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Packers Looking At Duke Basketball Player

The Green Bay Packers have worked out Duke University basketball player Greg Paulus, according to a league source.
Paulus is a former high school Gatorade Football Player of the Year selection who was offered football scholarships to Notre Dame and the University of Miami, but chose to play basketball at Duke.
Paulus was a three-year starter for the Blue Devils at point guard who was once named second-team All-ACC. He was a third-team Academic All-American selection.
A four-time all-state football player in New York, Paulus is listed at 6’1″, 180 pounds on the Duke basketball roster.
Paulus set six New York state passing records, including career passing yards (11,763).  He threw 152 touchdown passes in 45 career games, leading his high school to a 42-3 record with him under center.
Paulus was the starting quarterback in the U.S. Army All-American game, also garnering All-American football honors from Parade Magazine.

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51 Responses to “Packers Looking At Duke Basketball Player”
  1. bearfan75 says: Apr 13, 2009 8:26 PM

    Nothing like waiting until the FIFTH PARAGRAPH to point out the position he played in high school.

  2. Ralph GreNader says: Apr 13, 2009 8:28 PM

    Its kinda sad that the coolest ideas are usually the ones that fail miserably.

  3. Nate A says: Apr 13, 2009 8:30 PM

    what position did they work him out at? it certainly could not be QB.

  4. dragonfootball4 says: Apr 13, 2009 8:30 PM

    i watched him play high school ball. pretty damn good quarterback. would be play Wr for the pack? GB doesnt need another young qb

  5. Kool Herc says: Apr 13, 2009 8:33 PM

    This kid was unreal in high school — always thought he made a mistake forgoing his football career.

  6. NJEagle says: Apr 13, 2009 8:41 PM


  7. Bud Grant says: Apr 13, 2009 8:50 PM


  8. HelmetKing says: Apr 13, 2009 8:55 PM

    Are we to assume this guy tried out for WR/wildcat QB role?

  9. kamone7393 says: Apr 13, 2009 8:57 PM

    Just like the Packers. They haven’t looked at any football players and now they are looking at basketball players. Way to go TT. Hopefully you can still find the next Gates so you can call yourself a genius. I heard Pitt has a pretty good TE prospect on its basketball team.

  10. North Killadelphia says: Apr 13, 2009 8:57 PM

    Paulus > Tebow

  11. johnnie walker says: Apr 13, 2009 8:58 PM


  12. VYElectrify says: Apr 13, 2009 9:02 PM

    I guess Brian Brohm just isn’t cutting it, lol. I hope he does end up on an NFL team though. As a Duke fan, I’ve seen that all he can do is shoot three pointers, so he would have a much better shot there than in the NBA. He’s got great leadership skills and looking at some of his high school highlights, he looks pretty good.

  13. The King says: Apr 13, 2009 9:29 PM

    Haha great, Paulus can be a two-sport bench warmer. Sort of like the white Deion Sanders…

  14. cheeseburger says: Apr 13, 2009 9:38 PM

    Is honos a Duke Blue Devil term?

  15. JAXSUN says: Apr 13, 2009 9:39 PM

    April Fool’s was over 12 days ago Wilson.

  16. Ted Thompson is SATAN says: Apr 13, 2009 9:46 PM

    Knowing Ted Thompson he’s probably recruiting Alaa Abdelnaby.
    I can just see TT’s scouting report, “good height, slow lateral movement, but takes up space inside” !
    Hey Ted, how’s about looking at a few FOOTBALL players too !
    What a dope.

  17. AFKfootball says: Apr 13, 2009 9:54 PM

    Play point guard in the wildcat?

  18. Paul R. says: Apr 13, 2009 9:56 PM

    He’s had good success when he’s played organized football. I can see why he’d give it a try. If his goal was to be an NBA player and it couldn’t pan out well for him and if he’s got skill that can be translated to an NFL career, all the more power to him. Highly unlikely that he’d be a quarterback in the NFL, but if he’s got the speed and the hands, he could be a receiver and give a team another “option” because he can pass the ball also. Minus the college football career, he’s a lot like Pat White.

  19. ACDC84 says: Apr 13, 2009 10:00 PM

    Just when you think Ted Thompson couldn’t do a more bizarre job of scouting, this happens.

  20. 777 says: Apr 13, 2009 10:01 PM

    maybe that conditional 7th rounder will come in handy WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO
    go TT go

  21. toothguy says: Apr 13, 2009 10:05 PM

    UGH! TED! What are you thinking?
    Good plan…bring in a basketball player so you don’t tip your hand on who you might draft in the first seven rounds

  22. junkies says: Apr 13, 2009 10:15 PM

    i didn’t know the packers were looking for a slow, overrated, 2nd string floor-slapper.

  23. PackAttack says: Apr 13, 2009 10:16 PM

    Are you sure that’s not the PACERS?

  24. cgiversen says: Apr 13, 2009 11:06 PM

    What does this say about the Packers’ confidence in Aaron Rogers long term? They have two young QBs behind him already, and are now stretching for another?

  25. nerdmann says: Apr 13, 2009 11:08 PM

    BEST…PLAYER…AVAILABLE! (Nevermind the sport!)

  26. kurtwarnerfumbledagain says: Apr 13, 2009 11:22 PM

    cheesburger… Honos? Do you mean Homo? That is a Duke term…

  27. homerunharrigan says: Apr 14, 2009 12:04 AM

    Damn son… I had no idea Paulus was such a stud in high school…. but seriously, he’s listed at 6’1″ 180, so what’s that really? 5’10” 155 lbs??
    I just can’t imagine Paulus eluding tackles from say, Jared Allen or Shawne Merriman, or setting any more passing records. This has got to be a joke right, was he really a high-school phenom QB? Who knows, maybe Greg makes it one day, stranger things have happened… Good luck, something tells me you’re gonna be needing it.

  28. Hawk09651 says: Apr 14, 2009 12:32 AM

    Played for my High Schools biggest rivals. Never liked the guy he was a jerk, but he was a helluva an athlete. I’m hearing he tried out for WR. Kinda neat to know, but then again it’s obvious he won’t make the NBA so might as well give the NFL a shot. His brother went to UNC for football too. Family is really athletic, but they brothers think they are God’s gift to Earth.

  29. HowBoutThemTexans says: Apr 14, 2009 12:50 AM

    Is Paulus the little white one
    Wait, isn’t that the entire Duke basketball team

  30. Osterhouse says: Apr 14, 2009 1:03 AM

    I wonder what Bob_N and JimmyS think of this

  31. gbp78 says: Apr 14, 2009 2:48 AM

    Hey, I’m just happy the Packers are looking at someone. We got Rodgers and at 180 lbs he’s too light to play TE, so I’m guessing he’s the great white hope at wide receiver. and just think, the former high school Gatorade Football Player of the Year selection playing for the Packers.
    That Pacers joke was pretty funny…

  32. salmonrafter says: Apr 14, 2009 3:39 AM

    With every stupid desicion we are one step closer to getting rid of TT. I usually don’t hope for a bad year but I think one more year and we can finally be rid of him. If I have to see this ego maniacal, donald duck looking, crazy man run the packers in 2010 I will go crazy. The only thing that will save him is making the playoffs and that looks like a pipe dream.

  33. CSP1 says: Apr 14, 2009 7:01 AM

    Teabag Paulus!!! (sorry, had to)

  34. BryanS says: Apr 14, 2009 7:20 AM

    Every year there are 50 high school players who lead their state in passing. How many get to be NFL QBs?
    You mean at 180 lbs he is slow? Just wait til he gets up to a normal weight for an NFL QB. I am surprised the guys with the Green and Gold glassed don’t love this idea. They can convince themselves of anything. As a Bears fan, I think this is TT’s best idea yet.

  35. BryanS says: Apr 14, 2009 7:22 AM

    Duke’s football team is horrible. If they didn’t try to recruit him on to the football team what does that say about him?

  36. Jordy says: Apr 14, 2009 8:01 AM

    I have to hand it to Green Bay. They love whitey and found the mother lode.

  37. oneGIANTloss says: Apr 14, 2009 8:14 AM

    Wow you just got a shout from sports center right now bout this story

  38. rickys_dimebag says: Apr 14, 2009 8:41 AM

    CSP1 says:
    April 14th, 2009 at 7:01 am
    Teabag Paulus!!! (sorry, had to)
    I came in here just to say that. That has to be one of my favorite chants in all of NCAA hoops.
    The man has an affinity for balls on his face.

  39. wils0646 says: Apr 14, 2009 9:47 AM

    I love all the TT bashers on this site. They bash him for trading a LS that was going to be cut anyways for some compensation. Now they bash him for just looking at an athletic prospect. It’s funny to see such hate for a man that built a team that went to the NFC Championship game in 2007.

  40. mixman34 says: Apr 14, 2009 9:57 AM

    Brilliant! Lets sign a guy who obviously doesn’t even really like football…. way to think this one through!

  41. purpleguy says: Apr 14, 2009 10:02 AM

    He will fit perfectly in the new 3-4 defensive scheme.

  42. zygi milf says: Apr 14, 2009 10:27 AM

    Osterhouse says:
    April 14th, 2009 at 1:03 am
    I wonder what Bob_N and JimmyS think of this
    They only post comments on Vikings threads.

  43. truwarier says: Apr 14, 2009 11:17 AM

    “wils0646 says:
    April 14th, 2009 at 9:47 am
    I love all the TT bashers on this site. They bash him for trading a LS that was going to be cut anyways for some compensation. Now they bash him for just looking at an athletic prospect. It’s funny to see such hate for a man that built a team that went to the NFC Championship game in 2007. ”
    Dude your retarded, you don’t build NFL team to choke
    in the NFC Championship Game @ Home, you build teams to
    win superbowls,and by your writing, your telling us that
    TT should be exempt of criticism, because of one fluke
    playoff run 2 years ago. You probably believe that
    Trent Dilfer is one of the all-time great QBs.

  44. topcide says: Apr 14, 2009 11:20 AM

    yeah becasue looking at ball players as possibilities in the NFL has been a huge flop with antonio gates and tony gonzalez.

  45. JimmySmith says: Apr 14, 2009 12:43 PM

    TT is a tough one to figure out but this is just plain strange. There has to be a hidden reason like TT favors a restaurant in NC and this scouting visit was the only logical way to get it on his expense report.
    Bottom line, they wouldn’t draft the kid and this will serve as a smokescreen for their real intentions. At least in drafting Rodgers, TT shows he can recognize a decent QB. It sure is a lot better than trading up in the draft to grab a QB from a third tier school who couldn’t hit the side of the building from the sidwalk. But as Col Klink likes to say, he really takes command in the huddle. What a joke, specifically a T Joke.

  46. whuteva says: Apr 14, 2009 12:45 PM

    Is he related to Ron, the guy that was supposed to win 2 Heismans at Notre Dame?

  47. AtTheMurph1 says: Apr 14, 2009 2:52 PM

    I think he could be a Wes Welker type player. He’s certainly quick, has hands and is built like a football player. Why not bring him in. It isn’t like he’s going to draft him. Thompson almost never brings in guys he plans to draft but he does bring in guys he might want to sing as an UDFA.

  48. gj85 says: Apr 14, 2009 3:22 PM

    He had a lot of time to work on his game at Duke this year when he wasn’t playing, maybe he is going to take over A-Rods job? hahaha

  49. Johnny2k says: Apr 14, 2009 3:49 PM

    You’d think that they just drafted the guy on the first day… They had someone with intriguing athleticism in for a visit to help decide if they might want to spend a couple thousand on him after the draft ends. Sheeeesh.

  50. hrmlss says: Apr 14, 2009 6:04 PM

    I’m guessing he played both ways in HS. 6′ 1″ 180 lb, maybe a safety?

  51. Henry says: Apr 16, 2009 3:16 PM

    cgiversen says:
    April 13th, 2009 at 11:06 pm
    What does this say about the Packers’ confidence in Aaron Rogers long term? They have two young QBs behind him already, and are now stretching for another?
    It says you’re a slow coach. Why the hell would this have anything to do with Rodgers?

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