Packers fans approve of team’s first pick

Alabama free safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix poses with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell after being selected by the Green Bay Packers as the 21st pick in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft, Thursday, May 8, 2014, in New York. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)
Alabama free safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix poses with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell after being selected by the Green Bay Packers as the 21st pick in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft, Thursday, May 8, 2014, in New York. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)

GREEN BAY – Not even 21 hours after the 21st pick in the draft, Packers fans were already looking for the new number 21 jersey at the team’s pro shop.

“Yes we’ve had dozens of dozens of calls,” said Deb Kuhn, manager of the Packers Pro Shop. “We put an email blast out this morning and we had 4,000 hits right away, so definitely a lot of interest and we’re having a lot of fun with it.”

Ha Ha Clinton-Dix says the Packers assigned him jersey number 21. His elite jersey is expected to arrive in the Packers Pro Shop on May 15. The game jersey is expected to arrive May 23. Clinton-Dix says he’ll give fans plenty of reasons to want to pick one up.

“I’m a great player,” said Clinton-Dix. “I play fast. I’m a great tackler.”

Fans say they like the potential.

“Packers always need a little help in the secondary, so I’m very much pro Ha Ha,” said Greg Heerdt of Denver.

“I mean everybody I was watching with wanted him, so I think it worked out real well for us, so I think it’s going to be awesome,” said Steve Yeko of Janesville.

Clinton-Dix might have known something before all of us. A week ago, he posted a picture online of himself wearing a Packers shirt. Clinton-Dix says he put it on after talking to his former teammate at Alabama, Packers running back Eddie Lacy.

“It was in my bag and I said well I guess I’ll throw this on, it looks pretty good on me,” said Clinton-Dix. “So I just decided to put it on and just hanging in my room, thinking I decided to take a pic for Instagram and I put it up and kind of blew up.”

Fans say they do have one more question for the newest Packer.

“I really don’t know where Ha Ha came from, but when he makes a big hit, we can all laugh, so I guess that’s what we’ll all do,” said Brad Gibson of Bettendorf, Iowa.

Clinton-Dix says his real name is Ha’Sean. People called him Ha Ha when he was young and the name stuck ever since.

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