GREEN BAY, Wis. - Eddie Lacy has always wanted to give back to his family, one that was displaced by Hurricane Katrina. Arriving in Green Bay for this weekend's rookie orientation camp, Lacy has achieved his goal of playing in the NFL.
"It pretty much showed me and my family that we can get through anything, after that we were pretty much at our worse. We were able to pick everything back up and go with the little bit we had. And I was able to overcome it along with my family and now we're here," said Lacy before Friday's practice.
Green Bay turned to Lacy during the second round of the 2013 NFL Draft, hoping the Alabama running back can add some much needed spark to a rush game that has struggled in recent years.
"Just the fact that the defense won't be able to stack the box up because we have a great quarterback and we have great weapons on the outside and it leaves a lot of room for the running back to run through the middle."
The 61st overall pick knows though that he will have to earn his opportunities with a crowded backfield of veterans with playing experience as well as fellow rookie Johnathan Franklin who was selected in the fourth round.
"At the end of the day I have to come in and compete for a spot just like everybody else on the team."
Lacy feels his journey has placed him in Green Bay for a reason and he now wants to go out and prove to the league he was deserving of being the top back selected in last month's draft.
"Even though I didn't get picked where I was supposed to, I fell to Green Bay in the second round and I feel like this is the perfect place to be. So I feel like I'm in a great situation and I'm just going to move on from there."
NOTES: On Friday the Packers announced they came to contract terms with nine of their eleven draft selections. The only two remaining unsigned are Lacy and first round pick Datone Jones...Green Bay's rookie orientation camp runs through Sunday.