Las Vegas Raiders
How does a guy from Palo Alto, CA, find his way to being a starter on the Frozen Tundra for the Green Bay Packers? It’s simple: be one of the best wide receivers in the country, leave college after two seasons, get drafted by the Packers and start a month into your rookie season. Davante Adams, at age 26, is living the Green Bay dream.
At Palo Alto High School, Adams was known for playing both sides of the ball. A true athlete, he also lettered four years in basketball and averaged 20 ppg as a senior. Soon, the Mountain West Conference and Fresno State came calling and Adams showed his stuff.
Green Bay Packers RB
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.
Green Bay Packers
Of all the athletes to grace the playing surface of Lambeau Field, Ahman Green ranks near the top. A member of the Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame, Green is the all-time leading rusher for the Packers. Named for legendary sports broadcaster Ahmad Rashad, Ahman Green is an amazing piece of Packers history.
Green’s athletic legacy began in Omaha, Nebraska, where he not only was a standout football player, but also an outstanding track and field star and powerlifter. Not only was he the Nebraska “Player of the Year” in football, his 100 m dash time still ranks as the 10th best in state history and he placed 2nd at the High School Powerlifting Championships.
New Orleans Saints
If you’re going to be the featured running back in an offense led by future Hall of Fame quarterback Drew Brees, you better be something special. Alvin Kamara, having completed just two seasons in the NFL, has captivated Who Dat Nation and made the Superdome come alive. Expectations are running high down in the Bayou and that is largely due to the impressive Saints offense.
At Norcross High School in Georgia, people knew Kamara was destined for great things. He was the Class 6A player of the year and was named Georgia Mr. Football by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Super Bowl Champion
Antonio Freeman was born in Baltimore, Maryland on May 27, 1972. Freeman, who is nicknamed “Free” or “Buttons”, was named Offensive Player of the Year by the Baltimore Sun when he was 1989 senior at Polytechnic High School in Baltimore. His team went 10-0 that year and won the Maryland Group A championship.
Freeman went to Virginia Tech to play college football, where he was a three-year starter. He departed as the Hokies’ all-time leading receiver with 121 receptions (for 2,207 yards). Freeman also set the all-time school record with 22 touchdown receptions.
In the early 90s, people at Charlton County High School in Folkston, Georgia knew that Champ Bailey was something special. Along the way to membership in the 2019 class of the NFL Hall of Fame, folks around the country, especially in Athens, GA, Washington, DC, and Denver, CO found out just how special he was.
Growing up in Folkston, GA, down near the Florida border in swampland so thick it’s rumored that there are more alligators than people, Bailey excelled. He was known as an overall athlete, dominating on the football field as well as on the basketball court with a 43 inch vertical and on the track, where he was the state high jump champion his junior year.
NFL and Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame
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.
Desmond Howard was born in Cleveland, Ohio on May 15, 1970. Howard earned All-Ohio and All-American honors as a senior tailback at St. Joseph’s High School in Cleveland. Howard rushed for 1,499 yards as a senior, plus scored 18 touchdowns and had 10 interceptions on defense.
Instead of staying in his home state of Ohio and playing for the Ohio State Buckeyes, Howard decided to play college football at rival Michigan and play for the Wolverines. While at Michigan, Howard set or tied five NCAA and 12 Michigan records.
HOF Coach Dick Vermeil
HOF Coach Dick Vermeil
The NFL has one of the most exclusive Hall of Fames in all of sports. It is so difficult to get in that, many times, players and coaches must wait for a senior committee to vote on their rightful place in the Hall of Fame. This was the case of former NFL head coach Dick Vermeil, who was named a senior finalist for the Hall of Fame. Earlier in February 2022, Coach was announced at the NFL Honors Event that he had been selected for induction to the Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2022.
Giannis Antetokounmpo is a small forward for the Milwaukee Bucks. Giannis grew up in Seplia, Athens, Greece where he started his professional basketball career in Greece’s 2nd-tier basketball league. In April 2013, Giannis entered his name into the 2013 NBA Draft and was selected in the first round, 15th overall, by the Bucks. Giannis Antetokounmpo has been a key player for the Bucks ever since. He recorded his first career triple-double this season with 27 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists in a 108-101 win over the Lakers. Giannis is the youngest Buck to record a triple-double at only 21 years old. He now was a total four triple-doubles and has become the first Bucks’ player ever with four triple-doubles in one season.
Super Bowl Champion
A two-sport star in high school…Aloha Bowl champion at Kansas…Super Bowl XXXI champion with the Green Bay Packers…head coach of a Lingerie Football League team…race car enthusiast…anti-bullying spokesperson. Any conversation about the most interesting athletes in American sports history has to include the one and only Gravedigger himself, Gilbert Brown!
Brown grew up in Detroit, Michigan and lettered in football and track. His experiences in Detroit helped shape the man he would become, beginning with his choice of college.
Green Bay Packers
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.
Jamaal Williams was born on April 3, 1995, in Rialto, California. Williams was named as the league MVP as a senior at Summit High School in Fontana, California, as he led his team to the CIF division title. Williams ran for 1,252 yards and 22 touchdowns as a senior, as he won all-league honors and first-team All-CIF recognition. Williams earned a scholarship to BYU, where he played four years for the Cougars. In his career at BYU, Williams rushed for 3,901 yards and 35 touchdowns, plus caught 60 passes for 567 yards and one more score. In the 2017 NFL draft, the 6’0”, 213-pound Williams was drafted in the fourth round by the Green Bay Packers.
Less than 800 people reside in Convent, Louisiana, the county seat of St. James Parish and the hometown of one of the NFL’s best wide receivers. Jarvis Landry is proof that big things can come out of small packages. At Lutcher High School, he had a stellar career, being named the fourth-best wide receiver in the country as well as lettering in track for his work as a long jumper.
As a five star recruit, Landry had numerous offers but chose to take his talents to LSU, where he played on the 2011 SEC championship team. In his junior year, he was named Second Team All-SEC. He decided to enter the NFL draft after three seasons and was taken by the Miami Dolphins in the second round.
NFL Hall of Famer, Super Bowl Champion, Packers Legend
The most recent inductee into the Pro Football Hall of Fame representing the Green Bay Packers, Jerry Kramer has had a long and interesting football career. Taken by the Packers as the 39th overall selection in the 1958 NFL Draft, he waited 50 years before being inducted in Canton at age 82. Kramer is recognized as one of the toughest Packers to ever play the game.
From his birthplace in Jordan, Montana, to an early childhood in Utah, then to Idaho for middle and high school, Kramer moved around a lot but was definitely a standout athlete at Sandpoint High School, doing well enough to earn a scholarship to the University of Idaho.
John Kuhn played college football at Shippensburg University. The Pittsburgh Steelers signed him as an undrafted free agent in 2005. Kuhn was signed to the Green Bay Packers active roster in 2007. He played for nine seasons before joining the New Orlean Saints in 2016. In March 2019, Brian Gutekunst, Packer's general manager, announced Kuhns wish to retire as a Packer.
Kuhn is a two-time Super Bowl Champ. His first Super Bowl ring came with the Steelers in Super Bowl XL. His second with the Green Bay Packers, coincidentally against the Steelers in Super Boy XLV. In addition, during his time with the Green Bay Packers he was named to three Pro Bowls, all as a Packer.
A Packers cultural icon as the fans cheer "Kuuuhhhhnnnnn", John Kuhn is a wonderful motivational speaker on topics such as teamwork, overcoming adversity, and taking a team from good to great.
Green Bay Packer QB
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.
Green Bay Packers
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.
Green Bay Packers
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.
Packers Legend & NFL Hall of Famer
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.
Green Bay Packers President and CEO
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.
Kansas City Chiefs
Marques Valdes-Scantling was born on October 10, 1994, in St. Petersburg, Florida. Valdes-Scantling attended Lakewood High School in St. Petersburg and as a senior team captain, had 50 receptions for 800 yards and 14 touchdowns. The 6’4″, 206-pound Valdes-Scantling started his collegiate career at North Carolina State where he played in 2013 and 2014. In those two seasons, Valdes-Scantling had 44 receptions for 538 yards and one touchdown. The Florida native then transferred closer to home when he went to South Florida, which is located in Tampa. In two seasons with the Bulls, Valdes-Scantling had 75 catches for 1,294 yards and 12 touchdowns. He was definitely a deep threat for South Florida, as he averaged 17.3 yards per catch in his two years as a Bull.
Green Bay Packers
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.
Wisconsin Badger fans had plenty of reason to “jump around” when Melvin Gordon was on the field as the team’s star running back. In 2014, he was only 41 yards shy of breaking Barry Sanders’ all-time single-season rushing record. That season, he finished second in the Heisman Trophy voting, losing to Marcus Mariota. The Badger faithful know that they were blessed to have a talent like Gordon grace Camp Randall stadium for four years.
Actually, the roots of greatness for Gordon were sown in his hometown of Kenosha. His mother, Carmen, never missed a single game and would frequently drive Gordon to football camps as far away as Alabama.
Super Bowl Champion
Santana Dotson, a Baylor All American in 1991, was a fifth-round draft selection by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the 1992 NFL Draft. His prowess on defense led to him receiving the 1992 NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year. He also played a key role in getting the Green Bay Packers to two Super Bowls. Dotson is a unanimous All-American and a Super Bowl champion.
Dotson was selected with the 132nd pick in the 1992 NFL Draft by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He spent seasons 1992-1995 with the Buccaneers until signing with Green Bay. In the 1996 season, the Green Bay Packers beat the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XXXI thus crowning Dotson a Super Bowl Champion.
When you intercept Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck, you count yourself fortunate. When you intercept him twice in 14 seconds, you go to the Pro Bowl and sign a contract making you the highest-paid cornerback in the league. We’re talking about Xavien Howard, and he’s one of the stars of the Miami Dolphins.
Howard grew up in Houston in the Fifth Ward district, a pretty tough neighborhood. However, he excelled on the football field for Wheatley High School, playing both cornerback as well as quarterback. Howard’s stint at Baylor University coincided with one of the most successful stretches the football program had seen.
Super Bowl Champion
Dorsey Levens was born on May 21, 1970, in Syracuse, New York. Levens went to Nottingham High School in Syracuse where his prowess in football led to a football scholarship from Notre Dame. Levens played for the Fighting Irish for two years in 1989 and 1990, as he rushed for 185 yards and three touchdowns, plus caught four passes for 47 more yards. After transferring to Georgia Tech, Levens played two years (1992 and 1993) for the Ramblin’ Wreck, Levens rushed for 1,036 yards and 10 touchdowns, plus caught 21 passes for 276 yards and two more scores.
The 6’1″, 230-pound Levens was drafted in the fifth round of the 1994 NFL draft by the Green Bay Packers.