Green Bay Packers linebacker Erik Walden finished with a team-high 11 tackles and his first two career sacks en route to the team’s 10-3 win over the Chicago Bears, earning selection as the Packers Hall of Fame Featured Player of the Week. The exhibit contains memorabilia from the game, including a game ball autographed by Walden.
Walden’s first sack came late in the second quarter with Chicago facing third-and-goal from the 4-yard line. After beating left tackle Frank Omiyale around the edge, Walden made the sack on Jay Cutler for an 8-yard loss, forcing a field goal. Late in the third quarter Walden broke through the middle on a delayed blitz to take down Cutler for an 11-yard loss, forcing Chicago to punt.
Walden’s two sacks contributed to the defense’s six total in the game, tying the Packers’ season high. His performance Sunday topped the career-high nine stops he recorded at New England.
Each week, new items from the previous weekend’s game will be placed in the display to be viewed by visitors to the Hall. Included among the items will be the autographed game ball, which at the end of the week will be awarded randomly to a Hall of Fame visitor who signed up for the free drawing.
Also in the exhibit will be the featured player’s jersey, as well as other potential items such as a face mask, shoes, gloves and other equipment.
The winners of game balls thus far have been Kimberly Ruffolo, Lake In The Hills, Ill. (Week 1, Clay Matthews). Stan Martin, Avondale, Ariz. (Week 2, Jermichael Finley); Amy Johnson, St. Peters, Mo. (Week 3, Aaron Rodgers); Emma Jeffers, Manitowoc, Wis. (Week 4, Charles Woodson); Randy Kraft, Devils Lake, N.D. (Week 5, Brandon Jackson); David Morris, Clifton Forge, Va. (Week 6, Greg Jennings); Brian Schaible, Roanoke, Texas (Week 7, Desmond Bishop); Rebecca Tester, Indian Head, Md. (Week 8, Tramon Williams); Dan Wade, Baraboo, Wis. (Week 9, James Jones); John Burrows, Hinsdale, Mass. (Week 11, Greg Jennings); Dustin Phillips, Glasgow, Kent. (Week 12, Aaron Rodgers); Caleb Bradish, Candler, NC (Week 13, Donald Driver); Brian Kempke, West Bend, Wis. (Week 14, Charlie Peprah); Sally Hanson, Anaheim, Calif. (Week 15, Matt Flynn); and Mark Hauptman, Omaha, Neb. (Week 16, Aaron Rodgers).
The exhibit will continue through the season. Hall of Fame admission is required to see the exhibit, and visitors are able to fill out a raffle form for a chance to win the ball. One raffle ticket will be distributed per each paid admission. Raffle winners will be selected at close of business Saturday and be notified on or before the following Monday.
The featured player will be selected after each game and Packers.com will feature a photo of the display at the beginning of each week.