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Packers Daily Links: Grant Guarantees Football in 2011

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Packers Daily Links: Grant Guarantees Football in 2011

On the Packers calendar today is the opening of the American Century Championship golf tournament beginning with the Lake Tahoe Celeb-Am Tournament and practice rounds. Aaron Rodgers, A.J. Hawk, Mason Crosby along with former Packers Sterling Sharpe and Jim McMahon are taking part...

As part of a radio interview conducted on WSSP in Milwaukee on Monday, running back Ryan Grant was asked about the NFL lockout and when they'll be getting back to work. "I don’t [know]," said Grant, as quoted by Acme Packing Company. "I know there will be football. I can basically guarantee that. When we will start, I don’t know. I know we’re in talks. I know they’re pretty frequent talks. Both sides want ball and whenever it does get done, guys will be excited to get back on the field, especially me." Of course, the even more newsworthy soundbites coming from Grant included him saying he'd be the starter at running back in 2011 and that he expects competition, which we already shared earlier here on Cheesehead TV, but I'll provide a few other links to other news outlets reporting on Grant's comments a little later on.

Former Packers president Bob Harlan reaffirmed the notion that the organization will retire Brett Favre's no. 4. "That's the word from someone who certainly ought to know - retired Packers President and CEO Bob Harlan," writes Tom Andrews of Packer Report. "Harlan was among the many Packers alumni participating in Monday’s Packer Hall of Fame Golf Classic at The Bull Pinehurst Farms. Harlan was part of a foursome that included general manager Ted Thompson." Although he's retired, Harlan still holds chairman emeritus status on the Packers board of directors.

As far as the Hall of Fame golf event itself, new inductees William Henderson and Marco Rivera were humbled to be taking part. "No, actually, I'm still surprised," Henderson told Bill Huber of Fox Sports Wisconsin. "I'm in the company of some amazing gentlemen and there's still so many names that played with me, before me, that I think are worthy candidates. For them to choose me to be inducted this year, I'm just very humbled." At the end of the article was a note that head coach Mike McCarthy couldn't attend the event due to the birth of his child.

Tight end Tom Crabtree was named to Miami (Oh.) University's All-Decade team. "Crabtree's best offensive year was in 2007, registering 15 receptions for 139 yards and one touchdown," according to the school's official website. "He finished his career in 2008 with over 40 catches." Congrats, Tom.

From the take-this-for-what-you-will department, Packers broadcaster tweeted about the potential end of the lockout yesterday. "Was told today by NFL person the legal people won't be done with new CBA until at least July 31," writes Larrivee. "Expects to miss 2 pre season games." That would seem to go against the grain of the report from ESPN's Adam Schefter and Chris Mortenson yesterday, but there are no guarantees.

Former Packer Matt Bowen discussed Ryan Grant's status at the running back position in a column published at the National Football Post. "I am pulling for Grant to go out and win his job back," writes Bowen. "Spending the season in the training room is the equivalent of being a ghost in the NFL. You immediately vanish from the game plan, and after rehab, all you want to do is get on the field and start competing again." I, too, believe Grant will be the starter for the Packers in 2011, although he'll probably split more carries than ever before.

Other media outlets chiming in on Ryan Grant include USA Today, ProFootballTalk.com, NFL.com, and ESPN.com's NFC North blog.

Quotes from William Henderson and Marco Rivera at the Hall of Fame golf outing come from WBAY-TV in Green Bay.

Three free agent bargains are listed by Kareem Copeland of the Green Bay Press-Gazette, courtesy of Pro Football Focus.

Former Packer Santana Dotson assisted in Robert Royal's free football and cheer camp in New Orleans.

Defensive coordinator Dom Capers and his defense is the focus of a post by Mike Davidsen of Green Bay Packer Nation.

A photo gallery from Desmond Bishop's recent football camp appears at Elite Sports and Public Relations.

Fuzzy Thurston's legal woes are brought up by Bob Fox of Packer Chatters.

The salary cap as it relates to the Packers is covered by Total Packers.

Some of the skill positions are discussed at Aerys Sports.

Pictures of Boyd Dowler and Jim Taylor appear at Packerville, U.S.A.

Video: Coverage of Ryan Grant's fundraiser on Sunday in remembrance of 11-year-old leukemia patient Ryan Luxem...

Grant honors boy who died from leukemia: fox11online.com

Brian Carriveau is the editor of the Maple Street Press Packers Annual. To contact Brian, email carriveau@uwalumni.com.

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