| Friday, November 6, 2009
Great to Be Back in Green Bay
It is great to be back at home in Green Bay. I am very excited to be a Packer once again. I was able to knock some of the rust off last weekend and get back on the field. It feels great to be wearing that green Packer jersey again. I worked hard in the offseason to stay in shape and train to become a better football player. I did a lot of running and conditioning, but it is very difficult to maintain “football shape” unless you are out on the field competing against other NFL players. I realized that if I can keep my cardio training up, it would be a much easier transition once I get back on the field. I am very excited to be back at home in Green Bay on a playoff-caliber team.
My role on this team is to be a leader for our younger players, especially our young running backs. I really enjoy working with Ryan Grant and Brandon Jackson in practice to pass along some of my football knowledge. On the field, I am working hard to become a strong kick-returner. I need to make sure I catch the ball first, and then make some moves to get strong field position. I will get some carries at running back as well, which I make the most of. I am happy to do whatever I can to help our team win and get into the playoffs.
We are going on the road to Tampa Bay to face the Bucs this weekend. It is a very big temperature change from Green Bay to Tampa, so I am drinking plenty of fluids and staying hydrated so I am ready to play on Sunday. It is in the upper 30s in Green Bay, so the warm weather in Tampa will be a big adjustment. I am looking forward to making more progress on the field and playing a strong game against the Bucs.
The “Brett Favre game” last weekend was very intense, and it definitely was a well-played game by both teams. I am close with Brett, so it was good to see him. The media definitely over-hyped the game and the fanfare hoopla of Brett’s return to Green Bay. Brett just loves the game of football so much and has always been a competitor. Football is a business, and you have to accept what is thrown your way. I saw an interview where Brett was almost shedding tears because Green Bay is his home and means a lot to him. It was a tough loss for us against Brett and the Vikings, but we will bounce back this weekend against the Bucs.
The Packers offense is much younger since I was here a few years ago, but the playbook has not changed much. I am very pleased with the young talent we have on both sides of the ball. The biggest thing we need to watch out for this weekend is the fact that the Bucs are going to be hungry for their first win. They have nothing to lose, while we have everything to lose, so we need to be careful. As long as we play strong Packer football, we will be able to come out of Tampa with a well-played game and a victory.
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