Meet the 2017 Packers: Fun facts about your favorite players
It’s been a while, but the NFL is back. Well, at least the preseason games are upon us. With that comes the inundation of statistics — who ran for how many yards, in what round was player drafted, what were a player’s stats in college and so on.
Since you’ll be getting enough football stats about the Green Bay Packers to fill any void you might have, we thought we’d take a look at the lighter side of things.
We scoured through the Vikings media guide and came up with some different and interesting facts about a number of players. While your friends are dishing out the number of sacks Clay Matthews has in his career, you can enlighten them on which player you know was born on Friday due to his name, who is a part-owner in an Arena Football League team, who earned four varsity letters in high school for powerlifting and much more.
(And if you’re saying, hey, you did this last year. Well, yeah, we did. But not one fact from the 2016 edition appears in this year’s. So read on and get even more knowledge!)
Read on, enjoy and be prepared to dazzle your buddies with your inside knowledge of Packers players.
Davante Adams: Set Fresno State and Mountain West record by catching a touchdown in 11 consecutive games.
Geronimo Allison: Played football just one year at Spoto High in Tampa, Fla.
Kofi Amechia: The name Kofi means born on Friday.
David Bakhtiari: Was the first offensive lineman from the University of Colorado drafted by the Packers in over 20 years.
Martellus Bennett: Twice lettered for Texas A&M’s basketball team, playing in 30 games from 2005-07.
Vince Biegel: His family owns and operates a cranberry marsh.
Bryan Bulaga: Third Iowa offensive lineman to be taken in the first round in school history.
Morgan Burnett: Was coached by his older brother, Cap Jr., in high school.
Michael Clark: Played Little League football with Seahawks CB Shaquill Griffin, Chargers S Rayshawn Jenkins and Patriots S David Jones.
Randall Cobb: In 2012 because the first player in NFL history to have 900+ yards receiving and 900+ kickoff return yards in the same season.
Mike Daniels: Brother, Sean, plays defensive line for the Philadelphia Soul of the Arena Football League (see next item).
Jahri Evans: Part-owner of the Arena Football League’s Philadelphia Soul.
Marwin Evans: Nickname is “Money Marwin.”
Demetri Goodson: Nickname is “Meech.”
Derek Hart: Spent the first 10 months of 2016 as an engineer for Harley-Davidson.
Davon House: Nickname is “Devo.”
Ricky Jean Francois: Was named Dade (Fla.) County Male Athlete of the Year in both 2004 and 2005.
Joe Kerridge: Was an all-state honorable mention running back and punter as a junior in high school.
Kevin King: As a high school junior and senior, won league titles in the 110-meter high hurdles and 300-meter hurdles.
Blake Martinez: Nicknamed “Machinez” in college.
Devante Mays: Nickname is “Bull.”
Kyle Murphy: Had two internships in college — in sales and marketing with MLS’ San Jose Earthquakes and as a financial analyst with Bank of America/Merrill Lynch.
Jordy Nelson: His wife, Emily, played basketball at Bethel College.
Lucas Patrick: Can successfully drop-kick a field goal from the 15-yard line (i.e. 25-yard field goal).
Aaron Ripkowski: In high school, also was a four-year letter winner in track and field and … powerlifting.
Richard Rodgers: His father, Richard Sr., was a defensive back at California and in the “The Play” against Stanford in 1982 made the last of the five laterals.
Quinten Rollins: Roomed with now-Packers teammate Damarious Randall at the 2015 Senior Bowl.
Jordan Tripp: Was a third-generation player at Montana, joining his father, Bryan (1989-90), and his grandfather, Gene Jr. (1963-64).
Jamaal Williams: Nickname is “Baby J.”
DeAngelo Yancey: Is ambidextrous.