Weight Loss A Common Trait in the Green Bay Packers Locker Room

Aaron Rodgers and Eddie Lacy both decided to go on strict diets this offseason to help get them better in shape before the new season kicks off in September. In 2014, Lacy played the entire season, rushed for 1,139 yards, and had nine touchdowns. This was the Lacy everyone, including myself, figured they would see on the gridiron in 2015. Unfortunately, that was not the case. Last season, he rushed only 700 yards and had only three touchdowns. Many people believed Lacy’s underperformance stemmed from him being overweight, which led to him having multiple injuries during the season.

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Aaron Rodgers and Eddie Lacy

After the Packers season ended in the second round of the NFC playoffs, the Packers’ head coach, Mike McCarthy, said that Lacy could not play at the weight he was at this season. Lacy heard the news and decided to address it during this offseason. When he returned to the off-season program he looked leaner and stronger than ever. He lost 15-18 pounds since the end of last season due to a strict P90X regimen. Lacy spent three months working under the founder of the P90X program to help get him in the best shape possible.

Many of the Green Bay Packers players were impressed with the progress their star running back has made, including Rodgers who said: “He looked good”. Obviously been doing a lot of P90X.”

With the influence of Lacy, and his good friend Tom Brady, Rodgers decided to join the weight loss training program as well. Currently, Rodgers is at his lowest weight (218) since 2007. Rodgers believes that eating healthier will help him extend his career in the long run. Rodgers was quoted saying,

“Through your eating, you can reduce inflammation because if you do research, you learn the different foods you eat can actually increase the inflammation in your body and especially in certain parts of your body”.  

He has cut out all dairy from his diet and is focusing on maintaining a mostly plant based diet, with the occasional red meat and chicken sprinkled in here and there.  Rodgers has also battled multiple knee injuries over the course of his career (including one this season) which have been severe enough to require surgery. He believes this new nutrition plan will aide in a faster recovery process, and get him on the field sooner rather than later.


Will these new nutrition plans lead to success for the Packers this season? As a die-hard Packers fan, I hope so. Is it football season yet? Go Packers!

Top 3 Draft Picks for Green Bay Packers

The 81st meeting of the NFL Draft took place a few weeks ago and it was sure a great draft for the Green Bay Packers. This year the draft returned the to the Windy City at the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University. With Rookie Camp getting underway for the Packers we take a look at three notable draft picks that will open up some eyes in the next few months.

Kenny Clark, DT- UCLA

After the Green Bay Packers Pro-Bowl defensive tackle B.J Raji decided to retire from football, everyone believed the Packers would look to fill this position in the first round. Clark is an incredible talent that will immediately make an impact right out of the gate. With the Packers also losing defensive tackle Mike Pennel to suspension for the first four games, you can be sure this Clark will get his chance to prove to everyone why he was a first round pick. I can’t wait to see him on the gridiron!

Jason Springs, OT – Indiana  

Unlike Clark, Springs may have to wait until next season to make an impact for the Packers. However, you can never go wrong with adding Offensive tackles to solidify your offensive line at any moment during the draft. At this point, the Packers look to be fine at that position but next season they will be losing three starting tackles to free agency, so in my opinion this is a very smart move for the Packers. For all of you football fans out there, you know any given Sunday a player can go down with an injury, so it is possible that Springs may not have to wait until the 2017 season to show everyone what he can do.

Kyler Fackrell, OLB – Utah State

Another position the Packers looked to address his off-season was the Linebacker position and I think they got a great player in the third round. Kyler Fackrell is one top linebackers in this years draft class because he is versatile defender. He also has played in a 3-4 defense before, which makes his transition to the NFL a little easier. In 2014, he missed the entire season due to a torn ACL, but last season he was able to come back strong and start in all 13 games for the Aggies.

 

Top 3 Moments in Green Bay Packers History

The Green Bay Packers are one of the most historic franchises in the history of the NFL. As a die-hard Packers fan, it is always exciting to look back and reminisce on all the memories that took place since the team was founded in 1919. It is difficult to track down all that history, and there are surely some memorable moments that I left off this list, but here are the top three moments that I believe are the best in Green Bay Packers History.

A New Sheriff in Town

It was and end of an era in Green Bay as quarterback, Brett Favre announced his retirement on March 4, 2008. Although Favre decided to return from retirement, he was traded to the New York Jets, which meant that Aaron Rodgers, the young quarterback who backed up Favre for the first three years of his NFL career would become the starter.  There was a lot of pressure on Rodgers to perform because many fans believed the Packers had ran Favre out of town in favor of Rodgers. Rodgers answered the called and led the Packers to a Super Bowl Championship in 2010, and like Favre, will go down as one of the greatest quarterbacks of all time.

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The 2013 season proved to memorable one as the Packers overcame multiple key injuries and still made the playoffs.  After starting the season 5-2, the Packers played the Chicago Bears on Monday Night Football, which turned out to be a game every Packer fan wanted to forget.

Not only did the Bears defeat the Packers at Lambeau Field, but Aaron Rodgers endured a serious injury, which put him on the sidelines until week 17 of the season. From that point on the Packers started four different quarterbacks, but still managed to fight for a playoff berth. In the final game of the season, the Packers headed to Chicago to take on the Bears. The Packers needed to beat the Bears to go to the playoffs and with Rodgers returning you knew they had a chance. The Packers were faced with 4th and 8 situation with only 45 seconds left in the game. Aaron Rodgers snapped the ball and rolled to his left to avoid a sack and through beautiful touchdown pass to win the NFC North Division title. It was an incredible moment for all Packer fans!

 The Hiring of Vince Lombardi

One of the best moments in this storied franchise history, is when they voted to hire Vincent Lombardi to take over the reins as head coach and general manager. After being named head coach, Lombardi led the Packers to three straight and five total National Football League championships in seven years in addition to winning the first Super Bowls in 1966 and 1967. He is considered by many to be one of the best and most successful coaches in professional football history.


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Top 4 Moments in Brett Favres Career

Brett Favre is one of the greatest quarterbacks in NFL history. During his time with the Green Bay Packers he transformed the struggling but once-proud franchise into a perennial winner. Over the course of his career he broke many NFL records, leading the Packers to a pair of Super Bowls, winning one, and became the first NFL player to win three straight MVP awards. Today, we look back at some of the best moments of Brett Favre’s career as a Green Bay Packer.

Wins first Super Bowl

Brett Favre lead the Green Bay Packers to their first Super Bowl title defeating New England Patriots 35-21. This is by far the best moment in Brett Favre’s illustrious career. Favre had an incredible season throwing for 3,899 yards and 39 touchdowns. His Packers were the clear favorite going into the game against the New England Patriots, and showed why as Favre threw for two touchdowns and rushed for one on his way to the most thrilling and most memorable moment in the legendary QB’s career.

Monday Night Football against the Raiders

Brett Favre’s father died of a heart attack on December 21, 2003. The very next night, the Green Bay Packers were taking on the Oakland Raiders on Monday Night Football. This was a game no one expected Favre to play but Favre said his father would want him to play this game. He would go and put together one of best performances of his legendary career. He completed 22 of 30 passes for 399 yards and four touchdowns, and each one proved to be better than the next. Throughout the game, the broadcasters, Al Michael and John Madden were in complete disbelief of what Favre was doing out on the gridiron under such tremendous emotional duress. Favre’s wife, Deanna, was also in attendance and you saw the mixture of joy and tears in her eyes from her seat. It truly was a magical night.

Brett Favre breaks All-Time Touchdown Record

Hall of Fame Quarterback, Dan Marino held the record the All-Time record for most touchdowns in a career until Brett Favre decided he wanted to etch his name in the record books. Favre threw two touchdowns against the division rival Minnesota Vikings giving him 421 TDs and becoming No. 1 all-time in career passing touchdowns.

Overtime TD to Greg Jennings

In 2007, The Green Bay Packers took on the Denver Broncos at Mile High Stadium. The Packers were leading the majority of the game, but Denver would overcome a 13-7 deficit to force overtime. Denver had all the momentum going into overtime with the fans loud and into the game. Let’s just say, all the Bronco fans were headed to the exits early. Favre hit wide receiver, Greg Jennings with a 82 yard game winning touchdown pass! This was second-longest pass in OT history. It was an incredible win, and proved to be one of the best moments in Favre’s career.

What’s Next for the Green Bay Packers – Offseason Edition

 

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The NFL season has finally come to a close. This is always a sad time for football fans- Sunday’s will not be the same anymore for quite some time. The good news, however, is that we can start gearing up for next season. The Packers will have their work cut out for them, so it will be interesting to see what moves they make this offseason. The Packers had a successful season, despite losing multiple players to injuries all year. They went 10-6 during the regular season, and defeated the Washington Redskins in the NFC Wild Card round, before losing to the Arizona Cardinals in the NFC divisional round. The Packers’ main goal every year is to bring back the Lombardi Trophy to Title Town USA, but for that to happen next year they will have to bolster the roster and resign a few key free agents. Below you will find what the Packers should address this offseason.

Key Free Agents – Who do they re-sign??

Offense Tackle, Don Barclay,

Kicker,  Mason Crosby,

Fullback, John Kuhn,

Cornerback, Casey Hayward,

Wide Receiver, James Jones,

Offensive Linebacker, Mike Neal,

Offensive Linebacker, Nick Perry,

Defensive Tackle, B.J. Raji,

Running Back, James Starks

Player that should be re-signed

The first player that comes to mind is no other than kicker Mason Crosby. He had yet another successful season for the Green Bay Packers. Nowadays, it can be rather difficult to find consistency at the kicker position, so you know if Crosby hits the free agency market he will sure be a hot commodity for NFL teams. Over the past three seasons he has connected on 89.2%. 81.8%, and 85.7% of his field goal attempts. Now do you get why he should be re-signed? Oh, and he connected on ALL 36 extra points this past year. For those of you who watch football, know this is not an easy task anymore since they moved the extra point up this past season.

Upgrade the Linebacker Position

Aside from re-signing Mason Crosby, upgrading the Linebacker position will be another priority for GM Ted Thompson.The Packers need someone to take all the pressure off of Pro Bowl linebacker Clay Matthews. Will they look to Jake Ryan, who showed flashes as a rookie to take on more of a role next season, or will they look to free agency? It will be exciting to see what happens in the next few months.

Address the Tight End Position

Tight End, Richard Rodgers, enjoyed another good season, catching 58 passes along with 8 touchdowns. One of his best moments was catching a hail mary pass from quarterback Aaron Rodgers, in the closing seconds, to defeat the Detroit Lions back in November. However, Rodgers did not give the Packers the playmaking ability they needed. He averaged 8.8 yards per catch which was 67th among all TEs with a reception. He lacked the playmaking ability the Packers desperately needed. There are a number of talented prospects in the NFL draft this year that have the potential to make an impact right away.  The Packers can also opt to see what is available in free-agency and it may not be a bad idea to roll the dice on Veteran Tight End, Vernon Davis. You can get him cheap, and with new scenery and a Pro Bowl Quarterback he may be able to rejuvenate his career.

While they have a lot of work to do, the Packers upcoming season looks promising. The Packers are not far from competing for a Super Bowl title, but it will take some work from the Packers front office. The return of star receiver, Jordy Nelson, will really help the offense next season, adding more depth to their wide receiving core as well as a true leader on the field. Whether the Packers decide to upgrade through the draft, free agency or from within remains to be seen, but as a die-hard packers fan it will be exciting to see what happens.

Packers lose in OT to Cardinals

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The Green Bay Packers took on the heavily favored Arizona Cardinals on Saturday night in the desert. Many believed that the Packers did not have a chance against this high powered offense, especially after getting dismantled by them a few weeks ago. However, when you have Aaron Rodgers as your quarterback, you should never be counted out.

The Cardinals struck first with an 8 yard touchdown pass from quarterback Carson Palmer, but the Packers would not be frazzled. Their defense would shut them out the rest of the first half and would be able to manage two field goals of their own to cut the deficit to 7-6 at the half. The Packers were confident going into the second half and it showed as Aaron Rodgers would lead them 81 yards to regain the lead 13-7. This was a big statement for the Packers.  They would lead most the second half up until the middle of the 4th quarter when the Cardinals would go back in front 17-13 after a field goal and a touchdown.

Arizona would tack on another field goal to go up 20-13, and would give the Packers one last chance to tie the game with under 2 minutes remaining. Lets just say, they had some magic left in them. On the final play of the drive, Aaron Rodgers would scramble around the defenders and heave a Hail Mary to the end zone, which would be caught by wide receiver Jeff Janis. This would be the second time Rodgers would throw a hail mary as time expired this season. The first was against the Detroit Lions, which they won. With this remarkable touchdown pass the Packers would force overtime. Roger’s said “I didn’t know where anybody was really,” Rodgers said. “I saw Jeff briefly, and I just tried to put some air on it to give him a chance.”

Arizona would receive the ball first in overtime after winning a controversial coin flip. The referee would have to re-flip it after he declared the first one had never flipped. How often does that happen? Arizona would score on the first drive and defeat the Packers 26-20. It was a heartbreaking loss for the Packers after battling all game and coming back to force overtime. The Packers showed a lot of heart this season after overcoming many injuries including one to star receiver, Jordy Nelson, who tore his ACL in the preseason. Be sure to expect a fully healthy Packers team to make a run at the Lombardi Trophy next season.

 

The Best Green Bay Packers of All of Time:

The Green Bay Packers are a historical NFL franchise that has had a share of legends put on the green and yellow uniform. Hall of Fame Coach, Vince Lombardi instilled the winnings images in the franchise and it has been that way ever since. Here are some of the top Packers to ever put on a uniform.

 

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Bart Starr:

Bart Starr is one of the best players Green Bay Packers History. Starr was able to lead the Packers to 5 NFL titles through 1961-1967. Not too bad, right? He compiled a 9-1 record through his career and had many clutch performances to go along with that impressive record of his. Bart Starr is one the best players to ever play the game and is deeply admired by the Green Bay Packer Fans.

 

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Jim Taylor:

Jim was one of the most elusive running backs to ever play the game. He was an up the gut type runner who never shied away from contact. Vince Lombardi loved having him in his backfield because he knew he could always count on him when they needed him most. Taylor was able to bring Packer fans four titles during his time as well finishing his Packer career with an incredible 8,207 rushing yards and 91 touchdowns. Wow, talk about a Hall of Fame Career.

 

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Brett Favre,

Despite briefly playing for the Atlanta Falcons, New York Jets and the rival Minnesota Vikings, Brett Favre is still extremely loved by the Green Bay Packers. The Packers retired Favre’s number in beautiful ceremony on Thanksgiving night in front a sold out crowd at Lambeau Field. Favre was known for his gritty and tenacious attitude on the gridiron. People also referred him as the “gunslinger” because of the cannon of an arm he had. During his career he was able to lead the Packers to back-to-back Super Bowl appearances. In his first super bowl appearance he and Packers defeated the New England Patriots 35-21.

 

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Reggie White:

Reggie White’s stint in Green Bay was not long, but let me say they were sure memorable. He was one of the most dominating defensive figures in the game. Reggie had such a prominent impact on the Packers organizations. During his tenure with them he was named to the Pro Bowl team as well the All-Pro team each of his 6 seasons. In 1998 he was named Defensive Player of the Year. Reggie is a Super Bowl winner and he has the second most sacks in team history.

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Packers Clinch a Playoff Berth!

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The Green Bay Packers needed a few scenario’s to go their way this Sunday in order for them to clinch a 7th straight playoff berth. A victory Sunday against a young and improved Oakland Raiders team or a combination of losses by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, New York Giants and the Washington Redskins would guarantee them a another shot at the Lombardi Trophy. Christmas came early for the Packers as Tampa Bay lost to the St. Louis Rams on Thursday night and the New York Giants lost to the undefeated Carolina Packers on Sunday. The Packers had clinched a berth before the first quarter even ended.

Green Bay still took care of business on Sunday with a 30-20 victory over the Raiders. The defense really came to play. They intercepted quarterback, Derek Carr twice in the game and cornerback, Demarius Randall took one of them back for touchdown. Right now, Green Bay stands atop the NFC North Division with a 10-4 record. However, the Minnesota Viking will not go away quietly, as they remain only 1 game back them with 2 games to play. The Packers play the Vikings the last game of the season in Lambeau, so you can be sure this game will have huge playoff implications.

The Packers have made the postseason every year since 2009. That is tied for the longest active streak in the NFL with the New England Patriots. After Green Bay’s devastating NFC Championship loss to Seattle last year, you can see these Packers want nothing more than to get back to that game and finish what they felt they should have done last year. They believe finishing off the season strong will pay large dividends in the end. Right tackle, Ryan Bulaga said “ “I think our mentality is, no matter what the situation was with the playoffs or not, every game’s important. Not for just the playoffs, but kind of get some momentum going these last few weeks so we can springboard into the postseason. Next week, the Packers make a trip out West for their final road game of the season against a tough Arizona Cardinals team. This will be a tough matchup for the Packers, but when you have a quarterback like Aaron Rodgers under center you are always in the game.

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A Night to Remember

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A rainy and cold night in Green Bay, Wisconsin did not stop my family and me from attending the historical Lambeau Field on Thanksgiving to watch our beloved Green Bay Packers face off against the rival Chicago Bears. The two teams have won a combined 22 NFL Championships, (13 for Green Bay and 9 for Chicago), including 5 Superbowls, (4 for Green Bay and 1 for Chicago), so we knew we were in for a treat.  It was everyone’s first time experiencing a game in this stadium, so we were all extremely excited. Green Bay had won six of their previous seven games at home, so we felt confident in their ability to take down the Bears.

Despite a slow start, the Packers drew first blood with a 25 yard TD pass from quarterback Aaron Rodgers to running back Eddie Lacy with about 5 minutes remaining in the first quarter. The weather conditions continued to worsen with heavy rain and gusty winds. When the rain began, I wondered if it would be a detriment to the game. Turns out, the weather conditions had a tremendous effect on the success of both teams in terms of ball security.  As I’m sure you can imagine, the slippery field made it tough for the player’s cleats to grip the ground, and the rain made it tough to hang onto the ball.  In the second quarter, Eddie Lacy had a costly fumble deep into Chicago territory, which Chicago Quarterback Jay Cutler turned into 7 points with a touchdown pass to Tight End Zach Miller.

We answered right back with an impressive drive of our own, scoring a 22 yard field goal from kicker Mason Crosby to take a 10-7 lead with 2 minutes left in the first half. However, our defense did not respond well when the Bears fired right back, letting Cutler and the Chicago offense move down to the field to regain the lead, 14-10, with a one yard Touchdown run by running back, Jeremy Langford. Aaron Rodgers was still able to march the Packers down to field goal range with 30 seconds left. Crosby hit a 50 yard Field goal to send us into halftime down 14-13. It was a thrilling end of the second quarter with such a close game at hand.

During halftime, the Packers honored former legendary quarterback, Brett Favre. The fans let out a loud roar as Favre was introduced. I have not heard a stadium so loud like that before, it was something special.  His name and No. 4 jersey joined the franchise’s five other retired numbers on the facade inside the stadium. Many of Favre’s former teammates and coaches were there to congratulate him on this prestigious award.

The second half was not as entertaining as the first half was due to pouring rain continuing to drench Lambeau Field. Chicago Bears kicker Robbie Gould’s 21 yard field goal ultimately was the only points scored between both teams in the second half. The Packers had a real chance to win the game, but in the end, fell short. Even though the Packers lost the game, it was still an awesome way to spend Thanksgiving with my family.

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