Continuing with the trend of relatively unpopular numbers in the upper 40s, 47 has been worn by 21 Packers, including four members of the team’s Hall of Fame: Milt Gantenbein, Hank Bruder, John Martinkovic and Jesse Whittenton. All-Pro cornerback Whittenton wore it longest (seven years) and best.
End Milt Gantenbein wore the number first in Green Bay in 1933. He was followed by back Hank Bruder (1934), end Al Rose (1935-36), tackle Lou Gordon (1937), tackle Paul Berezney (1942-44) and tackle Paul Lipscomb (1945-49).
In the post-Lambeau era, 47 has been worn by a motley of positions–one tackle, one defensive end, one runner, one wide receiver, one tight end, one linebacker and nine defensive backs.
T: Len Szafaryn (1950).
DE: John Martinkovic (1951).
RB: Dom Moselle (1952).
DB: Val Joe Walker (1953-56), Jesse Whittenton (1958-64), Gordon Rule (1968-69), David Petway (1981), Jim Bob Morris (1987), Roland Mitchell (1991-94), Tyrone Bell (1999), Atari Bigby (2005), Matt Giordano (2009).
TE: Scott Galbraith (1998).
LB: Jake Ryan (2015-17).
There have been five gaps of at least four years when the number was worn by no Packer: 1938-41, 1973-80, 1982-86, 1994-2004 and 2010-14.
All custom cards aside from Whittenton, Rule and Mitchell are colorized.