Running back Ahman Green, a staple of some solid Green Bay Packers teams of the early 21st century, and left tackle Ken Ruettgers, an anchor of the offensive line for much of the 1980s and 1990s, will be inducted Saturday into the Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame.
Green played for the Packers from 2000-06 and returned for eight games in 2009. He was a four-time Pro Bowler as a Packer, topping the 1,000-yard mark a franchise record six times. He is the Packers’ all-time rushing leader with 8,322 yards and also holds the club record with 33 100-yard games.
Green set single-season Packer records in 2003 with 1,883 rushing yards and 20 touchdowns.
Green Bay got Green from the Seattle Seahawks in a trade for cornerback Fred Vinson and he turned out to be an all-timer for the team.
Ruettgers came to the Packers as the seventh overall pick in the 1985 draft out of USC and became a fixture in Green Bay, including being named the team’s offensive Most Valuable Player in 1989.
Ruettgers started 140 of his 156 games in his 12-year career (1985-96) and was a starter for three playoff teams (1993-95) for the Packers. He played for Green Bay briefly in the 1996 Super Bowl season, but retired because of a chronic left knee injury prior to the team entering the postseason.
Green, who also played for the Houston Texans and the Omaha Nighthawks of the now-defunct United Football League, is now a co-owner of the Indoor Football League’s Green Bay Blizzard.
Ruettgers founded GamesOver.org, a non-profit group that helps former professional athletes transition into retirement. He also teaches at Central Oregon Community College and coaches football at Sisters (Ore.) High School.