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Super Bowl champion Packers set to visit White House on August 12

The Green Bay Packers announced Wednesday that the team will make its long awaited trip to the White House on Friday, Aug. 12, just one day before they open their preseason schedule at Cleveland.

The visit to meet with the President, a tradition for all major sport champions, had been delayed due to the NFL’s lockout, which forbade coaches and players from contacting each other.

Cornerback Charles Woodson created playful controversy in a post-game address to the team after the Packers defeated the Bears 21-14 in the NFC Championship Game.

He told the team, in regards to Obama, a Chicago native and Bears fan, not traveling to Dallas to watch the team in Super Bowl XLV: “If the President don’t wanna come see us play, we’ll go see him.”

Woodson will now get that chance to go see the President, but his former teammates will not.

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August 3, 2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Sam Shields shows his Packer pride with Super Bowl ring tattoo

As if his actual Super Bowl ring wasn’t enough, Packers cornerback Sam Shields is going to let everyone know that he and his fellow teammates were victorious in Super Bowl XLV.

Keeping busy during the lockout, Shields had an enlarged picture of the Packers’ Super Bowl ring tattooed onto the left side of his neck.

The Packers defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers back on February 6, 31-25, in Dallas Stadium. Shields was credited with two solo tackles in the contest before missing the second half with a shoulder injury.

An undrafted free agent from Miami (Fla.), Shields made the Packers’ 53-man roster as a cornerback despite playing just one season at the position for the Hurricanes, transitioning from wide receiver.

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July 17, 2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Green Bay Packers receive Super Bowl rings

The Green Bay Packers received their Super Bowl rings Thursday night during a private ceremony held at Lambeau Field. Despite the current lockout generally forbidding staff and players from having contact, the team was given special permission from the NFL to hold the event. While there are still uncertainties about the upcoming season, this night was all about reliving the memorable 2010 season, culminating in a world championship.

The Packers defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers 31-25 on Feb. 6 to win Super Bowl XLV, highlighted by 304 passing yards and two touchdowns from MVP Aaron Rodgers and a 37-yard interception return for a touchdown from safety Nick Collins. That next Tuesday the team held a “Return to Titletown” celebration in Lambeau Field, but that marked the last time the team and staff all had been together, prior to Thursday night.

Here are the details of the Super Bowl ring, per a press release from the Packers:

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June 16, 2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , | Leave a comment

NFL Top 100 Players: Safety Nick Collins next at 96

In the wake of labor disputes and the reality that part of the 2011 NFL season may be lost, NFL.com has polled current players to rank the top 100 players in the league.

Left tackle Chad Clifton was the first member of the Packers to appear on the list, followed closely by safety Nick Collins at No. 96.

A starter since day one, Collins has more than lived up to his potential as a second round draft pick in 2005. After intercepting four passes his first three seasons, missing just three total games (all in 2007, knee), Collins broke out in 2008 when he intercepted seven passes, returning three for touchdowns.

He also set a Packers’ single season record with 295 return yards on those interceptions, breaking Bobby Dillon’s mark of 244 yards set in 1956. 2008 also marked the first of three straight Pro Bowl selections for the Packers’ safety.

A year later, Collins picked up right where he left off, intercepting six passes and recovering two fumbles. He also wound up starting in the Pro Bowl because former Packer and then-safety for the Saints Darren Sharper was playing in the Super Bowl.

Collins was instrumental to the Packers’ league-leading defense in 2010, as he intercepted four passes and finished with 70 tackles. His biggest play of the season, however, came in Super Bowl XLV when he intercepted a Ben Roethlisberger pass and zig-zagged his way 37 yards into the end zone to give the Packers’ a comfortable 14-0 lead. He finished the Super Bowl with four tackles and a pass defended.

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June 8, 2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , | Leave a comment

Same Old Story: Packers Use Reserves To Find Success

In every sense of the word, the Packers’ 31-25 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers in Super Bowl XLV was a microcosm of how the season had played out up until that point.

When Packers’ fans saw wide receiver Donald Driver and cornerbacks Charles Woodson and Sam Shields exit the game in the second quarter, it was as if they didn’t blink an eye.

OK, maybe one blink.

But the truth was fans had been there and done that with injuries. Over the course of the regular season head coach Mike McCarthy had lost 15 players to Injured Reserve, including starters Ryan Grant, Jermichael Finley, Nick Barnett, and rookie Morgan Burnett.

Packers’ starters lost 83 games to injuries, and that doesn’t even include players like Brandon Chillar and Justin Harrell, who weren’t starters but important nonetheless. That number also doesn’t include Al Harris and Atari Bigby, who began the year on the Physically Unable to Perform list.

The Packers struggled to begin the season, going 3-3 and not knowing who would fill roles left by the injury bug. But just like they did Sunday, lesser-known players stepped up in huge roles and it culminated with the Lombardi Trophy coming home.

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February 9, 2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Four Plays That Won Super Bowl XLV For the Packers

It’s day two of the Green Bay Packers’ reign as world champions and to most fans it feels just as good as it did last night. As it should have, the game came down to the final minutes and could have gone in either team’s favor. But as it usually is in close games, there were a handful of plays that went the Packers’ way which ultimately helped them take down the Steelers.

Here’s a look at five plays in which the ball bounced in Green Bay’s favor, helping them pick up their fourth Super Bowl title and 13th world championship.

1. Clay Matthews’ forced fumble on Rashard Mendenhall, recovered by Desmond Bishop

The set-up: 21-17 Packers, 4th quarter, 15:00 remaining, Steelers with the ball on the Packers’ 33

The breakdown: At this point in the game, the momentum had completely swung in the Steelers’ favor. The Packers had just punted after a three-and-out, and an 8-yard run by Mendenall to begin the drive had the Steelers looking at the go-ahead score. But on the second play of the drive, Mendenhall took a handoff and attempted to bounce outside, but was met by Matthews, who popped the ball free with a huge hit. Desmond Bishop recovered the fumble and the Packers scored on their next possession, an 8-yard touchdown pass from Aaron Rodgers to Greg Jennings.

2. Nick Collins’ interception returned for a touchdown

The set-up: 7-0 Packers, 1st quarter,  3:34 remaining, Steelers with the ball on their own 7

The breakdown: On the heels of a Jordy Nelson touchdown reception to get the scoring going, the Steelers found themselves backed up to the 7-yard line after an illegal block in the back call. On the first play of the drive, Steelers’ quarterback Ben Roethlisberger looked for Mike Wallace on a deep fade down the left sideline. However, defensive lineman Howard Green had snuck into the backfield and hit Big Ben’s arm as soon as he released it, causing the ball to be severely underthrown. Waiting for the pass attempt was Nick Collins, who swooped in and caught the ball at the 37, dodging Steelers’ defenders all the way to the endzone. The play gave the Packers’ an early 14-0 lead that they were able to work with the remainder of the game. They never trailed.

3. Aaron Rodgers throws a 31-yard bullet to Greg Jennings

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February 9, 2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Packers Take Down Steelers 31-25 to Win Super Bowl XLV

The Vince Lombardi trophy is coming home.

Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers fulfilled its season-long goals Sunday night by taking down the Pittsburgh Steelers 31-25 in Super Bowl XLV.

The Packers jumped out to a quick 14-0 lead and led by as many as 18 in the first half, and managed to hang on in the second half despite injuries to key players to nab the franchise’s fourth Super Bowl and 13th World Championship.

Certainly more to come, but here are five quick game balls to hand out in the Packers’ monumental victory in Super Bowl XLV.

Aaron Rodgers: The Packers’ signal caller capped off one of the best post-seasons ever by dissecting the Steelers’ secondary all night long. Rodgers passed for 304 yards and three touchdowns and, most importantly, did not turn the ball over. He took sacks when he needed to instead of forcing anything and also converted key third downs late in the game. Rodgers’ numbers would have been even more impressive had it not been for four or five drops by Green Bay receivers. The Super Bowl MVP seems to have finally ended any negative comparisons to Brett Favre and is a bonafide star in the NFL. He will enter 2011 as arguably the game’s best quarterback.

Jordy Nelson: If anyone was wondering whether or not Nelson could get the job done if Donald Driver were to retire or James Jones left via free agency, those people are now silent. Nelson finished with nine catches for 140 yards, breaking the Packers’ team record for receiving yards, previously set by Max McGee’s 138 yards set in Super Bowl I. He scored the first touchdown of the game and made big catch after big catch, and he also picked up two MVP votes in the process. Nelson should enter 2011 as the Packers’ No. 2 receiver, regardless of what happens with Driver or Jones.

Greg Jennings:

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February 9, 2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Guess I was wrong on this prediction!

I’m almost out of sugar.

That’s about all I can think of to describe the first six weeks of the Packers’ 2010 campaign, which I have admittedly sugar-coated and near-“homered” when addressing the team. But after a 3-3 performance, including another uninspiring loss, this time at the hands of the Dolphins, it’s becoming more and more difficult to come up with excuses for why the Packers are not performing to the standards many thought they would.

There’s no question things could be worse, just ask Wade Phillips and the 1-4 Cowboys or Norv Turner and the 2-4 Chargers. And it’s true the Packers are just one game out of the NFC North lead and still have four division games left.

So while there’s certainly optimism the Packers can right the ship and still contend in the uninspiring NFC and even less impressive NFC North, there comes a time when expectations need to change, and that time is now: the 2010 Green Bay Packers are no longer Super Bowl contenders.

I have been as optimistic as anyone in finding positives to take from two-point wins over the Lions and three point losses in overtime and on the road, and even last week I told my readers to take a step back and assess the team in a positive light. But the weaknesses and injuries the team have sustained less than half way through the season have become too much to overcome, and what was once thought to be “the year” where all the pieces fell right into place has become a scattered jigsaw puzzle and no one to put them back in place.

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February 6, 2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , | Leave a comment