Good Deeds Lost Amid Bad Press

With Brandon Underwood and Johnny Jolly in the headlines, it's easy to forget about all the good things the Packers do in the community. Here's a reminder of just some of the recent events.

Question: What do you know about what happened in Wisconsin Dells last weekend? Answer: Brandon Underwood got in trouble.

Question: What else has been the big headline this offseason? Answer: Johnny Jolly's trial for felony possession of codeine.

As the saying goes, one bad apple can spoil the bunch.

Sometimes, it's easy to forget all the good deeds the Green Bay Packers do for the community and state.

Clay Matthews was the host at the 13th Annual McGovern Charity Golf Tournament in Wisconsin Dells on June 4. The event benefits Tellurian UCAN Inc., a nonprofit agency that provides assistance to combat substance abuse and addictions, mental illness and homelessness.

On June 6, Donald Driver held his annual charity softball game, which benefits The Donald Driver Foundation. A record 7,162 fans turned out to watch the offense crush the defense. The financial figures haven't been computed, but the foundation donated $20,000 to Special Olympics before the game.

On Wednesday night, former Packers running back and current running backs coach Edgar Bennett held his ninth annual Celebrity Bowl-A-Thon. The event benefits The Angel Fund, which gives financial and social support to families whose children are receiving treatment for cancer or bone marrow failure. Where else can you bowl with Aaron Rodgers and get autographs from the likes of Mike McCarthy, Mark Murphy, Mark Tauscher and Matthews, among many, many others?

"Myself and my family, we're extremely blessed and extremely fortunate to be in this position," Bennett said after posing for one picture after another as he mingled from one end to the other of the 60-lane Ashwaubenon Bowling Alley. "For us to be a part of the Green Bay community, it's a blessing. We try to do whatever we can to get back out here in the community and be a part of it and do what we can to help."

John Kuhn and Colton
Duke Bobber/Courtesy of the Packers
On Monday, a 10-year-old boy's wish came true by getting to spend the day with fullback John Kuhn. Colton and Kuhn went shopping at Best Buy for a Wii and some CDs before having dinner at Texas Roadhouse. They met again at Bennett's bowling event on Wednesday.

"It was weird. One day I got an e-mail from one of our PR ladies and she said we have a Make-A-Wish and the kid's requesting that you meet up with him for a day," Kuhn said. "I was kind of intrigued because, for me, a fullback, I'm not normally the typical player that they would pick. I said, ‘Of course, I'd love to do it.' I have a little background with childhood leukemia anyway with my niece, who went through it and she's in recession now. To be able to grant a wish, I saw what my niece went through and how hard that was, so to be the person to grant a wish and help out in that way, it was truly something that I would do again."

Kuhn met Colton at the Packers' Welcome Back Luncheon last year, and their immediate friendship struck Colton's mom.

"She was asking, ‘Why are you so nice to him?' I said, ‘That's the way all of us are.' We really are nice guys on this team."

Nice guys, indeed. Like the dozen players — still wearing their sweaty jerseys after a practice last week — who hopped out of their vehicles to help a motorist whose car got stuck. Didn't make any headlines, of course. Only the bad stuff does.

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