The Green Bay Packers Friday re-signed running back Tony Fisher to an exclusive-rights contract, GM/Head Coach Mike Sherman announced.
Fisher, 24, last season served as the Packers' third-down back and as a valuable special teams performer, both on coverage and as part of the kickoff-return unit. He saw reserve action in 15 contests, and was inactive for one game (Oct. 19 at St. Louis) after injuring his right groin a week earlier against Kansas City. He also played in both postseason games.
The 6-foot-1, 222-pound back averaged an impressive 5.0 yards per carry while rushing 40 times for 200 yards and one TD to rank third on the team. He also caught a career-best 21 passes for 206 yards and two touchdowns, and added 11 coverage stops during the regular season, a performance punctuated by a club-high six special teams tackles in two playoff games.
One of three undrafted rookie free agents to make the Packers' 2002 season-opening roster, Fisher originally signed with the Packers April 26, 2002. His 283 rushing yards that season were the most by a Green Bay rookie in 16 years, since Kenneth Davis had 519 in 1986.
Fisher, who owns some of the best hands on the team, is one of Green Bay's more active players in the community.
A four-year letterman at Notre Dame, Fisher as a high-school senior in 1997 was Ohio's 'Mr. Football,' following previous winners Andy Katzenmoyer and Charles Woodson.