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Desmond Bishop Setting His Sights High

Desmond Bishop

Green Bay Packers linebacker Desmond Bishop missed all of 2012 with a hamstring injury, but he’s setting his sights high in 2013.

Bishop, who says his injury is 100 percent healed, writes his goals down in a notebook. His goal for 2013 is simple — defensive MVP.

“Seriously,” Bishop says, “why not? I know I’m capable.”

We’d call that goal lofty. Is it attainable? Maybe. Bishop was on his way to becoming one of the best inside linebackers in the league before the injury. In 2011, Bishop had 115 tackles, five sacks and two forced fumbles in 13 games.

That shows the kind of play-making ability A.J. Hawk dreams about at night.

At the same time, the Packers were ready to discard Bishop a month ago. There were reports the team put him on the trading block during the second day of the draft, which we considered a completely idiotic idea. Let’s go trade our best inside linebacker for a low-round draft pick. Good idea, Ted.

Fortunately, that didn’t happen, but the Packers made one thing clear in the process. They think there’s a chance Bishop won’t return to his pre-injury form. They paid Brad Jones starter’s money in the offseason and also renegotiated Hawk’s deal, which means Bishop will be expected to beat out one of those guys for a starting spot.

We don’t anticipate he’ll have much of a problem doing so and Bishop knows fans have high expectations for him.

“I embrace it,” Bishop said. “I embrace everything. I embraced the injury. I embraced having to be patient before I got my opportunity. I embrace when I got my opportunity.

“Bring it on.”

Sounds like he’s more than up for the challenge.

Monty McMahon

Monty McMahon is one of the founders of Total Packers. He is probably the most famous graduate of UW-Oshkosh next to Jim Gantner.



  1. David May 20, 2013

    Advice: Stop embracing… start tackling.

    1. Phatgzus May 20, 2013

      Tackling is embracing, for real MEN.

  2. Tucson Packer May 20, 2013

    I hope he gets back in that kitchen and opens up a mean can of whop-ass

  3. Jon Mallaber May 20, 2013

    You are correct Monty, it was good thinking to try to dump Bishop’s salary on someone else. Especially now that we are playing nickel a larger percentage of the time and we have Jones signed long term. It would have saved us from cutting him at the end of the season. More comedy and less football advice.

  4. Nacho Libre May 20, 2013

    He should start a slogan trend like Craig Who, “It’s a good day to embrace”

  5. Iltarion May 20, 2013

    AJ Hawk has had the kind of durability that Bishop can only dream about.

    You can’t tackle or sack anyone from the bench.

  6. Buster Bluth May 20, 2013

    Thats Hawks mantra…. Every one else is hurt.
    Almost no one gets traded these days. If they don’t
    cut elvin bishop it should be a true open competition.

  7. Savage57 May 21, 2013

    Great. Now Bishop opens himself up to suspicion of drug use and the resulting drug testing.

    I mean c’mon man. NFL Defensive MVP? You weren’t even the Packers defensive MVP.

    Where do these guys come up with this stuff? It just proves the saying that the ‘truth is stranger than fiction.’

  8. James Bennett May 21, 2013

    Nothing wrong with dreaming big, and Bishop has shown outstanding ability. Stay healthy all season and who knows?