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Green Bay Packers Head Coach Matt LaFleur has established a Minority Coaching Fellowship. The program is a first for the organization and it's designed to assist aspiring minority coaches who want to embark on that career path. It's a full-time year-long position on the Packers coaching staff.
His first fellow is no stranger to the Packers, or to LaFleur. Former wide receiver Ruvell Martin was named as LaFleur's first fellowship recipient. Martin was an undrafted free agent out of Saginaw Valley State in 2004, after catching passes from Saginaw's quarterback at the time, Matt LaFleur. After failing to make San Diego's roster as a rookie, Martin played in NFL Europe helping Amsterdam to that league's title in 2005.He was then signed by the Packers where he spent three years developing a close relationship with Aaron Rodgers as scout team partners working against Green Bay's number one defense.
Martin caught 52 passes for 749 yards and six touchdowns between 2006 and 2008 before moving on to finish his career with the St. Louis Rams, Seattle Seahawks and Buffalo Bills before he retired after the 2012 season.
Martin will work with the offense and wide receivers during his year-long Fellowship with the Packers.
I’ve got Green and Gold in my blood having grown up in Titletown and it’s been a treat watching and covering sports from the Packers to the preps for you in Green Bay for Midwest Communications. As a kid, I chased Packer players for autographs, I’m still chasing ‘em now for quotes on the big play or big game. I’ve had the opportunity to cover Super Bowls, the World Series, Stanley Cup Finals, NBA playoffs and major championship golf over the years but I get just as much enjoyment following the college scene at UWGB or St. Norbert, the Green Bay Gamblers and high school sports. Our prep coverage was honored as the best of 2007 reinforcing our commitment to give these hard working boys and girls their due. My work has also been recognized by the Associated Press and Wisconsin Broadcasters Association with several achievement awards. Outside of the studio, off the field or away from the gym, I’ve had the pleasure of helping dozens of organizations over the years. I’ve served as race announcer and master of ceremonies at the Bellin Run almost from it’s beginning, spoken to various service clubs and hosted charity golf events or team banquets. My wife Kari and I have raised two active children which has kept us involved in both school and club athletics for nearly 15 years. Chances are you’ll see me on a golf course when the weather’s nice. My roots are deep and that’s why I’m so enthusiastic about this area’s sporting scene, and as I often say, “Watching kids play games helps keep me young!” Thanks for listening and see you at the game.