The Green Bay Packers are welcoming back featured alumni Najeh Davenport and Samkon Gado for the Packers-Bears game on Sunday, Jan. 7.
Leading up to the game, the alumni will be signing autographs and visiting with fans at the Lambeau Field Atrium on Saturday, Jan. 6, from 11 a.m. to noon.
Davenport will be visiting with fans and signing autographs at surprise locations around Lambeau Field on gameday from 1:50 to 2:50 p.m. Gado 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.
Najeh Davenport was selected by the Green Bay Packers in the fourth round of the 2002 NFL Draft out of Miami. The powerful running back spent four years in Green Bay, serving as a productive complement to Ahman Green, and averaged more than five yards per carry in 2003 and 2004, with his total in 2004 ranking fifth in the league among running backs. Davenport finished his Packers career with 228 carries for 1,145 yards and eight touchdowns. He spent the final three years of his playing career in Pittsburgh and Indianapolis.
Samkon Gado came to Green Bay as a free agent and was signed as a member of the practice squad in 2005. Promoted to the active roster after injuries sidelined three other running backs on the roster, Gado quickly ascended to lead the team in rushing. He earned NFL 'Rookie of the Month' honors after rushing for 283 yards and scoring five touchdowns in November, and he broke the franchise's single-game rookie rushing record with 171 yards on 29 carries against Detroit in December. In 2006, he was traded to the Houston Texans, and he finished his playing career with Miami and St. Louis before going to medical school and becoming a doctor.