The Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame Inc. unveiled the 2016 Hall of Fame class on Friday. The class includes former players Chad Clifton and Nick Collins along with former broadcaster, the late Russ Winnie.
Clifton was a second round pick by the Packers in the 2000 NFL Draft out of Tennessee. He appeared in 165 games with 160 starts during his 12 year career, ranking second in franchise history for most games played by an offensive tackle behind only Forrest Gregg (187 games).
In 2004, Clifton helped limit the opposition to a franchise-low 14 sacks, as the Packers did not allow a sack in eight games, another single-season club record. Clifton was selected to the Pro Bowl twice during his career. He played on eight playoff teams in Green Bay, highlighted by the 2010 squad that won Super Bowl XLV.
Collins was selected in the second round of the 2005 Draft out of Bethune-Cookman. He played seven seasons (2005-11) for the Packers before having his career cut short by a neck injury.
Collins racked up 21 interceptions among 83 passes defensed in his career. He was a three-time Pro Bowl selection and became the first Packers safety since Leroy Butler to earn the honor in three consecutive seasons. His interception return for a touchdown in Super Bowl XLV staked the Packers to a 14-0 lead in the eventual 31-25 win.
Russ Winnie was the radio voice of the Green Bay Packers for 18 years and one of the people most responsible for building their statewide fan base. He broadcast Packers games from 1929 through 1946, in the years before television and when the team won six NFL championships under Curly Lambeau.
Induction ceremonies will take place Saturday, July 23, 2016, in the Lambeau Field Atrium.