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Cheese Curds, 3/1: Franchise Tag deadline and the secret cause of Bart Starr's back issues

The cause of a Packer legend's injuries was revealed this week, while the current organization faces a decision with its kicker.

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A story like the one that was revealed about Green Bay Packers legend and Hall of Famer Bart Starr on Monday is a terrible one to behold. Starr, who dealt with back problems throughout his college and NFL career, was apparently beaten early in his college football career at Alabama in a ritual, and never spoke a word of it. Right or wrong, Starr's carrying this weight throughout his life just adds to his story and his legend.

On a lighter note, free agency begins around the NFL in eight days, and the deadline for teams to apply the Franchise Tag to their free agents-to-be is this afternoon. Click over to our Franchise Tag tracker for all the details on that process and for an up-to-date list of all the players who have been tagged.

Finally, we have a few light-hearted pieces to help ease the mood at the end of curds. Check out the super-fast kicker, another round of edited NFL team logos, and the Packers' biggest rivals' failed attempts to troll Aaron Rodgers.

NFL legend Bart Starr was victim of 'brutal' secret Alabama hazing |
This is a terrible story, and it's Bart's wife Cherry who is now telling it. Instead of hurting himself in a punting exercise, Starr's back issues were apparently a result of this hazing ritual, which was so serious that it landed him in the hospital.

Ha Ha Clinton-Dix's second season gets rave reviews |
The safety took a big step in his second year, one that Mike McCarthy was sure to praise in his press conference at the Combine last week.

Packers unlikely to use franchise tag on kicker Mason Crosby |
The deadline for the Franchise Tag is 4 PM Eastern today, and the tag amount for a kicker is about $4.5 million. Don't expect it to happen though - and remember that the Packers have not used a franchise tag since applying it to Ryan Pickett in 2010.

Packers contemplate future of safety-linebacker hybrid |
The Cardinals' Deone Bucannon and the Rams' Mark Barron are examples of safeties playing the linebacker position, and there are a couple of intriguing candidates for a similar job in this year's draft.

There are 10 wide receivers slower than Iowa's kicker at the NFL Combine -
Good lord. Iowa's Marshall Koehn ran a 4.61-second 40-yard dash - that was faster than any of the tight ends and faster than most of the linebackers at the Combine.

Bears teased Aaron Rodgers's Oscars outfit and it backfired |
Tom Crabtree is still sticking up for Rodgers on Twitter. Well done, Tom.

Reimagining Every NFL Logo As Each City’s Most Iconic Food | Uproxx
The Packers' logo involves bratwurst - you couldn't go wrong with brats, beer, or cheese - but I wish they would turn it around so it didn't make the shape of a "C".