One of the greatest traditions in football — in our admittedly biased opinion — is the bicycle rides during the Green Bay Packers’ training camp. It’s a chance for local children and families to connect with the team’s players, and it allows the 90 men on the roster to learn about and become a part of the community.
However, plenty of Packers players embrace their young fans year-round. As we learn in today’s curds, two of the team’s highest-profile players did just that over the past few days.
First, it was quarterback Aaron Rodgers, who took some time away from an appearance at a promotional event to meet with a pair of young Packers fans. Then it was defensive tackle Kenny Clark, who is building connections with young people near his hometown and hoping to become a leader in that community.
Check out their stories and much more as we kick off this Monday morning.
As his stock rises, Kenny Clark embraces chance to give back | Packers.com
Clark had few NFL idols from his hometown of San Bernardino, California, so he's making it his mission to be that role model for kids growing up in the area. This weekend he hosted a football camp for the second straight year at his old high school.
Cole Madison picked as Packers’ best fit from 2018 draft | Packers Wire
NFL Draft Scout’s Rob Rang -- who is always a wealth of information -- chose Madison as the best fit for the team in this year’s class. He cites Josh Sitton and T.J. Lang as comparisons, not coincidentally because they too were college tackles who will move inside to guard.
Aaron Rodgers thrills two Packers fan brothers from Connecticut | Green Bay Press-Gazette
Rodgers was in New England for a charity golf outing last week, and before making an appearance at a nearby casino, he spotted two kids in Packers hats. The two boys got to meet the two-time MVP, getting autographs and having some conversations with him about football that they’ll never forget.
Aaron Rodgers not the only ‘most important’ player for Packers | ESPN
The word “most” indicates a singular title, so yeah, he is the only player who you can call “most important.” You can’t have five players with that same title, especially in football.
Looking back at Brett Favre’s good, bad, and obscure NFL records - SBNation.com
One of the most bizarre records Favre holds is the most games played by a starting quarterback against a single team in a single calendar year. The Packers played the Lions in week 17 and in the Wild Card round in the 1993 season, but both games came after the calendar clicked over to 1994. They then played the Lions twice during the '94 regular season and in the Wild Card round that year, making five games between the two teams in 365 days.
Colts' Robert Turbin suspended four games for PEDs - NFL.com
Here's the latest suspension in the NFL. It doesn't directly affect the Packers, however.
Finally, we find former Packers head coach Mike Sherman, currently the head coach of the CFL’s Montreal Alouettes, having serious headset issues on Sunday:
Montreal Alouettes head coach Mike Sherman had some trouble with his headset pic.twitter.com/GXiSLuOKve— SB Nation (@SBNation) July 1, 2018