Starter Pack: Lacy's Pro Bowl experience

January, 27, 2014
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GREEN BAY, Wis. -- Eddie Lacy had to wait his turn to get into Sunday's Pro Bowl, but the rookie running back showed his stuff on his very first carry.

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On his first touch, which came in the third quarter, Lacy powered his way to an 8-yard gain that was reminiscent of many of his runs on the way to a Packers' rookie record of 1,178 yards rushing this past season.

On the game broadcast, NBC analyst Cris Collinsworth compared Lacy's power running style to former Pittsburgh Steelers running back Jerome Bettis.

Lacy was the Packers' lone representative in the NFL's annual all-star game and wasn't actually in until Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson pulled out because of an injury. Lacy, who was originally the first alternate at running back, carried seven times for 13 yards for Team [Deion] Sanders, which lost 22-21 to a team captained by Jerry Rice.

While playing part of the second half, Lacy showed no signs of the ankle injury that slowed him late in the season. And surely to the relief of everyone in the Packers' organization, Lacy did not appear to sustain any injuries.

The game, which underwent a major format change (including the drafting of players rather than dividing them by conference) was slightly more competitive and intense than recent Pro Bowls.

Lacy shared some of his thoughts on the week in Hawaii in a story on the Packers' team website.

He said he brought his parents and his older brother with him.

In case you missed it on ESPN.com:
  • We continued our position outlook series by analyzing the offensive tackles. The breakdown of the interior linemen will come later on Monday.
  • As part of the Super Bowl XLVIII events in New York this week, Packers receiver Randall Cobb and former Packers running back Ahman Green will make cameo appearances in the Broadway musical Rock of Ages.
  • There were a variety of questions answered in the latest mailbag.
Best of the rest:
  • In the Green Bay Press-Gazette, Doug Schneider tallied the arrests and ejections at Packers' games this past season and found that there were fewer fans (308) removed by police than in the previous season (344) despite the increase of more than 7,000 to Lambeau Field's capacity.
  • Mike Vandermause looked at the Ron Wolf general manager tree. Among those who worked under for the former Packers' GM is John Schneider, whose Seattle Seahawks are in the Super Bowl.
  • In the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Tyler Dunne talked to several veteran NFL coaches, including noted defensive guru Dick LeBeau of the Pittsburgh Steelers, who had nothing but good things to say about Packers defensive coordinator Dom Capers.

Rob Demovsky

ESPN Green Bay Packers reporter

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