Picked up on waivers from the Minnesota Vikings in 1993, Gilbert Brown, also known as the Gravedigger, went on to become one of the most dominant inside defensive players in the NFL in the later half of the ‘90s.
From his nose tackle position he was powerful enough to force Packers opponents to alter their game plan. He developed into a run-stuffing force for the Packers defensive line. Brown also became a fan favorite and something of a folk hero in the process.
Gilbert got his nickname from his gravedigger routine. To get teammates and fans fired up, Brown would push an imaginary shovel into the turf and toss the non-existent dirt over his shoulder after making a big play. The University of Kansas graduate played for the Packers from 1993 to 1999, sat out in 2000 and came back for the 2001 season.
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