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Tuesday Cheese Curds: Mason Crosby cementing his place as a Packers legend

The kicker has overcome a lot, both on and off the field

NFL: DEC 01 Packers at Giants Photo by Rich Graessle/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Mason Crosby has ridden a roller coaster since the Green Bay Packers drafted him in 2007.

He has experienced the highest of highs in winning Super Bowl XLV and sending the Packers to the NFC Championship in January 2017.

He’s also experienced the lowest of lows when he experienced a disastrous 2012 season that saw him fight for his job the duration of training camp the following year as well as missing five kicks (four field goals and an extra point) against the Detroit Lions last year that proved to be the difference in the game. He was also challenged in camp again this summer but easily held off any threat to his job.

All that pales in comparison however to what he’s experienced off the field this year. His wife Molly was diagnosed with a rare form of lung cancer and his sister-in-law Brittany passed away last week after a battle with ovarian cancer. The Packers kicked paid tribute by making a clutch field goal during Sunday’s win over the New York Giants. The team presented Crosby the game ball in the locker room after the game.

When you consider what Crosby has overcome both on and off the field, he really needs to be considered one the greatest Packers of all-time. He’s been remarkably efficient this year (only one missed field goal and no missed extra points) despite all the pain off the field. Sometimes you don’t appreciate a good kicker until you don’t have one and the Packers definitely have a good one.

One of the best.

Here are the rest of today’s curds.

There’s more to the story behind Mason Crosby’s clutch kick—

A 47-yard field goal in the snow was supposedly beyond Crosby’s range on Sunday, but LaFleur gave his kicker a vote of confidence and Crosby make a kick that was good by a large margin. Maybe he had an angel helping that ball, but overcoming adversity is nothing new to the veteran kicker.

Analysis: Packers’ defensive line delivers; Aaron Rodgers’ arm strength off the charts (subscription required)—

This just in: even as he turned 36 yesterday, Aaron Rodgers’ right arm is still really, really strong.

’Big Dog, Big Dog, Big Dog’: How Aaron Rodgers called Marcedes Lewis’ TD—ESPN

They’ll have to change the audible call, but no one was more ecstatic for Marcedes Lewis than Rodgers who threw a touchdown to the 38th different player in his career.

Vikings loss in Seattle clarifies Packers’ path to NFC North crown—Packers Wire

The Packers can still win the division even if they lose at Minnesota in Week 16. It feels weird to be thankful to the Seahawks for something but here we are.

Husky starts kitchen fire after owners leave him home alone—

It may have been an “accident” but I almost want to say….good boy?