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Former Packers Guard Aaron Taylor to Speak at Sport and Society Conference

From St. Norbert College, January 19, 2016
by Mike Counter, mike.counter@snc.edu, 920-403-3089

Aaron Taylor, a CBS Sports college football analyst, will speak at the Sport and Society Conference hosted by St. Norbert College and the Green Bay Packers, May 23-25, 2016. The theme of the conference is "The Business of College Sports."

Taylor, a former Green Bay Packers player, will take part in a panel discussion at Lambeau Field on Wednesday, May 25, 9:30 to 11 a.m. He will be joined by WNBA great and Wisconsin native Anna De Forge, and sports business analyst Darren Rovell of ESPN. Kevin Quinn, founding dean of the Donald J. Schneider School of Business & Economics and leading sports economist at St. Norbert College, will moderate the discussion.

Taylor rejoined CBS Sports in 2008, and serves as a game and studio analyst. He founded the prestigious Joe Moore Award, recognizing the most outstanding offensive line unit in college football. The Joe Moore Award is the only current college football award recognizing a unit instead of an individual.

After his first stint with CBS Sports Network, Taylor joined ABC's college football studio team, before leaving to work on a variety of philanthropic efforts. He founded the Aaron Taylor Impact Fund, which strives to bridge the gap between those who have and those who need. In addition, Taylor has mentored pro athletes transitioning out of sports.

Taylor was drafted by the Green Bay Packers in the first round of the 1994 NFL draft and was a member of the Packers' Super Bowl XXXI championship team. He was drafted out of the University of Notre Dame where he was an offensive lineman. Taylor won the Lombardi Award and was a unanimous first-team All-America selection in 1993 as an offensive tackle. He also earned consensus All-America honors his junior season as an offensive guard. Taylor earned a bachelor's degree in sociology from Notre Dame in 1994.

This is the fourth Sport and Society conference of its kind put on by St. Norbert and the Packers. The first conference was held in 2010. This partnership between an NFL team and an institution of higher education brings together academics and business professionals from around the world.

Presentation or paper abstracts will be accepted from now until Feb. 1, 2016, with notification of acceptances shortly thereafter, following review by the conference steering committee. Formal conference registration will open on March 1, 2016, and close on April 1, 2016. Registration will be limited.

For more information on the conference, go to http://www.snc.edu/sportandsociety, or contact Karen Cleereman, conference administrative coordinator, at sportandsociety@snc.edu or 920-403-3777.

The Packers have held their summer training camp at St. Norbert College for 58 years, the longest such relationship in the NFL between a pro football team and a college. For more on the connections between St. Norbert College and the Green Bay Packers, go to http://www.packers.com/news-and-events/training-camp/st-norbert-college.html.