GREEN BAY – The ongoing NFL lockout won’t keep the Green Bay Packers from receiving their Super Bowl XLV rings.
Team spokesman Aaron Popkey said Thursday afternoon that the players, coaches and staff will receive their rings at a June 16 ceremony. But at this point, only the date and the location – the Lambeau Field atrium – have been set and the logistics remain unclear.
“Those are the only details available at the moment,” Popkey said in an email.
The players and coaches haven’t been together as a group since winning Super Bowl XLV in Arlington, Tex., on Feb. 6, because of the lockout, which has wiped out all 32 teams’ offseason strength and conditioning programs, as well as individual position workouts and organized team activity practices, which in a normal year would be currently underway.
But the NFL has granted the Packers a special exemption to the league rule that forbids players and coaches from having any contact during the lockout.
“We’re looking forward to having an evening for the players, coaches and organization to recognize the victory in Super Bowl XLV,” Packers President and CEO Mark Murphy said in a statement. “It was an extraordinary season and the players earned their rings in very exciting fashion. We’re going to celebrate all the hard work that went into the championship. We’re excited for the evening.”
The Packers’ expected trip to the White House to meet President Barack Obama – whose plans to attend Super Bowl XLV if his Chicago Bears had beaten the Packers in the NFC Championship Game became a rallying point for the team – has not been set as of yet.
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