Packers Daily Links: Bulaga Named Packers Rookie of the Year

Bryan Bulaga was named the team's Rookie of the Year by the Packers Hall of Fame. That and more in today's Daily Links...

Today on the Packers calendar, former Packers Jerry Kramer, Dave Robinson and Doug Hart are taking part in a charter fishing trip for charity benefitting the Boys and Girls Club of Door County...

Every year the Packers Hall of Fame names a Rookie of the Year who is honored during their annual induction banquet. This year, the player to earn that honor is offensive lineman Bryan Bulaga. "Bulaga, the team’s first selection in the 2010 NFL Draft, became a significant contributor early in his rookie campaign, starting the final 12 games of the regular season and all four postseason contests," according to a release on the team's official website. "Bulaga assumed the starting right tackle post in place of veteran Mark Tauscher who suffered an injury in Week 4, and performed consistently the rest of the way, earning Pro Football Weekly/PFWA All-Rookie honors following the season." An MVP is also named every year, although this year the entire Super Bowl XLV winning team has been named the MVP. Bulaga and the rest of the team will be honored at the banquet on Saturday July 23.

Aaron Rodgers' weight loss is made note of by Mike Vandermause of the Green Bay Press-Gazette. "Rodgers said on Friday he has lost 10 to 12 pounds due mainly to a better diet," writes Vandermause, acknowledging the local radio interview in which Rodgers revealed his weight loss. Rodgers didn't characterize his weight as a problem and indicated that he wanted to eat healthier.

The recent progress in the NFL's labor negotiations have been positive, and Pete Dougherty of the Press-Gazette breaks down the how the Packers (and every NFL team for that matter) might be affected by a new Collective Bargaining Agreement. "No matter when the deal is reached, there’s a good chance practice squads will increase from eight players, and there’s the possibility of a small expansion of the regular-season roster if the lockout cancels most or all of the normal training-camp schedule," writes Dougherty. He also talks about the postponement of roster cuts as well as a few other differences from previous seasons.

Former Packers end Lavvie Dilweg has been recommended for induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame by Ken Crippen of the Pro Football Researchers Association (PFRA). "Dilweg belongs in the Pro Football Hall of Fame," writess Crippen in his submission published at Packer Report. "Dilweg was considered the best all-around end in pro football prior to Don Hutson, the man who replaced Dilweg on the Green Bay Packers when Dilweg retired. As a result of Hutson’s outstanding career, Dilweg’s name is all but forgotten. The problem is that Dilweg was not a flashy player." This particular submission was made to the Hall of Fame's veterans committee.

In a related story, former Packers Bobby Dillon and Charley Brock have been nominated for induction into the PFWA's Hall of Very Good. "The Hall of Very Good, which was started in 2003, honors outstanding players and coaches who are not in the Hall of Fame and are not likely to ever make it," writes Bill Huber of Packer Report. "The PFRA does not promote any of the electees for the Hall of Fame nor does it view the Hall of Very Good as a springboard for the Hall of Fame, though several of its inductees ultimately wound up in Canton." Dillon is the franchise leader in interceptions, while Brock was a two-way player in the 1930s and 40s.

While on the topic of the Hall of Fame, Kevin Seifert of ESPN.com examines the chances of quarterback Aaron Rodgers for eventual enshrinement. "In his first three years as a starter, Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers has played at a Hall-of-Fame pace," writes Seifert. "He is nowhere close to achieving the career milestones that would qualify him for enshrinement, but that is a function of time and not performance." Seifert comes to the conclusion that a close comparison to Rodgers is that of Steve Young.

Meanwhile, Jason Wilde of ESPNMilwaukee.com touches upon a topic that was discussed in depth a week ago when wide receiver Donald Driver talked about his Hall of Fame chances. "The 36-year-old Driver has become one of the franchise’s all-time great players – and all-time most beloved players – but according to a sampling of Hall of Fame voters, the odds are against him winding up in Canton," wrote Wilde after interviewing several voters including Peter King, Rick Gosselin and Joe Reedy.

A member of the Packers family passed away. "Tom O’Malley, a quarterback who threw six interceptions – still the team record – in the only game he ever played for the Green Bay Packers, died Saturday in York, Pa," writes Jeff Ash of the Press-Gazette. "He was 85." That only game was in September of 1950 at the Detroit Lions.

Former Packer Brett Favre addressed his future plans when meeting with the media yesterday, although he didn't give much of an indication. "Favre, who played for the Green Bay Packers for 16 seasons, said he likes dealing with young players, 'but in what capacity, I’m not really sure yet,'" writes David Brandt of the Associated Press.

A gallery of photos from a 7-on-7 youth football camp Favre hosted at Southern Mississippi is located at Packer Report.

The music endeavors of Aaron Rodgers are mentioned at Total Packers.

NFL writer Sam Farmer of the Los Angeles Times talks about Green Bay with Total Packers as well.

Former Packer quarterback Matt Hasselbeck will join Jason Wilde on Green and Gold Today today.

Acme Packing Company looks at the pass protection of Chad Clifton, Bryan Bulaga and Josh Sitton.

The Wearing of the Green (and Gold) looks back at the 1996 shareholders Super Bowl rings and other memorabilia as well as the mystery behind the 1962 championship ring.

A preview of tomorrow's Super Bowl ring ceremony in Green Bay appears at Green Bay Packer Nation.

Looking at the charity efforts of the Packers is Kris Burke of AllGreenBayPackers.com.

The success of the Milwaukee Brewers is tied to the Packers at Lombardi Ave.

Video: Some workout footage of Clay Matthews courtesy of Total Packers...

Training with Clay Matthews from Total Packers on Vimeo.

Brian Carriveau is the editor of the Maple Street Press Packers Annual. To contact Brian, email [email protected].

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Chad Toporski's picture

June 15, 2011 at 09:28 am

No slight to Bulaga, but I would have given that award to Sam Shields.

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Majik Man's picture

June 15, 2011 at 10:44 am

That's no slight to him at all, both had a fantastic rookie season. That's hard to call, but I'd be inclined to agree.

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PackersRS's picture

June 15, 2011 at 12:19 pm

Agreed.

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MarkinMadison's picture

June 15, 2011 at 07:44 pm

+3, but since many still do not consider the nickel D-back to be a "starter," I can understand the vote.

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BubbaOne's picture

June 15, 2011 at 12:03 pm

"Favre, who played for the Green Bay Packers for 16 seasons, said he likes dealing with young players, 'but in what capacity, I’m not really sure yet,'"

As long as it's not photographer.

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