2001: QB factory at work
If it is better to give than to receive, then the Packers should feel good about giving New Orleans a bright future with the July 31, 2001 trade of QB Aaron Brooks to the Saints. Green Bay sent TE Lamont Hall along in the deal and got linebacker K.D. Williams and a third round pick, later dealt to the 49ers, in return.
1997: Let's get it started
The reigning Super Bowl Champion Packers showed no sign of slowing down as they played two exhibition games within a five-day span to open the preseason slate. Green Bay hosted Miami on July 26 and New England on July 31, both in front of crowds of about 60,000 eager to welcome their champs back to the field. The Packers reached far into the depth chart and still shut out the Dolphins 20-0, then beat the Pats in a Super Bowl rematch 7-3.
1997: Party's over for productive RB
Running back Edgar Bennett, who led the Packers in rushing from 1994-96 and who gave Green Bay its first 1,000 yard producer since 1978, suffered a torn Achilles tendon in the preseason opener July 26.Following a long rehab, Bennett signed as a free agent with Chicago in 1998 and retired in 2000. Although the injury marked the end of Bennett's Packer career as a player, he eventually returned to the Green Bay sidelines. Bennett became the Packers' director of player development in 2001, and was named to his first coaching position as the Packers running backs coach for the 2005 season. Bennett was inducted into the Packer Hall of Fame last week.
1991: Company comes to camp
When the Buffalo Bills visit Packer training camp next week, it will mark the first time an opponent has been invited to camp since July 31-Aug. 1, 1991. The New England Patriots traveled to Green Bay for joint workouts a few days before the teams squared off in that year's preseason opener.
1976: Summer session
The Packers played a preseason game in July for the first time in team history when they hosted the Cincinnati Bengals July 31, 1976. A crowd of 50,245 turned out as the Bengals beat the Pack in the exhibition opener 23-17.
Bruce Wilkerson, who played tackle for the Pack during the 1996 and 1997 Super Bowl seasons, was born July 28, 1964.