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Cheese Curds, 5/18: Allen Lazard gets creative in lockdown, NFL loses a pioneer

The Packers’ WR2 has had a fascinating offseason, while Phyllis George’s passing reminds the NFL media world of her trailblazing role for women in the 1970s.

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The coronavirus lockdown has forced people all over the world to get creative with their situations at home. That includes NFL players, who have been forced to figure out their diet and workout plans at home while waiting out the period until they can return to team facilities, hopefully sometime this summer.

For some players — the highly-paid ones who have mansions and full home gym setups — this isn’t such a difficult time. But players who are earning the league minimum, players who have been bouncing around between practice squads and active rosters — players like Allen Lazard of the Green Bay Packers — figuring out how to keep their bodies right can be a major challenge.

Lazard entered this offseason planning to spend a few weeks in Arizona, training and getting himself in a good place before the Packers’ offseason program opened up. Now he’s stuck there, but with the help of a former teammate, he’s making the best of what he has.

Meanwhile, the NFL and the sports world as a whole lost a pioneer this weekend in former sportscaster Phyllis George. A former Miss America, George also ended up serving as the first lady of Kentucky later in life, but she made a massive impact on football when she helped blaze a trail for female reporters and sportscasters in the mid-1970s.

We’ve got that news and much more in today’s Cheese Curds.

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TV pioneer Phyllis George, co-host of 'The NFL Today,' dies at 70 | ESPN
Younger NFL fans may not remember George, who was the first woman to hold a prominent role on an NFL studio broadcast as a co-host of The NFL Today on CBS.

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Here are 10 Packers with the most to prove in 2020 – The Athletic (subscription required)
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Louisa Police Department make arrest in larceny investigation |
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