penn State    (A)
7a  240 Kyle Wachholtz       QB USC
7b  252 Keith McKenzie       LB Ball State    (A)
A-Free agency compensatory pick
Bold Italics - Played for the Green Bay Packers
FREE AGENCY - UNRESTRICTED FREE AGENTS
PLAYERS SIGNED - WR Don Beebe (Carolina), LB Ron Cox (Chicago), DT Santana Dotson (Tampa Bay), WR/KR Desmond Howard (Jacksonville)
PLAYERS LOST - QB Ty Detmer (Philadelphia), G Harry Galbreath (N.Y. Jets), NT John Jurkovic (Jacksonville), LB Fred Strickland (Dallas)
FREE AGENCY - RESTRICTED FREE AGENTS
PLAYERS LOST - WR Charles Jordan (Miami)
TRANSISTION PLAYER DESIGNATION
S LeRoy Butler
1996 PRE-SEASON RESULTS (3-1)
AUGUST (3-1)                           RESULT       RECORD    ATT STARTING QB             LEADING RUSHER              LEADING PASSER              LEADING RECEIVER
2  NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS               W 24- 7       1- 0-0 57,918 Brett Favre             Travis Jervey (28)          Doug Pederson (125)         William Henderson (3-23)
11 PITTSBURGH STEELERS                W 24-17       2- 0-0 59,284 Brett Favre             James Bostic (39)           Doug Pederson (139)         Terry Mickens (3-22)
17 at Baltimore Ravens                W 17-15       3- 0-0 62,025 Brett Favre             Edgar Bennett (27)          Brett Favre (186)           Robert Brooks (4-45)
24 at Indianapolis Colts              L  6-30       3- 1-0 49,081 Brett Favre             Travis Jervey (43)          Brett Favre (83)            Anthony Morgan (3-45)
1996 REGULAR SEASON RESULTS (13-3)
SEPTEMBER (4-1)
1  at Tampa Bay Buccaneers (0-0)      W 34- 3       1- 0-0 54,102 Brett Favre              Edgar Bennett (62)         Brett Favre (247)           Antonio Freeman (6-82)
9  PHILADELPHIA EAGLES (1-0)          W 39-13       2- 0-0 60,666 Brett Favre              Edgar Bennett (93)         Brett Favre (261)           Robert Brooks (5-130)
15 SAN DIEGO CHARGERS (2-0)           W 42-10       3- 0-0 60,584 Brett Favre              Edgar Bennett (65)         Brett Favre (231)           Robert Brooks (8-108)
22 at Minnesota Vikings (3-0)         L 21-30       3- 1-0 64,168 Brett Favre              Edgar Bennett (33)         Brett Favre (198)           Don Beebe (3-96)
29 at Seattle Seahawks (1-3)          W 31-10       4- 1-0 59,973 Brett Favre              Edgar Bennett (94)         Brett Favre (209)           Antonio Freeman (7-108)
OCTOBER (3-0)
6  at Chicago Bears (2-3)             W 37- 6       5- 1-0 65,480 Brett Favre              Edgar Bennett (32)         Brett Favre (246)           Antonio Freeman (7-146)
14 SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS (4-1)          W 23-20 (OT)  6- 1-0 60,716 Brett Favre              Brett Favre (24)           Brett Favre (395)           Don Beebe (11-220)
27 TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS (1-6)         W 13- 7       7- 1-0 60,627 Brett Favre              Edgar Bennett (93)         Brett Favre (178)           Desmond Howard (5-30)
NOVEMBER (2-2)
3  DETROIT LIONS (4-4)                W 28-18       8- 1-0 60,695 Brett Favre              Edgar Bennett (68)         Brett Favre (281)           Terry Mickens (7-52)
10 at Kansas City Chiefs (6-3)        L 20-27       8- 2-0 79,281 Brett Favre              Edgar Bennett (37)         Brett Favre (314)           Dorsey Levens (5-83)
18 at Dallas Cowboys (6-4)            L  6-21       8- 3-0 65,032 Brett Favre              Edgar Bennett (48)         Brett Favre (194)           Keith Jackson (7-98)
24 at St. Louis Rams (3-8)            W 24- 9       9- 3-0 61,499 Brett Favre              Edgar Bennett (31)         Brett Favre (192)           Andre Rison (5-44)
DECEMBER (4-0)
1  CHICAGO BEARS (5-7)                W 28-17      10- 3-0 59,682 Brett Favre              Dorsey Levens (69)         Brett Favre (231)           Antonio Freeman (10-156)
8  DENVER BRONCOS (12-1)              W 41- 6      11- 3-0 60,712 Brett Favre              Dorsey Levens (86)         Brett Favre (280)           Antonio Freeman (9-175)
15 at Detroit Lions (5-9)             W 31- 3      12- 3-0 73,214 Brett Favre              Edgar Bennett (60)         Brett Favre (240)           Don Beebe (4-79)
22 MINNESOTA VIKINGS (9-6)            W 38-10      13- 3-0 59,306 Brett Favre              Edgar Bennett (109)        Brett Favre (202)           Mark Chmura (4-43)
1996 PLAYOFFS (3-0)
JANUARY - NFC DIVISIONAL PLAYOFF
4  SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS (13-4)         W 35-14              60,787 Brett Favre              Edgar Bennett (80)         Brett Favre (79)            Antonio Freeman (2-26)
NFC CHAMPIONSHIP GAME
12 CAROLINA PANTHERS (13-4)           W 30-13              60,216 Brett Favre              Edgar Bennett (99)         Brett Favre (292)           Dorsey Levens (5-117)
SUPER BOWL XXXI AT NEW ORLEANS
26 New England Patriots (13-5)        W 35-21              72,301 Brett Favre              Dorsey Levens (61)         Brett Favre (246)           Antonio Freeman (3-105)
The Sports Illustrated "experts" correctly predicted half of the Super Bowl field in 1996
PACKERS VS. BEARS (1996):  “Glenn Swain's Packers vs. Bears is the history of one of pro football's oldest rivalries. The Green Bay Packers and the Chicago Bars have clashed over 150 times (as of 1996) on the football field in a 75 year timespan leaving a trail of bruised egos, broken bones, bloody noses, star players, and legendary names like Halas, Lambeau, Starr, Lombardi, Butkus, Nitschke, Hornung, and Payton. (This) is the definitive book on Packer football and a "must read" for all Packer fans! — and those Chicago folks too. — Midwest Book Review" - Packerville, USA for more content and pictures
RETURN TO GLORY (1996): “Written before the Green Bay Packers’ Super Bowl XXXI season, Return to Glory tells the story of the resurgence of the franchise. Starting with the firing of GM Tom Braatz by Bob Harlan, we learn the process of hiring both Ron Wolf and Mike Holmgren, the acquiring of QB Brett Favre, DE Reggie White, and the rest of the 1992-95 teams that returned to the playoffs and ultimately brought home a world championship to little old Green Bay. A must for Packers’ history buffs, and anyone wanting to know how the team rose from the depths of the NFL to the mountaintop. " - Packerville, USA for more content and pictures
REGGIE WHITE (1996): “From the book description: “In Reggie White's own fast-paced, inspiring account of his colorful, sometimes controversial career, both in the pros and in the pulpit. Packed with insights, observations, and war stories of his twelve years in the NFL — including his championship season — In the Trenches delves into the heart of an amazing athlete who balances an array of extremes: he is both beloved and feared, tough and gentle, competitive and compassionate, fierce and generous.” " - Packerville, USA for more content and pictures
"Downfield: Untold Stories of the Green Bay Packers, which was published in the year that the Packers would eventually win the Super Bowl after 29 years, focuses on players from both the Lombardi years, as well as the Bengston, Starr, and Gregg years. You will read about on-field exploits as well as updates on the post-football lives of John Brockington, Chester Marcol, Jim Carter, Ezra Johnson, Mike Douglass, Greg Koch, Paul Coffman, David Whitehurst, Ken Ellis, Scott Hunter, and more from the lean years. From the Glory Days, you can read about Bart Starr, Ray Nitschke, Jerry Kramer, Fuzzy Thurston, Chuck Mercein, Marv Fleming, and many more. One reviewer wrote: “Die-hard Packer fans who followed the team through the ’70s and ’80s (when the Packers were so routinely awful that only the most fanatical of fans could follow them) will probably enjoy this book. Young fans, unless they're Packer history scholars, won't recognize most of the players in the book.” - Packerville, USA for more content and pictures
WORLD CHAMPIONS
The 1996 Green Bay Packers - 13-3 (1st - NFC Central)
Head Coach: Mike Holmgren
LEAP OF FAITH (1996): "Steve Rose wrote a wonderful book about how God blessed the 1995 Green Bay Packers football team. This was the squad that won the Super Bowl the following year. There were many instances of people of faith on that squad that go unheard of. We read a lot about how God has used Reggie White and Ken Ruettgers for His purposes. Nobody talks about the faith of Sterling Sharpe, Keith Jackson or other members of the team that are less outspoken. In Leap of Faith: God Must Be A Packer Fan, Steve Rose does that. If I were to have one critique that makes it a 3-star instead of 5-star book, it's that it is not tightly edited. It was a good read and with more editing and better chronology (he skips around a bit which made it hard to keep up with), it would have been a great read. Still, if you are a Packers fan who wants to revisit the Holmgren-era in the 1990s, this book should be one at the top of your list.” — Jeffrey Williams - Packerville, USA for more pictures and content