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We’ll start with Ryan Wood telling the story of Packers tight end Emanuel Byrd’s heart-breaking journey to the NFL.
By any measure, Byrd was a long shot to get this far. Never mind the personal losses. Byrd wasn’t a tight end until college. He wasn’t drafted. His first team, the Kansas City Chiefs, cut him days into training camp. The Packers cut him after last year’s preseason finale.
Even then, Byrd said, he kept believing. He kept working out. Kept going to the gym every night. The Packers signed him to their practice squad in November. He was promoted to the active roster before their finale in Detroit.
“Even though you don’t want to hear those things at an early age,” Byrd said, “she kept it real with us. Even if she passed away, she can always be with us. At the same time, I just wanted to honor her. That just allowed me to have that drive to try to be the best person and athlete I can be while I’m still here on this earth.”
After football, Byrd plans to give back. He sees so many kids going through similar situations, losing parents early. Perhaps they don’t have a Claudia, someone to guide them. Maybe he’ll coach. Maybe he’ll teach.
Either way, he can be the father figure he lacked.
The Packers have lost another member of their personnel staff:
I chatted with readers via Facebook Live on Tuesday afternoon:
Looks like Jordan did some digging:
Elsewhere, former NFL agent and salary cap expert Joel Corry takes a stab at what Aaron Rodgers deal could look like:
NFL Network says to expect a deal with Rodgers before training camp:
Former Packers executive Andrew Brandt recently reminisced about Rodgers falling to the team in the draft:
Packers fans will tell you Rodgers is worth whatever he gets:
The Packers' activity in free agency could mean a lack of compensatory picks next year:
Packers rookie J’Mon Moore talks learning the playbook and playing with Aaron Rodgers:
Cheesehead TV has film review of the undrafted free agents:
Evan Western thinks Oren Burks can become a difference maker:
Rob Demovsky writes on one former first-round corner mentoring the current one:
The Power Sweep looks at Ahman Green’s team rushing record:
Former Packers defensive lineman Cullen Jenkins talks life after the NFL: