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By Ken Murray and Ken Murray,SUN STAFF | August 31, 1997
GREEN BAY, Wis. -- Freed finally from the bondage of the Dallas Cowboys, the Green Bay Packers have embraced their hard-earned status as darlings of the NFL with an uncommon fervor.Right from the start of training camp, strong safety LeRoy Butler said that a perfect 19-0 season not only was possible but also was the goal this season.Without much prodding, two-time MVP quarterback Brett Favre conceded he can easily envision a new dynasty in history-laden Green Bay.And in yet another corner under the Packers' big top, defensive end Reggie White lent his ministerial approval to these proceedings.
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By Mike Preston and Mike Preston,SUN STAFF | October 26, 1998
GREEN BAY, Wis. -- There are certain buzzwords that come out of NFL locker rooms signaling that a team is desperate or about to collapse. Like "gut check" or "character."Those words don't come off the lips of the Denver Broncos or Pittsburgh Steelers. And they certainly didn't come out of the Green Bay locker room after the Packers had beaten the Ravens, 28-10, yesterday before 59,860 at Lambeau Field.Try the Ravens (2-5), losers of their last three games. The Ravens, who had only 233 yards of total offense yesterday and haven't won a game in October.
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By Ken Murray and Ken Murray,SUN STAFF | January 9, 1998
When Dorsey Levens was selected in the fifth round of the 1994 NFL draft, the comparisons were to three fullbacks taken ahead of him -- William Floyd, Donnell Bennett and Raymont Harris.This week, after another stellar big-game performance for the Green Bay Packers, Levens is traveling in faster company.Now, the comparisons are to Packers Hall of Famer Jim Taylor.Never mind that Green Bay quarterback Brett Favre, in the wake of Sunday's 21-7 playoff victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, compared him to the most prolific running back in NFL history.
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By Mike Preston and Sun reporter | October 26, 1998
There are certain buzzwords that come out of NFL locker rooms signaling that a team is desperate or about to collapse. Like "gut check" or "character. "Those words don't come off the lips of the Denver Broncos or Pittsburgh Steelers. And they certainly didn't come out of the Green Bay locker room after the Packers had beaten the Ravens, 28-10, yesterday before 59,860 at Lambeau Field. Try the Ravens (2-5), losers of their last three games. The Ravens, who had only 233 yards of total offense yesterday and haven't won a game in October.
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By Ken Murray and Ken Murray,SUN STAFF | January 21, 1997
NEW ORLEANS -- Desmond Howard has a disdain for the fair catch, a flair for the dramatic and a closed mind about the past.Ask the record-setting punt returner for the Green Bay Packers about his washout in Washington and you get one of Howard's finest open-field fakes."
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By Ken Murray and Ken Murray,SUN STAFF | January 18, 1998
From here on out, the Green Bay Packers are playing against history, not just the Denver Broncos.If Super Bowl XXXII is a mere formality -- a widely held opinion -- then the Packers are ready to move in with the big boys, the dynasty crowd, the Super Bowl repeaters.There have been six back-to-back champions in the Super Bowl's 31-year history. The Packers would be the seventh.Only one team has repeated on separate occasions. That was the Pittsburgh Steelers, who amassed four titles from the 1974 to the 1979 season.
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By Sandy Banisky and Sandy Banisky,Sun Staff Correspondent | May 17, 1995
Green Bay, Wis. -- It took two days to find Tom Monfils' body, sunk to the bottom of a giant paper mill pulp vat, a 45-pound weight around his neck. It took 2 1/2 years to charge six co-workers in his murder.When the arrests finally came last month, weary police detectives paused quietly for a beer. The Green Bay Press-Gazette put out a rare special edition. And in a tidy brick house on South Roosevelt Avenue, Joan and Edwin Monfils gave thanks that someone, at last, would have to answer for the death of their son."
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By Mike Klingaman and Mike Klingaman,SUN STAFF Sun staff writer Jon Morgan and researcher Paul McCardell contributed to this article | January 19, 1997
A Super pass, it wasn't -- behind the target and slightly under-thrown. Thirty years later, the receiver, Green Bay's Max McGee, can still hear the defender closing fast, sensing interception.Break it up, McGee thought, reaching back to bat down the pass. The football stuck to his hand like Velcro. Stunned, McGee slammed it to his hip and raced for a touchdown, the first in Super Bowl history.The catch sparked the Packers over the Kansas City Chiefs, 35-10, in the ballyhooed first meeting between the champions of the rival National and American football leagues on Jan. 15, 1967, at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.
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By Ken Murray and Ken Murray,SUN STAFF | January 12, 2004
PHILADELPHIA - The Philadelphia Eagles careened from the impossible to the miraculous last night on Donovan McNabb's arm, David Akers' leg and Freddie Mitchell's hands. Fourth-and-26? No problem for McNabb, who got 28 yards when he found Mitchell down the middle of the field for the play of the Eagles' season. Tricky corner winds? Humbled once by the wind, Akers conquered it twice when it counted most for season-saving field goals. Sudden death? The Eagles bounced the Green Bay Packers out of the playoffs with an improbable 20-17 overtime victory in an NFC semifinal before 67,707 at freezing Lincoln Financial Field.
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By NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE | March 9, 1998
Ray Nitschke, one of the most fearsome middle linebackers in the history of pro football and an anchor of the championship Green Bay Packers teams of the 1960s, died yesterday in Venice, Fla. He was 61.Nitschke, who had a winter home in Naples, Fla., suffered a heart attack while driving to the house of a family friend, said his daughter, Amy Klaas, who was with him when he was stricken. He was pronounced dead at Venice Hospital.The personification of the rough-and-tumble linebacker who could smother a running back and level a quarterback with equal aplomb, Nitschke was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1978 and was selected for the NFL's 50th and 75th anniversary all-star teams.
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