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  • Sat., Apr. 19, 2014 12:30PM - 3:00PM CDT Tailgate Tour: Merrill party

    The Green Bay Packers announced plans for the ninth ‘Green Bay Packers Tailgate Tour,’ set for April 15-19. This year’s tour includes two stops in Michigan, in addition to three Wisconsin stops, to visit with fans and thank them in person for their support.

    Tour celebrities will include Packers President/CEO Mark Murphy, players Jarrett Bush, Brad Jones and Mason Crosby, and Packers alumni Paul Coffman, Lynn Dickey and James Lofton.

    The tailgate parties will welcome the players and alumni arriving at each location at 6 p.m., and will run until 8:30 p.m., except in Merrill, where the tailgate party will take place from 12:30 to 3 p.m. A local non-profit organization will host each party which will feature food, giveaways, question-and-answer sessions and autographs. Tailgate party tickets cost $30.

    General admission tickets also will be available for $5, which includes access to the Q-and-A sessions as well as tailgate party activities. Food and beverage will be available for purchase. Due to space limitations, no general admission tickets will be available in Ironwood. 

    One hundred percent of the Tailgate Tour proceeds will benefit the hosting organizations.

    Tickets for the tailgate parties at all locations will go on sale Friday, Feb. 28. ‘Green Bay Packers Tailgate Tour’ tailgate party locations, hosting organizations and ticket information are as follows:

    Merrill: MARC. To benefit Riverbend Trail. Tickets on sale at Merrill Chamber of Commerce, 705 N. Center Ave., Merrill; Dave’s County Market, 300 E. 1st St., Merrill; and Drew’s Piggly Wiggly, 3404 E. Main St., Merrill. Tickets also available online at www.merrillchamber.org.

  • Sat., Apr. 26, 2014 8:00AM - 6:00PM CDT Packers Pro Shop Tent Sale

    The sale is taking place earlier than in previous years, due to the construction at Lambeau Field and the work that the Pro Shop team must complete in preparation for the new store, which will open this summer. Visitors to Lambeau Field should enter the Atrium through the Oneida Nation Gate. Parking is available in the lot on Lambeau Field’s east side near the Oneida Nation Gate, which can be accessed off Oneida Street and Lombardi Avenue.

    The sale will feature the traditional mix of Pro Shop items greatly reduced in price and other special purchases.

    The team’s football operations staff also has provided Packers team apparel no longer in use, including a large assortment of t-shirts, shorts, jackets, jerseys and pants. Some items are practice-worn gear not normally available in the Pro Shop.

    The tent sale began in 1994 in the parking lot outside the former Pro Shop on the north end of Lambeau Field and grew into a popular event. Now in its 11th year in the Atrium, the tent sale also was held in the west side stadium concourse in previous years.

     
  • Sat., May. 10, 2014 7:00PM CDT Eddie Lacy appearance 22nd Annual Doug Jirschele Memorial Sports Award Banquet
  • Sat., Jun. 07, 2014 8:30AM - 3:30PM CDT JPP Kids Clinic

    The 17th annual Junior Power Pack Kids Clinic is set for Saturday, June 7, 2014 in the Don Hutson Center with sessions ranging from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

    The Junior Power Pack Clinic gives members ages 5-14 years old the opportunity to practice football skills and drills with other Packers backers and a few up-and-coming Packers players.  Parents/Guardians are welcome to come and watch their child/ren participate in the clinic. 

    Members may choose one of three sessions to attend:

    • Session 1 – 8:30 to 10 a.m.
    • Session 2 – 11 to 12:30 p.m.
    • Session 3 – 2 to 3:30 p.m.


    The event will be held inside the Don Hutson Center, the Packers indoor practice facility. Parking for the event is available in the lot on Lambeau Field’s east side near the Oneida Nation Gate.  

    The Junior Power Pack Clinic is a member’s only event and will have a registration fee of $5.

    Deadline to register:

    • New Members – May 11, 2014
    • Current Members – May 18, 2014


    To sign up to become a member of the Junior Power Pack and receive an invitation to the clinic fans can go to www.packers.com/jpp.

     
  • Sat., Jun. 14, 2014 2:30PM CDT Jerry Parins Cruise for Cancer

    The eleventh annual Jerry Parins Cruise for Cancer motorcycle ride will be held, rain or shine, on Saturday, June 14, 2014. The ride will start at Vandervest Harley-Davidson (1966 Velp Avenue, Green Bay) and will make a fun-filled stop at the Seymour Fireman's Picnic, held at the Outagamie County Fairgrounds in Seymour.

    Ride Day Schedule

    • 9-10:30 am: Registration at Vandervest Harley-Davidson, Geen Bay
    • 11 am: Depart Vandervest Harley-Davidson, Green Bay
    • 12 pm: Arrive in Seymour. Enjoy food, beverages, entertainment and a short program.
    • 2:30 pm: Party kicks off at the new South Endzone Festival Foods MVP Deck at Lambeau Field! Guests can access the space by way of the Shopko Gate. See the field and enjoy the atmosphere from this beautiful indoor/outdoor space newly opened and accessed by very few. The party will include silent and live auction, food, beverages, music and merchandise available for purchase.


    More information: http://cruiseforcancer.org/

     

Players

Ryan Pickett
DT #79
Height:
6-2
Weight:
338
Age:
34
College:
Ohio State
Experience:
14

Quick Stats (2013):

TCKL
19
SCK
0.0
FF
0
INT
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Career Stats
SeasonTeamGamesTacklesInterceptionsFumbles
GGSTotalSoloAstSckSFTYPDefIntYdsAvgLngTDsFFFR
TOTAL 557 371 186 9.5 0 29 0 0 -- 0 0 1 2
2013 GB 16 16 19 15 4 0.0 -- 2 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
2012 GB 16 16 51 27 24 0.0 -- 1 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
2011 GB 14 14 33 25 8 0.0 -- 2 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
2010 GB 14 12 32 24 8 1.0 -- 1 -- -- -- -- -- 0 1
2009 GB 13 9 33 22 11 0.0 -- 2 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
2008 GB 16 16 48 26 22 1.5 -- 3 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
2007 GB 14 14 39 28 11 1.0 -- 2 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
2006 GB 16 16 64 31 33 0.0 -- 4 -- -- -- -- -- 0 1
2005 STL 16 16 65 47 18 2.0 -- 3 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
2004 STL 16 16 45 41 4 2.0 -- 2 -- -- -- -- -- 1 --
2003 STL 16 13 42 30 12 1.0 -- 3 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
2002 STL 16 14 67 45 22 0.5 -- 4 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
2001 STL 11 0 19 10 9 0.5 -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
Recent Games
WKOppResultTacklesInterceptionsFumbles
TotalSoloAstSckSFTYPDefIntYdsAvgLngTDsFFFR
1 @SF L 28-34 3 3 0 -- -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
2 WAS W 38-20 -- 0 0 -- -- 1 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
3 @CIN L 30-34 1 1 0 -- -- 1 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
5 DET W 22-9 0 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
6 @BAL W 19-17 1 0 1 -- -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
7 CLE W 31-13 0 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
8 @MIN W 44-31 2 1 1 -- -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
9 CHI L 20-27 2 1 1 -- -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
10 PHI L 13-27 0 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
11 @NYG L 13-27 0 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
12 MIN L 26-26 2 1 1 -- -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
13 @DET L 10-40 1 1 0 -- -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
14 ATL W 22-21 2 2 0 -- -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
15 @DAL W 37-36 2 2 0 -- -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
16 PIT L 31-38 0 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
17 @CHI W 33-28 3 3 0 -- -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --

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Biography

  • Has played in 178 of a possible 192 regular-season games during his 12-year career, missing just nine contests due to injury.
  • Had another productive season in 2012, starting all 16 games for the first time since 2008 and leading the defensive line with 75 tackles (27 solo), his highest total since the team switched to the 3-4 defense in 2009.
  • Key component of Packers’ No. 1-ranked rushing defense in 2009 (franchise-record 83.3 yards allowed per game), the first time in team history that Green Bay led the league in that category.
  • A first-round draft choice (29th overall) in 2001 who turned pro after his junior year at Ohio State, and became a starter in his second season in St. Louis.
  • Came to Green Bay off a career year in 2005, when he led all NFL defensive linemen with 115 tackles, 10 more than former Packers linemate and runner-up Aaron Kampman.
  • An All-American at Zephyrhills (Fla.) High School who did not stay close to home like older brother Booker, who played at Miami (Fla.).


Pro Highlights:

  • Begins his 13th NFL season and eighth in Green Bay as a primary run-stuffer and unsung veteran leader on the defensive line.
  • Has unselfishly rotated between both nose tackle and left defensive end since the Packers’ implementation of the 3-4 alignment in 2009.
  • Was impressively available and reliable during what was his 12th season in 2012, starting all 16 games for the first time since 2008 and ranking fourth on the club with 75 tackles (27 solo), his highest total since ’08.
  • Played more predominantly over the center in 2011, starting all 14 games in which he appeared, leading the defensive line with 54 tackles (24 solo) and adding two passes defensed.
  • Started the first 13 games of the season before suffering a concussion in the Week 14 matchup vs. Oakland (Dec. 11) that forced him to miss the next two games. Returned for the regular-season finale and playoff contest.
  • Played in 14 games with 12 starts in 2010, finishing with 53 tackles (27 solo), a sack, a fumble recovery and a pass defensed.
  • Missed two games in the middle of the season because of an ankle injury, but returned to play the final seven games and all four postseason contests. Worked primarily at LDE in 2010 with B.J. Raji moving into the starting role at NT.
  • Was a key part of the Packers’ No. 1-ranked rushing defense in ’09 (team-record 83.3 yards allowed per game), the first time in franchise annals that Green Bay led the league in run defense. Part of a defense that held opponents to under 90 net rushing yards a league-high 12 times on the season, also a franchise record.
  • Was designated as the team’s franchise player on Feb. 24, 2010, but agreed to a contract extension with the Packers on March 12, 2010.
  • Though many of his contributions don’t always show up on the stat sheet, does have 464 tackles (224 solo) in 103 regular-season games in Green Bay over seven seasons, posting five or more tackles 48 times (52 including playoffs). Now has 872 tackles (419 solo) with 9½ sacks and 34 passes defensed for his career.
  • Battled through hamstring and triceps injuries to start every game in ’08 and has played in 178 of a possible 192 regular-season games during his career, missing just nine contests due to injury.
  • Prior to Week 16 of 2007, had not missed a game since midway through his rookie season, and had not missed a start since Week 4 of 2003.
  • Took over DT Grady Jackson’s old starting job after signing as an unrestricted free agent on March 17, 2006, coming over from St. Louis, where he spent his first five seasons and was a first-round draft choice (29th overall) in 2001, turning pro after his junior year at Ohio State.
  • Came to Green Bay off his best statistical season in 2005, in which he led all of the league’s defensive linemen with 115 tackles, 10 more than runner-up Aaron Kampman. Having appeared in eight playoff games with the Packers, has the experience of playing in 14 postseason contests, including Super Bowl XXXVI while a rookie with St. Louis and Super Bowl XLV in 2010 with Green Bay.


2012 SEASON
: Showed impressive durability by starting all 16 games in the trenches in what was his 12th season…Marked the first time since 2008 that he’d played every game and he was the only Packers DL to do so in 2012…Ranked fourth on the club with 75 tackles (27 solo), his highest total since 2008, which also marked the last season before the defense switched to a 3-4 alignment…Also added a pass defensed…At Seattle (Sept. 24): Turned in an excellent performance, finishing with a season-high-tying 10 tackles (four solo) and helping to spearhead a defense that allowed just 91 yards in the second half and only 238 total yards during the game…At Houston (Oct. 14): Started at NT in the absence an injured Raji (ankle) and appeared on 32 plays, leading a run defense that limited the Texans to just 99 yards on 31 carries (3.2 avg.). Recorded three tackles (two solo) as part of the effort that held Pro Bowl RB Arian Foster to a career-low (min. 15 attempts) 1.7-yard average on 17 carries (29 yards)…Vs. Jacksonville (Oct. 28): Started at LDE with Raji making his return to the lineup. Made seven tackles (two solo) as part of a run defense that limited Jacksonville to just 62 yards on 20 carries (3.1 avg.) during the game…At Detroit (Nov. 18): A recipient of one of the defensive game balls after turning in a well-rounded performance that saw him finish with three tackles (one solo) and a pair of key pressures that resulted in big plays. The first came when he shot between C and RG and flushed QB Matthew Stafford outside the pocket where he was sacked for a 9-yard loss by S Morgan Burnett. The second saw him walk back RG Stephen Peterman into Stafford’s face late in the second quarter, forcing a hurried throw that was intercepted by CB Casey Hayward…Vs. Minnesota (NFC Wild Card, Jan. 5): Started his 11th career postseason contest and appeared on 33 plays, posting three tackles (one solo). All three of his tackles came in the run game, where he and the defensive line set the tone for a unit that allowed standout RB Adrian Peterson just 99 yards on 22 attempts (4.5 avg.), his second-lowest yardage total since Week 7 of the regular season. 

2011: Started all 14 games in which he appeared, leading the defensive line with 54 tackles (24 solo)…Also added two passes defensed…Opened the first 13 games of the season at what was listed as LDE, but played various techniques and was predominantly lined up over the center as one of two defensive linemen in the team’s nickel defense…Suffered a concussion vs. Oakland in Week 14 and was sidelined for the next two games…Returned to open the season finale and divisional playoff game…Vs. New Orleans (Sept. 8): Had a productive day, leading the defensive line with six tackles (two solo) and was part of the swarm at the goal line that stopped RB Mark Ingram’s progress and sealed the win as time expired. On the play, shot underneath RT Zach Strief, clearing a lane for LB Clay Matthews and Burnett to apply the hit to Ingram…At Chicago (Sept. 25): Started and finished with one tackle, but made significant, if not statistically glamorous, contributions, occupying blockers up front as the run defense yielded just 13 yards on 12 carries (1.1 avg.), the fourth-lowest single-game total in franchise history. Lone tackle went for a loss when he lined up over the nose and shed C Roberto Garza, moving laterally down the line of scrimmage to drop RB Matt Forté for a 2-yard loss…At Atlanta (Oct. 9): Posted five tackles (one solo) and was an integral part in helping to limit the effectiveness of standout RB Michael Turner, who finished with 56 yards on his 16 carries (3.5 avg.), including just 20 rushing yards in the second half…At Detroit (Nov. 24): Made four tackles (one solo) and also recorded a pass defensed when he was on the front end of one of the game’s most impactful turnover plays in the second quarter. On the play, lined up at LDE, first engaging a block, but then sliding laterally into a zone coverage where he read Stafford and got his hand on a thrown ball, deflecting it high into the air for Matthews to intercept it. The Green Bay offense would score the game’s first points two plays later…Vs. Oakland (Dec. 11): Finished with four tackles (three solo), but suffered a concussion during the game and did not return...Vs. Detroit (Jan. 1): Returned to the field after missing the previous two games and tallied three tackles (one solo)…Vs. N.Y. Giants (NFC Divisional, Jan. 15): Led the defensive line with seven tackles (three solo, one for loss) and also added a pressure.

2010: Appeared in 14 games with 12 starts at LDE, making the transition to end after working at NT in ’09…Registered 53 tackles (27 solo), a sack, a pass defensed and a fumble recovery…Started all four postseason contests and led the defensive line with 14 tackles (five solo) in the playoffs…At Philadelphia (Sept. 12): Posted four tackles (two solo), seeing significant action as one of only three healthy defensive linemen for the bulk of the game…At Chicago (Sept. 27): Recorded four tackles (one solo), a QB hit and a pass defensed. Helped limit the Bears to just 77 yards rushing, with 37 of those yards coming on three scrambles by QB Jay Cutler…Vs. Detroit (Oct. 3): Registered four tackles (three solo) and a fumble recovery, falling on RB Jahvid Best’s fumble forced by DE Mike Neal in the second quarter. The turnover led to a TE Jermichael Finley TD catch three plays later. The fumble recovery was his first since his first season in Green Bay (at Chicago, Dec. 31, 2006)…At Washington (Oct. 10): Started, but sustained a sprained ankle on the Redskins’ second play from scrimmage. Did not return, and was inactive the following week vs. Miami (Oct. 17)…Vs. Minnesota (Oct. 24): Returned to the starting lineup, but aggravated the injury seven plays into the game and did not return. Sidelined once more the next week at the N.Y. Jets (Oct. 31) and re-aggravated the ankle again vs. Dallas (Nov. 7)…At Minnesota (Nov. 21): After bye week, returned to the field and had a pair of tackles (one solo)… At Detroit (Dec. 12): Recorded a season-high 10 tackles (seven solo), his highest total since posting a career-high 12 at Seattle (Nov. 27, 2006). Forced QB Drew Stanton out of bounds for a 2-yard sack late in the first half…Vs. N.Y. Giants (Dec. 26): Registered five tackles (one solo) as the defense limited the Giants to just 90 yards on 21 carries, one of only three times on the season that New York didn’t rush for 100 yards…At Chicago (NFC Championship, Jan. 23): Recorded five tackles (two solo) as the unit limited the Bears to just 83 yards rushing and a 7.7 conversion rate (1 of 13) on third down…Vs. Pittsburgh (Super Bowl XLV, Feb. 6): Finished with four tackles (two solo) while also having a hand in one of the game’s biggest plays with the Steelers trailing 21-17 but in Green Bay territory. On the first play of the fourth quarter, slipped inside of pulling C Doug Legursky and dove into RB Rashard Mendenhall’s left hip. Matthews converged on the right side, jarring the ball loose, and the fumble was recovered by LB Desmond Bishop. The Packers would score a TD eight plays later to extend their lead to 28-17.

2009: Played in 13 games with nine starts at NT; only non-starts came when team opened up in nickel…Also played in team’s playoff contest…Part of top-ranked rushing defense in the NFL (a franchise-best 83.3 yards per game), the first time in franchise history that the team was No. 1 against the run…Posted 47 tackles (25 solo) and a pass defensed…Inactive for three games late in the season due to a hamstring injury…At St. Louis (Sept. 27): Led the line with six tackles (two solo), including a stop of RB Steven Jackson for a 2-yard loss on first-quarter run…At Minnesota (Oct. 5): Didn’t start as team opened in nickel, but led the defensive line with season-high seven tackles (six solo). Helped limit Peterson to just 55 yards on 25 carries (2.2 avg.)…Vs. Minnesota (Nov. 1): Led the line with seven tackles (five solo) to match his career high. Along with LB A.J. Hawk, stopped Peterson for a 1-yard loss on fourth-and-1 from Green Bay’s 7 midway through the second quarter…Vs. Baltimore (Dec. 7): Posted four tackles (two solo) and a QB hit, but sustained a hamstring injury with under nine minutes remaining in the game and did not return. Injury would go on to sideline him for three of final four regular-season games…At Arizona (NFC Wild Card, Jan. 10): Didn’t start as team opened in nickel, but registered two tackles (one solo).

2008: Started all 16 games for the fourth time in five seasons, opening up every game at LDT…Was third on the defensive line with 81 tackles (38 solo), the sixth time in his career he posted 80-plus stops...Tied for lead on the line with five passes defensed...Posted 1½ sacks, his most in a single season as a Packer…Vs. Minnesota (Sept. 8): Returned to the starting lineup after missing entire preseason with hamstring injury suffered just prior to the start of training camp...Vs. Atlanta (Oct. 5): Led defensive line with seven tackles (four solo), including a stop of Turner for a 3-yard loss in the first quarter…At Seattle (Oct. 12): Registered three tackles (one solo), but left game midway through third quarter with triceps injury and did not return…Vs. Indianapolis (Oct. 19): Started after being limited all week in practice with triceps injury, which required a harness for protection during game. Registered three tackles (one solo) and batted down a QB Peyton Manning pass on third down in the second quarter to force a Colts punt…At Tennessee (Nov. 2): Finished second on the defensive line with seven tackles (five solo), registered his first sack of the season when he brought down QB Kerry Collins for a 4-yard loss early in the third quarter, and batted down a Collins pass intended for TE Bo Scaife in overtime...Vs. Houston (Dec. 7): Tied for lead on defensive line with a season-high nine tackles (two solo)…At Chicago (Dec. 22): Shared a sack of QB Kyle Orton in the third quarter with DE Michael Montgomery for a 4-yard loss on third down. Tied for lead on the defensive line with seven tackles (five solo).

2007: Started 14 games, plus both playoff contests, recording 63 tackles (38 solo), with one sack and one pass defensed…Inactive for final two regular-season games with a groin injury, snapping a string of 74 consecutive starts (77 including playoffs) dating back to early 2003 and 101 straight games played (107 including playoffs) dating back to midway through his rookie season…Didn’t even miss the preseason opener, having arrived in Pittsburgh (Aug. 11) the morning of the game following the birth of his son, Ryan Jr. …At Minnesota (Sept. 30): Made his first sack of the season and first as a Packer, felling QB Kelly Holcomb for a 6-yard loss in fourth quarter; made a season-high seven total tackles (six solo)…At Denver (Oct. 29): With time running out, stopped Cutler for no gain at the Green Bay 4-yard line on a QB draw. Denver was forced to kick a FG that tied the score 13-13 and led to an OT period; QB Brett Favre connected with WR Greg Jennings on the first play for an 82-yard score and the victory…At St. Louis (Dec. 16): Made six tackles (one solo) but missed a good part of the second half after suffering a groin injury and then missed the next two games…Vs. Seattle (NFC Divisional, Jan. 12): Returned to the starting lineup for the postseason and made six tackles (four solo), including stop of RB Shaun Alexander for a 1-yard loss in third quarter.

2006: An unrestricted free agent signed from St. Louis, he started all 16 games in his first year with the Packers and was often called the most consistent defensive lineman by the team’s coaches…Collected 92 tackles (45 solo), one fumble recovery and a career-best seven passes defensed…Was held to fewer than five tackles just four times all season and had six or more on eight occasions…At Philadelphia (Oct. 2): Played in spite of an ankle injury suffered the week prior at Detroit…At Seattle (Nov. 27): Tied a regular-season career high with 12 tackles (six solo), including three for loss. Also helped to end the Seahawks’ first possession by tipping a pass that was intercepted by CB Charles Woodson, setting up a Packers TD…Vs. N.Y. Jets (Dec. 3): Combined with LB Nick Barnett to stop RB Cedric Houston for minus-1 yard; on the next play, nearly intercepted a pass, his sixth pass breakup of the year…At Chicago (Dec. 31): Recovered a QB Rex Grossman fumble, his first career fumble recovery.

2005: Assembled the finest season statistically in his NFL career in his final year in St. Louis…Started all 16 games for a second straight season and posted a career-high 115 tackles (61 solo), which led all NFL defensive linemen…Also tied his career high with two sacks…At Arizona (Sept. 18): Teamed with DE Leonard Little to share a fourth-quarter sack of QB Kurt Warner…Vs. New Orleans (Oct. 23): Led team in tackles with 11 (five solo)…Vs. Jacksonville (Oct. 30): Led team in tackles for second straight week with nine (six solo) and shared a sack of QB Byron Leftwich with LB Chris Claiborne…At Houston (Nov. 27): Got a sack of his own, dropping QB David Carr on a key third down to force the Texans to settle for a FG in the Rams’ eventual 33-27 win…Vs. Washington (Dec. 4): Tied his career high with 12 tackles (six solo).                 

2004: Started all 16 regular-season contests and two playoff games, finishing with 81 tackles (36 solo) and two sacks, and playing his best football late in the year and into the postseason…Led the team in tackles twice and led or tied for tackle lead among defensive linemen on three other occasions, all in final month of regular season and playoffs…At Carolina (Dec. 12): Led team in tackles with 11 (five solo), one shy of regular-season career high…Vs. N.Y. Jets (Jan. 2): Posted 10 tackles (five solo), including a sack of QB Chad Pennington in OT of regular-season finale…At Atlanta (NFC Divisional, Jan. 15): Established postseason high of 13 tackles (seven solo), surpassing his regular-season best by one.                   

2003: Started 13 games at NT and finished with 74 tackles (26 solo) and one sack…At Chicago (Nov. 16): Recorded a season-high 10 tackles (two solo)…Vs. Carolina (NFC Divisional, Jan. 10): Had seven tackles (four solo), the seventh time on the season (six times in the regular season) he posted seven or more.

2002: Started 14 games at LDT and turned in breakout year with 107 stops (59 solo) to lead St. Louis’ defensive line and finish second on the team…His six tackles for loss also were second on the Rams…At Denver (Sept. 8): Made his first career start in the season opener, leading the defensive line with 10 tackles (four solo) and getting a half-sack of QB Brian Griese…At Washington (Nov. 24): Reached double figures in tackles again with 10 stops (four solo)…At Philadelphia (Dec. 1): Established regular-season career high with 12 tackles (five solo).

2001: Took a reserve role on the defensive line and played special teams…Saw action in 11 regular-season and three postseason contests, making 24 stops (10 solo) with a halfsack…At Atlanta (Dec 2): Tallied five tackles (four solo), his rookie high…At Carolina (Dec. 23): Matched rookie best with five stops (one solo)…Vs. New England (Super Bowl XXXVI, Feb. 3): Posted two assisted tackles in Super Bowl loss to Patriots…2001 Draft: Selected after his junior season by St. Louis Rams as the third of three first-round selections (29th overall). First Ohio State defensive lineman picked in the first round since Dan Wilkinson was selected first overall by Cincinnati in ’94.

COLLEGE: A three-year starter at Ohio State (1998-2000), he played both DT positions…Totaled 109 tackles (72 solo), eight sacks and 20 stops for loss in 37 career games…Majored in general studies…Junior season (2000): Played LDT and had 39 tackles (21 solo), three sacks and two forced fumbles…Sophomore season (1999): Started every game at RDT and was named All-Big Ten honorable mention with a career-high 48 tackles (34 solo) and three sacks…Freshman season (1998): Played in every game and started the final nine contests at RDT, with 22 stops (17 solo), two sacks, and five tackles for loss.

PERSONAL: Given name Ryan Lamont Pickett…Last name is pronounced PICK-ett...Nicknamed “Big Grease”…Born in Zephyrhills, Fla. …Married to Jennifer; the couple has four daughters, Esther, 9, Abigail, 8, and Lydia, 5, and Phebe, 1, and two sons, Ryan Jr., 6, and Caleb, 2…Older brother, Booker, played football at the University of Miami (Fla.)…High school: A consensus All-America selection and all-state player at Zephyrhills (Fla.) High School, he recorded 119 tackles and seven sacks as a senior…Named one of top 25 players in the nation by the National Recruiting Advisor…Community involvement: With his wife, partnered with Acts 1:8 Ministries to start the Tackle a Tower program in 2008, donating resources with each tackle he records to help build water towers in Ugandan villages and spread word of the Gospel to the local people...Thus far the program has helped build more than 50 water towers in Uganda, with a goal of more than 100…Also spoke to a group of troops in San Diego before their deployment to Afghanistan…Participated in the All-Pro Dad program, sharing pointers with other fathers, and the annual Families of Children with Cancer holiday party, playing games and singing songs with kids…Also served as a celebrity chef for the Big Brothers Big Sisters annual Taste of the Town event the past two years and has participated in dinners to benefit the Donald Driver Foundation…Traveled to Los Angeles during the spring of 2012 for a taping of Dancing with the Stars, supporting teammate and eventual competition champion Driver...Hosted the first annual Ryan Pickett Celebrity Golf Classic at Barona Creek Golf Club in Lakeside, Calif., in June 2013...Hobbies/interests: Enjoys playing with his kids, reading the Bible, watching movies and playing golf…Residence: De Pere, Wis.

  • Has played in 178 of a possible 192 regular-season games during his 12-year career, missing just nine contests due to injury.
  • Had another productive season in 2012, starting all 16 games for the first time since 2008 and leading the defensive line with 75 tackles (27 solo), his highest total since the team switched to the 3-4 defense in 2009.
  • Key component of Packers’ No. 1-ranked rushing defense in 2009 (franchise-record 83.3 yards allowed per game), the first time in team history that Green Bay led the league in that category.
  • A first-round draft choice (29th overall) in 2001 who turned pro after his junior year at Ohio State, and became a starter in his second season in St. Louis.
  • Came to Green Bay off a career year in 2005, when he led all NFL defensive linemen with 115 tackles, 10 more than former Packers linemate and runner-up Aaron Kampman.
  • An All-American at Zephyrhills (Fla.) High School who did not stay close to home like older brother Booker, who played at Miami (Fla.).


Pro Highlights:

  • Begins his 13th NFL season and eighth in Green Bay as a primary run-stuffer and unsung veteran leader on the defensive line.
  • Has unselfishly rotated between both nose tackle and left defensive end since the Packers’ implementation of the 3-4 alignment in 2009.
  • Was impressively available and reliable during what was his 12th season in 2012, starting all 16 games for the first time since 2008 and ranking fourth on the club with 75 tackles (27 solo), his highest total since ’08.
  • Played more predominantly over the center in 2011, starting all 14 games in which he appeared, leading the defensive line with 54 tackles (24 solo) and adding two passes defensed.
  • Started the first 13 games of the season before suffering a concussion in the Week 14 matchup vs. Oakland (Dec. 11) that forced him to miss the next two games. Returned for the regular-season finale and playoff contest.
  • Played in 14 games with 12 starts in 2010, finishing with 53 tackles (27 solo), a sack, a fumble recovery and a pass defensed.
  • Missed two games in the middle of the season because of an ankle injury, but returned to play the final seven games and all four postseason contests. Worked primarily at LDE in 2010 with B.J. Raji moving into the starting role at NT.
  • Was a key part of the Packers’ No. 1-ranked rushing defense in ’09 (team-record 83.3 yards allowed per game), the first time in franchise annals that Green Bay led the league in run defense. Part of a defense that held opponents to under 90 net rushing yards a league-high 12 times on the season, also a franchise record.
  • Was designated as the team’s franchise player on Feb. 24, 2010, but agreed to a contract extension with the Packers on March 12, 2010.
  • Though many of his contributions don’t always show up on the stat sheet, does have 464 tackles (224 solo) in 103 regular-season games in Green Bay over seven seasons, posting five or more tackles 48 times (52 including playoffs). Now has 872 tackles (419 solo) with 9½ sacks and 34 passes defensed for his career.
  • Battled through hamstring and triceps injuries to start every game in ’08 and has played in 178 of a possible 192 regular-season games during his career, missing just nine contests due to injury.
  • Prior to Week 16 of 2007, had not missed a game since midway through his rookie season, and had not missed a start since Week 4 of 2003.
  • Took over DT Grady Jackson’s old starting job after signing as an unrestricted free agent on March 17, 2006, coming over from St. Louis, where he spent his first five seasons and was a first-round draft choice (29th overall) in 2001, turning pro after his junior year at Ohio State.
  • Came to Green Bay off his best statistical season in 2005, in which he led all of the league’s defensive linemen with 115 tackles, 10 more than runner-up Aaron Kampman. Having appeared in eight playoff games with the Packers, has the experience of playing in 14 postseason contests, including Super Bowl XXXVI while a rookie with St. Louis and Super Bowl XLV in 2010 with Green Bay.


2012 SEASON
: Showed impressive durability by starting all 16 games in the trenches in what was his 12th season…Marked the first time since 2008 that he’d played every game and he was the only Packers DL to do so in 2012…Ranked fourth on the club with 75 tackles (27 solo), his highest total since 2008, which also marked the last season before the defense switched to a 3-4 alignment…Also added a pass defensed…At Seattle (Sept. 24): Turned in an excellent performance, finishing with a season-high-tying 10 tackles (four solo) and helping to spearhead a defense that allowed just 91 yards in the second half and only 238 total yards during the game…At Houston (Oct. 14): Started at NT in the absence an injured Raji (ankle) and appeared on 32 plays, leading a run defense that limited the Texans to just 99 yards on 31 carries (3.2 avg.). Recorded three tackles (two solo) as part of the effort that held Pro Bowl RB Arian Foster to a career-low (min. 15 attempts) 1.7-yard average on 17 carries (29 yards)…Vs. Jacksonville (Oct. 28): Started at LDE with Raji making his return to the lineup. Made seven tackles (two solo) as part of a run defense that limited Jacksonville to just 62 yards on 20 carries (3.1 avg.) during the game…At Detroit (Nov. 18): A recipient of one of the defensive game balls after turning in a well-rounded performance that saw him finish with three tackles (one solo) and a pair of key pressures that resulted in big plays. The first came when he shot between C and RG and flushed QB Matthew Stafford outside the pocket where he was sacked for a 9-yard loss by S Morgan Burnett. The second saw him walk back RG Stephen Peterman into Stafford’s face late in the second quarter, forcing a hurried throw that was intercepted by CB Casey Hayward…Vs. Minnesota (NFC Wild Card, Jan. 5): Started his 11th career postseason contest and appeared on 33 plays, posting three tackles (one solo). All three of his tackles came in the run game, where he and the defensive line set the tone for a unit that allowed standout RB Adrian Peterson just 99 yards on 22 attempts (4.5 avg.), his second-lowest yardage total since Week 7 of the regular season. 

2011: Started all 14 games in which he appeared, leading the defensive line with 54 tackles (24 solo)…Also added two passes defensed…Opened the first 13 games of the season at what was listed as LDE, but played various techniques and was predominantly lined up over the center as one of two defensive linemen in the team’s nickel defense…Suffered a concussion vs. Oakland in Week 14 and was sidelined for the next two games…Returned to open the season finale and divisional playoff game…Vs. New Orleans (Sept. 8): Had a productive day, leading the defensive line with six tackles (two solo) and was part of the swarm at the goal line that stopped RB Mark Ingram’s progress and sealed the win as time expired. On the play, shot underneath RT Zach Strief, clearing a lane for LB Clay Matthews and Burnett to apply the hit to Ingram…At Chicago (Sept. 25): Started and finished with one tackle, but made significant, if not statistically glamorous, contributions, occupying blockers up front as the run defense yielded just 13 yards on 12 carries (1.1 avg.), the fourth-lowest single-game total in franchise history. Lone tackle went for a loss when he lined up over the nose and shed C Roberto Garza, moving laterally down the line of scrimmage to drop RB Matt Forté for a 2-yard loss…At Atlanta (Oct. 9): Posted five tackles (one solo) and was an integral part in helping to limit the effectiveness of standout RB Michael Turner, who finished with 56 yards on his 16 carries (3.5 avg.), including just 20 rushing yards in the second half…At Detroit (Nov. 24): Made four tackles (one solo) and also recorded a pass defensed when he was on the front end of one of the game’s most impactful turnover plays in the second quarter. On the play, lined up at LDE, first engaging a block, but then sliding laterally into a zone coverage where he read Stafford and got his hand on a thrown ball, deflecting it high into the air for Matthews to intercept it. The Green Bay offense would score the game’s first points two plays later…Vs. Oakland (Dec. 11): Finished with four tackles (three solo), but suffered a concussion during the game and did not return...Vs. Detroit (Jan. 1): Returned to the field after missing the previous two games and tallied three tackles (one solo)…Vs. N.Y. Giants (NFC Divisional, Jan. 15): Led the defensive line with seven tackles (three solo, one for loss) and also added a pressure.

2010: Appeared in 14 games with 12 starts at LDE, making the transition to end after working at NT in ’09…Registered 53 tackles (27 solo), a sack, a pass defensed and a fumble recovery…Started all four postseason contests and led the defensive line with 14 tackles (five solo) in the playoffs…At Philadelphia (Sept. 12): Posted four tackles (two solo), seeing significant action as one of only three healthy defensive linemen for the bulk of the game…At Chicago (Sept. 27): Recorded four tackles (one solo), a QB hit and a pass defensed. Helped limit the Bears to just 77 yards rushing, with 37 of those yards coming on three scrambles by QB Jay Cutler…Vs. Detroit (Oct. 3): Registered four tackles (three solo) and a fumble recovery, falling on RB Jahvid Best’s fumble forced by DE Mike Neal in the second quarter. The turnover led to a TE Jermichael Finley TD catch three plays later. The fumble recovery was his first since his first season in Green Bay (at Chicago, Dec. 31, 2006)…At Washington (Oct. 10): Started, but sustained a sprained ankle on the Redskins’ second play from scrimmage. Did not return, and was inactive the following week vs. Miami (Oct. 17)…Vs. Minnesota (Oct. 24): Returned to the starting lineup, but aggravated the injury seven plays into the game and did not return. Sidelined once more the next week at the N.Y. Jets (Oct. 31) and re-aggravated the ankle again vs. Dallas (Nov. 7)…At Minnesota (Nov. 21): After bye week, returned to the field and had a pair of tackles (one solo)… At Detroit (Dec. 12): Recorded a season-high 10 tackles (seven solo), his highest total since posting a career-high 12 at Seattle (Nov. 27, 2006). Forced QB Drew Stanton out of bounds for a 2-yard sack late in the first half…Vs. N.Y. Giants (Dec. 26): Registered five tackles (one solo) as the defense limited the Giants to just 90 yards on 21 carries, one of only three times on the season that New York didn’t rush for 100 yards…At Chicago (NFC Championship, Jan. 23): Recorded five tackles (two solo) as the unit limited the Bears to just 83 yards rushing and a 7.7 conversion rate (1 of 13) on third down…Vs. Pittsburgh (Super Bowl XLV, Feb. 6): Finished with four tackles (two solo) while also having a hand in one of the game’s biggest plays with the Steelers trailing 21-17 but in Green Bay territory. On the first play of the fourth quarter, slipped inside of pulling C Doug Legursky and dove into RB Rashard Mendenhall’s left hip. Matthews converged on the right side, jarring the ball loose, and the fumble was recovered by LB Desmond Bishop. The Packers would score a TD eight plays later to extend their lead to 28-17.

2009: Played in 13 games with nine starts at NT; only non-starts came when team opened up in nickel…Also played in team’s playoff contest…Part of top-ranked rushing defense in the NFL (a franchise-best 83.3 yards per game), the first time in franchise history that the team was No. 1 against the run…Posted 47 tackles (25 solo) and a pass defensed…Inactive for three games late in the season due to a hamstring injury…At St. Louis (Sept. 27): Led the line with six tackles (two solo), including a stop of RB Steven Jackson for a 2-yard loss on first-quarter run…At Minnesota (Oct. 5): Didn’t start as team opened in nickel, but led the defensive line with season-high seven tackles (six solo). Helped limit Peterson to just 55 yards on 25 carries (2.2 avg.)…Vs. Minnesota (Nov. 1): Led the line with seven tackles (five solo) to match his career high. Along with LB A.J. Hawk, stopped Peterson for a 1-yard loss on fourth-and-1 from Green Bay’s 7 midway through the second quarter…Vs. Baltimore (Dec. 7): Posted four tackles (two solo) and a QB hit, but sustained a hamstring injury with under nine minutes remaining in the game and did not return. Injury would go on to sideline him for three of final four regular-season games…At Arizona (NFC Wild Card, Jan. 10): Didn’t start as team opened in nickel, but registered two tackles (one solo).

2008: Started all 16 games for the fourth time in five seasons, opening up every game at LDT…Was third on the defensive line with 81 tackles (38 solo), the sixth time in his career he posted 80-plus stops...Tied for lead on the line with five passes defensed...Posted 1½ sacks, his most in a single season as a Packer…Vs. Minnesota (Sept. 8): Returned to the starting lineup after missing entire preseason with hamstring injury suffered just prior to the start of training camp...Vs. Atlanta (Oct. 5): Led defensive line with seven tackles (four solo), including a stop of Turner for a 3-yard loss in the first quarter…At Seattle (Oct. 12): Registered three tackles (one solo), but left game midway through third quarter with triceps injury and did not return…Vs. Indianapolis (Oct. 19): Started after being limited all week in practice with triceps injury, which required a harness for protection during game. Registered three tackles (one solo) and batted down a QB Peyton Manning pass on third down in the second quarter to force a Colts punt…At Tennessee (Nov. 2): Finished second on the defensive line with seven tackles (five solo), registered his first sack of the season when he brought down QB Kerry Collins for a 4-yard loss early in the third quarter, and batted down a Collins pass intended for TE Bo Scaife in overtime...Vs. Houston (Dec. 7): Tied for lead on defensive line with a season-high nine tackles (two solo)…At Chicago (Dec. 22): Shared a sack of QB Kyle Orton in the third quarter with DE Michael Montgomery for a 4-yard loss on third down. Tied for lead on the defensive line with seven tackles (five solo).

2007: Started 14 games, plus both playoff contests, recording 63 tackles (38 solo), with one sack and one pass defensed…Inactive for final two regular-season games with a groin injury, snapping a string of 74 consecutive starts (77 including playoffs) dating back to early 2003 and 101 straight games played (107 including playoffs) dating back to midway through his rookie season…Didn’t even miss the preseason opener, having arrived in Pittsburgh (Aug. 11) the morning of the game following the birth of his son, Ryan Jr. …At Minnesota (Sept. 30): Made his first sack of the season and first as a Packer, felling QB Kelly Holcomb for a 6-yard loss in fourth quarter; made a season-high seven total tackles (six solo)…At Denver (Oct. 29): With time running out, stopped Cutler for no gain at the Green Bay 4-yard line on a QB draw. Denver was forced to kick a FG that tied the score 13-13 and led to an OT period; QB Brett Favre connected with WR Greg Jennings on the first play for an 82-yard score and the victory…At St. Louis (Dec. 16): Made six tackles (one solo) but missed a good part of the second half after suffering a groin injury and then missed the next two games…Vs. Seattle (NFC Divisional, Jan. 12): Returned to the starting lineup for the postseason and made six tackles (four solo), including stop of RB Shaun Alexander for a 1-yard loss in third quarter.

2006: An unrestricted free agent signed from St. Louis, he started all 16 games in his first year with the Packers and was often called the most consistent defensive lineman by the team’s coaches…Collected 92 tackles (45 solo), one fumble recovery and a career-best seven passes defensed…Was held to fewer than five tackles just four times all season and had six or more on eight occasions…At Philadelphia (Oct. 2): Played in spite of an ankle injury suffered the week prior at Detroit…At Seattle (Nov. 27): Tied a regular-season career high with 12 tackles (six solo), including three for loss. Also helped to end the Seahawks’ first possession by tipping a pass that was intercepted by CB Charles Woodson, setting up a Packers TD…Vs. N.Y. Jets (Dec. 3): Combined with LB Nick Barnett to stop RB Cedric Houston for minus-1 yard; on the next play, nearly intercepted a pass, his sixth pass breakup of the year…At Chicago (Dec. 31): Recovered a QB Rex Grossman fumble, his first career fumble recovery.

2005: Assembled the finest season statistically in his NFL career in his final year in St. Louis…Started all 16 games for a second straight season and posted a career-high 115 tackles (61 solo), which led all NFL defensive linemen…Also tied his career high with two sacks…At Arizona (Sept. 18): Teamed with DE Leonard Little to share a fourth-quarter sack of QB Kurt Warner…Vs. New Orleans (Oct. 23): Led team in tackles with 11 (five solo)…Vs. Jacksonville (Oct. 30): Led team in tackles for second straight week with nine (six solo) and shared a sack of QB Byron Leftwich with LB Chris Claiborne…At Houston (Nov. 27): Got a sack of his own, dropping QB David Carr on a key third down to force the Texans to settle for a FG in the Rams’ eventual 33-27 win…Vs. Washington (Dec. 4): Tied his career high with 12 tackles (six solo).                 

2004: Started all 16 regular-season contests and two playoff games, finishing with 81 tackles (36 solo) and two sacks, and playing his best football late in the year and into the postseason…Led the team in tackles twice and led or tied for tackle lead among defensive linemen on three other occasions, all in final month of regular season and playoffs…At Carolina (Dec. 12): Led team in tackles with 11 (five solo), one shy of regular-season career high…Vs. N.Y. Jets (Jan. 2): Posted 10 tackles (five solo), including a sack of QB Chad Pennington in OT of regular-season finale…At Atlanta (NFC Divisional, Jan. 15): Established postseason high of 13 tackles (seven solo), surpassing his regular-season best by one.                   

2003: Started 13 games at NT and finished with 74 tackles (26 solo) and one sack…At Chicago (Nov. 16): Recorded a season-high 10 tackles (two solo)…Vs. Carolina (NFC Divisional, Jan. 10): Had seven tackles (four solo), the seventh time on the season (six times in the regular season) he posted seven or more.

2002: Started 14 games at LDT and turned in breakout year with 107 stops (59 solo) to lead St. Louis’ defensive line and finish second on the team…His six tackles for loss also were second on the Rams…At Denver (Sept. 8): Made his first career start in the season opener, leading the defensive line with 10 tackles (four solo) and getting a half-sack of QB Brian Griese…At Washington (Nov. 24): Reached double figures in tackles again with 10 stops (four solo)…At Philadelphia (Dec. 1): Established regular-season career high with 12 tackles (five solo).

2001: Took a reserve role on the defensive line and played special teams…Saw action in 11 regular-season and three postseason contests, making 24 stops (10 solo) with a halfsack…At Atlanta (Dec 2): Tallied five tackles (four solo), his rookie high…At Carolina (Dec. 23): Matched rookie best with five stops (one solo)…Vs. New England (Super Bowl XXXVI, Feb. 3): Posted two assisted tackles in Super Bowl loss to Patriots…2001 Draft: Selected after his junior season by St. Louis Rams as the third of three first-round selections (29th overall). First Ohio State defensive lineman picked in the first round since Dan Wilkinson was selected first overall by Cincinnati in ’94.

COLLEGE: A three-year starter at Ohio State (1998-2000), he played both DT positions…Totaled 109 tackles (72 solo), eight sacks and 20 stops for loss in 37 career games…Majored in general studies…Junior season (2000): Played LDT and had 39 tackles (21 solo), three sacks and two forced fumbles…Sophomore season (1999): Started every game at RDT and was named All-Big Ten honorable mention with a career-high 48 tackles (34 solo) and three sacks…Freshman season (1998): Played in every game and started the final nine contests at RDT, with 22 stops (17 solo), two sacks, and five tackles for loss.

PERSONAL: Given name Ryan Lamont Pickett…Last name is pronounced PICK-ett...Nicknamed “Big Grease”…Born in Zephyrhills, Fla. …Married to Jennifer; the couple has four daughters, Esther, 9, Abigail, 8, and Lydia, 5, and Phebe, 1, and two sons, Ryan Jr., 6, and Caleb, 2…Older brother, Booker, played football at the University of Miami (Fla.)…High school: A consensus All-America selection and all-state player at Zephyrhills (Fla.) High School, he recorded 119 tackles and seven sacks as a senior…Named one of top 25 players in the nation by the National Recruiting Advisor…Community involvement: With his wife, partnered with Acts 1:8 Ministries to start the Tackle a Tower program in 2008, donating resources with each tackle he records to help build water towers in Ugandan villages and spread word of the Gospel to the local people...Thus far the program has helped build more than 50 water towers in Uganda, with a goal of more than 100…Also spoke to a group of troops in San Diego before their deployment to Afghanistan…Participated in the All-Pro Dad program, sharing pointers with other fathers, and the annual Families of Children with Cancer holiday party, playing games and singing songs with kids…Also served as a celebrity chef for the Big Brothers Big Sisters annual Taste of the Town event the past two years and has participated in dinners to benefit the Donald Driver Foundation…Traveled to Los Angeles during the spring of 2012 for a taping of Dancing with the Stars, supporting teammate and eventual competition champion Driver...Hosted the first annual Ryan Pickett Celebrity Golf Classic at Barona Creek Golf Club in Lakeside, Calif., in June 2013...Hobbies/interests: Enjoys playing with his kids, reading the Bible, watching movies and playing golf…Residence: De Pere, Wis.

 

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