Shea McClellin earns defensive player honors, Hell freezes over

Shea McClellin

Two days after landing the hit heard round the NFL, Shea McClellin was rewarded for his career day against the Green Bay Packers. The NFL awarded McClellin with the NFC Defensive Player of the Week honors for his five tackle, three sack performance Monday night. His trio of sacks doubled his career total. [Read more…]

Big 10 Alumni Aplenty in this Year’s Super Bowl

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The Big Ten Conference will be well-represented on Sunday, Feb. 6, in Super Bowl XLV with 18 former student-athletes and nine coaches with previous conference connections on the rosters of the Green Bay Packers and Pittsburgh Steelers.

The Big Ten is the only conference to feature at least one former player from every institution in the Super Bowl. The Big Ten and the SEC (20 players) are the only conferences with 18 or more players on the two Super Bowl squads, followed by the ACC (14), Big 12 (13), MAC (13) and Pac-10 (10).

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Miami at Green Bay: Inexperienced Packers to Watch

Brace yourselves Packers fans, the team’s line-up on Sunday will be reminiscent of a pre-season game during the third and fourth quarters. That means the roster will be full of guys who are not regular starters or possibly have never started in an NFL game at all.

The Packers were dealt with more bad news on Wednesday when they learned that rising-star Jermichael Finley would be out 8-10 weeks, essentially the rest of the season. This adds to the already long list of key players out for the season (RB Ryan Grant, S Morgan Burnett and LB Nick Barnett). Don’t forget the players who are banged up and questionable for the game with the Dolphins this weekend (QB Aaron Rodgers, LB Clay Matthews, TE Donald Lee, etc…).

Here’s a chance to check out some of the inexperienced Packers who will need to step up for the team to stay in contention for the NFC North title.

By: Nick Grays

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