In an interview with Tyler Dunne of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, quarterback Graham Harrell said he's ready to step in for starter Aaron Rodgers if circumstance dictates it. "Absolutely," Harrell is quoted as saying. "As a quarterback, you better be confident in yourself and believe in yourself. I believe in myself. We have a great support staff and a great group of people in Green Bay. They get quarterbacks ready to play and train quarterbacks." There's a lot of attention on Harrell as he enters training camp taking over the backup quarterback job from Matt Flynn. He's also an injury away from taking over from Rodgers and stepping into a very bright spotlight. Furthermore, Harrell is the only backup in the entire NFL who's never taken so much as a single snap. For all those reasons, he'll be a big storyline in the coming weeks.
The Packers and MillerCoors announced a renewal of their sponsorship marketing agreement on Tuesday. "The team and the brewery announced the 10-year extension Tuesday in the Lambeau Field Atrium, which was adorned with Miller Lite signs and whose main entrance is the Miller Lite Gate," writes Richard Ryman of the Green Bay Press-Gazette. "It is the closest thing to naming rights a sponsor can get at Lambeau, where field naming rights are not on the table." Ryman reports MillerCoors is the Packers' largest sponsor and shareholders, owning two percent of the Packers' stock, the maximum allowed. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
More on the MillerCoors sponsorship appears at the Packers official website.
If you're trying to sell or buy tickets to a Packers game outside Lambeau Field, the process might become slightly easier. The village board in Ashwaubenon is considering eliminating an ordinance that restricted the selling of tickets outside the stadium. "The village passed an ordinance in 1997 that required ticket resellers to pay $800 to register with the village, submit to a background check, wear identification, and sell the tickets in a designated area," writes Hannah O'Brien of the Press-Gazette. Anyone who's attended a game could see that the scalping of tickets is commonplace and was not strictly enforced. This is a commonsense solution.
The grassroots social media campaign to get Jerry Kramer elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame is examined in an article at the Press-Gazette. "At the encouragement of friends, Alicia (Kramer, Jerry's daughter) started a Facebook page in May 2011. She posted letters of support from former NFL players, pictures, videos and links to stories about her father." The social media efforts have since exploded with efforts also taking place on Twitter. As the report states, the Hall of Fame announce nominees during the third week of August.
Linebacker A.J. Hawk talked to NFL.com's Ian Rapoport about the recent viral video that shows Hawk shove a guy into a pond in a touch football game. Turns out, it was staged all along: "He came up to me before and said, ‘Hey, just knock me into the water,’ ” Hawk said. “So, I saw everyone with their cameras out, I knew it was going to get out. I didn’t know it’d be as big as it did. It was fun. I don’t regret it." It was all part of an auction Hawk said. I'm assuming a charity auction, which if so, would have been for a good cause.
A feature on former Packer Rich McGeorge appears in the Times-News of Burlington, North Carolina that discusses his upcoming induction into the College Football Hall of Fame and a recent liver transplant.
The running backs are part of a pre-training camp preview by Jason Wilde at ESPNMilwaukee.com.
The defensive line is previewed at Fox Sports Wisconsin.
The tight ends are previewed at the Packers official website.
Jordy Nelson and James Jones are named bargains on the Packers roster by NFL.com.
Lombardi Ave. takes a look at the Packers from a fantasy football perspective.
The roster of the Packers is examined based upon its players' college football classification at Packerpedia.
A feature on former Packer Jim Flanigan, Jr. appears in Packer Plus.
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