The Green Bay Packers have had some great linebackers in their storied history. Rashan Gary could be next on that list.
Recently, the Packers have seen players like Clay Matthews and A.J. Hawk walk through their doors and become staples of their defense. Rashan Gary could be the next great linebacker for the Green Bay Packers.
How Good Can Green Bay Packers OLB Rashan Gary Be?
Comparing Gary's Greatness to Clay Matthews'
Rashan Gary has already shown the impact he can have on the team. He was arguably the best player on the defense before he tore his ACL in 2022. He was on pace to set career highs in sacks, tackles, and tackles for a loss. Unfortunately, his injury prevented him from doing so, but he has been tirelessly working to make his return to football.
Clay Matthews is probably the best linebacker the Packers have had in recent memory. He is the Green Bay Packers all-time sacks leader, a two-time All-Pro, and a six-time Pro-Bowl selection. Ironically, Rashan Gary is wearing Matthews' iconic number 52. Through 10 ten seasons as a Packer, Matthews put up great numbers:
- 143 games (15 playoffs)
- 83.5 sacks (11.0 playoffs)
- 482 tackles
- 121 tackles for a loss
- 189 quarterback hits
- 15 forced fumbles (4 playoffs)
- 6 interceptions
- 41 passes defended
- 3 touchdowns
- 2 All-Pro selections
- 6 Pro-Bowl selections
- 1 Super Bowl
Through four seasons, one of which was cut short by injury, Gary has 22.5 sacks, 135 tackles, three forced fumbles and has played 56 games. Rashan Gary became a starter in 2021 and was a major part of the Packers' defense. If he stays with the Packers for as long as Matthews did, then it is not unrealistic to see his numbers stacking up with the man who wore 52 before him.
Comparing Rashan Gary's Impact to A.J. Hawk's
Unlike Matthews, A.J. Hawk was an inside linebacker. However, Hawk is still an example of another great linebacker to wear the green and gold in recent memory. Like Matthews, he was a major part of the Super Bowl defense in 2010. Hawk played nine seasons and 142 games as a Packer. During that time, he also put up great numbers:
- 9 interceptions
- 922 tackles
- 55 tackles for a loss
- 19.0 sacks
- 4 forced fumbles
- 1 Super Bowl
Hawk is the all-time tackles leader for the Green Bay Packers. It will be nearly impossible for Rashan Gary to reach that mark at his position. Still, when measuring him against Hawk, it will be important to look at impact. Hawk was a consistent force on the defense, and Gary has the ability to be the same.
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