Lil Wayne is a native of New Orleans, Louisiana, and like many other New Orleans sports fans, he isn't much of a fan of the city's actual teams. Instead of riding with the New Orleans Saints as his favorite NFL team, Lil Wayne has shed his geographic sports birthright by becoming a Green Bay Packers fan.
Here's how he explained he became a lifelong Cheesehead: Lil Wayne's father went to Super Bowl XXXI in New Orleans in 1997 and watched the Packers defeat the New England Patriots. Wayne, who was 14 years old at the time, saw his dad buy all kinds of Packers gear for the family.
"The Packers won, pops came home with Packers everything, cups, towels," he said.
But none of those souvenirs were for sentimental viewing and safe-keeping. Coming from a poor family, every item was used for utility ahead of whatever ornamental purpose they could've served.
As he explained, "They get put with the real towels. You bathe and use those towels every day and those cups are used every day. I had to use a Green Bay Packers cup, a Green Bay Packers towel every day."
When the 1998 edition of "Madden NFL" came out later that year, Lil Wayne, having ostensibly showered in nothing but Packers towels, was all-in on rooting for the Pack. Playing the video game using Packers quarterback and three-time NFL MVP Brett Favre was enough to push the Saints to the wayside.
"I'm a Green Bay fan forever ... There is no comparison [between the Packers and the Saints]," he told First Take's Stephen A. Smith after making an obvious Super Bowl prediction:
Thought while we are waiting for the real **** to start, might as well take a look at some rankings that I found interesting and wanted to share. Ted Thompson absolutely crushed it with adding CB talent, as did Joe Whitt in coaching them up. Wow.
After two preseason games per PFF:
Defense Overall = 9
Run D = 14
Pass Rush = 18
Pass Cov = 4
27. Christian Ringo (tied with Datone Jones for QB Hurries at #28)
31. Mike Pennel (ranks #11 overall in QB Hurries)
34. Lavon Hooks
61. Khyri Thornton
72. Datone Jones (ranks #2 overall in Sacks, #28 in QB Hurries)
91. Josh Boyd (tied with Datone Jones for QB Hurries at #28)
19. Bruce Gaston
95. BJ Raji
6. Jay Elliott
41. Adrian Hubbard
62. Andy Mulumba
65. Jermauria Rasco
26. Jake Ryan (#19 overall against Rush, #20 overall in Coverage)
32 Carl Bradford (#7 overall against Rush)
44. Sam Barrington (#9 overall in Coverage)
64. Nate Palmer
1. Ladarius Gunter
13. Quinten Rollins
29. Damarious Randall
65. Casey Hayward
171. Kyle Sebetic
(Dead Last = Trae Waynes at 181. Also of note, Tramon Williams is tied with Hayward at #65, Davon House #88, Eric Rowe #111, Kyle Fuller from CHI at #177) For some reason Sam Shields is not listed, though I thought he played in both games.
Also, in Coverage, Gunter ranks #1 as well. Against the Run, GB has Gunter and Rollins tied at #2, and Casey Hayward at #7, Randall at #21
27. Jean Fanor
46. Micah Hyde
80. Chris Banjo
109. Ha Ha Clinton-Dix
Offense = 17
Not going to get into all of it on O, but found this interesting:
QB rankings = #3 Aaron Rodgers, #4 Scott Tolzien
ST team = 25
5. Aaron Ripkowski (ranked #1 overall in Tackles)
39. Jeff Janis, tied with Jake Ryan
110. Joe Thomas tied with Harold Spears, Quinten Rollins and JC Tretter
Thought it would be kind of cool just to see where we our ILBs stack up in relation to the other teams who chose the Top 5 ILBs in May's draft ahead of our pick of Jake Ryan.
Stephone Anthony (R1 pick 30 NO) Comb 10, Total 5, Assists 5, Sacks 0, Fumbles 0, INT 0
Benardrick McKinney (R2 pick 43 HOU) Comb 9, Total 6, Assists 3, Sacks 0, Fumbles 0, INT 0
Eric Kendricks (R2 pick 45 MIN) Comb 10, Total 8, Assists 2, Sacks 1, Fumbles 0, INT 0
Denzel Perryman (R2 pick 48 SD) Comb 5, Total 2, Assists 3, Sacks 0, Fumbles 0, INT 0
Paul Dawson (R3 pick 99 CIN) Comb 6, Total 6, Assists 0, Sacks 0, Fumbles 0, INT 0
6. Carl Bradford (R4 2014 pick 121 GB) Comb 7, Total 4, Assists 3, Sacks 1, Fumbles 0, INT 0
7. Jake Ryan (R4 pick 129 GB) Comb 7, Total 3, Assists 4, Sacks 1, Fumbles 0, INT 0
8. Sam Barrington (R7 2013 pick 232 GB) Comb 4, Total 2, Assists 2, Sacks 0, Fumbles 0, INT 0
9. Nate Palmer (R6 2013 pick 193 GB) Comb 4, Total 2, Assists 2, Sacks 0, Fumbles 0, INT 0
10. Joe Thomas (UDFA 2014 GB) Comb 2, Total 2, Assists 0, Sacks 0, Fumbles 0, INT 0
Man, I don't know about the rest of you, but I wanted Ted to pick at least one of those top 5 ILBs in this last draft. Thought it was essential, so much so that I admittedly blew a freaking gasket after each of our 1st 3 picks... Should be interesting to see how the competition plays out the rest of the way. Stats don't tell the whole story, but interesting to get an idea of where they all are to this point.
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