“Mayor” AJ Dillon fully embraced life in Northeastern Wisconsin

The 6-foot, 247-pound backer received praise from MVP quarterback Aaron Rodgers for his consistent progress in passing protection and catching passes.

The Packers also needed him after Jones left in the third quarter against Seattle with a knee injury that could rule him out of Sunday’s game against the Minnesota Vikings. Seventy-eight of Dillon’s 128 total yards against the Seahawks came in the fourth quarter, including his two touchdown passes.

Perhaps Dillon’s biggest play was a hard-hitting 50-yard catch-run in which he broke several tackles. When the Seahawks finally battled Dillon on the ground, the sophomore back jumped without singing to his feet before being greeted with a celebratory push from All-Pro receiver Davante Adams.

“I would love to see a little more animation from him on a play like this,” Adams said with a laugh earlier this week. “I would like to say that I had a little more energy than him when I walked up to him and almost knocked him over. But he’s playing really well so I can’t wait to see how he ends the year. . “

News that Dillon had allegedly received the Door County key also made its way into the locker room this week. Head coach Matt LaFleur laughed as he mentioned that the team gave the young running back some playful heartache about it on Wednesday.

“I was like, ‘Dude, I haven’t even been to Door County yet, let alone get a key for that,” ”LaFleur said. “Yeah, I called him the mayor. So that was pretty funny.”

Dillon, to his credit, has already offered to act as a tour guide for his coach if LaFleur and his family ever wanted to take the road to Highway 57.

“He’s a pretty busy guy. He has to train us,” Dillon said. “I told him at all times that I would show him around the county. I’m the guy to do it. I have a bunch of places to check out.”

This weekend, Dillon is squarely focused on his rival, the Minnesota Vikings, in what will most likely mark his first career start in the NFL. With Patrick Taylor recently promoted as the only other healthy back on the 53-man roster, Dillon could be in for a busy afternoon at US Bank Stadium.

As for the key, Dillon says he has big plans for it. He recently moved to a new location and wants to set up a space in his office to display the award. This assumes, of course, that he doesn’t change his mind and decides to just “wear it around” his neck instead.

With growing ties to the region, Dillon embraced Green Bay with open arms. With his NFL career in its infancy, Dillon could easily see himself staying here once his playing days are over.

“The plan is that whatever football is and wherever it takes me or doesn’t take me I’m going to be a Green Bay guy for life,” said Dillon. “Yes, certainly, it can be in the future; certainly a mayor somewhere. “

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