Packers welcoming Jim Carter, Ken Ellis as featured alumni this week

Former players at Lambeau Field Atrium on Saturday; locations around Lambeau Field on Sunday

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Former Packers LB Jim Carter and CB Ken Ellis

The Green Bay Packers are welcoming back featured alumni Jim Carter and Ken Ellis for the Packers-Lions game on Sunday, Jan. 8.

Leading up to the game, the alumni will be signing autographs and visiting with fans at the Lambeau Field Atrium on Saturday, Jan. 7, from 11 a.m. to noon.

On gameday, Ellis will be visiting with fans and signing autographs at surprise locations around Lambeau Field from 5:45 to 6:45 p.m. Carter will be visiting with fans and signing autographs during that same time in the Legends Club on the Associated Bank Club Level, an area accessible to game attendees with suite or club seat tickets.

Ken Ellis was selected by Green Bay in the fourth round of the 1970 NFL Draft from Southern University. The cornerback and eventual Packers Hall of Famer was a defensive leader, intercepting 20 passes during his six seasons (1970-75) with the team. He was also a special teams playmaker, blocking a field goal attempt and returning it 100 yards for a touchdown in 1971, which still ranks as the longest return of a missed field goal in franchise history, as well as leading the league in 1972 in punt return average at 15.4 yards. He was a two-time Pro Bowler (1973-74) and Associated Press All-Pro (1972-73).

Selected by the Green Bay Packers in the third round of the 1970 NFL Draft from the University of Minnesota, Jim Carter played linebacker for the Packers for nine seasons (1970-78). He played a key role on the strong defensive squad that helped lead the Packers to a 10-4 record and an NFC Central championship in 1972. The next year, Carter also racked up three interceptions, returning one of them for a touchdown, and earned a selection to the 1973 Pro Bowl.

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