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We start with Michael Cohen’s outstanding piece on Packers senior personnel executive Alonzo Highsmith. Michael chronicles Highsmith’s time spent as a professional boxer between his playing career and his career in personnel.
Now 52, Highsmith unspools the story from a black leather chair inside Lambeau Field, his current place of employment as a senior personnel executive for the Green Bay Packers. This is, in effect, his third career since winning a national championship at the University of Miami, with Highsmith the football player maturing into Highsmith the scout, hired by former Packers general manager Ron Wolf in 1999 to comb the Southwest region.
But in between Highsmith bridged the gap with boxing, a sport he avidly watched as a child but one he didn’t attempt until his late 20s. He wandered into Main Street Gym in Houston as a means of staying in shape post-football. He wandered out five years later with a professional record of 27-1-2 with 23 wins by knockout.
“I started sparring with a lot of people and holding my own,” Highsmith said. “They asked me, ‘Why don’t you have a pro fight?’ I said I would do just one pro fight and that will be the end of it. Just do one.
“One fight led to (30).”
I answered reader questions in my weekly mailbag:
Elsewhere, Clay Matthews celebrated his 31st birthday Sunday:
Matthews appeared in an NFLPA Mother’s Day video promoting Wonder Woman:
Mike Daniels went on a Dragonball Z Tweetstorm over the weekend:
Aaron Butler wrote on how he expects Aaron Jones to fit in the Packers offense:
Jon Meerdink writes on the importance of the last two draft classes:
Chris Peterson cautions the Packers on the idea of trading Brett Hundley:
Rob Demovsky writes on which undrafted free agents have the best chance to stick:
Christian D’Andrea writes that Aaron Rodgers can’t continue to carry the Packers if they expect to win more championships with him:
Sportsline notes that the Bears are making things easier for the Packers:
Turns out Tom Brady occasionally plays as the Packers when facing off against his son in Madden:
Kevin Seifert explains the NFL's rules for why some rookies are held out of offseason workouts each year: