In the 2005 NFL draft, the Green Bay Packers selected quarterback Aaron Rodgers with the 24th pick in the first round. 15 years later, the Packers drafted the heir apparent to Rodgers, Jordan Love of Utah State, with the 26th pick of the 2020 NFL draft.
The Packers did have pick No. 30 in Round 1 on Thursday night, but then traded up with the Miami Dolphins to move up to pick No. 26. My first guess was that Green Bay traded up to select linebacker Patrick Queen of LSU. I was somewhat shocked when it was announced that the Packers instead took the 6’4″, 225-pound Love with the pick.
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Mark Murphy was born on July 13, 1955 in Fulton, New York. Murphy attended Clarence High School in Clarence, New York before going to Colgate University in Hamilton, New York. Murphy had two interceptions for the Raiders in 1976 before he signed with the Washington Redskins as an undrafted rookie free agent in 1977.
Murphy played with the Redskins for eight seasons and played in 109 games, starting 74 of them at safety. Murphy's best year was in 1983, the year after the Redskins won Super Bowl XVII, as he was named first-team All-Pro and also went to the Pro Bowl. No. 29 had nine interceptions that year and had 27 of them in his career. Murphy also had six fumble recoveries and two sacks in his career. Murphy was also the player representative for the Redskins.
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You can’t call yourself a real Green Bay Packers fan if you don’t know the first player to do the famous Lambeau Leap. If you said LeRoy Butler (pronounced “L’Roy”), then you know your stuff. Indeed, Butler first performed the famous leap into the end zone stands on December 26, 1993 in a game against the Los Angeles Raiders.
What’s amazing about Butler is that during childhood, he was pigeon toed. The doctors had to break bones in both feet to correct the problem, leaving Butler in either a wheelchair or leg braces for much of his early childhood. When Butler was eight, his sister accidentally knocked him out of his wheelchair and scattered his leg braces.
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Green Bay Packers fans have a soft spot in their hearts for the guys who won the first two Vince Lombardi Super Bowl trophies. So many of Lombardi’s players have gone on to be enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, OH. So it is with Dave Robinson, one of the best linebackers Green Bay has ever seen.
Robinson was a standout football player at Penn State in the early 60s. He started 55 straight games for the Nittany Lions. His senior year (1962), he was named a First Team All-American, College Lineman of the Year, and was even named College Player of the Year by the Newark Athletic Club. In 1997, Robinson was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame.
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Jaire Alexander was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on February 9, 1997. As a senior at Rocky River High School in Charlotte, North Carolina, Alexander had 30 tackles and four interceptions as a cornerback. Alexander was named the fifth-best player in the state of North Carolina by Scout.com after his senior year.
Alexander went to the University of Louisville, where he played in 29 games in three seasons. Over that time, Alexander had 77 total tackles, two tackles for a loss, seven interceptions, 15 passes defended, one fumble recovery and one forced fumble.
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Aaron Jones is a running back for the Green Bay Packers wearing the number 33 jersey. Aaron played college football for the University of Texas Miners in El Paso, Texas debuting with 11 carries totaling 127 yards along with two rushing touchdowns. He is easily one the Miner’s most prolific players setting many university records for the University of Texas.
Jones was the 182nd overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft being drafted in the fifth round by the Green Bay Packers officially signing on May 5, 2017.
Aaron quickly received playing time in Week 4 of the 2017 season in Green Bay’s game against the Chicago Bears.
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Mason Crosby was born on September 3, 1984 in Lubbock, Texas. Crosby attended Georgetown High School in Georgetown, Texas. As a junior and senior at Georgetown, Crosby earned first-team All-District 13-5A honors. Crosby went on to kick at the University of Colorado, where he had a stellar career. In four years with the Buffaloes, Crosby scored 326 points, which included 113 extra points and 71 field goals. Included in that was a school-record 60-yard field goal. Crosby won several honors at Colorado, as he was named Big 12 Special Teams Player of the Year in 2005, was named first-team All-Big 12 three times and was twice named first-team All-American.
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How does a kid, born and raised in California, make their way to the frozen tundra of Lambeau Field for potential greatness as a Green Bay Packer? If you’re Kenny Clark, the answer is simple: be a four star recruit out of Wilmer Amina Carter High School in Rialto, CA as a nose tackle, go to UCLA and be one of the best players in the Pac-12, then get drafted by the Packers. Easy, right?
Actually, Kenny Clark has worked very hard to get where he’s at. As one of the best high school football players in the West (and a three time letterman in wrestling, as well), Clark wanted to stay in California for school. UCLA was an obvious choice, and as a Bruin, Clark performed.
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Kevin King was born on May 5, 1995, in Oakland, California. King was named first-team All-East Bay by the Contra Costa Times as a senior at Bishop O’Dowd High School in Oakland, where he was coached by former NFL player (and former Green Bay Packer) Hardy Nickerson. King also received honors from the San Francisco Chronicle as he received first-team all-metro recognition. Plus also got recognized by MaxPreps.com, where he received first-team All-NorCal and first-team Division III all-state honors.
The 6’3″, 200-pound King went to the University of Washington where he played with the Huskies for four years.
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