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Seattle GM likes opener with Packers too

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DE PERE, Wis. (WXOW) It can't come soon enough. The Packers and Seahawks kickoff the NFL season in 64 days.

It will also mean a lot of out of town visitors for Seattle's general manager John Schneider. Schneider is a De Pere, Wisconsin native and was back in the Green Bay area recently to receive a distinguished service award for his work on fighting autism.

The Packers and Seahawks figure to be among the top contenders in the NFC. But Schneider has no problem playing that game right away, even if it has implications come January. "I like, for a lot of personal reasons, to get it out of the way right away. I think they're going to be a fantastic football team this year. I thought they had a great draft, I thought they finished strong last year, and it's going to be a great challenge for us right away. Our challenge in Seattle, is trying to do it better than anyone has ever done it before in what's coming next. We really try not to focus on other teams, but this particular team it's hard because both Coach Carroll and I are so fond of Mike and Ted, Russ and everybody that's involved with the club," Schneider said.

Schneider worked for the Packers under general manager Ted Thompson before going to Seattle.

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