The new Packer Report Magazine should be rolling off the presses shortly. The headline on the cover is "Back to Basics," the slogan the Packers are using after finishing a disappointing 6-10 last season.
Here's what's inside the 64-page, full-color magazine.
We lead off the magazine with a position-by-position breakdown of the Packers' roster heading into training camp. Last season's record notwithstanding, the Packers have enviable depth at practically every position.
From right outside linebacker to punter to tight end, clashes for starting and backup positions will highlight training camp. We analyze the 10 biggest battles, with interviews with the players and coaches.
Healthy and hungry
Take a left out of the locker room, and there's the latest edition to the Greatest Games in Lambeau Field history. Lining the hallway are oversized photos commemorating everything from the Ice Bowl to the 48-47 shootout against Washington to Antonio Freeman's Improbable Bobble. Now there's a giant portrait of Ryan Grant bulling through a blizzard against the Seattle Seahawks in the 2008 Divisional Playoffs.
Take a right on this late May afternoon, and there's Edgar Bennett. Green Bay's running backs coach still believes in that Ryan Grant bannered down the hall.
"He already is a high-character guy and has a tremendous attitude, but you see a guy that's working with a chip on his shoulder," Bennett tells our Tyler Dunne.
Remembering ‘Jeter Bob'
Dave Robinson saw it with his own eyes and he says he still can't believe it. It was 1963, the former Packers linebacker's rookie year. The defending world champions were arriving in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, for that season's final exhibition game against the Washington Redskins.
"They opened the doors," Robinson told our Tom Andrews, "and all we heard was, ‘Jeter! Jeter Bob! Jeter Bob!!' One lady saw Bob Jeter and she got so excited she started shaking and almost passed out. From then on, we started calling him ‘Jeter Bob!' It was amazing. We had Bart Starr, Jim Taylor and everybody coming off the plane, and all they wanted to see was Bob Jeter."
It was a hometown hero's welcome for Jeter, who played eight seasons with the Packers, helping them win NFL championships in 1965, 1966 and 1967, as well as the first two Super Bowls. Teaming up with Hall of Fame cornerback Herb Adderley, Hall of Fame safety Willie Wood and rugged safety Tom Brown, Jeter played a key role in one of the best defensive backfields the game has seen.
Fit to be tied
It was 1932 and the Green Bay Packers were shooting for their fourth straight NFL title, or so it was said to be the case. The Packers were the powerhouses of the league, capturing not only the interest of the town's fans with some of the greatest players in franchise history but also a nation going through the Great Depression.
Had ties been calculated as a half a win and half a loss (thereby dividing the total number of wins and half wins by the total number of games to produce the winning percentage), like they do today, Green Bay would have clinched before the final two games. Even with losses to Portsmouth and Chicago to close the season, the Packers at 10-3-1 would have had a better winning percentage (.750) than the Spartans at 6-1-4 (.727) and the Bears at 6-1-6 (.692). Thus, it could be said, the Packers were "robbed" of their fourth straight championship. Or were they?
Our Matt Tevsh provides the history lesson.
An icy relationship
There it is: Curly Lambeau pointing a finger at Vince Lombardi — right in front of the Lambeau Field Atrium.
It should be the other way around, since Vince never had anything good to say about Curly and Curly never really said anything publicly about Vince.
Back in 1962, Curly had just been elected to the Wisconsin Hall of Fame and it occurred to me it would be nice to get a picture of Vince congratulating Curly. Our Art Daley arranged to have a photographer at the stadium after a Saturday morning practice.
In his footsteps
You could accurately say Bill Renner wrote the book on punting. It's also accurate to say Jeremy Kapinos absorbed his mentor's lessons.
More than 20 years ago, Renner was the Packers' punter. Now, Kapinos has followed in his footsteps.
Kapinos played for Renner at West Springfield High School in northern Virginia near Washington, D.C. Renner convinced Kapinos, a superb soccer goalie, that football was the better option.
"I said, ‘Jeremy, look, you've gotten good enough where you're going to be able to do this without paying for your college education,'" Renner said. "So, he put a lot more time in it. He was good at soccer but he was really gifted at punting."
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