Hello everyone and welcome to the Pack Recap. Two weeks ago, we spotlighted a decision that changed the Packers and the NFL landscape as Reggie White decided to sign with Green Bay in the offseason. That move paid off for the Packers as White was instrumental in helping Green Bay win a Super Bowl. However, White was not the only notable acquisition during the 1993 offseason. The Packers had a strong draft, with three of their players becoming starters on the 1996 Super Bowl team.
The Packers had two first round selections, which they used on linebacker Wayne Simmons and Cornerback George Teague. Simmons would start in Super Bowl 31 and was effective at taking the opposing team’s tight end out of the game. Simmons tragically passed away in 2002 as a result of a car accident. Meanwhile, Teague would provide the Packers with a memorable moment, but ultimately be unable to stay with the club.
The second started for the Super Bowl team was Earl Dotson, an offensive tackle selected in the third round. Dotson would start both Super Bowls the Packers made in the decade, and would only play for them his entire career. Dotson was hampered by injuries throughout his career, but was still able to help Green Bay win a championship.
The final starter from the 1993 Draft was Cornerback Doug Evans, taken in the 6th round. Evans would record 12 interceptions during his Packers career. His biggest moment would come in the Super Bowl, as he intercepted Drew Bledsoe on the grandest stage. He later set the Panthers franchise record with 8 interceptions during the 2001 season.
In addition to this draft picks and Reggie White, the Packers also signed defensive back Mike Prior. A special teams stalwart, Prior would also intercept Drew Bledsoe in the Super Bowl victory over New England.
All in all, this was a great offseason for the Packers. It would have been good with White alone, but the contributions from the other additions make this offseason huge in regards to building a championship team. Also of note, the Packers drafted Mark Brunell, who would go on to have a fine career with Jacksonville. Although he didn’t make much of an impact for the Packers, it showed how adept Ron Wolf was at identifying talent.
That’s all for this week. Come back next week when we will start looking at the important games of the 1993 season. Until then, thanks for reading.
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