Starter Pack: Lacy invited to NFL Honors

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GREEN BAY, Wis. -- Packers running back Eddie Lacy may indeed win the NFL's offensive rookie of the year, an award that will be announced Saturday night in New York at the third annual NFL Honors.

But you can't tell from the guest list at the awards program to held at Radio City Music Hall.

Sure, Lacy, fresh off his Pro Bowl appearance, was on the list released by the league on Monday.

But so was San Diego Chargers receiver Keenan Allen, who might be Lacy's top competition for the award. And so was Minnesota Vikings receiver/kick returner Cordarrelle Patterson, who also could be under consideration.

Among the others with ties to the Packers that are scheduled to appear are quarterback Aaron Rodgers, receiver Randall Cobb and former Packers players Mark Brunell, Ahman Green and Sterling Sharpe.

Former Packers quarterback Brett Favre, who appeared on stage at last year's event with Rodgers, was not on the list.

Rodgers will be in New York on Friday to accept the 2014 Bart Starr Award given to one NFL player for outstanding character and leadership on the field and in the community.

Rodgers and Cobb also are among the nominees for the NFL's Never Say Never Moment for their game-winning 48-yard touchdown in Week 17 against the Chicago Bears that clinched the NFC North title. That award also will be presented at the NFL Honors program.

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  • In the Green Bay Press-Gazette, Scott Williams got a look at a Coca-Cola commercial that was filmed in and around Lambeau Field and will air during Super Bowl XLVIII.

  • In the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Bob McGinn wrote about Denver Broncos owner Pat Bowlen's ties to Wisconsin, where he played high school football in a small town in the southwest corner of the state.