The new Packer Report magazine, if it hasn’t found its way into your mailbox yet, should be arriving shortly.
The 64-page magazine leads off with draft commentary by W. Keith Roerdink and includes features on all of the draft picks — complete with quotes you haven’t read anywhere else.
Also inside, you’ll see a question-and-answer with Scout.com draft insider Chris Steuber, a full-page poster of the Packers’ schedule and our monthly trivia.
We also have these terrific features:
Raising the roof
By Bill Huber
Many great players have worn the famous yellow helmet with green and white “G” over the decades.
From Jerry Kramer and Lynn Dickey, to Sterling Sharpe and LeRoy Butler, some of the finest players in Green Bay Packers history haven’t been quite good enough for induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
So, how on earth did Tom Keller get enshrined in Canton, Ohio?
“I’m looking at Paul Hornung and Ray Nitschke and Willie Wood and Reggie White and all the other great players and I’m thinking, ‘Geez, I’m in here with these guys.’ It was a little overwhelming,” Keller said.
OK, so now you’re asking, “Who in the heck is Tom Keller?”
Keller is one part roofer, one part engaging conversationalist and a Packers fan to his core.
After Hurricane Katrina stormed through New Orleans on Aug. 29, 2005, the future of the New Orleans Saints franchise was in jeopardy. The Superdome was a shambles, and the 9.7-acre roof needed to be replaced so the interior of the building would be safe and suitable for football.
Keller was the driving force behind the job to replace the roof and the focal point of the reconstruction. Part of that was due to his charismatic nature. Part of it was his choice of work attire.
”I wore Packers stuff because that’s pretty much all I own, so I wore it every day,” Keller said.
By Tom Speicher
The sporadic tapping of the keyboard provides a hint of the melody to come. The clicking of the remote supplies the beat. The churning of the tape deck completes the rhythm. The symphony plays for hours on end.
The sounds emanate from a small, windowless second-floor office at NFL Films. It’s not the type of sweeping orchestral music forever identified with the most honored filmmaker in sports, but on this particular day, the office inhabitants aren’t romanticizing the game they love. Instead, the acoustic performance reflects their quest to answer a fundamental question: Who will be the professional football stars of tomorrow?
The conductor is Greg Cosell, senior producer at NFL Films. In his 30 years with the organization, Cosell has been a key contributor to the “myth-making” staple programming of NFL Films.
Ice Bowl confession
By Tom Andrews
After 42 years, rehash after rehash, hundreds of stories and “stories behind the stories,” you’d think we have heard and seen all there is to hear and see about perhaps the most fabled game in NFL history — the 1967 NFL Championship Game, the Ice Bowl.
Well, you’d be wrong.
As history records the Packers’ final scoring drive, they marched 68 agonizing yards in 12 plays. However, three plays before Bart Starr’s winning sneak, Donny Anderson took a handoff, burst over the center of the lines and found himself over the goal line — he thought.
As the former rivals shared dinner, tall tales and plenty of laughs during a mid-April fund-raiser, Anderson says one of the Cowboys made a startling confession.
Eye for the interception
By Art Daley
It’s hard to imagine in today’s perfecta climate that the Packers had two well-known players with just two eyes.
Yes, they were both blind in their left eyes and they still hold individual Packers records that were set 66 and 56 years ago.
Some of you old-timers may recall these two gents — Irv Comp, a 60-minute halfback-passer and defensive back, who played in Curly Lambeau’s last seven seasons, 1943 through 1949; and Bobby Dillon, a defensive back who passed up joining Vince Lombardi’s champions to become a highly successful business executive. He played from 1952 through 1959.
If you live in the Green Bay area, the new magazine will be available next week at the Packers Pro Shop and a few businesses around the stadium (Card & Coin Corner and the Shell, Citgo and Express convenience stores). If you’d like to purchase a single copy, contact publisher Bill Huber at the e-mail below. For information on subscribing to Packer Report, click here.
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