For some, it marks the beginning of a new chapter in their professional football careers.
For others, it's the beginning of their first shot to make it big in the National Football League.
But for all the Packers rookies and first year players, Thursday marked the end of summer vacation and the beginning of their careers wearing the Green and Gold.
"I'm very excited about the beginning of training camp," said quarterback Tim Couch, who was one of several players to move their belongings into the dorms at St. Norbert College in DePere, Wis. -- their home for the next four weeks of training camp, officially marking the beginning of the 2004 season. "Obviously this is my first year with the Packers and I'm excited to really get a chance to meet my new teammates and to get on the field for the first time in this uniform."
The new Packers will practice Friday afternoon for the first time since mini-camp ended in June. Veterans will report to camp Saturday and to the practice field Monday.
"I think I'm just coming in with a positive attitude, looking forward to getting a chance to learn the new system and to get a chance to work with Brett Favre," Couch said. "I've been a starter in Cleveland for five years and it's going to be a little bit of a change for me to be a backup. I'm just going to have to adjust to it and try to help the team in any way I can."
All practices will be held on Clarke Hinkle Field at the Packers' practice facility in Green Bay. In the event of inclement weather or poor field conditions, practice will be moved indoors to the Don Hutson Center and will be closed to the public.
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