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Packers’ LB forgot ID on team plane

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Associated Press
August 16, 2011
— Talk about a false start: Green Bay Packers linebacker Desmond Bishop didn’t get to join his teammates at the White House because he forgot his ID on the team plane.

Speaking to reporters in Green Bay on Monday, Bishop said he was sure he had his wallet when he got on a team bus bound for the White House as the Packers prepared to finally make their lockout-delayed visit Friday as Super Bowl champions.


When security began checking IDs, Bishop suddenly realized he didn’t have his.


Security wasn’t willing to make an exception to let him in without identification, so he had to stay on the team bus. Bishop said he called his family, updated his Twitter account and took a nap while his teammates met President Barack Obama.


“It was pretty disappointing,” Bishop said. “I think it was a historic time, something you can tell your kids or your grandkids one day. To have missed that opportunity, it definitely stung a little bit. But, spilled milk. Just keep fighting and hopefully we’ll do the same next year.”


Couldn’t somebody have pulled some strings for him?


“Man, I think it happened so fast,” Bishop said. “As soon as we got there, they were checking IDs, just on the move. There’s like five buses so I didn’t know which one the coaches were in.”


Surprisingly, Bishop said he hasn’t taken a lot of ribbing from his teammates—or his Twitter followers.


“You know what? I thought I would take more,” Bishop said. “But even on Twitter and from the guys, it was such a big moment, to have missed it, I think they felt bad for me.”



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