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Packers draft a kid named Rodgers from Cal (again)

by Mark Daniels

No, not THAT Rodgers. Richard Rodgers II, a tight end from Cal is the Pack's second choice in the third round of the 2014 NFL draft. The Worcester, Massachusetts native traveled cross country to attend college in Berkley where his father became an accidental legend 32 years ago. Richard Rodgers senior was on the field for "THE PLAY" in the Cal-Stanford game of 1982, one of the most unforgettable moments in college football history. Matter of fact, it was Rodgers who tossed the last of five laterals before the fateful touchdown that was scored in the midst of the band in the end zone.

As for the latest Rodgers from Cal, the 6-4 tight end was used along the line of scrimmage two seasons ago before losing 33 pounds becoming more of an H back receiver and split tight end. He only started 11 games in his career and caught 59 passes over three seasons. As a junior, he caught 39 balls for 608 yards and 1 touchdown before declaring early for the NFL draft.

Richard says he hasn't met Aaron Rodgers but is looking forward to making the Cal connection this summer.

He joins a position that's in a state of flux. Both Ted Thompson and tight ends coach Jerry Fontenot both said the selection of Rodgers is not connected to the future of Jermichael Finley. The veteran is awaiting medical clearance to return after undergoing neck fusion surgery last year. Thompson is still hopeful Finley can resume his career.