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Posted on Thu, May 23, 2013 : 5:43 p.m.

Green Bay Packers sign ex-Eastern Michigan quarterback Alex Gillett

By Pete Cunningham

Move over Aaron Rodgers, there's a new quarterback in town...sort of.


Alex Gillett file photo

Former Eastern Michigan University quarterback Alex Gillett has signed with the Green Bay Packers the team announced on Wednesday. Rodgers, a former NFL MVP and Super Bowl champion need not worry about his job security, though (as if he ever had to) as the Packers signed Gillett as a wide receiver.

Gillett -- listed as 6-foot-1, 214 pounds -- spent most of his college career at Eastern Michigan as the starting quarterback, but lost his spot to sophomore Tyler Benz after the Eagles started the season 0-3 last year. He made three starts at wide receiver in 2012, catching 14 passes for 132 yards and a touchdown. All of his catches came in the final four games of the season.

“I’m here until they tell me I’m not,” Gillett told The News-Messenger. “I’m happy for this opportunity.”

Gillett threw for 4,448 yards and 35 touchdowns in his career at Eastern Michigan and rushed for 2,433 yards and 14 touchdowns. Gillett joins former Eagles teammates Andy Mulumba, Mike Zupancic and Garrett Hoskins as undrafted free agents to sing with NFL teams, Hoskins with the Cleveland Browns, Zupancic with the New England Patriots and Mulumba with the Packers.

Former Eastern Michigan player T.J. Lang plays for the Packers as well and appears happy to have some of his brethren in Green Bay.

"Good to have a another Eagle on the packers! That makes three of us now!" Lang Tweeted on Thursday.

Pete Cunningham covers sports for He can be reached at Follow him on Twitter @petcunningham.


Pete Cunningham

Fri, May 24, 2013 : 3:45 p.m.

Forgot to mention, former EMU longsnapper Mike Zupancic has signed with the New England Patriots. If he gets the job there would be a Z to Z, Washtenaw County combo on the Patriots' special Teams with Zupancic snapping to former Michigan punter Zoltan Mesko.


Fri, May 24, 2013 : 2:40 p.m.

"Eagles teammates Andy Mumba and Garrett Hoskins as undrafted free agents to sing with NFL teams" I wonder what their singing voices sound like?

Geoff Larcom

Fri, May 24, 2013 : 2:08 p.m.

This is a terrific and tough player, with a dynamite family. Dandy news that he's got a shot with such a classy team. Thanks to and Pete Cunningham (who has a flair for local sports news) for noting Alex's signing with Green Bay.


Fri, May 24, 2013 : 1 p.m.

Go Packers.