Father of Virginia news crew shooter has ties to Green Bay Packers

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MILWAUKEE — The man who opened fire on two Virginia journalists on Wednesday morning, August 26th has connections to Wisconsin. Vester Flanagan’s father, Vester Flanagan Sr., has ties to the Green Bay Packers.

The shooter in the killing of WDBJ journalists Alison Parker and Adam Ward, Vester L. Flanagan, has died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, Sheriff Bill Overton of the Franklin County Sheriff's Office said Wednesday, August 26, 2015. Flanagan used the on-air name Bryce Williams while working as a reporter at WDBJ.

The shooter in the killing of WDBJ journalists Alison Parker and Adam Ward, Vester L. Flanagan, has died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, Sheriff Bill Overton of the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office said Wednesday, August 26, 2015. Flanagan used the on-air name Bryce Williams while working as a reporter at WDBJ.

Vester Flanagan Senior was drafted by Vince Lombardi in 1961 as a linebacker.

The team says he was on the “all time draft list” — meaning he never actually played in a game.

Vester Flanagan Sr. was a former lineman who was a college football standout at Humboldt State University from 1957-1960. He was inducted into the HSU Hall of Fame in 1975.

Vester Flanagan Sr. courtesy: TMZ

Vester Flanagan Sr. courtesy: TMZ

Green Bay Packers Director of Public Affairs, Aaron Popkey did confirm that a player with the name Vester Flanagan was drafted to the Green Bay Packers.