As part of a series that's being done for every NFL team, ProFootballTalk.com is creating a "Mt. Rushmore" for every NFL team with the most important players in franchise history with the Green Bay Packers' monument unveiled on Wednesday. "The official PFT Mt. Rushmore consisted of Vince Lombardi, Curly Lambeau, Don Hutson (Google him), and Bart Starr," writes Mike Florio. "Voters replaced Lambeau and Hutson with Reggie White and (Brett) Favre." I tend to agree with the PFT staff as opposed to the voters. As great as Favre and White were, Lambeau and Hutson have meant even more to a franchise over the long haul.
Former Packer Jerry Kramer joins ProFootballTalk to discuss the Packers Mt. Rushmore in a video.
Packers center Evan Dietrich-Smith has been the focal point of a couple recent features published recently. In an interview with Tyler Dunne of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "EDS" talked about job security. "It doesn't matter who you are," Dietrich-Smith is quoted as saying. "If you're not doing what you're supposed to be doing, you could be the next guy out the door. I don't take anything for granted. Every opportunity I get, I have to prove myself." You can never fault a guy for saying the right things, which is what Dietrich-Smith is doing here. But it all comes down to his performance on the field. Getting a contract extension from the Packers may depend on it.
More on Evan Dietrich-Smith comes from ESPNMilwaukee.com.
A feel-good story on Packers undrafted rookie defensive lineman Gilbert Pena appears at Packer Report. Instead of going to college immediately after high school, Pena stayed home to care for his cancer-diagnosed mother. “My biggest concern was helping her out so the stress wasn’t on her and she wouldn’t have to worry too much about the bills,” Pena is quoted as saying by reporter Bill Huber. “Growing up, my mom has always been the financial person in the house. She’s always been the person in the house — the one to go out and get it. I watched her work three jobs just to support me and my two sisters. I felt like in my heart that was the best thing for me to do, kind of the right thing to do. The least I could do. I made sure I was there for me and my family." Pena sounds like a stand-up guy. He'll be easy to root for in training camp.
Linebacker A.J. Hawk spoke with reporter Marques Eversoll of AllGreenBayPackers.com after recently receiving the Professional Achievement Award at the 14th Annual Lee Remmel Sports Awards Banquet this week. “I love being able to play football here, and I hope to do it for as long as possible,” Hawk said. “I hope to bring many more Super Bowls back to Green Bay. I got one, but sitting next to a guy like Dave (Robinson), that’s nothing. He laughs at that.” Playing for as long as possible in Green Bay seems to have gotten easier for Hawk recently with reports the Packers will be releasing fellow linebacker Desmond Bishop.
A new phase of construction has begun at Lambeau Field, according to JSOnline.
The battle for a starting safety position between Jerron McMillian and M.D. Jennings is summed up at the Packers official website.
An article on linebacker Terrell Manning is published at Packer Report.
A beer is being named after Vince Lombardi.
Video: Part one of multi-part series documentary from UCLA on Packers running back Johnathan Franklin was recently released...
Brian Carriveau is the author of "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@example.com.