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Al: It was a quiet week for Packers news, but some Packers players are slowly making their way back into Green Bay this week, as the team’s offseason conditioning program is set to begin on Monday. There will be two weeks of strictly conditioning work followed by 3 weeks of conditioning and individual instruction with position coaches. One of the players already in Green Bay is M.D. Jennings, the Packers backup safety who said he spoke with Nick Collins last week.
Jayme: With regards to Collins, Jennings echoed what others have said, that Collins says he feels great and really wants to resume his playing career. Assuming his doctors give him the OK, he’ll still have to convince the Packers medical staff and coaches to let him back on the field.
Al: Another guy itching to get on the field is Packers’ practice squad receiver Tori Gurley. Gurley is also back in Green Bay and recently made at appearance at the Sisters Bay Lions Club Youth Night. Gurley spoke on the virtues of hard work and told the kids he will be going all out to make the team and have a long career with the Packers.
Jayme: Speaking of long careers, Mark Lovat, the Packers strength coach who has been with the team since 1999, recently picked up an award. Lovat was named the NFL Strength Coach of the Year by his peers at the other NFL teams. Lovat was singled out for being a high-quality individual who excels at learning about and employing cutting-edge training methods to improve players’ performance.
Al: Details were announced this week for the eighth annual Edgar Bennett Celebrity Bowl-a-thon on June 13th. Edgar and other Packers players will be bowling with fans, with all proceeds going to benefit the Angel Fund for children with cancer. More details can be found on packers.com.
Jayme: Donald Driver has broken his scoring record three times, now. No, we’re not talking football, we’re talking Dancing With the Stars. Donald and partner Peta Murgatroyd rocked the Paso Doble to Jimi Hendrix’s Purple Haze, earning a 27 from the judges – the highest score of the evening.
Al: Those were your top news stories for the week. Cheesehead Radio now brings you…
Gems from the Packers Twitterverse
Jayme: Alicia Kramer, daughter of Packers legend Jerry Kramer has a new trick up her sleeve in her quest to get Jerry voted into the NFL Pro Football Hall of Fame. Alicia tweeted out the details: “If u want 2 be included in a video project. Feel free to send me a 30sec video clip of why u think Dad should be in HOF. Be a part of history! (@JerryKramer4HOF)
Al: ESPN’s Adam Schefter had an interesting tweet this week where he found a common thread among several big NFL topics. Schefter tweeted, “Last year’s Madden Curse on Peyton Hillis was so strong it might have even affected Peyton Manning and Sean Payton. Bad year to be a Peyton.”
Jayme: Andrew Brandt let packers fans in on a little secret today, although is came as no surprise.. tweeted Brandt: “I remember HBO’s “Hard Knocks” calling about Packers being featured. Those internal conversations didn’t last long. Wasn’t happening.”
Al: Speaking of things that didn’t happen, @jasonjwilde? retweeted something from Indianapolis sportswriter Philip Wilson, who reported that Peyton Manning was calling sports writers to thank them for their work over the years. To that, Greg Bedard quickly jumped in and tweeted, “Favre totally did that, right?”
Well done Greg, and for that, you earn the…
Cheesehead Radio “Tweet” of the Week——————
Jersey Al Bracco is the founder and editor of AllGreenBayPackers.com, and the co-founder of Packers Talk Radio Network. He can be heard as one of the Co-Hosts on Cheesehead Radio and is the Green Bay Packers Draft Analyst for Drafttek.com.