Finally, we have peace. Just as I said when the lockout began with a lot of angry rhetoric, the two sides stood next to each other and literally hugged each other on Monday, in formally announcing that the NFL owners and players have reached a new collective bargaining agreement. The Packers’ first training camp practice will be on Saturday, July 30, and very quickly all thoughts of the lockout will fade and the pursuit of Super Bowl XLVI will begin. This will have been a five months I will never forget because I arrived in Green Bay a week after the Packers had won the Super Bowl and a couple of weeks before the lockout began, which means that other than a feature I did on Charlie Peprah signing a new contract prior to the start of the lockout and the ring ceremony in June that provided a one-day window for meeting and talking to members of the championship Packers, I have spent the past five months writing for a team website that, figuratively speaking, didn’t have a team.
Mercifully, it’s over, and I am truly looking forward to covering my new team in real practices and in defense of its Super Bowl title. Thank you for staying with packers.com during the lockout. I hope you will enjoy our coverage of the 2011 season.
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