The Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame Inc. today announced the presenters for the 39th Hall of Fame Induction Banquet, to be held the evening of July 18, 2009, in the Lambeau Field Atrium. Rob Davis, former Packers long snapper and now the team's director of player programs, will present Antonio Freeman, and Bill Harper will present Dorsey Levens.
Davis, a 12-year NFL veteran, is entering his second year as director of player development after serving 11 seasons as the Packers' long snapper. In his role, he is vital in maintaining locker room cohesiveness and overall player health, and also assists players in acclimating to their roles, both on and off the field and in the Green Bay community. He oversees the organization's wide range of programs designed to meet the needs of players and their families in today's NFL, and also helps players prepare for life after football, and seek educational and vocational opportunities.
As a player, Davis served as the Packers' long snapper for 11 seasons and played in 167 games in a Green Bay uniform, the third longest streak in team history. Only Brett Favre (255) and Forrest Gregg (187) played in more consecutive games than Davis.
Harper is a longtime friend of Levens dating back to 1983 when both were teammates on the Sherman Park Bulldogs, a Pop Warner team in Syracuse, N.Y. They continued to play sports together through Nottingham High School. Harper currently is a financial services professional for MassMutual Financial Group in Syracuse.
Freeman played eight seasons for the Packers (1995-2001, 03), appearing in 116 games, with 90 starts. Among the club's most prolific receivers, he ranks sixth on the club's all-time list in both receptions (431) and yards (6,651), and third in touchdown receptions (57). He earned consensus All-Pro honors and a Pro Bowl selection in 1998 after posting 1,424 yards to lead the NFL.
Levens played eight seasons (1994-2001) in a Packers uniform, with 53 starts among 102 games played. The fifth all-time leading rusher in team history, he ran for 3,937 yards on 1,006 carries, with 28 touchdowns. A gifted receiver as well, Levens caught 271 passes for 2,079 yards and 16 TDs; only two other backs in Packers annals – Ahman Green (347) and William Henderson (320) – had more career receptions.
Tickets for the banquet, which begins with the doors opening at 4:30 p.m. with a cash bar, and dinner and program to follow at 7 p.m., are $125 each. Tables of 10 also are available for $1150 and are assigned in the order in which they are purchased. Early reservations are recommended. To purchase tickets, call Gwen Borga at 920/965-6984, or e-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org. No refunds are available 30 days prior to the event.
The Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame Inc. is a non-profit corporation independent of the Green Bay Packers that guides the Hall as a historic national sports venue and educational resource to the Green Bay community and the state of Wisconsin. The Hall raises funds through its annual induction banquet, Golf Classic and other events to develop new exhibits and expand its archives. Historic memorabilia donated by individuals to the Hall may qualify as tax-deductible gifts.
The Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame Inc. Golf Classic is set for Monday, July 13, 2009, at The Bull in Sheboygan Falls, Wis.
Originally established in 1967 as a temporary display in the concourse of the Brown County Veterans Memorial Arena, the Hall moved into its own facility in 1976 near Lambeau Field. In 2003, it was relocated to a spectacular new, 25,000-square foot facility in the Lambeau Field Atrium. The Hall of Fame is open on non-game days from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Hours may vary on game days and holidays. For more information, contact the Hall of Fame at 920/569-7512, or visit the Hall online at www.packershalloffame.org.