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May 27, 2015

Brett Favre’s Legends Game featuring former greats to be played July 19 at Camp Randall

QB Brett Favre - Photo: UPI/Bill Greenblatt

QB Brett Favre – Photo: UPI/Bill Greenblatt

The third weekend in July is setting up to be a huge one for fans of the Green Bay Packers and future hall of famer Brett Favre.

On July 18, Favre will officially be inducted into the Packers Hall of Fame, a ceremony that has already sold out for fans that will watch on the video boards inside Lambeau Field.

The following day, Favre and several former Packer, NFL, and Wisconsin Badger greats will play a charity flag football game at Camp Randall Stadium in Madison at 4 p.m.

Tickets to Brett Favre’s Legends Game will go on sale at 8:30 a.m. on June 3 via UWBadgers.com, at 1-800-GO-BADGERS, or at the UW ticket office at 1440 Monroe St. Tickets are between $34 and $55, with a Family Four Pack available for $112.

While the rosters are not finalized, the list of committed participants is impressive. Former Packers include Javon Walker, Mark Chmura, Frank Winters and Andre Rison, while the team of former NFL players include Donovan McNabb, Roger Craig, Herman Moore, Willie Gault and Anthony Carter. Also, former UW running back and Heisman Trophy winner Ron Dayne is expected to participate.

A portion of the proceeds from the event will benefit the Favre 4 Hope Foundation.

AUDIO: Favre says the event will be great for football fans and the charity :22

AUDIO: Favre talks about how significant the weekend will be with the Hall of Fame and Legends game :24

Seating Bowl tickets to view Favre’s Hall of Fame Induction sold out (Video)

Lambeau Field

Lambeau Field

All 67,000 available tickets to view Brett Favre’s Packers Hall of Fame induction ceremony on the TundraVision video boards from the Lambeau Field seating bowl have been sold.

The tickets, which are priced at $4 each, were on sale through Ticketmaster beginning at 10am on Tuesday.  A ticket grants admission to the seating bowl to watch the July 18 induction ceremony on the TundraVision video boards.  During the evening, Favre will also make an appearance in the bowl to address the crowd.

The induction ceremony, which will feature the retirement of No. 4 by the Packers organization, also will be carried live by the Packers TV Network and NFL Network as well as streamed live on Packers.com.

Net proceeds from the viewing opportunity ticket sales will benefit Favre 4 Hope.

Check out my thoughts on the interest shown by Packers fans in this Hall of Fame event!

Rodgers wins ‘Celebrity Jeopardy’

Aaron Rodgers Jeopardy 2After winning a Super Bowl and NFL MVP honors, Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, took his winning ways to ‘Celebrity Jeopardy’ and he claimed another title.

Rodgers beat Kevin O’Leary of ABC’s “Shark Tank” and astronaut Mark Kelly on Tuesday’s show.  He earned $50,000 for his chosen charity, Midwest Athletes Against Childhood Cancer (MACC Fund).

Rodgers wound up with $8,399 in the game.  The total was higher, but he missed the Final “Jeopardy!” question.  The answer was photos of two early 20th-century businessmen in motorcycles with sidecars.  The correct question:  “Who were Harley and Davidson?”  Rodgers’ answer was, “Who are Ernst & Young?”.

The shows host at the end even mimicked Rodgers’ championship-belt wearing move.

AUDIO: Aaron Rodgers on ‘Celebrity Jeopardy’ :33

 

 

Brady to miss four games, for now! (Video)

Tom Brady

Tom Brady

The National Football League may have come down hard on New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, but will it stay that way?

The league suspended the Super Bowl MVP on Monday for the first four games of the season.  The NFL also suspended the Patriots $1 million and took away first and fourth round draft picks over the next two years.

In a message to Brady, NFL executive vice president of football operations Troy Vincent wrote, “Each player, no matter how accomplished and otherwise respected, has an obligation to comply with the rules and must be held accountable for his actions when those rules are violated and the public’s confidence in the game is called into question.”

Brady has three days to appeal the suspension.  His agent says it will happen.

The Patriots say they were ready to accept any punishment, but when it was handed down, the organization thought it was too severe.  They also feel the punishment was based completely on circumstantial rather than hard or conclusive evidence. [Read more…]

Packers sign second round pick

Quinten Rollins

Quinten Rollins

The Green Bay Packers now have three-quarters of their 2015 Draft Class under contract after second-round pick Quinten Rollins signed a four-year deal with the team on Monday.

The Packers still have to get deals done with top pick Damarious Randall and 3rd round pick, wide receiver Ty Montgomery.

The Packers also signed Central Michigan offensive lineman Andy Phillips after he took part in the rookie orientation camp last weekend on a tryout basis..

Luther Robinson

The Packers released defensive lineman Luther Robinson, who had two tackles in five regular-season games last season.

With veterans B.J. Raji and Letroy Guion back for another season and the team selected Louisiana Lafayette defensive lineman Christian Ringo in the sixth round of this year’s NFL Draft, Robinson became dispensable.