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February 10, 2016

Aaron Rodgers recovering nicely

Aaron Rodgers and Jerry Kelly practicing for this week's AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am. Photo: PGATour

Aaron Rodgers and Jerry Kelly practicing for this week’s AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am. Photo: PGA Tour

Aaron Rodgers’ recovery from knee surgery in January is going so well that he’s taking part this week in the PGA Tour’s AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am.

Rodgers was moving around without any kind of limp at the NFL Honors program last Saturday night.  Now he’s going to tee it up this week with Madison’s Jerry Kelly, who is a three-time winner on the PGA Tour.

Rodgers underwent surgery just days after the Packers’ Jan. 16 playoff loss to the Arizona Cardinals.

Rodgers has played in the Pebble Beach Pro-Am several times.  He and Kelly will tee off on Spyglass Hill on Thursday morning.  It’s one of three courses used for the event, which features 156 PGA professionals, with each of them paired with an amateur partner.

So far this season, Kelly is tied for 88th in the Fed Ex Cup point standings.  He ranks 92nd in money earned at $237,870.  In five events, Kelly has one top ten finish.

Defense leads Denver to Super Bowl victory (AUDIO)

Peyton Manning

Peyton Manning

The Denver Bronco’s asked their defense to win the biggest game of the season and for veteran quarterback Peyton Manning to manage the game.  The result was a 24-10 victory.

Manning’s 56.6 passer rating was only slightly better than Cam Newton (55.4).  He completed just 13 of 23 for 141 yards, no touchdowns and one interception.  Hardly the type of numbers you would associate with a Super Bowl win.

But the Broncos simply asked Manning to not lose the game.  Don’t turn the ball over, like the Carolina Panthers did four times (three by Cam Newton).  Denver’s offense may have been boring to watch, but the Bronco’s coaching staff wasn’t worried about style points.  They were worried more about winning a Super Bowl.

To pull that off, the Broncos would have to put the game in the hands of their defense.

Defensive coordinator Wade Phillips has been coaching for 40 years, as an assistant, a head coach and now a coordinator.  He’s help build one of the league’s top defenses and they showed just how good they are by holding down the Panthers. [Read more…]

Hall of Fame means Favre’s journey is complete

Brett Favre is a 1st ballot Hall of Famer

Brett Favre is a 1st ballot Hall of Famer

Former Green Bay Packers quarterback Brett Favre became the 24th member of the organization to be voted in the Pro Football Hall of Fame and just the fifth to do it in his first year of eligibility.

Favre became the 74th individual to be voted into the Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility overall.  He’s joined by former Packers assistant coach Kevin Greene who ranks third all-time in sacks while playing for the Rams, Steelers, Panthers and 49ers.

This class also includes receiver Marvin Harrison, quarterback Ken Stabler, tackle Orlando Pace, guard Dick Stanfel, coach Tony Dungy and owner Edward DeBartolo, Jr.

Unlike the other members of this class, Brett Favre is directly responsible for reviving an organization that had gone through a couple of decades of losing. [Read more…]

Kevin Greene’s wait is finally over

Kevin Greene

Kevin Greene

Kevin Greene was a finalist for the NFL’s Pro Football Hall of Fame for a fifth time this year.  Saturday night, Greene finally saw the light at the end of the tunnel.

Greene and his 160 career quarterbacks sacks are headed to the NFL Hall of Fame, one of eight men to find out their fate on the eve of Super Bowl 50.

Greene joined quarterbacks Brett Favre and Ken Stabler, offensive linemen Dick Stanfel and Orlando Pace, wide receiver Marvin Harrison, coach Tony Dungy and former owner Eddie DeBartolo.

Greene collected 160 sacks during his 15-year career, the most by a linebacker and third all-time behind defensive ends Bruce Smith and Reggie White. [Read more…]

Favre should be an easy choice for first ballot induction

Brett Favre

Brett Favre

The Pro Football Hall of Fame’s 2016 Class will be announced on Saturday night, on the eve of Super Bowl 50.

Former Green Bay Packers great Brett Favre should not only be a shoe-in first ballot Hall of Fame selection, but it should come via unanimous vote as well.

Favre was given the keys to the car as the Packers attempted to turn years of misery into winning.  He arrived in 1992 and in just a handful of seasons, won a Super Bowl in 1996.

During Favre’s 16 seasons in Green Bay, the Packers posted the best record (160-93) during that period.  He started an NFL-record 321 consecutive games (including playoffs).  Favre won three MVP awards and became the first player in league history to throw 500 touchdown passes.

Favre is one of three first-year eligible nominees, joining Alan Faneca and Terrell Owens.

The Hall of Fame selection committee will pick between four and eight finalists for induction.  Former Packers assistant coach Kevin Greene is a five-time finalist and this could finally be the year for the long time sack specialist who had playing stints with the Los Angeles Rams, Pittsburgh Steelers, Carolina Panthers and San Francisco 49ers.