Packers pick six playoff captains

GREEN BAY, Wis. -- The Green Bay Packers don’t elect season-long captains and instead choose to spread that honor around on weekly basis.

But come the playoffs, the team must pick permanent captains, and those were announced on Wednesday.

So when the officials call together the Packers and San Francisco 49ers for the coin toss before Sunday's NFC wild-card game at Lambeau Field, six players will represent the Packers then and during any subsequent postseason games.

Quarterback Aaron Rodgers and receiver Jordy Nelson were named offensive captains. Linebacker A.J. Hawk and safety Morgan Burnett were named defensive captains. Kicker Mason Crosby and cornerback Jarrett Bush were named special-teams captains.

They will each have the captain’s “C” patch added to their jerseys.

According to the Packers, Rodgers has been selected as a playoff captain five times, meaning all five times they have made the playoffs since he became a starter. Bush has been selected four times, while Crosby and Hawk have been picked three teams each. It’s the first time for Nelson and Burnett.