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Bulaga says Packers’ chaplain a scary movie buff

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By Dan Parr

LAS COLINAS, Texas — One of the more peculiar conversations during this Super Bowl week came Thursday during Packers ORT Bryan Bulaga's session with the media, when the topic turned to the team's Catholic chaplain.

It turns out the Packers don't need to rent a movie or head to a theater if they're looking for a horror film. When in pursuit of a good scare, they can go to an unlikely source — Father James Baraniak, who has been with the team for 14 years.

In addition to providing spiritual guidance, Baraniak has a library of scary movies, and he's always willing to offer a recommendation, Bulaga said Thursday.

"Father Jim is great," Bulaga said. "I think about every week I get a couple movies from him. ... 'The Exorcist,' stuff like that."

The selections are often a little too rich for Bulaga's taste, though.

"I just give (the movies) back to him," he said. "I'm too freaked out to watch them. I just give them back and say, 'I don't know if I can do this.'

"He's given me some movies that I've never even heard about before."

Bulaga may not be on board with all of Baraniak's film picks, but he said he's very appreciative of the chaplain's other contributions to the team.

"He's a great guy," Bulaga said. "It's a face you see all the time. (There's a) comfort level. You're able to see him, you're able to talk to him. I can talk to him about anything. No one's uptight around him like he's a priest at all."

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