On the Packers calendar today, John Kuhn will be signing autographs at Scheels in Eau Claire, Wis. …
Linebacker Frank Zombo recently paid a visit to an 11-year-old cancer patient in his native Michigan. “He battles Stage IV Diffused Large B-Cell Lymphoma of the bone,” according to the Advisor & Souce. “It is a rare type of cancer, not very common in children, yet has found its way into all of Alex’s bones, with the exception of his hands and feet.” Fundraising efforts are underway to help the family raise the money needed for treatment.
Packers director of security Jerry Parins is interviewed on the Packers official website about his upcoming charity motorcycle ride concluding at Lambeau Field parking lot. “On Friday, July 29, as the team Parins protects hopefully prepares to open training camp, he’ll host his ‘Cruise for Cancer’ motorcycle ride, a 40-mile roll down the Bay of Green Bay from Peshtigo to Lambeau Field,” writes Vic Ketchman of Packers.com. “The registration cost is $20 per driver and $15 per passenger and those who don’t drive or ride can hang out at Lambeau for five bucks and wait for the thunder to arrive, which is expected to happen at about 5 p.m., following a 3:30 p.m. start in Peshtigo.” Proceeds from the event will benefit cancer-related organizations.
The value of Chad Clifton is espoused by Adam Czech of AllGreenBayPackers.com. “Yes, Ted Thompson has drafted a tackle in the first round of the last two drafts, but that doesn’t mean the Packers can afford to lose Clifton,” writes Czech. “The last thing the Packers want to do is throw Derek Sherrod at left tackle after no offseason minicamps and (maybe) limited preseason work. Bulaga could probably fill in, but that leaves a hole on the right side.” I totally agree that Clifton should get the opportunity to be the left tackle for the 2011 Green Bay Packers, but if he were to get injured, I think the team would still be able to thrive without him. Good depth has been built on the offensive line, probably the best of the Thompson era.
Free agency is discussed by Michael Rodney at Packer Update. “(Mason) Crosby, (Brandon) Jackson, (Korey) Hall, (John) Kuhn and (Anthony) Smith might flirt with other teams, but the odds are pretty good that each will eventually re-sign with Green Bay,” writes Rodney. “Of the five, Crosby is the only one whom general manager Ted Thompson can’t afford to lose. And he won’t.” Of the players listed above, I’ve seen Jackson and Smith named as players as possible to leave Green Bay from other sources, but that doesn’t mean they’re right. At this point it’s all guesswork. It will be an interesting free agency period, that’s for sure.
The best player in franchise history is considered at Packer Report. Among others, a few first-ballot Hall of Famers are in the discussion. “Bart Starr, Ray Nitschke and Reggie White were selected in their first year of eligibility,” writes Bill Huber. Don Hutson and Brett Favre are mentioned as well. The article is written in conjunction with a vote occurring at FoxSports.com for the best player for all 32 teams.
Revolutionary tight end John Mackey passed away. Packers fifth-round draft choice D.J. Williams was the most current recipient of the Mackey Award given to the nation’s best college tight end.
Former Packer Sterling Sharpe’s grandmother also passed away. The article also informs that Sterling will present his brother Shannon during the Pro Football Hall of Fame induction ceremony.
An examination of Aaron Rodgers’ interceptions appears at Packer Report (subscription required).
The Packers and revenue sharing are the topic of a post at Acme Packing Company.
Packers alumni took part in a charity basketball game yesterday in Middleton Wis. benefiting the Dane County Deputy Sheriff’s Association.
Miniature street signs bearing the name “McCarthy’s Way” were part of a promotion at a Green Bay Bullfrogs college summer-league baseball game on Thursday.
Some art work by linebacker Nick Barnett is posted at Total Packers.
Quarterback Kerry Collins retired from the NFL. PackersNews.com took the opportunity to post a photo gallery of pictures depicting Collins playing against the Packers.
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