Green Bay promoted Brandon Miree from the practice squad on Tuesday. To make room on the 53-player roster, the Packers released linebacker Tracy White.
The 6-foot, 236-pound player was a seventh-round selection by Denver in the 2004 draft. He spent his rookie season on injured reserve with a broken thumb on his left hand, all of 2005 on the Broncos' practice squad and was released this summer among Denver's final cuts. Green Bay signed him to its practice squad shortly thereafter.
"They're in a situation where their starter, William Henderson, was down, and they're very thin at the position. I'm used to being at a crowded position, so I thought this was a great opportunity," Miree told the Denver Post in an interview published Sept. 16.
In Denver, Miree made a name for himself not for his play on the gridiron, but his acting. He starred in a McDonald's commercial that aired during the Broncos' games.
Asked if he'd prefer an Oscar or a spot on the Pro Bowl team, Miree said: "Man — I think being in the Pro Bowl. I really don't go for big awards and things like that. I'm not that hungry to say, ‘Look at me, I have this accolade.' Football is what I put a lot of my time in, so being in the Pro Bowl ... when you put the time into something, you definitely want it to pay off. So right now, it's the Pro Bowl; tomorrow the Oscars."
Of course, there's another famous actor in the locker room: Favre, who earned rave reviews (well, a few) for his work in "There's Something About Mary." "I need to talk with him and let him know that I may be casting him in a movie sometime in the future," Miree joked. Miree also dabbles in screenwriting, and is editing a film he wrote and directed called "Do Not Call," which he told the Post is about a man who's harassed by telemarketers.
Despite his outside interests, Miree is focused on continuing his football career.
"I want to be able to walk away from football on my terms. If there's any point in time when I say I've had enough, or I feel financially comfortable enough to say I don't want to do it anymore, then I won't do it anymore."
Miree gives the Packers a true fullback to back up William Henderson. The Packers cut Vonta Leach after he received the Week 1 start against Chicago. Since then, the Packers have been using the tight ends, especially David Martin, as the backup.
Miree spent his final two years of college as a running back, not fullback, at the University of Pittsburgh. He rushed for a team-high 573 yards and scored six touchdowns during his senior season of 2003, despite playing only six games because of a stress fracture in his right leg and a strained calf.
He started his collegiate career at Alabama, transferring after his sophomore season.
With the release of White, the Packers are down to four linebackers on the roster, though defensive end Jason Hunter is listed as a backup at the position. White, who beat out Roy Manning for the final linebacker spot based on his special-teams play, played in two of the three games, and posted one tackle. He was inactive on Sunday at Detroit.
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