Best of the Packers: Top 10 defensive backs since 1960

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Willie Wood, shown in an undated photo. (Photo via Wikimedia Commons/This work is in the public domain because it was published in the United States between 1923 and 1977 and without a copyright notice.)

With the Green Bay Packers set to open training camp at the end of this month, Dairyland Express is spending the next several days looking back at the rich history of the Pack, ranking the top 10 players since 1960 by position groups.

Why 1960? Because it’s just more quantifiable since then. Full statistical information exists, which makes comparisons much easier, and honestly, professional football is a different game since the formation of the American Football League and its high-powered passing games.

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But we would be remiss to not acknowledge some of the top performers from that earlier era.

In the secondary, that includes Bobby Dillon—the franchise’s all-time leader with 52 interceptions from 1952-59. It also includes Irv Comp (1943-49), Don Hutson—more known for his stature as a receiver but who recorded 30 interceptions from 1935-45, Bob Forte (1946-53) and Joe Laws (1934-45).

There have been no shortage of terrific defensive backs over the last 50-plus years in Green Bay, with several of them playing key roles in the Packers’ four Super Bowl titles and three pre-Super Bowl NFL championships during the era.

The first installment of the series counted down the top kickers and punters.

So with that preamble, here are the top 10 defensive backs for the Green Bay Packers in the modern era:

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