In an interview with the Green Bay Press-Gazette, Illinois State defensive line coach Spence Nowinsky spoke highly of Packers' sixth round draft choice Nate Palmer. "I’ll emphatically go to my grave saying this, we will never, ever, ever have the leisure of probably ever getting another transfer like Nate Palmer," Nowinsky is quoted as saying by reporter Wes Hodkiewicz. Granted, the folks at Illinois State are biased, but it's interesting to hear about Palmer's background at Illinois and how he came to transfer to the FCS level. I have a feeling Palmer's background on special teams is a big part of the reason the Packers drafted him.
Former Packer Paul Hornung is interviewed about his horse, Titletown Five, which is running in the second leg of Saturday's Triple Crown series in the Preakness Stakes. “I think he’s going to run good,” Hornung is quoted as saying by reporter Rob Demovsky. “We don’t know if he’s fully ready. If he hadn’t chipped a bone in his knee early on, who knows what would’ve happened. I think he would’ve been right there (in the Derby). He’s that good. Wayne (Lukas) thinks he’s that good and if he thinks he’s that good, he knows more about it than I do, but I’ve been around this all my life.” I found it interesting to hear that Titletown Five had actually beaten Kentucky Derby winner Orb in a maiden race when they were two-year olds. Titletown Five was given 30-1 morningline odds, the longest odds in the entire Preakness field.
A story on cornerback Jarrett Bush appears at the Packers official website about when he spoke to students at the Wisconsin School of the Deaf just a few days ago on this year's Tailgate Tour. Bush talked about his own experience of having a learning disability. “I wasn’t good at school, but I had the dedication and determination to go to the teacher and learn," Bush is quoted as saying. "I didn’t get it right the first time, but maybe the fifth or sixth time I tried it, I got it right.” A few years ago I had an opportunity to cover a football game at the Wisconsin School of the Deaf as a journalist, and I remember it fondly as one of the more unique experiences I've had as a writer. And I think it's really cool that the Packers chose to stop there while on the Tailgate Tour.
The Packers official website describes the past day's Tailgate Tour stops. They played bingo at a nursing home, helped build a playground in Monroe, Wis. and finally made a stop in the state of Iowa for the first time ever.
Mark Murphy said the stop in Dubuque was the largest crowd they've had on the Tailgate Tour, according to the Dubuque Telegraph Herald.
The Packers will be hosting a USA Football youth coaching school in June.
Video: With Thursday's Tailgate Tour stop in Dubuque, a local ABC affiliate takes a look at the charity the Packers helped raise funds for...
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