Senior writer jclombardi–Packers greats G Rivera & FB Henderson in Hall of Fame.
Rivera & Henderson inducted in Packers Hall of Fame: On Saturday, inside the Lambeau Field Atrium, this attitude was finally rewarded. Both Rivera and Henderson were assembly-line mainstays during their coinciding Green Bay careers, Rivera from 1997-2004 and Henderson from 1995-2006. Neither garnered much attention, instead excelling at selfless jobs through one of the team’s best runs. Now, the right guard and fullback are enshrined in the Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame. Choked up, Henderson struggled to find words at a news conference beforehand. Having all eyes on him for a change means something. “It’s great to represent the Green Bay Packers and,” said Henderson, pausing for a few moments, “the Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame. It’s kind of crazy to say that. Every time I come back now, I’m representing so many decades of guys willing to do whatever it takes.” Rivera didn’t dare sit out. To his left was the game’s iron man, Brett Favre, stringing together an NFL-record 297 consecutive starts. Favre’s approach filtered through the entire offensive line, Rivera said. That group – arguably one of the best run-blocking units in team history – played through pain. “How can you look at him in the eye and say, ‘Oh, Brett, I have a torn MCL. I think I’m just going to take the game off?’?” Rivera said. “You could go ahead and lose that game because the right guard doesn’t play well. I didn’t want that to happen.” As a result, QB Brett Favre’s streak continued and RB Ahman Green tore through the team annals with a Packers-best six 1,000-yard seasons.
Packers Great G Rivera Speaks
Packers Great FB Henderson Speaks