Long removed from the Green Bay Packers, former general manager Ron Wolf (right) spent time with St. Louis Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak during spring training workouts at Roger Dean Stadium. Scott Rovak-US PRESSWIRE
It wasn’t the best of times for the Green Bay Packers franchise. Wondering what they would do, the Packers brass decided that their biggest need for the 2000 NFL Draft was at tight end – namely because of the sexual assault charges and neck injury of veteran Mark Chmura.
That’s when the Packers drafted Bubba Franks, a productive player for years to come. Chmura would never play another down.
With Mark Chmura’s Future Uncertain, Packers Draft Bubba Franks
April 15, 2000 - Green Bay selects Daniel “Bubba” Franks with the 14th overall pick in the college draft with the hope that the 6-foot-6 tight can replace Mark Chmura, whose future is uncertain due to sexual assault charges that have been filed against him and a spinal injury that caused him to miss 14 games in 1999. “We’ve debated most of Saturday and Sunday the most critical need with the Packers,” Packers general manager Ron Wolf says. “And we felt as a staff that it was tight end.” Franks goes on to catch 34 passes (a team record for a rookie tight end) and scores a TD on a pass from holder Matt Hasselbeck on a fake field goal attempt against the Buccaneers.
An award-winning journalist and photographer, Rivard has been editor of two weekly newspapers in northern Wisconsin for the past 23 years. His love of the Green Bay Packers and his drive to reach out to all Packers fans moved him to write columns for select websites in the mid- to late-1990s under the pen name of Apackphan. The opportunity to continue with lombardiave.com has brought him to this page where he has been laboring for the past 2-plus years. Getting back into blogging has allowed Rivard to continue to follow the team with renewed interest.