Leader of the Pack, Mark Murphy, visits ESPN

Mark Murphy (r) of the Green Bay Packers and ESPN’s George Bodenheimer (l) during ESPN’s Tuesday Newsmaker Luncheon. (Joe Faraoni / ESPN)

Green Bay Packers President/CEO Mark Murphy visited the ESPN campus in Bristol, Conn., on Tuesday as a guest of Executive Chairman George Bodenheimer. Earlier this year, Bodenheimer met Murphy when both men participated in the St. Norbert College Sport and Society Conference in De Pere, Wis. Murphy was kind enough to offer Bodenheimer a tour of Lambeau Field when the former ESPN President mentioned he had never been to the Packers’ historic stadium. The visit to ESPN was Bodenheimer’s way of returning the favor.

In addition to touring the campus and making a guest appearance on NFL Live, Murphy addressed a group of 150 ESPN employees as part of the company’s “Newsmaker Luncheon Series.” The timing of the visit could not have been more opportune – not that it was planned that way.

The 10th annual edition of ESPN The Magazine‘s Ultimate Standings — which ranks pro sports franchises based on how much teams give back to fans in exchange for all the time, money and emotion they invest in them — hits newsstands this week and features Aaron Rodgers and members of the Green Bay Packers offensive line on the cover.

In the 2012 Ultimate Standings, Green Bay slipped a spot to No. 2 (behind the Oklahoma City Thunder) after leading the standings a year ago. However, Rodgers and company earned cover photo honors as The Mag’s NFL Team of the Decade. Along with the NBA’s San Antonio Spurs, the Packers are the only other franchise to finish No. 1 more than once.

Green Bay will appear on Monday Night Football on Sept. 24, when the Packers travel to Seattle.