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Hoop dream hits gridiron

by Mark Daniels

The Packers drafted an athlete in the 6th round who's biggest play was a hoop. No, this isn't Jimmy Thomas revisited. Packer trivia buffs might remember the 10th round pick of Bart Starr in 1983, a college basketball player at Indiana who only dabbled in football. He never came close to making it with the Pack as a defensive back. Green Bay passed on a Wisconsin product that day who wound up having a pretty decent career in defensive tackle Tim Krumrie of Mondovi. Today, GM Ted Thompson selected Baylor defensive back Demetri Goodson in the 6th round. Goodson's career highlight came on the basketball floor while a member of the Gonzaga Bulldogs. On March 21, 2009, Goodson dribbled the length of the floor and hit a layup with 0.9 left to give Gonzaga an 83-81 victory over Kentucky to allow them to reach the NCAA's Sweet 16. Goodson put the hoop dreams behind him when after a conversation with his father, serving a 27 year prison sentence over a 12 million dollar mortgage fraud scheme, he decided to focus on football. He transferred to Baylor and even though he endured a couple of injury plagued seasons, finished his career last fall by making the All Big 12 team honorable mention at defensive back. The 6-0, 200 pound corner started on Baylor's conference championship team in 2012 but battled a bad ankle injury in 2011 and a broken arm that cut short his 2012 season. He applied for and received two hardship injury waivers during his Baylor career. By the time he arrives at the Packers training camp this summer, Goodson will be 25 years of age.