A record crowd poured into the Lodge at Leathem Smith for the banquet kicking off the second annual Green Bay Packers Chapter of the NFL Alumni Association Fishing Tournament last night. The anglers will be on the water throughout the day today with winners announced tomorrow on DoorCountyDailyNews.com.
Sports Director Nick Freimuth served as emcee last night and got the crowd fired up for the introduction of the 17 former NFL players and coaches. Listen on 104.1 FM throughout the mornings for reports from the fishing tournament.
Here is a look at the bios for the 17 players in Sturgeon Bay for the second annual event.
Pictured: Chris Greisen and Paul Coffman with Nick Freimuth
Dan Buenning (Benning) – This Green Bay (Bay Port) native was drafted by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the fourth round of the 2005 NFL Draft. He played college football at Wisconsin a 50 game starter while at UW one of 4 ever in the Big Ten to accomplish that feat! He finished his football career in the UFL for the Florida Tuskers. - Dan Buenning (Benning)
Chad Morton –A Torrance, California native who played Running back, kick and punt returner for the New Orleans Saints, New York Jets, Washington Redskins, and New York Giants…He was born on the West Coast but could run a tour guide business on the East coast after his NFL travels. He now has finally realized where God’s team plays – assistant coach with the Green Bay Packers special teams - Chad Morton –
John Rushing –Another California boy who was also a member of the 2011 Super Bowl 45 Champion Green Bay Packers Coaching Staff. He is the currently an offensive assistant/special teams coach for the Green and gold…This Packers coach can also give you a scouting report on new Badgers Football Coach Gary Anderson from Utah State. This gentleman served for six years as a defensive coach at Utah State please welcome - John Rushing –
Charles Jordan – Our next former NFL Wide receiver started his career with the Oakland Raiders in 1993. In 1994 and 1995 this L.A. native caught balls from Brett Favre. In 1996, he was signed by the Miami Dolphins played for the Seahawks and ended his career with Green Bay in 2001 – please welcome – Charles Jordan
Tony Fisher –our next former NFL’er played with the Green Bay Packers and St. Louis Rams and had a cup of coffee with the New York Jets in 2007. A decade earlier this running back won the prestigious Mr. Football Award as the player deemed to be the best football player in the State of Ohio. – Tony Fisher –
Dexter McNabb – Next up a bruising fullback for the Green Bay Packers who filled up his number 45 jersey. A standout at the University of Florida, and thereafter, drafted in the fifth round by the Green Bay Packers. He also played professionally for the Philadelphia Eagles – Dexter McNabb.
Bill Ferrario – This NFL alum had a rough year at the University of Wisconsin Madison because of his roommate situation. He was forced to dorm with Sturgeon Bay’s own Casey Rabach and says if anybody wants any dirt on Casey he will be testifying later at the bar. He was the third ever Big Ten Player to start 50 games during his collegiate career. He was drafted by Green Bay in the fourth round of the 2001 NFL Draft. The guard also played with Washington and Carolina and now resides in Wausau, Wisconsin. - Bill Ferrario –
Bill Schroeder – This blazing fast wide receiver is Wisconsin born and bred. A Sheboygan South High School standout that excelled at the University of Wisconsin–La Crosse, where he starred in track and field. He was drafted by the Pack in 1994 and racked up frequent flyer miles with stops in New England with Patriots, the Rhein Fire, the Detroit Lions and the Tampa Bay Bucaneers. In 2008, he signed a one day contract with the Green Bay Packers so he could officially retire in the green and gold. - Bill Schroeder –
Chris Greisen – Next up a player Sturgeon Bay Clipper fans know quite well. His nickname in High School at quarterback was “Country Club” because he never got touched! His younger brother Nick was an NFL linebacker, is cousins with Casey Rabach and recently was named the new high school football coach at Green Bay Notre Dame. - Chris Greisen –
Casey Rabach – Durable, tough, nasty are three words that best describe one of Sturgeon Bay’s favorite sons during his nine year NFL career. A Redskins 3rd round draft pick out of UW that started 49 games in college … he missed out on 50 games started because of a sprained ankle against Illinois his freshman year…still a sore spot with Casey – please welcome Door County’s own – Casey Rabach
Jim Flanigan Jr – Idolized by Door County players like Casey Rabach, Nick and Chris Greisen. From the University of Notre Dame to the Chicago Bears in the third round of the 1994 NFL Draft. He spent 10 years in the NFL with Da’ Bears, Packers, Niners and Eagles – A Southern Door grad – Jim Flanigan Jr.
Jim Flanigan – Like father like son Jim Jr. learned everything he knew about football from his father. An understudy of Ray Nitchke that played for the Green Bay Packers and New Orleans Saints. A Southern Door football coach and owner of Flanigan Distributing here in Sturgeon Bay. – Jim Flanigan
Doug Hart – This Texan played in 8 NFL seasons for the Green Bay Packers. And in his time under Vince Lombardi collected three World Championships. He’s 74 years young and said he will out fish Jerry Kramer tomorrow guaranteed – please welcome back - Doug Hart –
Frank Winters – Ol’ Bag o’ Doughnuts was Brett Favre and Mark Chumura’s drinking buddy while they lifted the Pack to a Super Bowl Championship in Super Bowl 31. This member of the three amigos was a 1996 Pro Bowler and an ’08 Packers Hall of Fame inductee – Frankie bag a’ doughnuts Winters.
Lynn Dickey – in 1971 this Kansas boy was drafted by the Houston Oilers and quarterbacked in the NFL from ‘71 til 1985 where he stood out with the Green Bay Packers. Dickey led the Packers to the playoffs in the strike-shortened 1982 season. The Packers won the opening round after Dickey went 19 of 26 (73%) for 286 yards with 4 touchdowns in a 41-16 triumph over the St. Louis Cardinals. Welcome back to Sturgeon Bay - Lynn Dickey –
Paul Coffman - This tight end played ten seasons for the Green Bay Packers and the Kansas City Chiefs. He was a three-time Pro Bowler and in 1994 was inducted into the Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame. He still ranks 12th among all pass-catchers in Packers history. - Paul Coffman -
Jerry Kramer – A player, author and sports commentator, best remembered for his 11-year NFL career with the Green Bay Packers as an offensive lineman under Vince Lombardi. At right guard he was an integral part of the famous "Packer Sweep." He was an All-Pro five times, and a member of the NFL's 50th anniversary team in 1969. He has appeared ten times as a finalist in the Pro Football Hall of Fame and DARN IT this should be his year!!! He is rated #1 in NFL Network's Top 10 list of players not in the Hall of Fame. NUMBER 64 - Jerry Kramer –
Pictured below: Bil Schroeder and Casey Rabach with Nick Freimuth