GREEN BAY, Wisc. — VFL Chad Clifton, who enjoyed a 12-year NFL career, was inducted into the Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame this past weekend.
Clifton, who was honored with Nick Collins and Russ Winnie on Saturday, played all 12 of his NFL seasons for the Packers. The former second-round selection in the 2000 NFL Draft appeared in 165 games with 160 starts and ranks second in franchise history behind only Forrest Gregg (187 games) for games played by an offensive tackle. 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 (2007 and 2010) and blocked for five of the top eight single-season rushers in franchise history (Ahman Green, 2001-03; Ryan Grant, 2008-09). He played on eight playoff teams in Green Bay, highlighted by the 2010 squad that won Super Bowl XLV.
Clifton, who is from Martin, Tennessee, enjoyed an All-SEC career at Tennessee from 1995-2000. After using his redshirt in 1995, he emerged as a fixture on the Vols’ offensive line, earning All-SEC honors in 1997 and 1998 and Sporting News All-American honors as a senior in 1999. UT went 43-7 with two SEC titles (1997, 1998) and one national title (1998) during Clifton’s four-year playing career at Rocky Top.
The Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame Inc. is a nonprofit corporation independent of the Green Bay Packers that guides the Hall as a historic national sports venue and educational resource to the Green Bay community and the state of Wisconsin. The Hall raises funds through its annual induction banquet, Golf Classic and other events to preserve the history of the Green Bay Packers and expand its archives. Historic memorabilia donated by individuals to the Hall may qualify as tax-deductible gifts.
Originally established in 1967 as a temporary display in the concourse of the Brown County Veterans Memorial Arena, the Packers Hall of Fame moved into its own facility in 1976 near Lambeau Field. In 2003, it was relocated to the lower level of the Lambeau Field Atrium, and it was closed in November 2013 for renovations. The Packers Hall of Fame reopened in August of 2015, and is now located on the main floor of the Atrium across from 1919 Kitchen & Tap.