OTAs have wound down for the Green Bay Packers; only the rookies remain in camp. The National Football League will go into semi-hibernation until mid-July. As such, there’s very little news to report here at LombardiAve.com.
To pass the time, I decided to treat myself to a couple of beers in my hometown of Louisville, Ky., and try to block out the NBA Finals (stupid Miami Heat).
Sitting at the Falls City Beer tap room just southeast of the city’s downtown, I struck up a conversation with the bartender, Caitlin. As it turned out, this cute 20-something would prove to be an inside source for Packers-related news.
Well, an inside source of sorts: She had some inside knowledge of former ‘Bama and current Green Bay running back Eddie Lacy’s college study habits, demeanor and … his backpack (told you it was a slow news period).
Turns out Caitlin is a University of Alabama graduate student who is bartending during summer break – and she once had a freshman-level English course with Lacy.
“He sat in the front row,” she remembered (she sat behind him). “He was a really good guy, always friendly. He had a really good work ethic.”
Caitlin said Lacy not only was always in attendance, sitting right in front of her, but that he also helped her a couple of times when she had questions about assignments.
“We would chat on Facebook occasionally about class,” she said.
She also noted that he was a very good student. Describing a major assignment, when papers were handed back, she saw that Lacy had gotten an ‘A’. “I peeked,” she said.
She also noted that each day at class, the football players were met at the classroom door by an elderly woman, who asked each of them to sign in. During class, the woman sat outside the door waiting, and when the athletes left, she signed them back out. Caitlin said there were few limits to what Head Coach Nick Saban and his crew would do to make sure his players went to class.
But near the end of our Eddie Lacy conversation, she finally spoke the sentence that floored me.
“One thing I remember about him,” she said, “was that he was always carrying an Elmo backpack.”
Surely he only had pens and paper in that Elmo backpack. Right? No way a football helmet or shoulder pads would fit into one of those.
Maybe next week we’ll be able to get a scoop on whether Aaron Rodgers ate all his vegetables when he was a kid.