Jaire Alexander? Swag, those sunglasses, Packers, #23, Future Pro Bowler, Future Super Bowl Champion perhaps? We are proud to work with Waukesha Sportscards once again. This time for Packers Jaire Alexander Rare Autograph Event.
According to SB Nation, "Jaire Alexander created a buzz in Week 1 when he was responsible for a blitzing sack resulting in a safety and a table-turning interception. Alexander’s aggressiveness almost netted him another interception last week and has helped him become a fairly reliable tackler on the boundary. While Alexander has maintained a high-caliber level of play entering year three, he is not alone."
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Locker room plans to pull together without Aaron Rodgers
MINNEAPOLIS – The sight of Aaron Rodgers sitting on a cart and being driven to the locker room is something no one on the Packers' sideline ever wants to see.
Yet, that’s the reality the Packers were forced to live with Sunday afternoon inside one of the loudest venues the NFL has to offer.
As the challenges continued to mount inside bustling U.S. Bank Stadium, backup quarterback Brett Hundley assumed control of the huddle and did his best to guide the offense through the Packers’ worst nightmare.
While the circumstances proved a bit too extreme for the Packers to overcome during a 23-10 loss to the Vikings, the confidence Hundley displayed amidst calamity told teammates the third-year quarterback was ready to lead this offense.
“He showed an inordinate amount of poise,” center Corey Linsley said. “He came in with confidence. I have full confidence in Brett. As long as he has confidence – that’s the biggest thing for a QB is coming into that huddle and setting that poise. It’s all intangibles but I don’t have any doubt in Brett.”
Rodgers sustained a broken right collarbone a little less than 10 minutes into Sunday’s NFC North contest, the result of his throwing arm hitting the ground after an out-of-the-pocket hit from Vikings linebacker Anthony Barr.
Most players were unable to see the hit because of their assignment. The injury sent shockwaves through the sideline and thrust Hundley into the spotlight after more than two years serving as Rodgers’ understudy.
The Packers adjusted their game plan to suit Hundley and a banged-up offensive line, which saw three starters – David Bakhtiari (hamstring), Lane Taylor (ankle) and Bryan Bulaga (concussion) – all exit due to injury.
Despite the shakeups, Hundley helped engineer two scoring drives off turnovers in the first half to keep the Packers within earshot of Minnesota. Hundley’s first touchdown pass – a 14-yard toss to receiver Davante Adams – tied the game at 7 with 10:40 left in the second quarter.
Hundley also led a late surge near the end of the game, driving the Packers’ offense 84 yards to the Minnesota 11-yard line before a tipped pass fell into the arms of Vikings cornerback Trae Waynes.
“He came in and played his butt off,” receiver Randall Cobb said. “He took a bunch of shots. He was able to get up and keep playing. He held onto a couple when a lot quarterbacks get hit, they’re going to lose those balls. I love his toughness and the way he bounced back and kept playing.”
A fifth-round pick in 2015, Hundley had yet to play a meaningful regular-season snap prior to Sunday but impressed during extended looks during his first three preseasons.
With Hundley's experience in the system, the Packers appear to be better suited to handle Rodgers’ absence this year than the last time he sustained a collarbone injury in 2013. The Packers had three quarterbacks – Matt Flynn, Scott Tolzien and Seneca Wallace – start games that season, none of whom spent training camp in Green Bay.
“I think the thing a lot of people don’t understand is with him going down like this, the last time this happened in 2013, they were cycling through backups,” Linsley said. “Now with Brett and a full week of practice in with Aaron by his side showing him everything to do and teaching him and educating him on the game plan instead of Brett learning as we go, that’s going to be a benefit for him.”
Hundley’s presence was the thing that stuck out to teammates the most. He maintained the same mentality he’s shown in practice, standing tall in the pocket and constantly communicated with the Packers’ receivers, listening to suggestions throughout.
The main message veterans conveyed to the young quarterback was not trying to be anyone other than himself this week and moving forward.
A full week of preparation should benefit Hundley entering his first NFL regular-season start next Sunday against the New Orleans Saints. He also has an endless football encyclopedia at his disposal in Rodgers.
“We don’t need Brett to be Aaron. We just need Brett to be Brett and everyone else to do their job,” Taylor said. “It’ll take everybody – special teams, defense, offense.”
As Hundley readies to lead the Packers’ offense going forward, the locker room understands it must rally without their two-time MVP quarterback for the time being. Knowing it's impossible to replace his skill and leadership, it's on the entire team to help carry the load.
“He’s the heartbeat of this team. It runs through him,” Adams said. “He’s best doing it in this game, so he takes a lot of pressure off us. It just means that we’ve got to pick it up and substitute some of that energy, some of that leadership, some of those small things that he does all week and during the games that keep us going.”
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Great Article by Wes Hodkiewicz packers.com staff writer @WesHod
Mayfield Sports Marketing is very excited to announce our
Ty Montgomery Exclusive Autograph Agreement with Superstars of the Game!
Green Bay Running Back Ty Montgomery has entered into an exclusive autograph agreement with Superstars of the Game.
“We are very excited to sign this exclusive autograph agreement with Ty,” said Michael Sauerbry, CEO of Superstars of the Game. “We will be announcing his first public signing very soon. We will also be introducing the Superstars Autograph Series Green Bay players during the Regular Season in Green Bay. Stay Tuned!
“Mayfield Sports and I are very excited to work with Mike as my exclusive autograph retailer,” Montgomery said “We are thrilled to partner with Superstars of the Game.” Mark Mayfield, President of Mayfield Sports said. “When you are looking for an officially licensed and autographed item signed by Ty Montgomery, Superstars of the Game will be your source. Every autographed item has Ty’s official hologram and certificate of authenticity."
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Packers Training Camp - Ty Montgomery, who was labeled the starter during OTAs. This is Montgomery’s first training camp as a full-time running back and a prime opportunity to reinforce — or tear down — the notion that a converted wide receiver can succeed as the No. 1 tailback for an entire season.
“He’s just stepped out in front and just keeps going,” McCarthy said. “ … He looks good. I’m very pleased with the way he has stepped up to the front of the class.”
The second lens is nearly as green as Montgomery. When general manager Ted Thompson declined to bring in a veteran running back to complement Montgomery, it became clear the Packers would need to address the issue through the draft. Thompson responded by using three of his 10 picks on tailbacks, with fourth-round choice Jamaal Williams being the highest selection. Eventually, talent or injuries should separate one or two players from the proverbial pack to fall in line behind Montgomery.
“You just work through it,” McCarthy said. “The teaching part of it in the classroom, we’ve got the gymnasium walk-throughs and things like that. You’re really focused on doing more of that when you have that high — because we’re obviously very young at the running back position. That’s the stuff you focus on. The reps usually takes care of itself. Frankly, the players’ availability and their performance level each day really controls who gets the reps.”
There should be plenty of snaps to go around. Courtesy Milwaukee Journal
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Brett Hundley made a name for himself this preseason after he was selected by the Green Bay Packers during the 5th round of the 2015 NFL Draft.
The rookie quarterback from UCLA had the second most leading passing yards, throwing a total of 630 passing yards during the preseason and completing 45 out of 65 attempted passes. He also had seven touchdowns, more than any other QB in the league during the preseason.
After tackling his first preseason as a Green Bay Packer, Hundley is now heading up to the Upper Peninsula to help tackle hunger.
On Tuesday, October 27, Mayfield Sports Marketing and Brett Hundley made their way up to Elmer's County Market in Escanaba, MI, where Hundley would be signing autographs for the price of only a food donation to go towards a great cause.
There are five schools that participate in the backpack program and who will be receiving the donations of food. The donations will then get passed on to needy and underprivileged youth, to help carry them through weekends and extended breaks from school, when they may not be getting fed as much as they do on a school day.
The food drive at the county market was held from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m., with Hundley making his appearance at 6 p.m. and staying until 7:30 p.m.
With the help of Escanaba Public Safety, the Green Bay Packers, Elmer's County Market, Brett Hundley, and a very special thanks to Detective Tony LaPant, the food drive was a huge success, and far exceeded last year's event. Thank you to everyone who came out and made this event possible!
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Host a book signing event with author, scholar and Green Bay Packer Super Bowl Champion, Dr. George Koonce, Jr.
“Is There Life After Football?” Surviving the NFL, exclusive first-run copies are now available to the general public.
George Koonce played professional football for a decade, the majority of those years with the Green Bay Packers and during which they won Super Bowl XXXI. After his playing career ended, he served as senior associate athletics director and director of development at Marquette University, athletics director at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, director of player development for the Packers and special assistant to the athletic director at East Carolina University.
Now Dr. Koonce, he received his Ph.D. from Marquette University with his doctoral dissertation focusing on “Role Transition of National Football League Players: Using the Grounded Theory.” His guest column on the same topic on the NFL blog received national notice and raised awareness for the problems faced by retired NFL players. He is a member of the NFL Player Engagement Advisory Board and is co-authoring a book titled “Is There Life After Football,” which is scheduled to be released for publication in December.
Dr. Koonce currently serves as vice president of the office of advancement at Marian University where he provides leadership and strategic direction for students. He is responsible for growing awareness and increasing philanthropic support for Marian University through community and alumni engagement.
Signed by the Green Bay Packers before the 1992 season. He played for the Packers from 1992-1999. He was an eight-year starter as the Packers returned to dominance, starting 102 of 112 games. He played all three linebacker positions with the Packers and was with the team when they won Super Bowl XXXI.
Make this Holiday season even more special by attending what will be a legendary event for any fan of the “Green & Gold.” On Saturday, December 20th all are invited to attend “Holiday with The Pack”, “a greats of the Green Bay Football Team autograph session held at Fox River Mall in Appleton WI. This nostalgic afternoon will feature former gridiron titans Gilbert Brown, William Henderson, Santana Dotson and Ahman Green. Purchase an autograph/s are $25 each. A portion of all autograph proceeds will benefit the TOYS for TOTS Program. Numerous items such as: photos, helmets, and footballs will also be available for purchase on site, starting at $5 and as high as $125 for the serious collector. Fans will have hours of opportunity to attend ths Green Bay legends autograph signing, as two separate sessions will take place from 11 AM – 1 PM and then again from 2 PM – 5 PM. In keeping up with the warm seasonal spirit of giving back, “Holidays with The Pack” has partnered with the US Marines “Toys for Tots” program, and will have representatives on hand to accept new, unwrapped toys for children in need. US Marines will also be on hand to collect financial donations for the “Toys for Tots” program. Mayfield Sports is also proud to partner with FM 101.1 WIXX and WBAY TV. FM 101.1 WIXX will be on site during the event for a live broadcast. ** A special thanks to WISCO HOTELS as a our Official Hotel Group and HONOR CANVAS (NEW licensed and unique military artwork) Don’t miss this unique opportunity to meet and collect autographs from 3 S.B. Champions. Meet Green Bay Legends and relive the glory days at the “Holidays with The Pack” event on Saturday, December 2014 at Fox River Mall 4301 W Wisconsin Ave, Appleton, WI 54913 (920) 997-1784 Each player – $25.00 each (1 autograph per player: Brown, Henderson and Dotson, Green = $100.00) All Holiday Inscriptions – Complimentary Special Inscriptions – $10.00 per inscription (SB Champs or PHOF) UNSIGNED PRODUCT: Our 8×10 Photo – $5.00 Our 11×14 photo – $10.00 Our Mini Helmet $25.00 Our Wilson (Packers) Replica Football – $30.00
Our Art Canvas – 100.00 Our Custom Replica Jersey – $100.00
Our Authentic Duke Football – $100.00 Our Full-Size Replica Helmet – $125.00
Make this Holiday season even more special by attending what will be a legendary event for any fan of the “Green & Gold.” On Saturday, December 13th all are invited to attend “Holiday with The Pack”, “a greats of the Green Bay Football Team autograph session held at Southridge Mall in Milwaukee.
This nostalgic afternoon will feature former gridiron titans Gilbert Brown, William Henderson, and Santana Dotson. Autographs for standard items are $25 each. Items such as photos, helmets, and footballs will also be available for purchase, starting at $5 and as high as $125 for the serious collector. Fans will have hours of opportunity to attend ths Green Bay legends autograph signing, as two separate sessions will take place from 11 AM – 1 PM and then again from 2 PM – 5 PM.
In keeping up with the warm seasonal spirit of giving back, “Holidays with The Pack” has partnered with the US Marines “Toys for Tots” program, and will have representatives on hand to accept new, unwrapped toys for children in need. ** THE FIRST 100 FANS TO DONATE A NEW TOY WILL REVEIVE (1) COMPLIMENTARY TICKET TO THE WI STATE FAIR 2015. US Marines will also be on hand to collect financial donations for the “Toys for Tots” program. Mayfield Sports is also proud to partner with FM 106 and 920 WOKY. FM 106 will be on site during the event for a live broadcast.
Also NEW this year, like and share the Lunch with Legends contest sponsored by GRUBER LAW. 2 lucky fans and a guest will win lunch with the players at 1p Dec 13 at BUCA Di PEPPO in Southridge Mall. 2 nd place winner wins a 30 minute live in studio appearance on Gilbert Brown's GRAVEDIGGER RADIO on 920 WOKY and 3rd place winner will win an autographed football by all three players. ** Some restrictions may apply. For official contest rules, please see facebook ** A special thanks to WISCO HOTELS as a our Official Hotel Group and HONOR CANVAS (NEW licensed and unique military artwork)
Don’t miss this unique opportunity to meet and collect autographs from 3 S.B. Champions. Meet Green Bay Legends and relive the glory days at the “Holidays with The Pack” event on Saturday, December 13th at Southridge Mall, 5300 S. 76th St, Greendale, WI 53129.
For those near the Appleton and Green Bay area, “Holidays with The Pack” is coming to Fox River Mall on Saturday, December 20th.
Each Autograph per player - $25.00 each (1 autograph per player: Brown, Henderson and Dotson = $75.00)
All Holiday Inscriptions - Complimentary
Special Inscriptions - $10.00 per inscription (SB Champs or PHOF)
Our 8x10 Photo - $5.00
Our 11x14 photo - $10.00
Our Mini Helmet - $25.00
Our Wilson (Packers) Replica Football - $30.00
Our Art Canvas - $100.00
Our Custom Replica Jersey - $100.00
Our Authentic Duke Football - $100.00
Our Full-Size Replica Helmet - $125.00
Get to know Packers President Mark Murphy. We have the pleasure of working Mr. Murphy for motivational speaking and corporate events. With an extensive background, Mark brings a wonderful wealth of knowledge when discussing: teamwork, team building, financial success and of course the Green Bay Packers. If you company would like to hire Mark Murphy, please contact us at Mark@MayfieldSports.com
•Named Packers President/CEO on Dec. 3, 2007, by Packers Board of Directors; formally assumed position on Jan. 28, 2008.
•Serves on the NFL’s Management Council Executive Committee, Competition Committee and Health and Safety Committee.
•Served a combined 16 years as director of athletics at Northwestern University (2003-07) and Colgate University (1992-2003) prior to joining Packers.
•Enjoyed an eight-year NFL playing career with the Washington Redskins (1977-84); served as co-captain from 1980-84, including the Super Bowl championship team of 1982. Earned All-Pro and Pro Bowl honors in 1983.
•Is believed to be the first person to earn a Super Bowl ring as a player (XVII, 1982) and as a team chief executive (XLV, 2010).
•Served as the Redskins’ player representative to the NFL Players Association from 1980-84, including the position of vice president of players union (1983-84).
•Holds law degree from Georgetown University (1988) and MBA in finance from American University (1983).
•Served as assistant executive director of the NFL Players Association (1985-88) and as a trial attorney with the U.S. Department of Justice (1989-92).
•Served on the NFL Commissioner’s Player Advisory Committee (1994-2002), the NFL Youth Football Committee (2002-12) and currently serves on USA Football’s board of directors.
•While a player with the Redskins, participated in the highest-scoring game in Monday Night Football and Green Bay Packers history, a 48-47 defeat to the Packers on Oct. 17, 1983, at Lambeau Field.
Mark Murphy, possessor of extensive experience in professional football and sports administration, is in his sixth year as the Packers’ President and CEO.
Under Murphy’s guidance, the organization continues to rank as one of the NFL’s premier franchises, with highly successful operations both on and off the field. On the field, the team has compiled a 58-30 overall record (.659), made four straight playoff trips, captured two consecutive division titles and earned a victory in Super Bowl XLV. Off the field, the club continues to perform well in its business efforts, which allows the organization to support football operations. The fan experience at Lambeau Field, a top priority for the organization, continues to be ranked among the best in sports.
It was a direction both Murphy and the organization envisioned when Murphy was elected by the Packers Board of Directors as the franchise’s 10th Chief Executive Officer on Dec. 3, 2007. He began his work with the organization as president-elect on Jan. 1, 2008, and then formally took over on Jan. 28, 2008.
“I am honored to have been selected and very appreciative of this tremendous opportunity,” Murphy said the day of his election. “The Packers are one of the great franchises in all of professional sports, with a rich history and incredible fan support. These are successful times for the Packers. On the field they’re performing well, and off the field, they’re in great shape, too. I look forward to being a part of that continued success.”
Murphy, who holds a law degree and an MBA in finance, brought a unique and highly qualified background to his role as head of one of the NFL’s flagship franchises, first drawing from a deep understanding and appreciation of the game that comes from an eight-year playing career with the Washington Redskins. Later, he served a combined 16 years as director of athletics at Colgate University and Northwestern University, and was an assistant executive director of the NFL Players Association and a trial attorney with the U.S. Department of Justice.
In addition to his playing career and work with the NFL Players Association, Murphy had maintained his ties to the NFL through his work on the Commissioner’s Player Advisory Committee (1994-2002) as well as the NFL Youth Football Committee (2002-12). Additionally, his NFL experience now includes Super Bowl wins as a player (XVII, 1982) and as a CEO (XLV, 2010), believed to be the first such achievement in NFL history.
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, recognizing the unique experience and skills Murphy brought to the NFL as the Packers’ CEO, in 2008 appointed him to the NFL’s Management Council Executive Committee, the NFL owners’ committee whose responsibility was to serve as the bargaining team during negotiations with the NFL Players Association which resulted in a new, 10-year Collective Bargaining Agreement in 2011. The position has allowed Murphy to increase his involvement and contributions at the league level, ensuring the organization has a voice in NFL matters.
“Mark’s rare blend of experiences makes him integral to the future of the Packers and the NFL,” said Goodell when appointing Murphy. “His accomplishments as an NFL player, his work with the NFLPA, and now his leadership of the Packers, provide a unique perspective to the league and also to the players. He’s very effective in discussions with NFLPA executives. Mark is a bright and thoughtful individual who understands what needs to get done to create a system that benefits all sides for years to come. He is very reasonable and wants what’s best for fans, the game and players, as we all do.”
In 2012, Goodell added to Murphy’s NFL-level involvement by naming him to the important Competition Committee, the group composed of team executives and coaches that studies all aspects of the game and recommends rules and policy changes to NFL clubs. Goodell also placed Murphy on the NFL owners’ new Health and Safety Committee.
Upon joining the Packers, Murphy broadened his knowledge of the franchise, its operations and its standing in the community by meeting with employees, shareholders, fans and members of the Board of Directors, as well as many community groups.
Among his first initiatives was to update the organization’s strategic plan, a process involving all the leadership positions of the organization, including the Executive Committee and football operations. The process created core objectives to serve as a backdrop for all key business decisions. In a move to enhance those objectives, Murphy restructured the management of the organization, which included creating a new senior-leadership staff overseeing administration, finance, football operations and sales and marketing. The structure reflected the growth the organization has experienced in recent years and gives broader coverage across all operations with more people involved on a senior-management level.
Murphy also is directing the organization’s master plan involving Lambeau Field, the Lambeau Field Atrium, the practice facilities and property the organization owns adjacent to the stadium. Lambeau Field and the Atrium currently are undergoing a $286.5 million, five-year expansion and renovation that includes a new distributed-audio sound system (2011), two new HD video boards and a new Bellin Health Gate on the north end of the stadium (2012), and approximately 7,000 additional seats in the south end zone served by the Shopko Gate (2013). The Atrium phase includes a larger Oneida Nation Gate (2013), new football facilities (2014) and a new Packers Pro Shop, Hall of Fame and restaurant (2015).
To support the Lambeau Field expansion project, Murphy directed the Packers’ fifth stock sale, an effort that netted the organization more than $64 million. More than 268,000 shares were sold during the offering, from Dec. 6, 2011, through Feb. 29, 2012, with more than 250,000 new shareholders joining the Packers’ family. All stadium improvements are being financed without public tax money.
Among the other initiatives Murphy has directed is the enhancement of the organization’s retail operations, including the purchase of a new warehouse for the Packers Pro Shop, and the establishment of a customer relationship management (CRM) program, with both efforts upgrading customer service to Packers fans.
Murphy also has worked to increase the number of outside events utilizing Lambeau Field, including a Kenny Chesney concert in June 2011, the venue’s first major concert since its redevelopment; and LZ Lambeau in May 2010, a welcome back for Wisconsin Vietnam Veterans. Additionally in the community, Murphy has ensured the organization remains a strong community partner, with a charity impact of $6 million in the past year.
Inside the organization, Murphy continues to grow and develop the team’s human resources, with new programs for employees such as leadership development.
The 58-year-old Murphy joined the Packers after 4½ years (2003-07) as director of athletics at Northwestern University. At the Big Ten Conference school, Murphy oversaw a 19-sport program with a $40 million budget and 160 full-time employees. During his tenure, the school won eight individual national championships and three NCAA team titles. Additionally, the university won nine conference team championships and 34 individual Big Ten titles. A total of 49 Wildcats earned first-team All-America distinction. On the football field, the Wildcats participated in two bowl games during Murphy’s tenure after playing in just four previous such contests in the program’s history. In 2006-07, Northwestern finished 30th in the U.S. Sports Academy Directors’ Cup standings with a school-best 626.5 points. The Wildcats ranked among the top 30 in the standings for the last three years of Murphy’s tenure and in 2007 finished sixth among Big Ten schools for the third straight year after previously not placing higher than ninth.
The school’s athletic success under Murphy was achieved while its student-athletes continued to excel off the field. The NCAA Graduation Success Rate (GSR) data released in October 2007 reported Northwestern’s rate at 98 percent, tying it with Notre Dame and Navy for tops in the nation.
Prior to his tenure at Northwestern, Murphy served as director of athletics at Colgate University in Hamilton, N.Y. (1992-2003), the school from which he graduated in 1977. During his 11 years at the helm, the university experienced a renaissance of its football program, going from 0-11 in 1995 to three consecutive appearances in the NCAA Division I-AA playoffs. In 2003, the year after Murphy’s departure to Northwestern, the team made it to the championship game; the achievement of that squad – a non-scholarship program – remains one of Murphy’s proudest moments.
Colgate’s other teams experienced success as well, with men’s basketball, women’s soccer, women’s volleyball, women’s softball and men’s ice hockey teams making NCAA Tournament appearances. The school also achieved graduation rates among the highest for student-athletes in Division I during Murphy’s tenure. A proud alumnus, Murphy had the honor of delivering the commencement address for the university’s 2012 graduation ceremony.
A former All-Pro safety for the Washington Redskins, Murphy enjoyed an eight-year career (1977-84) after originally signing with the team as a non-drafted free agent in 1977. He was a co-captain from 1980-84, a period that included two Super Bowl teams (1982-83). He enjoyed his finest season in 1983, leading the NFL with nine interceptions and earning consensus All-Pro honors as well as a trip to the Pro Bowl. Murphy was named as one of the Redskins’ “70 Greatest Players,” as well as one of the “80 Greatest Redskins,” and also is a member of the club’s 50th Anniversary Team.
Joe Gibbs, the Hall of Fame former coach of the Redskins who led the team during Murphy’s 1981-84 seasons, was appreciative of the player’s contributions and lauded the Packers’ hiring of Murphy.
“Mark meant a lot to the Redskins organization the years he was here and played,” Gibbs said. “He was a great person along with being one of the brightest and most competitive people we’ve had here at the Redskins.”
Gibbs had an influence on Murphy as well, as the Packers’ CEO attributes much of his leadership style to what he learned from the successful Redskins coach.
“He had many leadership traits that I admired and tried to incorporate into my own leadership style,” said Murphy. “He had a very natural way about him with the way he related to people, and he tried to be accessible. He was a very effective communicator, too, as most great leaders are. And when he worked with you, he was very fair and sincere. All those skills and traits fueled his awesome ability to motivate his teams.”
A natural leader among his teammates, Murphy served as the Redskins’ player representative to the NFL Players Association from 1980-84, including the position of vice president of the players union (1983-84). While a representative, he served on the players’ bargaining committee during the 1982 players’ strike. Those experiences have served him well in his role on the NFL’s Management Council Executive Committee.
During his days with the Redskins, Murphy earned an MBA in finance from American University in Washington, D.C., attending classes full-time in the offseason and evening classes in-season. Upon completion of his playing career in 1985, he joined the NFL Players Association as assistant executive director. While with the NFLPA, Murphy served on the bargaining team, including during the 1987 players’ strike, developed the agent-certification system and strengthened the PA’s degree-completion and career-counseling programs.
While with the NFLPA, he started work on a law degree from Georgetown University and ultimately finished his studies full-time after leaving the Players Association. Upon receiving his law degree in 1988, he worked at a Washington, D.C., law firm (Bredhoff and Kaiser) before becoming a trial attorney with the U.S. Department of Justice in 1989.
During a four-year career with the Department of Justice, he primarily represented government agencies in trials. Then, in 1992, his alma mater called and he returned to the sports realm.
At ease in public settings and with the media, Murphy enjoyed hosting a weekly radio show during his playing days and later became a sports commentator for National Public Radio (1983-92) and the Anheuser-Busch Radio Network (1986-88), offering his insights into football and sports-related legal issues in general.
Born July 13, 1955, in Fulton, N.Y., Murphy spent some of his formative years in the Houston area before moving back to the Buffalo-area community of Clarence. He was a three-sport star (football, baseball and basketball) at Clarence Central High School and was named the best all-around athlete in Western New York during his senior year. His baseball talents drew attentPacion from Major League scouts. In 2002, he was inducted into the Greater Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame in recognition of his achievements both on and off the field.
Murphy and his wife, Laurie, who also is a Colgate graduate, have been involved in the communities in which they’ve lived. Over the years the couple has donated their time to numerous organizations, including local schools, the United Methodist Church in Hamilton, N.Y., and the First Congregational Church of Evanston, Ill. Also while in Chicago, Murphy served on the bid committee for the 2016 Olympics which eventually was awarded to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. While at Colgate University, Murphy formed the Hamilton Youth Basketball League and served as its commissioner. Heavily involved in the community while with the Redskins, Murphy was named the team’s “Miller Man of the Year” in 1984 in honor of his work off the field.
In Green Bay, Murphy continues a busy schedule of meeting with fans and shareholders, as well as speaking to a variety of business and community groups. He also has given his time to several community organizations to help their causes, including Big Brothers Big Sisters. Murphy also serves on the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay’s council of trustees and on the boards of directors of USA Football and the Positive Coaching Alliance, the latter an organization created to transform the culture of youth sports to give all young athletes the opportunity for a positive, character-building experience. Mark and Laurie are also active supporters of foster-care services in Brown County. Additionally, Laurie established Ladies of Lambeau, a group composed of female employees and board members, and wives or partners of employees, board members, players and coaches. The group undertakes projects that will make a difference in the lives of people near and far, including packaging meals for the hungry in Africa and making blankets for residents at area nursing homes. The group also distributes grants to Wisconsin charities chosen by its volunteers.
Mark and Laurie have four children: Katie, 30, a graduate of Harvard who played basketball for the Crimson and now works at Credit Suisse in New York City; Emily, 28, a 2008 graduate of Middlebury (Vt.) College with a Chinese degree who now works for Digitaria in San Diego; Brian, 24, a graduate of Amherst (Mass.) College who played football for the Lord Jeffs and now works for Woven Digital in New York City; and Anna, 22, a recent graduate of Northwestern University who now works for Fox Sports in Los Angeles.
Away from work, Mark enjoys playing golf, fishing and participating in various forms of exercise, including bicycling, cross-country skiing and jogging.
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With Training Camp coming to an end, Ted Thompson was faced with the task of constructing a team which will lead the Packers back to the Super Bowl. As the clock ticked down to 3pm CDT yesterday, Packer fans across the world were wondering what this year’s team would look like. Would it have the caliber of talent to get the Packers back on top of the football world this season?
We are about to find out, as the season kicks off a mere 4 days from now.
Ladies and Gentlemen, here are your Green Bay Packers Roster:
Quarterbacks (3) — Aaron Rodgers, Matt Flynn, Scott Tolzien The talk of Training Camp was whether the Packers would keep 2 or 3 QBs. We got the answer yesterday. Perhaps a little surprising as it may have cost another roster spot to someone else, but after the disaster that was the Packers backup QB position last year, keeping both Flynn and Tolzien makes sense. In somewhat of a surprise call, Aaron Rodgers also made the final 53.
Running backs (4) — Eddie Lacy, James Starks, DuJuan Harris, John Kuhn If the trio of Packers RBs don’t get you excited as a Packers fan, not sure what will. All three have started in the past, with Lacy firmly entrenched as the starter for years to come. Starks and Harris add their own skillset to the offense, which Mike McCarthy will seek to use every chance he can. John Kuhn knows the offense better than anyone else on the field who isn’t named Aaron Rodgers and returns to help protect the Packers franchise QB for his 8th season.
Wide receivers (5) — Jordy Nelson, Randall Cobb, Jarrett Boykin, Davante Adams, Jeff Janis Good for Jeff Janis. Already facing an uphill battle as a 7th round draft pick, he started Training Camp by contracting shingles, further delaying his progress. After that, all he did was make plays. Nelson and Cobb are the starters, and Jarrett Boykin looks to continue to develop after his strong 2013 season. Rookie Davante Adams adds yet another weapon for Rodgers to throw to.
Tight ends (4) — Andrew Quarless, Brandon Bostick, Richard Rodgers, Ryan Taylor Andrew Quarless may be the “starter” on paper when the season starts, but Richard Rodgers is the defacto starter. Ryan Taylor sticks as as core special teams contributor.
Offensive linemen (8) — David Bakhtiari, Bryan Bulaga, Josh Sitton, T.J. Lang, Corey Linsley, JC Tretter, Derek Sherrod, Lane Taylor The starters are set with Bakhtiari, Sitton, Linsley (until Tretter returns from his injury), Lang and Bulaga. But depth is a huge concern for the o line right now. Free-agent Adam Gettis is already scheduled for a visit today. If he doesn’t sign, expect someone else to sign before Thursday’s game against the Seahawks.
Defensive linemen (5) — Mike Daniels, Datone Jones, Letroy Guion, Josh Boyd, Mike Pennel The number of defensive linemen on the roster is deceiving, as OLB Julius Peppers and Mike Neal can both play with their hand on the ground as well. As it stands right now, the Packers DL consists of: a 3rd year rising star in Daniels; a 2nd year player in Jones who is hoping to justify his first-round selection last year; a free agent signing in Guion who was expected to backup BJ Raji, not start; a second-year player in Boyd, who saw his snap count increase last season because Jones was ineffective; and a rookie UDFA in Pennel. Breathe…
Linebackers (11) — Clay Matthews, Julius Peppers, A.J. Hawk, Brad Jones, Nick Perry, Mike Neal, Jamari Lattimore, Sam Barrington, Andy Mulumba, Jayrone Elliott, Carl Bradford Eleven (!!!) linebackers. The starters are set in Matthews, Hawk, Jones, and Peppers. Perry and Neal are the second group of OLBs, while Lattimore and Barrington add depth on the inside. It will be very interesting to see how Dom Capers utilizes rookie Carl Bradford and Training Camp MVP Jayrone Elliot. This group should be able to provide some definite giddy up while rushing the QB. This will be a fun group to watch.
Cornerbacks (6) — Tramon Williams, Sam Shields, Casey Hayward, Davon House, Jarrett Bush, Demetri Goodson Time for head-scratcher number one: the Packers cut CB Jumal Rolle, who had an outstanding Training Camp, and kept Demitri Goodson, who was anything but outstanding. It pays to be a Ted Thompson draft pick. Williams and Shields are your starters, Hayward the Nickel slot CB, House is the 4th CB, and Jarrett Bush returns for his 9th season as special teams ace and 5th CB.
Safeties (4) — Morgan Burnett, Micah Hyde, Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, Sean Richardson Head scratcher number 2: S Chris Banjo was released, after being a core special teams contributor all of training camp. While there was no need for the Packers to keep the 5th Safety considering the current depth, it would be interesting to find out if Banjo was cut to make room for all 3 QBs. Ted Thompson will almost certainly inform the world whether this was the case, won’t he? Aside from that, after the mess that 2013 was at this position, isn’t it refreshing to see a group of Safeties that can actually make plays?
Specialists (3) — Mason Crosby, Tim Masthay, Brett Goode This group was set from the start of Training Camp. Let’s just hope the Mason Crosby of 2013 is set for a repeat performance this season, and the Mason Crosby of 2012 never returns again.
John Rehor is a writer at PackersTalk.com.
He can also be heard as one of the Co-Hosts of Cheesehead Radio.