Zac Alcorn is making news as a tight end with the Green Bay Packers
Zac Alcorn At A GlanceZ
•Was a National Association of Intercollegiate Athletes (NAIA) All- American honoree and two-time first- team All-Dakota Athletic Conference (DAC) selection at BHSU.
•Caught 85 passes for 1,220 yards and 12 touchdowns in 20 games with the BHSU Yellow Jackets.
•Received attention from NFL scouts because of his top speed of 4.6 and his 34-inch vertical leap.
ac Alcorn, Class of ’06 and former standout Yellow Jacket football player, made an impressive move this year as he transitioned from wearing green and gold for BHSU to wearing green and gold for the Green Bay Packers.
Selected as a free
agent by the Packers, Zac spent 11 weeks on the practice squad before he was chosen to suit up for his first game against the New England Patriots in November.
•Was the first player from BHSU to make an active roster in the NFL. Mike Savoy and Jeff Lamb were in NFL training camp, but did not make the active roster for the regular season.
•Signed by the Green Bay Packers as a non-drafted free agent in 2006.
•Played in six games and was inactive once after being signed from the practice squad. Saw most of his action on special teams.
•Green Bay head coach Mike McCarthy took notice, saying of Alcorn: "The guy has the best hands on our team."
John Scott, head football coach for the BHSU Yellow Jackets, is understandably proud of Zac’s accomplish- ments and says his suc- cess has been good for the team as well.
“It feels good to
say that we have a guy in the pros,” John says. “Zac has the opportu- nity to make a name for himself in the National Footbal League (NFL). The Packers have rec- ognized how good his hands are and that he is a hard worker. Last season he closed the gap on the huge tran- sition he had to make from small college football to the profes- sional ranks.”
John praises Zac for his accomplish- ments, his persis- tence, and also for his commitment to his family and team. “What stands out most about Zac is the way in which he achieved his
goals without compromising the team- first attitude,” John says. “His goal of getting a shot in the NFL was in place when he got to BHSU, but not at the expense of his family or teammates.” His college coach, a long-time
Packer fan himself, had the opportu- nity to revel in his former student’s success last season when he attended the Packer’s week 15 game against the Minnesota Vikings. “It was awesome. The greatest part
was watching him come out of the locker room in his Packer uniform for warm- ups; it was one of the most gratifying moments in my coaching career,” John says. “He’s a Packer and a good guy – it doesn’t get much better than that.” Looking back at his first season in the NFL, Zac says being in the hud- dle with Brett Favre is everything he thought it would be and more. “It is awesome. I was a little ner-
vous my first few times, but Brett loos- ens things up. He tells a lot of jokes and makes fun of the linemen, so it eases the worries a little bit,” Zac says. “One time when we were warming up, I talked him into doing his John Elway imperson- ation. It was hilarious.”
Playing in Lambeau Field is Zac's
favorite place to be. “It is so rich in tradition, and we have fantastic fans,” he says.
Zac and his wife, Jennifer, and their
two young children, Justus and Jada, are adapting to living in Green Bay and feel that they’re in the right place for them. “While it isn’t that big, it’s big to us,” Zac says. “Wisconsin reminds me a lot of South Dakota and Nebraska. Midwest people for the most part are the same wherever you go. They are hardworking honest people who love football.” That’s a sentiment that Zac under-
stands well. He’s loved football all of his life and fulfilled a lifelong dream when he was offered the opportunity to play in the NFL.
Zac feels that professional football is a little different from what he had expected.
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