You may hate Taylor Mays now or have a strong opinion that C.J. Spiller isn't the man for the Green Bay Packers. But one thing is for certain, no matter who the Packers take on draft weekend all will be forgotten. And much like this weekend's holiday, those new Packers will instantly be anointed "the best that ever will be."
I imagine the players love it. Who wouldn't? But sometimes as Packer fans we are all too quick to hold a player in higher regard than any other NFL team ever would. In the last quarter of a century there have many such demi-gods, most now left to a random mention on some obscure radio program. However, at one point and time, they could do no wrong. Here's my top ten Packers that we loved to over hype.
The Top Ten Hyper-Stars
10. Eddie Lee Ivery
A superstar coming out of Georgia Tech, the Packers snagged Ivery in the middle of the first round. Also, if your looking for superstar sounding name action, you can't really get much better than Eddie Lee. Plagued by drugs and injury, Ivery played eight years and never ran for a thousand. But, he was Eddie Lee Ivery, and we loved him.
9. Billy Schroeder
Everyone loved Bill Schroeder because he was a kind of fast white guy from a division three school in Wisconsin. Brett Favre made him a household name for nearly four years as Bill pert near posted three consecutive 1,000 yard seasons. Amusingly enough, Schroeder would also be number one on the all prick team. Either way, he retired a Packer, with help from the fan base that made him a hyper-star.
8. Phil Epps
I can't count the number of Packers that have achieved fan stardom with only a play or two. Phil Epps is one of them. Supposedly "faster than words" he was heir apparent to John Jefferson. The fans loved him and so did the press. He only caught one touchdown, but it was beautiful, and sealed his fame and a game against the Vikings forever.
7. Billy Lyon
We've always had an affection in Wisconsin for hard working overachieving white defensive ends. And for some reason, for nearly five seasons Billy Lyon kept hanging around. He never did anything, but he sure was there.
6. Terry Glenn
Terry Glenn could make acrobatic catches like no one on the planet. Unfortunately, he got hurt after every single one of them. But as a fan, you couldn't help but admire she-Glenn going up and coming down with some of the best grabs you will ever see. The bottom line? Not all that good as a Packer.
5. Herbert "The Whisper" Goodman
Why everyone loved this guy I will never know. But again, here in the north woods we tend to herald the good guys. When you look back and realize you where rooting for a guy who has a career rushing total of negative 3 yards, it's pretty damn funny. But, if there was a game-worn Herbert Goodman jersey for sale, I'd definitely have to get it.
4. Paul Ott Carruth
Big guys that are nice. Something that will always go a long way in Green Bay. In his three seasons as a Packer he never rushed for over 300 yards. But, he was always there to bash people on the goal line. Packers fan loved him for it. Maybe the second most hyped guy to ever come out of Hattiesburg.
3. Bernardo Harris
We love them blue collar in Green Bay, and they don't come any more blue-collar than Bernardo Harris. A perennial special teamer for the early part of career, Harris worked his way to a starting spot on the 1997 Super Bowl team. I have nothing but good things to say about Bernardo Harris, most people would tend to agree. On the field, well not so much.
2. Samkon Gado
Eight games, six touchdowns, and two long runs is all it took for Samkon Gado to forever live in Packers lore. We all know his story, we all loved him, he just wasn't that good. That being said, I am going to have a hard time parting with his chrome plated rookie card sitting on my desk.
1. Travis Jervey
We love the blonde beach guys here in Green Bay, and of all the over hyped players in the last quarter of a century, Travis Jervey is without a doubt number one. There wasn't but a handful of Packer fans who didn't adore the free-spirited blonde surfer from South Carolina, so much so he rose to fandom without ever having to leave special teams. When he made it to the Pro Bowl for his work on kick coverage, it was all over. A hyper-star was born, and will live in infamy forever.
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