A pair of former Green Bay Packers from yesteryear made headlines over the weekend, in essence, bemoaning various aspects of the NFL. First up is 81-year-old Gary Kanfelc who, after his playing career, was formerly the Packers' public address announcer at Lambeau Field. Knafelc raised the issue of retired players not receiving benefits from the NFL. "We don't have a voice, and I really believe the reason that we don't have a voice is that they're hoping that if we keep dying off at the rate we are, we'll be all dead and they won't have to worry about anything," said Knafelc in a feature that aired on NBC 26 in Green Bay. The NFL players' union could have made it a bigger issue as part of the last collective bargaining agreement in 2011, but decided not to. Whether there will be another opportunity with so much on the table and so much at stake for both the NFL and the players' union remains to be seen.
Soon-to-be Pro Football Hall of Famer Dave Robinson lamented the lack of tackling fundamentals in the NFL in a recent article published in USA Today. “There are no more Vince Lombardis, there are no more Paul Browns, there are no more George Halases,” Robinson is quoted as saying by reporter Josh Paunil. “They were all the guys who worked at it for years and years and really understood the profession. (NFL coaches today) have never been taught the correct way to tackle. If they’ve never been taught, how in the heck can you expect them to teach it?” Robinson surprisingly took issue with the way players are taught to tackle with their heads up, claiming it leads to more helmet-to-helmet contact. I understand the point he making, but I'm not sure there's evidence to back up his point of view.
A feature on Packers cornerback Davon House appeared at FoxSportsWisconsin.com Monday morning. "No lie; every day, I would beg the doctor to let me play, to go out and compete," House is quoted as saying by reporter Paul Imig. "But our doctors are very cautious. They didn't want me to run into anyone with the football aspect. But they have plans for me. They're going to let me loose in July." House is still young, but thus far in his career, he not shown he's able to stay healthy. He'll need that to change entering his third season in professional football.
Defensive lineman Jordan Miller was profiled in an article published by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel over the weekend. "I leave all that up to the coaches, where they want to put me," Miller is quoted as saying by reporter Tyler Dunne. "All I'm worrying about right now is working hard and improving." Miller stands long odds to make the Packers roster this season, but his best days are still ahead of him.
LeRoy Butler's appearance at a Madison church on Sunday is covered by The Isthmus.
The Green Bay Blizzard indoor football team, in part owned by former Packer Ahman Green, is up for sale.
The Packers fan known as St. Vince wrote an op-ed piece in the Wisconsin State Journal reacting to an upcoming reality television show on Packers fans.
Video: Luke Rodgers, the older brother of Aaron Rodgers, is featured on a reality television show called Clean Break on Fuel TV...
Brian Carriveau is the author of the book "It's Just a Game: Big League Drama in Small Town America," and editor of Cheesehead TV's "Pro Football Draft Preview." To contact Brian, email [email protected].
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