Packers wide receiver Donald Driver avoided elimination on Tuesday’s semifinals episode of ABC’s Dancing With The Stars, making sure he advanced to next week’s finale. “Driver will face opera singer Katherine Jenkins and actor William Levy in the finals, with the winner to be crowned on May 22,” writes Jason Wilde of ESPNWisconsin.com. “The team’s first open-to-the-media, open-to-the-public OTA practice is that day.” Entertainment reporter Maria Menounos was voted off the show yesterday.
More on Donald Driver appears at Fox Sports Wisconsin.
Teammate Jordy Nelson spoke to the media on Tuesday lending his support for Donald Driver hoping he remains with the team for the 2012 season. Nelson made mention of the need for a veteran presence on the team and gave specific examples of two veterans that were released earlier this offseason. “I think he’s important,” Nelson said of Driver to Wes Hodkiewicz of PackersNews.com. “He’s fun to be around. You build those relationships and you don’t want them to end. We’ve already experienced two of them this year with Chad (Clifton) and Nick (Collins), and I think it would be tough to take a third.” It’s been speculated that the Packers may cut Driver to make room for younger receivers on the roster such as Tori Gurley and Diondre Borel.
Former Packers linebacker George Koonce appeared in the media on Tuesday when he publicized the contents of his recent doctoral thesis as he attends Marquette University. ”Through my personal experience and the experiences of those whom I have interviewed for this study, I conclude that playing in the NFL is detrimental to one’s life and well-being, especially for the players who are engulfed in the role of a professional athlete,” Koonce is quoted as writing by Mike Freeman of CBSSports.com. The findings by Koonce are of particular interest because of the timing of his thesis, which has coincided with scrutiny on concussions of NFL players and its effects. The suicide of linebacker Junior Seau had a profound effect on Koonce. More from George Koonce appears at ESPN.com.
Recent progress on the new video boards being installed at Lambeau Field received attention on Tuesday. “Construction crews this week began installing video panels on the north end zone board and have about three weeks of work remaining,” writes Richard Ryman of the Green Bay Press-Gazette. “Work on the south end zone board will follow. Both are scheduled to be operational for the Green Bay Packers shareholders’ meeting on July 24.” The new video boards will be the highlight of changes at the stadium in store for the 2012 season. The new south end zone seating won’t be completed until 2013.
More on the new video boards at Lambeau Field appears at the Packers official website.
Safety Charlie Peprah told the media on Tuesday how he views himself as a starter at safety despite speculation Charles Woodson could move to the position or a rookie could take over. “As far as I’m concerned, I plan on it just because that’s the way I view myself and my abilities,” Peprah is quoted as saying by Jason Wilde of ESPNWisconsin.com. Peprah spoke to the media as part of his role on this year’s Packers Tailgate Tour, which began on Tuesday.
The first stop on the annual Tour was at Omro High School. An account of the event comes from the Oshkosh Northwestern.
Current and former Packers players also visited the Tomah VA Medical Center during the first day of tour activities.
The culminating event on Tuesday was a stop in La Crosse where TV station WXOX interviewed Charlie Peprah.
The Packers announced their annual Family Night scrimmage will be held on Friday Aug. 3. Details come from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Packer Report, ESPNWisconsin.com, Press-Gazette and Fox Sports Wisconsin.
New center Jeff Saturday is featured in an article by Jason Wilde at ESPNWisconsin.com.
Head coach Mike McCarthy’s offseason program is highlighted in an article by Tom Silverstein of the Journal Sentinel.
First-round draft choice Nick Perry is featured in an article at Fox Sports Wisconsin.
The agent of new undrafted free agent signing Shea Allard, an offensive lineman from Delaware, spoke to South Coast Today.
Only a few spots remain at Clay Matthews’ youth football camp.
Some award predictions are made by Andrew Garda at Bleacher Report.
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