Record number of Hall of Famers returning to Canton

Posted by Mike Spofford on July 14, 2016 – 11:43 am

A record 130 Pro Football Hall of Famers will be returning to Canton, Ohio, for this year’s induction festivities from Aug. 4-7, when former Packers QB Brett Favre will join them in donning a gold jacket.

The Pro Football Hall of Fame posted the entire list of returning Hall members here. Several former Packers inductees are planning to be in attendance, including Willie Davis (inducted in 1981), Forrest Gregg (1977), Paul Hornung (1986), James Lofton (2003), Dave Robinson (2013), Jim Taylor (1976) and Ron Wolf (pictured, 2015).

Favre is the 24th individual from the Green Bay Packers to be selected for induction into the Hall of Fame, a total second only to the Chicago Bears (27).

Two other players who briefly played in Green Bay, Ted Hendricks and Jan Stenerud, are also scheduled to attend.

Following Favre’s induction on Aug. 6, the Packers will play the Colts in the Hall of Fame Game in Aug. 7 to open the preseason.


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Rodgers-to-Rodgers Hail Mary wins ESPY’s ‘Best Play’

Posted by Wes Hodkiewicz on July 13, 2016 – 9:30 pm

160713-Rodgers-950GREEN BAY – The awards keep piling up for Aaron Rodgers’ breathtaking Hail Mary pass to Richard Rodgers that sealed the Packers’ 27-23 comeback win over the Lions last December.

The 61-yard game-winning touchdown took home Best Play honors at Wednesday night’s ESPY awards. The play, which came on an untimed down due to penalty, previously won the Play of the Year award at February’s NFL Honors ceremony.

Other finalists for Best Play were LeBron James’ Game 7 block in the NBA Finals and Villanova junior Kris Jenkins’ buzzer-beating shot against North Carolina in the NCAA Division 1 men’s basketball championship game.

Both Rodgers were on-hand to accept the award and thank fans for voting.

“I’d like to thank God because if it weren’t for God, there wouldn’t be any Hail Marys,” quipped Richard Rodgers during his acceptance speech.

“Other than that, this wouldn’t be possible without this guy right here (Aaron Rodgers) and all of our teammates doing their jobs.”

After the game, Richard Rodgers told reporters he wasn’t even supposed to catch the ball. His responsibility actually was supposed to box out for receiver Davante Adams, but he ended up pulling down the biggest catch of his career instead.

It ended a career day for Rodgers, who caught eight passes for 145 yards. It was the most receiving yards by a Green Bay tight end since Jermichael Finley caught six passes for 159 yards in the wild-card playoffs against Arizona on Jan. 10, 2011.


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Brett Favre visits Gruden’s ‘QB Camp’

Posted by Mike Spofford on July 11, 2016 – 3:22 pm

160711-favre-qb-camp-950GREEN BAY — Former Packers QB and 2016 Hall of Fame inductee Brett Favre will be seen in his own one-on-one film session with ESPN QB guru Jon Gruden later this month.

Favre will be part of a special episode of Gruden’s “QB Camp” airing on Thursday, July 21, at 6 p.m. CT on ESPN. The show will be replayed several times from Aug. 4-8, coinciding with Favre’s induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio, at that time.

VIDEO PREVIEW: Hall of Famer Brett Favre goes to Gruden’s QB Camp

Gruden’s “QB Camp”  has become a staple of ESPN’s pre-draft coverage, with all the top QB prospects visiting Gruden for an extensive breakdown of their games. Favre visited Gruden’s office in late June to tape the segment. Favre and Gruden go back to the beginning of Favre’s career in Green Bay, as Favre’s first year with the Packers in 1992 was Gruden’s first as an offensive assistant coach under Mike Holmgren. Gruden also coached the Packers’ wide receivers in 1993-94.

 


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Aaron Rodgers ranked No. 6 on NFL Network’s Top 100

Posted by Wes Hodkiewicz on July 6, 2016 – 8:02 pm

160706-rodgers-950GREEN BAY – Packers QB Aaron Rodgers was voted No. 6 in the NFL Network’s “Top 100” list, which is determined solely by current NFL players.

Rodgers completed 347 of a career-high 572 passes for 3,821 yards with 31 TDs and eight INTs. His 39 completions of 25-plus yards led the NFL, while his 3.88 TD/INT ratio was third-best.

The two-time NFL MVP fashioned one of the most memorable plays of his NFL career in connecting with tight end Richard Rodgers on a game-winning Hail Mary to beat Detroit 27-23 on Dec. 3.

The 61-yard completion was the second-longest come-from-behind game-ending touchdown pass from scrimmage in the fourth quarter, second only to Lions QB Earl Morrall’s 65-yard TD pass to TE Jim Gibbons on Dec. 4, 1960.

A little more than a month later, Rodgers completed another 41-yard TD off a Hail Mary at the end of regulation to WR Jeff Janis to force overtime in the Packers’ divisional playoff against Arizona.

It marked the first game-winning or game-tying passing touchdown at the end of regulation in NFL playoff history.

“He has the best arm in football. Without a doubt,” Arizona DB Tyrann Mathieu said.

Rodgers is the third Packer on this year’s list, joining LB Clay Matthews (No. 57) and DL Mike Daniels (No. 95).

Rodgers topped the list in 2012 following his first MVP season and was voted second a year ago. His other recent rankings have been No. 11 (2011, 2014), and No. 6 in 2013.


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Aaron Rodgers to be revealed in top 10 of NFL’s Top 100 players

Posted by Ryan Hartwig on July 6, 2016 – 10:18 am

160706-rodgers-04-950GREEN BAY – Packers QB Aaron Rodgers will be revealed in the top 10 of the NFL Network’s “Top 100 Players of 2016” during a two-hour special Wednesday night, beginning at 7 p.m. CT.

It will mark the sixth career appearance on the list for Rodgers, who finished No. 2 last year and No. 1 in 2012 following his first MVP season. The list is compiled solely by a vote of current NFL players.

Rodgers will be the third Packers player on this year’s list, as DT Mike Daniels ranked No. 95 and LB Clay Matthews was voted No. 57.

The following players, listed in alphabetical order, will be revealed between Nos. 10-1:
Odell Beckham Jr. – New York Giants, WR
Tom Brady – New England Patriots, QB
Antonio Brown – Pittsburgh Steelers, WR
Rob Gronkowski – New England Patriots, TE
Julio Jones – Atlanta Falcons, WR
Luke Kuechly – Carolina Panthers, LB
Cam Newton – Carolina Panthers, QB
Adrian Peterson – Minnesota Vikings, RB
Aaron Rodgers – Green Bay Packers, QB
J.J. Watt – Houston Texans, DE


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Super Bowl wins, Oakland game going on YouTube

Posted by Wes Hodkiewicz on July 1, 2016 – 3:49 pm

Green Bay Packers' Nick Collins (36) celebrates a touchdown with Clay Matthews (52) during the first half of NFL Super Bowl XLV football game against the Pittsburgh Steelers Sunday, Feb. 6, 2011, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

GREEN BAY – The fans have spoken and three of the most iconic games in Packers’ history are heading to YouTube.

The NFL recently announced that it will upload full network broadcasts of some of the most memorable games in NFL history. The results are in from a fan vote conducted this past week on Facebook to determine which three Packers games will be added to YouTube prior to the start of the 2016 season:

-The Packers’ XLV victory over Pittsburgh (35 percent of the vote)

-The Packers’ XXXI victory over New England (30 percent)

-Brett Favre’s 4 TDs against Oakland in 2003 following the death of his father (17 percent)

Each club was given five initial game options which were chosen in collaboration with NFL Films and the 32 clubs based on fan appeal, historical significance and network broadcast availability.

The Packers’ 1993 NFC wild-card game against Detroit and the 2000 Monday Night Football game against Minnesota were also on the ballot.

Ninety-six games will be uploaded in their original broadcast presentation with the exception of broadcast commercials and halftime shows. Individual voting executions were conducted via Facebook through online polls. Each poll can be accessed by clicking the team logo on nfl.com/youtubegames


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Vote for your favorite Packers games to watch on YouTube

Posted by Mike Spofford on June 24, 2016 – 2:25 pm

160624-superbowl-950GREEN BAY — Prior to the start of the 2016 season, the NFL will upload the full network broadcasts to YouTube of three Packers games voted on by the fans.

Fans can cast their votes by going to the Packers’ Facebook page to see the five choices. The three with the most votes will be uploaded to the NFL’s official YouTube account. To cast your vote, click here.

The five options are:

Super Bowl XXXI
Super Bowl XLV
1993 NFC Wild Card game at Detroit
2000 Monday Night Football vs. Minnesota
2003 Monday Night Football vs. Oakland

Voting is now open and will continue into next week. For access to the polls for all NFL teams, click here.

 


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Aaron Rodgers to compete again in Tahoe

Posted by Mike Spofford on June 23, 2016 – 12:53 pm

160623-aaron-rodgers-golf-950A regular at the annual American Century Championship celebrity golf tournament in Lake Tahoe, Packers QB Aaron Rodgers has again committed to play in the tourney next month, according to the event’s publicist.

The 54-hole tournament takes place from July 22-24 and will be broadcast on NBC and NBC Sports Network, as well as replayed on the Golf Channel. Rodgers will be among 90 sports and entertainment stars including Justin Timberlake, Charles Barkley, Jerry Rice, Emmitt Smith, Roger Clemens, Ray Romano and John Elway.

 


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Fond Tailgate Tour reflections

Posted by Aaron Popkey on June 22, 2016 – 5:42 pm

160622-TT-popkey-950After logging 735 miles, celebrating five tailgate parties and creating thousands of new memories, the 2016 Packers Tailgate Tour completed its 11th year and has now raised more than $2 million for charity.

Tour participants offered some reflections on their experiences.

Mark Murphy: “This year’s tour was different than many of our other tours, because it took place over the weekend and was later in the year. We were able to do some things we don’t often do, such as visit camps and tour on the Ducks. The activities were more summer related than school related, which was a nice change.

“The group was great. The players got along really well. For me, it’s always fun to see how our alumni and current players sit on separate parts of bus at the beginning and by the end of trip they’re all together sharing stories and having fun.”

Sean Jones: “This tour has been a lot of fun. There are things I have done that I wouldn’t have taken the time to do, like riding the Ducks in the (Wisconsin) Dells. I’m going to bring my family back to do that.

“It was great to have the ability to touch people and put smiles on their faces. Many of them wouldn’t be able to go to a game or visit Lambeau Field. We’ve been able to bring that feeling to them and help them create great memories. I say that to my kids, the aspect of making great memories in your life. And the other thing I stress is to ask great questions…otherwise you won’t get great answers.”

LeRoy Butler: “It was fantastic. I enjoyed meeting people that will never get a chance to come to Green Bay to see a game. I enjoyed seeing kids that were impacted that we were able to play with at the hospital. They were thanking us but we were thanking them. That’s the mutual bond.

“We raised a lot of money for charity. They counted on this. To come through for them is awesome.”

Robert Brooks: “It was a great success, great to see the fans. I didn’t expect anything less than great turnout with this fan base. I don’t think any other team could pull off what we did. The fans that watched our teams, their excitement was like yesterday; they remember you and the plays and the times during that era. Makes you feel special.”

Sam Barrington: “This tour is what makes us one of the most prestigious organizations in the league. Not about how much the team’s worth or games won, it’s the ability to have collective heart for the community. That’s what I believe.

“The consistency was reiterated at each event. One was not more enthused than other. Everyone was enthused and happy.”

Jayrone Elliott: “It was a great opportunity for us to interact with the fans and to bond with teammates and meet former players. I learn some techniques from Sean. LeRoy was fun to be with and I learned about business from RB (Robert Brooks).

“It was tremendous how many fans turned out each night. You could see their excitement in their body language. The surprise visits were great, especially at the children’s hospital.”

Jared Abbrederis: “Mean Gene was fun; he was a hoot. We had some fun stops with some surprise twists. Fun interacting with the fans. The highlight of the trip was the children’s hospital. We also enjoyed good food spots around Wisconsin.

“It surprised me how much the older guys goofed around. It was fun to hang out with these guys. I learned something from Robert Brooks: get the scuba gloves for the winter. Get the scubas and you’ll catch 100 balls, he said.”

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Clay Matthews part of new ‘Sunday Night Football’ theme song

Posted by Mike Spofford on June 22, 2016 – 5:30 pm

blog-header-imageGREEN BAY — Packers LB Clay Matthews is part of the new “Sunday Night Football” theme song being recorded by Carrie Underwood.

Shooting for the new “SNF” intro has been going on this week as Underwood has recorded a new song for the opening for the first time in a decade. “SNF” has used “Waiting All Day for Sunday Night,” performed by multiple artists and most recently by Underwood, for the past 10 years.

Matthews was featured in the video montage for the theme song over the last few years and is being used again, along with several other high-profile NFL stars.

The new song is entitled, “Oh, Sunday Night” and is a re-worked version of “Something Bad,” an Underwood duet with Miranda Lambert.

The new intro will debut on Sunday, Sept. 11, when the Cardinals play the Patriots. The Packers are scheduled for three Sunday night games in 2016 — at Minnesota on Sept. 18, at home vs. the New York Giants on Oct. 9, and at Washington on Nov. 20. Flex scheduling could change the number of Green Bay appearances on Sunday night.


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