Greg Jennings: Green Bay Packers brainwashed me

Greg Jennings PackersMinnesota Vikings wide receiver Greg Jennings was asked to stop talking about his former team a little over a week ago. He lasted about four days, but the next time he brought up the Green Bay Packers it was to compliment Aaron Rodgers and (maybe?) attempt to bury the hatchet. However, the comments he made on Wednesday will probably annoy Vikings head coach Leslie Frazier once again.

In an interview with Paul Allen and Ben Leber on KFAN radio, Jennings spoke about the organizational differences between the Packers and Vikings.

“When I came over here, I was kind of brainwashed,” he said, via Pro Football Talk. “There’s no ‘kind of’ to it. Being over in Green Bay, you’re brainwashed to think anyone in the division is tiers below. And so coming over here I meet the people within the organization and I’m like, ‘Wow, these are really great people.’

‘It’s like everything that you know in Green Bay is like the best, the best, the best, the best, the best. And it’s like total brainwashing. And I think you don’t open your eyes to see what other teams have to offer unless you are in that position.”

Is that an insult? It’s kind of tough to tell. On one hand, the word “brainwash” — which Jennings used several times — typically has a negative connotation. It implies that people aren’t allowed to think for themselves. On the other hand, why shouldn’t the Packers preach greatness to their players given their franchise’s incredible history?

The brainwashing comments are probably connected to what Jennings said about Rodgers having a difficult time holding himself accountable. I don’t know if that is true about Rodgers, but we do know that Jennings is having a tough time moving past his old team. If he can’t learn to ignore questions about Green Bay, he should probably hold off on the interviews for a while.

Fan pays $4,674 for high school photo he thought was 1921 Packers game


A famous Green Bay Packers picture that sold on Mears Online Auctions in 2011 for $4,674 may not be what the buyer thought it was. The ambitious collector who purchased the item thought he was getting a rare original photo from 1921 that featured Curly Lambeau about to take a pitch in the stadium that would later be named after him. It appears he was wrong.

The photo was billed as “the earliest known action photo of the Green Bay Packers franchise” in a description on Mears’ website. Cliff Christl of PackersNews.com disagrees, claiming that the photo is of a high school football game and has nothing to do with Lambeau Field. Christl listed three red flags that the photo should have raised.

For starters, the Allouez Water and Beverages sign in the background matches a sign that stood in an old minor league baseball stadium in Hagemeister Park which happened to double as a football field. Secondly, there is snow on the ground. The Packers played 18 games at Hagemeister Park in 1920 and 1921 and only six were after Nov. 1. They also played a local benefit game on Dec. 5, 1920, but of those 19 games only one was played with snow on the ground. It was played on Nov. 13, 1921.

Finally, Christl called attention to the jerseys. The Packers were sponsored by Acme Packing Co. in 1921. The Packers 1921 team picture shows that at least five players wore jerseys with Acme Packers written across the front of them. While only two jerseys worn by the team in the photo that has the ball are visible, neither have any lettering across the front.

And for further evidence, Christl pointed out that the Packers’ jerseys in the team photo are darker than their pants. The opposite is true in the picture that sold at auction.

If that evidence isn’t enough to prove that the photo isn’t what the buyer thought it was, good for them. They’re more than welcome to go through life believing they didn’t get hosed. Buyer beware.

H/T Shutdown Corner

Donald Driver would come out of retirement for the Green Bay Packers

Donald-Driver-PackersDonald Driver retired from football four months ago, but the former Green Bay Packers star says that has not stopped a number of NFL teams from calling him to see if they can coax him into continuing his career. While the 38-year-old has not completely ruled out returning to football, he says he would never play his home games anywhere but Lambeau Field.

When speaking to reporters before his sixth annual charity softball game over the weekend, Driver explained what it would take to get him to come out of retirement.

“I think the thing is, if you have the itch to continue to play, then it doesn’t matter who you play for, because that’s what you want to do,” Driver said, via FOX Sports Wisconsin. “You just want to play the game. I love the game, but I only love one team. When you love the game, you’ll play for anybody. Anybody who offers you something, you’re willing to step on the field and play for them.

“I decided that I love one team. But I do love the game. At the end of the day, if I get that itch, it would only be for the green and gold.”

And Driver insists his comments are more than just a compliment to the team where he spent his entire 14-year career. If the Packers still wanted him on the roster, he wouldn’t mind going through a 15th training camp.

“If the Packers called me and said, ‘Drive, come back to training camp,’ I’d be back for training camp,” he said. “But until then, I’ll be sitting at home and just watching football.”

Driver said he spoke to other former NFL players who told him he would never get the same love and respect from another team as he got from the Packers. As this 78-year-old fan recently reminded us, Driver was a huge fan favorite during his career with Green Bay. The team has gotten younger and more explosive at receiver, which basically signaled the end of his career. There’s nothing wrong with knowing when to call it quits.

Brett Favre: Aaron Rodgers will shatter all my Green Bay Packers records

Brett-Favre-Aaron-RodgersBrett Favre and the Green Bay Packers continue to inch closer to burying the hatchet. There has always been a noticeable amount of tension between Favre and Aaron Rodgers since the Packers decided to commit to the former Cal star as their quarterback of the future, but it appears the Ole Gunslinger is even ready to move on from that.

During an interview with Bruce Murray and Jim Miller on Sirius XM NFL Radio Thursday, Favre said he believes Rodgers could end up with a better legacy than his in Green Bay when his career is over.

“Aaron has played extremely well, probably even better than anyone anticipated, but I knew he was capable of that and that’s why they drafted him,” Favre said, via Pro Football Talk. “Barring any injury he’ll shatter everything I ever did there except for maybe consecutive games.”

Last week, Favre even took some of the blame for the way his career with the Packers ended. He alluded to that again on Thursday, saying he understood the team’s perspective when it came to going with Rodgers over him.

“I understood that they had a young quarterback who had tremendous potential, that they had to find out what he could do,” Favre said. “And, quite frankly, I had probably my best year in 16 years that past season and there’s two ways to look at that. If you’re in the organization and you’re making decisions you got to feel like, ‘OK, he had a great year but he’s probably maxed out.’ That’s kind of what I would have been thinking.”

Again, it is starting to sound like Favre is ready to see his number retired at Lambeau Field. With the way things have been going, I’d say it’s a safe bet that will be happening sooner rather than later.

H/T Pro Football Talk

Brett Favre on departure from Green Bay Packers: ‘I was at fault’

Packers-waiting-to-retire-Brett-Favre-jerseyBrett Favre and the Green Bay Packers are well on their way to making nice. The relationship ended on sour terms, but at the end of the day Favre is a Lambeau legend who is going to receive a warm reception when he decides to return.

Last year, Favre expressed confidence that his day of reconciliation with the Packers will eventually come. During an interview with Joe Buscaglia on WGR 550 in Buffalo on Thursday, he hinted that it may be coming sooner rather than later.

“The things that transpired that led to us ‘breaking up’ if you will, to me, are over and done with,” Favre said, via the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. “When will that happen? I don’t think either side is trying to push the issue . I think (Packers CEO) Mark Murphy — and Mark really came in the last few weeks of my career in Green Bay — he kind of came into a hornet’s nest if you will. He’s been extremely great in trying to make this work.

“In our discussions, it will happen. I think both sides are genuine. I know they are. And that’s the way it has to come across because that’s the way it should be. We don’t want to go out there waving to the crowd with our backs to each other. And I don’t think that’s going to happen.”

Even Aaron Rodgers feels that it is time for Favre and the team to bury the hatchet, which is saying a lot coming from a guy who took Favre’s job and has had some awkward moments with him.

Perhaps the most surprising part of the interview came when Favre actually took some of the blame for the way things ended.

“It is what it is,” he said.  “It’s over and done with. I was at fault. I feel that both sides had a part in it. If you could go back would I or them have done things differently? I’m sure both sides would. But you can’t.”

Close enough. Maybe this guy is more anxious for his standing ovation than we thought. Whether you were annoyed by the way his career ended or not, it’s tough to argue that Favre doesn’t deserve it.

H/T Pro Football Talk

Former Packers cheerleader Kaitlyn Collins fights cyber bullying (Video)

Kaitlyn-Collins-cyber-bullyingA former Green Bay Packers cheerleader is taking a stand against cyber bullying. Kaitlyn Collins, who cheered for the Packers in 2009, was recently the victim of cyber bullying when a photo of her was posted on the Chicago Bears Fan page on Facebook.

According to the Green Bay Press Gazette, a Facebook user posted a photo of Collins on Monday with the following caption: “Like If You Agree The Packers Have The Worst Cheerleaders In The NFL!”

The photo was then littered with comments that said horrible things about Collins, with many Facebook users calling her “ugly” and worse. Rather than ignoring it, Collins decided to fight back against cyber bullying by creating a silent YouTube video, during which she held up signs that showed some of the nasty things people posted about her. She also showed quotes from people who had come to her defense and thanked them for their support.

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Brandon Marshall won’t cheer for Packers even though Bears need them to win

Brandon-Marshall-BearsThe Chicago Bears may not control their own destiny to secure a playoff spot this weekend, but their formula is fairly simple. If the Bears defeat the Detroit Lions and the Green Bay Packers beat the Minnesota Vikings, Chicago slides into one of two wild card spots.

With the Bears scheduled to play an early game and the Packers playing in the afternoon, one would think all of the Chicago players have the following planned for Sunday: take care of business in Detroit and then root for Green Bay. However, Brandon Marshall said he is not going to cheer for the Packers despite the situation.

“I’m not cheering for anybody but the Bears,” Marshall said Thursday according to Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune. “Yeah, that’s how it is. We put ourselves in this position and right now it could be a good position. You never know how things will work out. But all we can do is beat Detroit and sit back and have a cup of coffee and see what happens at that afternoon game.”

If the Bears beat the Lions, almost all Chicago fans and all of Marshall’s teammates will be rooting for Green Bay. Based on his recent remarks about his division rival, we know Marshall despises the Packers. While most of the things the star wideout says baffle me, I actually understand where he’s coming from. The Bears put themselves in this position and his cheering isn’t going to affect the outcome of the game. Obviously Marshall wants the Packers to win, but it’s not something he can control. The only thing he needs to worry about is making an impact against Detroit.

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