Ron Kostelnik wasn’t the household name like Bart Starr or Jimmy Taylor, or Paul Hornung, or even Ray Nitschke, but he was an important cog in the wheel of the Lombardi-era Green Bay Packers teams of the 1960s
At Lombardi Ave we are counting down the days to the start of the 2017 season by taking a look at the players who wore numbers 99-to-1.
We stop today at #77 – a jersey worn by 21 players since 1950 – a group made up mostly by linemen – including Kostelnik.
You may remember Mike Butler, a Packers defensive lineman who wore #77 before bolting to the Tampa Bay Bandits after seven years in Green Bay. Or maybe we remember Cullen Jenkins, another defensive lineman who had a big role in the Packers last Super Bowl championship in 2010.
Those are a couple of the players who have worn #77 since 1950.
No, I didn’t think so.
The 77 jersey is now being worn by Adam Pankey, a 6-5, 313-pound rookie out of West Virginia.
He is expected to compete for a spot on the Packers’ offensive line when the Packers hit training camp.
Many have passed through Green Bay – players who don’t necessarily stand out in the statistics, but still had some sort of impact on the franchise.
Kostelnik, who doesn’t register on many people’s “favorite Packers” list, did have an impact when with Green Bay.
This focus is on his number – #77 …
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