Packer Hall of Fame
Former Packers’ safety Nick Collins and offensive tackle Chad Clifton were inducted to the team’s hall of fame Saturday. Clifton played all 12 of his professional years in Green Bay, protecting the blindside of Brett Favre and Aaron Rodgers while being selected twice to the Pro Bowl. Collins spent all 7 of his professional years in Green Bay playing alongside future NFL Hall of Famer Charles Woodson and amassed 21 interceptions during his career. The highlight of Collins’ career was when he returned a Ben Roethlisberger interception 37-yards for a touchdown, helping the Packers win their fourth world championship in Super Bowl XLV. Both men are the first players from that Super Bowl 45 team to be inducted in the Packer Hall of Fame.
Former Packers receiver Greg Jennings announced his retirement at the age of 32, Monday. After spending the first seven years of his career in Green Bay, Jennings played in Minnesota for two seasons and Miami for one. During his ten-year career he was selected to the Pro Bowl twice and caught a total of 571 catches for 8,291 yards and 64 touchdowns. The highlights of Jennings’ career include catching Brett Favre’s 421st touchdown pass which broke Dan Marino’s all-time NFL career record and helping the Packers win their fourth world championship in Super Bowl XLV.
The NFL season officially began Tuesday with the opening of Packers training camp. The long tradition of it being open to fans began in 1946 under coach Curly Lambeau. It is currently being held at Nitschke Field across the street from Lambeau Field. The Packers are one of the two teams to begin preseason football with their selection to play in the annual Hall of Fame Game versus the Indianapolis Colts on August 7.
Receiver Jordy Nelson revealed that he had a recent incident with his left knee and a day later he was placed on the Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list. Nelson clarified that it was his left knee and not the torn ACL in his right knee that forced him to miss the entirety of the 2015 NFL season. Insisting it as minor, he stated that he plans to play in the regular-season opener in Jacksonville on September 11.
As of Tuesday night’s game the Milwaukee Brewers are 4-3 since the 20th of July in games against the Pirates in Pittsburgh and the Cubs and Diamondbacks in Milwaukee.
The MLB trade deadline is August 1 and rumors are intensifying of the trading of catcher Jonathan Lucroy. Lucroy may be the most valuable trade asset available as he’s hitting at .301 with 13 home runs and is regarded as a top-notch defender behind the plate. He is currently in the last season of his contract and has expressed interest of wanting to play for a winning team. The Texas Rangers, Cleveland Indians, Houston Astros, New York Mets, Boston Redsox, Los Angeles Dodgers and Detroit Tigers have all been rumored as teams wanting to make that trade. It is probable that the Brewers want one or more top-prospects in return for the catcher.