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Packers elect six playoff captains

Posted by Mike Spofford on January 1, 2014 – 4:50 pm

The Packers have voted for and selected their captains for the 2013 postseason.

Unlike some teams, Green Bay doesn’t have season-long captains but chooses captains during the regular season on a weekly basis to go out for the coin toss. For the postseason, these six players will serve as captains and wear a “C” patch on their jerseys for as long as the Packers season continues.

They are QB Aaron Rodgers and WR Jordy Nelson on offense, LB A.J. Hawk and S Morgan Burnett on defense, and K Mason Crosby and CB Jarrett Bush on special teams.

This is the first time for Nelson and Burnett to be chosen as playoff captains. Rodgers leads the way with five selections now, followed by Bush with four, and Hawk and Crosby with three apiece.

Nelson has set career highs this season in both receptions (85) and receiving yards (1,314). Hawk led the team in tackles with 153, the seventh time in eight seasons he has either finished first or second on the team in that category. Hawk also posted a career-high five sacks.

Burnett finished second on the team with 104 tackles despite missing the first three games due to injury. Bush had seven tackles and one forced fumble on the coverage units, while Crosby posted the highest field-goal percentage of his seven-year career at 89.1 percent, making 33 of 37 field goals.

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31 Responses to “Packers elect six playoff captains”

  1. By WCPackfan on Jan 1, 2014 | Reply

    The “C” on Hawk, Burnett, and Bush needs to stand for “coverage” in this game.

  2. By OKGOPACK on Jan 1, 2014 | Reply

    Great choices, almost wish Flynn could be an honorary captain.

  3. By Debbie Downer on Jan 1, 2014 | Reply

    That’s too many captains on the field, like too many cooks in the kitchen. I just know it.

  4. By Debbie Downer on Jan 1, 2014 | Reply

    OK, Flynn has to photobomb the picture since Rodgers is a captain.

  5. By Nanniz on Jan 1, 2014 | Reply

    I like how the Packers pick different captains for each game – too bad the NFL won’t let them do that in the playoffs. I wonder why? I would like to see Flynn photobomb the captain pick too!

  6. By Nanniz on Jan 1, 2014 | Reply


  7. By Fran on Jan 1, 2014 | Reply

    Hilarious. Kuhn doesn’t make that block on Peppers last week, no playoffs.

  8. By gerardo on Jan 1, 2014 | Reply

    I hope 4 of this 6 captains have a HUGE game sunday and contribute on the scoreboard…go pack!!!!!!

  9. By Deb on Jan 1, 2014 | Reply

    Hey Fran, Hilarious….Kuhn DID make the block. Oh Yeah that means no playoffs for the Bears!!!!!

  10. By NlG£RlA&U£ST on Jan 1, 2014 | Reply

    and a diet consisting mostly of edible underwear.

  11. By Brian the GB PACKER on Jan 1, 2014 | Reply

    Im hoping for the BIG PAYBACK against the 49ers! i dont care who wears the “C”. yes Kuhn is a monster.
    -GO PACK GO!!!!

  12. By sktrjksn on Jan 1, 2014 | Reply

    It should have been Eddie Lacy instead of Aaron Rodgers.

  13. By pattu durairaj on Jan 1, 2014 | Reply

    Greetings from India. All the way Pack. Once a packer fan always a pack.

  14. By Josie Mikoczi on Jan 2, 2014 | Reply


  15. By Matt on Jan 2, 2014 | Reply

    If Captains are picked on leadership and stats, Lacy should be captain. Without him, there is no playoffs for the Pack. Every captain does deserve it but he deserves it the most. Go Pack!

  16. By In Aaron We Trust on Jan 2, 2014 | Reply

    you guys are focus on that specific game every person on the team is highly talent and they make big plays.. that is what they are here to do.. but the six guys chosen have been chosen by the team because they have the capability to lead the team into and out of any situation.. Aaron missed a great amount this season, however when given the chance he came in clutch. that is why he was selected by his team. they made the perfect decisions. Especially since Jordy was robbed of a pro bowl selection he deserves to be a captain.

  17. By jeff on Jan 2, 2014 | Reply

    I dont care who is captains really as long as when the game starts all players play like its the game of their life time an give all they got win or lose if they do that then there will be no losers no captains just team mates that are winners in this extraordinary game we get to watch every week…Go Pack

  18. By Reserve Kicker on Jan 2, 2014 | Reply

    I read the article as such that the team itself made the choice. So whatever the outcome is, those who were elected deserve it. There shouldn’t be any discussion except congratulating those who have the honour to be close to the action when the coin is tossed. :)

  19. By Lori Stoneberg on Jan 2, 2014 | Reply

    Go Pack Go

  20. By gbgrandbaygrandma on Jan 2, 2014 | Reply

    Go Pack Go. We want to beat the 49’ers. Good choice for the captains.

  21. By Laura on Jan 2, 2014 | Reply

    Eddie Lacy was fantastic this year, but he’s a rookie. Too soon to have earned a captain spot. Great choices by the people who play with them every week.

  22. By joesabrowski on Jan 2, 2014 | Reply

    Crosby is a great selection, what a difference from last year. He’s earned it. Agreed about Flynn too.

  23. By Eddie Lacy on Jan 2, 2014 | Reply

    “It should have been Eddie Lacy instead of Aaron Rodgers.” – sktrjksn

    Uh huh.

  24. By Ted on Jan 2, 2014 | Reply

    Save Lacey’s foot….

  25. By Terry Okkie on Jan 2, 2014 | Reply

    What does a captain do besides say, “I’m a captain”?

  26. By frank bublitz on Jan 2, 2014 | Reply

    Go get them! Congratulations to the Captains!!;

  27. By Danny on Jan 2, 2014 | Reply

    I personally think Lacy and Cobb should be up there instead of Crosby and Bush but hey who cares they’re all on the same team at the end of the day and it’s gonna take a TEAM to win this one not just 6 guys, although I agree they are great team leaders. But I know we can handle it. Praying for a great game with no injuries on either team and a Packers W. Leggo

  28. By Blessed on Jan 2, 2014 | Reply

    you notice none of the back up qaurterbacks arent on their … hmmm should say something… me personally I think COBB as well should be up their but that is a lot of captains … dont let glory to your HEAD stay focused and get the JOB done and GIVE ALL OF US FANS A SUPERBOWL RUN !!! REMEMBER THE WHOLE TEAM !!! GO PACKS GO !!!!

  29. By Chuck Cartwright on Jan 3, 2014 | Reply

    I remember when they had some other great captain” Paul Horning, Jim Tayler, Max McGee, Bart Star, Boyd Doyler, Fuzzy Thurston, WIlly Davis, Jim RIngo, Ray Nitchy,Jerry Kramer and so many other super stars on that Team. once a Packer Backer always a Packer Backer

  30. By Cody on Jan 3, 2014 | Reply

    Danny, there is 2 captains per set of teams (Offense, Defense, Special Teams) Crosby and Bush are Special Teams captains. And for people saying Lacy over Rodgers… you’re kidding right? A-Rod is our Franchise QB. Without him we are not a playoff team. Lacy is great. But come on, Aaron is the heart and soul of this team on and off the field.

  31. By Eddie Cheesey on Jan 4, 2014 | Reply

    yall acting like the postion of a captain will give those certain individuals extra energy boosts or super powers…(Cobb deserves it, no Lacey should’ve been instead of Rodgers) WHO CARES! its just a patch with a letter C on it.

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