Guard Muscles Into Consideration

Northern Iowa's Jason Fiacco competed for the U.S. weightlifting team at the 2006 Junior Pan Am Games. A two-year starter in a zone blocking scheme, he'll be waiting for a phone call on Saturday.

Jason Fiacco's cell phone was stolen. That's not good timing considering he hopes to be getting a life-changing phone call this weekend.

Fiacco, a powerhouse guard from Northern Iowa, was a first-team all-state offensive lineman at Arrowhead High School in Hartland, Wis. He'd love to get a call from any team on Saturday, and the Packers have called to double-check his contact information.

"I'd feel real fortunate," he said about landing in Green Bay. "I was born out of state, and one of my first years in Wisconsin was back when the Packers won the Super Bowl down in New Orleans. Growing up in Wisconsin, it's hard not to have the Packers as your favorite team."

Fiacco (6-2, 303), who opened his career as a center at Iowa State, was a two-year starter at right guard for UNI's powerhouse offenses. The Panthers ran a zone blocking scheme, which would help his transition to a team like the Packers.

The strength of Fiacco's game is, well, his strength. He won a bronze medal for the U.S. weightlifting team at the Pan American Junior Championships in Cali, Columbia, in 2006. He's done a clean-and-jerk of 440 pounds. The school's strength coach, Jed Smith, said Fiacco has "one-in-a-million genetics."

Fiacco didn't earn all-conference honors at UNI, but his strength will at least give him a chance in an NFL camp.

"There's a lot of guys that fly under the radar, especially at the FCS level," he said. "I think with my strength and my playing ability, I think I have a lot of ability at the next level, and I'd make the most of it to be successful."

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