From left to right: N.E.W. Lutheran's Bill Gosse, Doug Lloyd, Dick Hasseler and Chris Nelson, and the Packers' Tim Schroeder
Former Green Bay Packers player Doug Lloyd (running back, practice squad, 1991), an assistant coach at N.E.W. Lutheran High School, has been awarded a grant of $9,000 from the NFL Youth Football Fund for the Blazer's football program.
Lloyd, a Beaver Dam, Wis., native and graduate of Beaver Dam High School, played fullback collegiately at North Dakota State where he was a member of two Bison NCAA Division II national championship teams (1986, '88). He then was selected in the sixth round of the 1989 draft by the L.A. Raiders when Ron Wolf was a member of the club's personnel department. He had stints on the practice squads of the Raiders (1989-91) and Houston Oilers (1990), as well as a few weeks on the active roster for the Raiders in 1991. He then was signed to the Packers' practice squad late in the 1991 season after Ron Wolf was named general manager, and subsequently was out of football after an injury during the 1992 training camp while with the Packers.
N.E.W. Lutheran High School, located on Green Bay's east side, has been in existence since 1977, but its football program just started in 2007. The school enjoyed its first games in 2008 with a non-varsity schedule, which it is playing again this year. The Blazers will play their first full varsity schedule in 2010. The Packers recently assisted the program with a donation of used practice equipment, including a blocking sled.
The NFL Youth Football Fund (YFF) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded by the National Football League and the NFL Players Association. The YFF seeks to use football as a catalyst to promote positive youth development and also insure the health of grassroots football in future generations.
Through the NFL Player-Coach High School Football Grant Program, the YFF allows former NFL players who currently are registered as official head or assistant high school football coaches to apply for grants to help support their high school football teams.