Gilbert Brown was one of the great Packers of the '90s era. Brown is still beloved by Packers fans today after playing nearly a decade in Green Bay. Brown played in 125 games for the Green and Gold and had some amazing moments along the way.
Here are just a few of the top moments of his football life.
3. The Vikings Draft Gilbert Brown
Although Brown is a career Packer, they did not draft him. The Green Bay Packers division rival, the Minnesota Vikings, actually drafted "The Gravedigger." Brown was a third-round pick from Kansas in 1993. However, Minnesota waived him during roster cutdowns. The Vikings' loss became the Packers' gain for a decade.
Although Brown never played a game for the Vikings, getting drafted is a big moment for any player. Brown got his chance to play the Vikings plenty of times throughout his career and was a big part of the Packers' defensive successes in the '90s.
2. The Gravedigger is Inducted into the Packers Hall of Fame
The Green Bay Packers are one of the most storied franchises in the NFL. Countless legends wore the Green and Gold and played inside historic Lambeau Field. However, only 166 players can say they have been inducted into the Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame.
Gilbert Brown is one of those players. He was part of what former Packers general manager Ron Wolf called "the greatest defensive line he's ever been around" and a key contributor to the success of a Super Bowl defense.
"That was a great defensive line," Wolf said to Packers.com's Cliff Christl. "In my 41 years of football, I've never been associated with a better one than that. A lot of people would say, 'Reggie this or Reggie that,' but everything worked around what Gilbert did."
Gilbert Brown was a force in the middle of the Packers' defensive line his whole career. While players around him excelled at getting to the quarterback, Brown did the dirty work and was a huge factor in shutting down an opponent's run game. Moving the way Brown did, at his size, was truly remarkable and made him one of the NFL's elite players.
3. Gilbert Brown Helps Packers Win Super Bowl XXXI
Every player dreams of winning a championship. Players battle for an entire season to just have a chance at it. If they ultimately do win it, it's a culmination of hard work, effort and sacrifices. The 1996 season ended with the Green Bay Packers bringing the Lombardi Trophy back home.
When asked about his Super Bowl win in 2022, Brown shared his thought on where it ranks in his career achievements.
"It’s at the very top," Brown told Mayfield Sports Markteing in December, 2022. "Professionally, football wise, there is nothing that can top that. There’s a lot of great players who don’t have a ring. I got one; I cherish that. I don’t even wear my ring, I just like to look at it, that’s it."
- Gilbert Brown
The Packers' defense in 1996 was among the league's best. They were fourth against the run and first against the pass. Without Gilbert Brown, the Packers' defense could not have had the same impact. His contributions made him and the 1996 Packers Super Bowl champions!
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