Seahawks center is a Packers owner, too

AP

The Packers are owned by the public. And at least one member of the public that owns the Packers also plays for this weekend’s opponent, the Seahawks.

As noted by Gregg Bell of the Tacoma News Tribune, the man who will make his second career start at center for the Seahawks owns a small slice of the Packers.

I have three shares in frames, in fact,” Drew Nowak said this week, via Bell.

It creates an odd conflict of interest that really isn’t a conflict. Nowak’s shares of stock in the Packers can’t appreciate in value; his career in the NFL can. As soon as he remembers who he plays for.

“When we won the Super Bowl — sorry, I said ‘we’ — when they won the Super Bowl that ’96-’97 season, I still have a duffle bag from that Super Bowl,” said Nowak, who was undrafted in 2012 from Western Michigan and spent two years with the Jaguars before joining the Seattle practice squad in 2014. “I still have hats. I have a picture actually in my room at home, a collage of all the guys from that team.”

He’s going to see a different type of collage of Packers on Sunday night, playing in the stadium not far from the town where he grew up.

37 responses to “Seahawks center is a Packers owner, too

  1. Nothing against this guy, but this is exactly why the O-line is such a concern. John andn Pete keep bringing in undrafted guys, guys who played d-line and will be switched to O-line and marginal O-line projects instead of going after legit O-linemen. Not sure why they have such an obvious aversion to trying to build a high quality O-line. Drives me nuts(that’s a short trip).

  2. Nothing against this guy, but this is exactly why the O-line is such a concern. John andn Pete keep bringing in undrafted guys, guys who played d-line and will be switched to O-line and marginal O-line projects instead of going after legit O-linemen. Not sure why they have such an obvious aversion to trying to build a high quality O-line. Drives me nuts(that’s a short trip).

    John was trained by Ted Thompson.

  3. His stock may not increase in value, but you get other perks, such as discounts, tours, and you even get to go to the annual shareholders meeting and cast your vote.

    So you go ahead and buy a Jersey for some high draft pick that wont be on your team in a couple years, but don’t knock people for buying a team souvenir that actually helps their team.

  4. I too am a Packers owner (2 shares) and it’s good to know that if I ever needed 500 bucks I have it hanging here on the wall.

    But… It’s very unlikely I would need 500 bucks that bad to sell them.

  5. Why do Schneider and especially Tom Cable prefer FA’s, UDFA’s and others???

    Lets start with the “high” draft picks from the JS/PC era: Carpenter… 80% bust. Moffat… 100% Big Bust. Okung, OK, but not a ‘top’ LT for a very, very high first round pick…

    Low round draft picks have been pretty good and like UDFA’s are much easier to deal with if they don’t work out and cost a lot less in the Cap.

    Had enough?

  6. I don’t have a problem with it. I would buy a share of my favorite team if they offered it. I would also not lose any sleep if another team offered me a few million to play against my favorite team either.

  7. Seahawks neglect of their Oline is going to be their glaring weakness this year. Wilson and Lynch are not supermen. It was a nice two year run but it’s done.

  8. Wait what? I was just told by a stockholder that everyone understands these stocks are only souvenirs and they don’t really make anyone an owner. Now I see people on here saying it does make them an owner.

  9. I assume all 360,000+ stockholders are allowed to attend the NFL owners’ meetings every year, right? Right?

  10. “ketch20too says:
    Sep 19, 2015 6:37 PM

    Nothing against this guy, but this is exactly why the O-line is such a concern. John andn Pete keep bringing in undrafted guys, guys who played d-line and will be switched to O-line and marginal O-line projects instead of going after legit O-linemen. Not sure why they have such an obvious aversion to trying to build a high quality O-line. Drives me nuts(that’s a short trip).”

    It’s because of the salary cap. The Seahawks have decided this is where they’re going to sacrifice in order to keep other areas of the team intact.

  11. Note to all Packers “Owners”:

    You bought a worthless piece of paper to hang on your wall. You aren’t an owner of anything. You own zero equity in the team and collect no dividends. The “stock” is not traded on any exchange and you are just a sucker.

    But if it looks nice hanging in your office, God Bless.

  12. I laugh at people who find it necessary to point out that the stock isn’t worth anything. NO KIDDING! You’re quite the Einsteins. Everyone who owns a share recognizes it as one way to be connected to the community owned team. A team that will never have it’s owner pick up stakes and move it to another city. Or same said concerns when an owner elects to sell the team or passes away.

  13. I always expect to see those “stock” certificates on late night informercials, right next to the “gold clad proofs” of non-tender coins, and other stuff sold for $5 with a $29.95 “shipping fee” tacked on.

  14. Oh lighten up folks. The kid played his HS ball in DePere, where the Packers also hold the longest tenured training camp of any NFL team. It’s 6 miles from Lambeau. He grew up a die-hard Packers fan and he bought stock to proudly help finance the renovation – and now he plays for a team that’s had the Packers’ number 3 straight times in SEA. See the story for what it is – it’s refreshing to read something like this than other headlines NFL players and teams have made for most of the past few years.

    That said, GoPackGo!!!!!

  15. 52lightsxout52
    Sep 19, 2015, 5:53 PM PDT

    It’s because of the salary cap. The Seahawks have decided this is where they’re going to sacrifice in order to keep other areas of the team intact.
    ———
    You’re correct and this seems to be a growing trend around the league.

    For the past 2-3 years, Seahawk fans have heard, “just wait until they have to pay that defense and the team will crumble…” not realizing that they’re “core” guys are already locked up for 3-4 years (honoring said contract is another story).

    Doesn’t this same thing apply to teams with “great” O lines? Cowboys come to mind there. With Dez & Romo having such big contracts, I would think they will have to let some OL go when it’s time to re-up, unless that’s where THEY want to focus the bulk of their cap dollars. And if they do, I’m not saying it’s wrong; just a different approach.

  16. Detroit Lions fan here, and anti-Green Bay Packer.

    I think it’s cool they can buy ‘stocks.’ Everyone know they’re not a real stock, but it does have perks (someone listed a few above).

    Plus the community spirit, strengthening the ties of the fanbase, is invaluable.

    It’s only $250, but it lasts a lifetime. Give up buy another jersey, or 3-6 meals out on the town, and you have it. And it’s there forever.

    I also think it’s awesome he guy still has love for his 1997 Packers. Great team. Great fan base.

    Just wish they were in another division.

  17. Tom Cable says he has come to realize that very few of the young O-linemen coming out of college know how to play the position. You can look around the league and see that he is right because there are very few teams in the NFL that have even decent offensive lines. So his thought is, since he has to train them from scratch anyway why not go with D-linemen because for the most part they are better athletes plus they haven’t learned all the bad habits that come from being on a college OL in a spread offense.

    The Seahawks had 2 centers coming into training camp who spent sometime backing up Max Unger last season and the season before. Most assumed one of them would get the job. Mr Nowak came in and beat them both out. One got cut and one is the backup. Nowak is extremely strong and it sounds like he is very smart too. Give him a little time before you decide he is really the worst center in the NFL. He was the defensive player of the year in his league in college and appears to be that superior athlete the Cable is looking for. I have a feeling he and the rest of his OL are not going face anything in Green Bay this week like they faced in St Louis last week. Might be that we see some real improvement out of the youngsters this time around.

  18. We all started as fans at some point. Keeping true to your allegiances is nothing to be shameful about. After you achieve success you don’t change your team wife friends etc unless your a sellout.. Seen it both ways and it’s easier living knowing I was true to myself then get mixed up with stupid crap that doesn’t matter.

    Nowak would love nothing more than to stomp the Packers into the ground this week and I expect him to play well. Doesn’t mean it will happen and after the game he will still root for the pack after the hawks in any situation. This is how it goes. My friend was a lifelong niners fan then was signed by the seahawks and played 4 seasons with them he still had love for the niners but was definitely hawks first while in the NFL.

  19. Seahawks fans fail to realize the NFL and revenue sharing. Mr Seahawk fan, you do realize that your souvenir Lynch jersey you paid for made as much profit for the Packers as it did the Seahawks? All merchandise profit is split equally between the 32 teams. (unless purchased at the teams store at the Stadium)

    Good to know my souvenir went 100% directly to my team.

  20. “kd75 says:
    Sep 19, 2015 8:56 PM

    Note to all Packers “Owners”:

    You bought a worthless piece of paper to hang on your wall. You aren’t an owner of anything. You own zero equity in the team and collect no dividends. The “stock” is not traded on any exchange and you are just a sucker.

    But if it looks nice hanging in your office, God Bless.”

    Note to kd75:

    I laugh at how you jealous outsiders try project this image of Packer fans as unsophisticated simpletons.
    For the 10,000th time, Packer fans don’t need some condescending moron to try and tell them what a Packer stock certificate is or represents. They understand perfectly well what it is. The dividend they get is the W’s, and knowing that they helped with the recent renovation projects completed in Lambeau Field.

  21. “kd75 says:
    Sep 19, 2015 9:02 PM
    I bought a NY Giants coffee mug, so that makes me an “owner” too, right?”

    NY Giants? Will that speaks volumes. Thanks for getting James Jones back to us. Much appreciated.

  22. *their “core” guys…

    (I know, corrections get thumbed down and I’m okay with that. The one time I don’t proofread before posting I go and do that.)

  23. To all the people out there saying that Packers stock is worthless. Guess what? You’re wrong. It’s priceless in fact. You do know that the ownership structure of the Packers means that there will never be the billionaire vying for face time, or trying to call the shots (Ha! Cowboys fans!), but most importantly, (and Rams, Cardinals, Browns fans will definitely agree) the team cannot be bought, nor sold, therefore, never moved, ever! Ever! Can your team say that? Nope, because your team is owned by a billionaire that can sell it off and move it at the drop of a hat. I’ll take the Packer’s ownership structure over any other pro sports team on the planet, thank you.

  24. I hear what you’re saying about the Packers ownership structure but if I had to have a billionaire owner in charge I would pick Paul Allen without question.

    One of the best owners in all of sports in my opinion.

  25. I’m glad I own shares of any stock in the Dow Jones than a fraction of stock in the Green Bay POOKERS.

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