Man, I just got finished watching the NFL Network's award winning show America's Game for your World Champion Packers. It was outstanding. The story of the 2010 Packers is an inspiring story of triumph over adversity. Watching the show brought me back to a Wednesday night in early September, 2008, when I watched the same show for my New York Giants. It is a great way to start the season, to say the least.
That show is such a remarkable celebration for the fans of the previous years Super Bowl Champions. It is the second to last chance to celebrate one of those seasons we as fans dream about about every year. Having that Thursday night stand alone game, with just about every football fan watching is such a great way to showcase your team as STILL the team to beat in the NFL. You think your great? You gotta go through us.
I have seen every single one of the 45 Super Bowl Champions America's Game special, and the story of the 2010 Packers is one of my favorites. Watching how Rodgers dreamed of being a 49er as a kid growing up in Northern California, sure he was going to be drafted by them with the first pick in the 2005 draft, only to watch them draft bust Alex Smith. Then to see his face on draft day as he fell all the way to #24, he received what he called a needed dose of humble pie. Recounting his story waiting behind Favre, and then exploding on the scene in 2008 was inspiring. And that is what is so great about this program. It gives us a chance to hear the players themselves tell their own story, not the media telling a story with an angle or an agenda.
A few things stood out for me. One was how the Pack overcame all those injuries. Another was how McCarthy rearranged the championship pictures in the team meeting room of Packer teams of the past to include a blank one. He had a spot reserved for his 2010 team. At that point, everyone knew what the goal was.
Clay Matthews, wow. I was reminded just how good, how fast, how fierce he is as a LB. And to see him call that run play to Mendenhall in the Super Bowl before it happened, and then deliver the hit that caused the fumble, I learned that this guy is pretty smart, too.
How sweet it must have been for you guys to beat the Bears in their house to send the Packers back to the Super Bowl. That BJ Raji is not only great, but he is funny, too.
In short, I am ready like hell for the 2011 season to start. I am once again filled with pride for my team, pride in the comaraderie I feel with my fellow Giant fans. I'm filled with hope and concern, bravado and angst. And I have to thank NFL Network to a small degree, but I thank the 2010 Green Bay Packers even more. A team and an organization I respect a great deal. And a team I look forward to my Giants playing, hopefully with something big on the line...