Ryan Grant: Packers Hall of Famer?
Although it isn’t official, the Green Bay Packers career of running back Ryan Grant is essentially over. The team has made no effort to re-sign him this offseason and the Press-Gazette’s Rob Demovsky says his locker has been given to receiver Diondre Borel, a member of last season’s practice squad.
The #Packers have given @RyanGrant25′s locker to Diondre Borel. It still had Grant’s name on it at rookie camp.
Clearly, that’s a sign the Packers are moving on.
It begs the question. Is Ryan Grant worthy of the Packers Hall of Fame?
Grant had a fine three-year run with the Packers, starting in 2007 when he took over the starting job at midseason. Grant rushed for 956 yards in only seven starts that season.
He followed it up with two straight 1,200-yard seasons. Grant had 1,203 yards in 2008 and 1,253 in 2009.
Unfortunately, that production didn’t continue. After getting injured during the first game of the 2010 season, Grant split time with James Starks in 2011, rushing for only 559 yards.
His totals in five seasons with the Packers: 4,016 yards, 4.3 yards per rush and 25 touchdowns.
Packers Hall of Fame numbers? Possibly.
There are running backs in the 16-game era in the Packers Hall of Fame with fewer yards.
Gerry Ellis had 3,826 yards in seven seasons, Edgar Bennett had 3,353 in five seasons and Dorsey Levens had 3,937 yards in eight seasons. Grant’s numbers certainly stack up favorably with those.
The real question is whether his Packers career will be viewed as long enough. Again, there’s precedent.
Packers Hall of Fame quarterback Don Majkowski was only a starter for one full season and kicker Don Chandler was with the Packers for only three seasons.
We wouldn’t bet against Grant one day taking his place in the Packers Hall.