SIMI VALLEY, Calif. — Southern California authorities have called off a search for former USC and Green Bay Packers wide receiver Erik Affholter after learning he contacted his ex-wife and mother by telephone.
Affholter was reported missing Sunday night by his girlfriend when he failed to return from a hike in hills near Simi Valley, northwest of Los Angeles.
Simi Valley police Sgt. Craig Duncan says the search was called off after detectives confirmed those contacts but the matter won't be closed until they see Affholter.
Duncan says he doesn't know any details of the conversations with the ex-wife and mother.
The 46-year-old Affholter, a native of Detroit, was a standout wide receiver at Southern California in the 1980s and a fourth-round draft choice by the Redskins in 1989. He joined the Packers and caught seven passes for 68 yards in a four-game stint in 1991.
At Oak Park High School in Agoura, Calif., Affholter broke a 53-year-old national record with a 64-yard field goal.
Hargrove hearing on Wednesday
The players union is scheduled to have its grievance against the NFL and Commissioner Roger Goodell heard Wednesday, with the NFLPA questioning the league's authority to punish players for participating in an alleged bounty program with the Saints.
Goodell suspended linebacker Jonathan Vilma for the 2012 season and punished defensive end Will Smith, defensive end Anthony Hargrove and linebacker Scott Fujita without providing "credible evidence" that any of the players participated according to NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith and president Domonique Foxworth.
Players are opposing the suspension based on language in the collective bargaining agreement finalized last August which states player conduct violations pre-dating the ratification of the existing CBA are beyond league jurisdiction. Furthermore, players' on-field transgressions are to be subject to review by Art Shell and Ted Cottrell, the top officers responsible for reviews, fines and appeals for on-field conduct during the season.
Tailgate Tour starts Tuesday
The Packers’ Tailgate Tour departs on Tuesday morning for a five-day journey across Wisconsin, with Packers President/CEO Mark Murphy, wide receiver Jordy Nelson, kicker Mason Crosby and safety Charlie Peprah, along with former Packers Marco Rivera, William Henderson and Larry McCarren.
Evening tailgate parties are set for La Crosse (Tuesday), Madison (Wednesday), Kenosha (Thursday), Cedarburg/Grafton (Friday) and Sturgeon Bay (Saturday).
Both $30 ‘Tailgate Tour’ tickets and $5 general admission tickets remain available for all locations, with the exception of Kenosha, which does not have general admission tickets available.
More information on the ‘Packers Tailgate Tour’ can be found online at www.packers.com.
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