Given name Brady Paul Poppinga… Born in Evanston, Wyo. … Last name is pronounced puh-PING-ah… Married the former Brooke Hubbard in 2002; the couple has a daughter, Jasmine, 7, a son, Julius, 6 and a daughter Giselle, 1… Comes from a very athletic family… Father, Dennis, played TE at BYU from 1968-1971… Brother, Casey, played TE at Utah State and was on the practice squads of Seattle, Kansas City and Philadelphia in 2004… Brother, Kelly, also played LB at BYU and spent time with Miami, St. Louis and Arizona in 2008… Older sister, Tara, played volleyball at Utah State.
Postponed college football career for two seasons while on a Mormon mission in Uruguay, South America… Said it was the hardest thing he’s ever done in his life because he had to leave his family and friends for so long, but also said it was the greatest experience of his life… His passion and love for the game grew while on his mission and being away from football… Learned Spanish while on the mission.
Was an all-state selection at both LB and TE at Evanston (Wyo.) High School… Named the Wyoming Athlete of the Year and 4-A ‘Lineman of the Year’ as a senior… Lettered three years in football… Selected to the Wyoming Super-25 team… Led the Red Devils to a 4-A state title… Also lettered three years in basketball and four years in track… Finished second in the 1997 state discus competition.
Holds an annual football camp, ‘The Poppinga Football Experience,’ in the offseason in Wyoming… Participated in Packers annual Tailgate Tour in 2009, visiting various Wisconsin cities with both scheduled and unscheduled stops… Served as emcee during Q&A portion of Packers Women’s Association ‘Football 101’ event… Has served as an instructor in a couple of Green Bay-area youth football camps… Last offseason, took a trip to the Dominican Republic with teammate A.J. Hawk, speaking to children and helping schools with fundraising, obtaining running water, making repairs, and other charitable endeavors… Videotaped a ‘Get Fueled’ segment for the Packers’ ‘Fit Kids’ program, a joint effort between the Green Bay Packers, CBS-5 WFRV and the Green Bay Area Public School District involving a year-long school program with a curriculum that focuses each month on a theme based on either nutrition, physical fitness or social health… Took part in the Packers’ first annual All-Pro Dad event in December 2005, talking to other dads about the importance of being a good father and joining kids for football drills… A former Eagle Scout himself, has spoken to groups of Boy Scouts and has taped public service announcements for the Boy Scouts of America… Taught Sunday school to teenagers in Provo, Utah, and is very involved in his church in Green Bay as a youth leader and mentor to missionaries… Did some motivational speaking at a school for troubled teens while in college… Active in the Halloween fundraiser for the Invisible Children, with all the proceeds supporting the children of Uganda… Participated in the TRIFECTA golf tournament put on by teammate Mark Tauscher.