Schlauderaff Gets Hands Dirty

Without a playbook to learn or coaches to impress, rookie Caleb Schlauderaff has been staying busy. We talked to him and his mom as Packer Report continues to put the focus on the field rather than the courtroom.

Given Caleb Schlauderaff's parental guidance, it's little wonder that the Green Bay Packers' sixth-round draft pick hasn't had much time on his hands during a lockout that has forbid him from starting his NFL career.

Mark Schlauderaff is a doctor who owns Olympic Physicians in their hometown of Shelton, Wash. Pam Schlauderaff earned a degree in nursing. When the kids were in high school, she went back to school and earned a master's degree in business management. She also owns an Anytime Fitness gym in Shelton. During their free time, they help out on a 3,000-acre farm owned by Pam's parents, Bill and Carol Hunter.

"He's doing landscaping, he's doing several things," Pam told Packer Report for part of a larger feature for Fox Sports Wisconsin. "He's been doing some medical reception work in the office. He's been doing landscaping around a bunch of different properties that I own or my brothers and I own. He's been mowing lawns, pulling weeds, putting out bark. For three, four weeks now, that's all he's been doing is down on his hands and knees and pulling weeds or mowing lawns or cutting firewood. He's getting dirty. He loves it. He was raised bucking hay bales, he was raised selling Christmas trees, he was raised doing manual labor. That was part of our raising humble children. You're going to get out and learn how to work. He loves getting back to his roots."

Before getting his hands dirty, Schlauderaff has been working out in the morning with the football team at Shelton High School. He was an all-state player as a senior but attracted little in the way of recruiting interest.

"In October (2005), one of the coaches (at Utah) saw Caleb on somebody else's game film and said to the offensive line coach, ‘I just saw this kid and you need to look at him,'" Pam recalled. "They looked at his game film and the same day, they said, ‘You've become our No. 1 recruit. We want you. Could you fly down this weekend?' So, he did and he liked what he saw and he committed that weekend."

The decision couldn't have worked out much better. After redshirting in 2006, he played as a reserve in each of the first three games of the 2007 season before starting the final 49 games of his career at left guard. He was an Associated Press third-team All-American as a senior and earned academic honors throughout his career.

"I think I'm an intelligent football player but I think I also have a nasty streak, which has helped me out a lot," Schlauderaff told Packer Report recently. "I'm a high-effort player. I pride myself on how hard I play the game and how much I put into it."

Even with that "nasty streak," Schlauderaff plays in control. During his final two seasons, he was penalized just twice. The coaching staff at Utah considered him one of the team's unquestioned leaders.

"It's easier for an interior offensive linemen," he said with a laugh. "I feel bad for the tackles sometimes because they're out there and they're easier to see because they're in open space. As an interior offensive lineman, you don't get seen quite as much because you're always in a scrum pretty much. I got kind of lucky. I pride myself on my technique but it takes a little bit of luck not to get penalized, too. I'm not going to say I never held."

The lockout isn't good for any players but it's especially bad news for a late-round pick like Schlauderaff who will be fighting to make the team. Rather than being in Green Bay now to learn the playbook and learn from the veterans and coaches during organized team activities, Schlauderaff's NFL dreams remain on hold. And rather than potentially pursuing what could be a vacancy at left guard when training camp begins, Schlauderaff will be playing catch-up when the lockout ends.

"Oh, I don't know," he said when asked about his rookie goals. "I just want to help the team any way I can and make the Packers a better team. They're already a great team, so just battle and do whatever I can."

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