Are you ready for some football? I know I am.
Since the beginning of the National Football League’s lockout I have been a bundle of nerves. Then came that glorious news, an agreement, and the season will go on as planned.
The following days were highlighted with trades, cuts and free agent acquisitions.
Now in case you didn’t know, I am a Green Bay Packers fan. Having said that, this lockout and potential for a missed season was dwelling on my mind.
Many teams have won back-to-back Super Bowls, which is a quite a feat considering how many have won only to return and lose the following year. Those teams to do so are the Packers, San Francisco 49ers, Denver Broncos, New England Patriots, Dallas Cowboys and Pittsburgh Steelers (twice).
I of course know how hard it is to win the following year all too well.
Let me take you back. The year was 1998, the Packers had returned to the top of the NFC standings to face the AFC Champion Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XXXII.
This was a chance for Brett Farve to lead the Packers to back-to-back Super Bowl victories.
However, the Packers encountered something which they could not overcome: John Elway’s desire to win. I watched as Elway sacrificed himself to gain a first down, when I saw what he was willing to do, I knew then it was going to be a battle to defeat him.
As history shows, the Packers could not topple Elway and the Broncos and they went on to win that year and the next.
I and all of the Packer nation waited and watched, looking to Brett and the Pack to lead us to the promised land again.
Then Brett was gone, and in stepped Aaron Rodgers to fill a void many thought impossible to fill.
I will say this, I watched Rodgers start his NFL career with the Packers the very same way I watched Brett start his with the Packers. On the edge of my seat, and nervous as to what this new guy was going to do. After all, Brett’s first pass as a Packer was a completion for minus two yards, to himself.
Rodgers quickly began to show his ability and rise to the occasion. He, like Steve Young, was trying to live up to the shadow left by a legend.
Rodgers despite heavy injuries to the team and an early season sackfest led the Packers from the wildcard rankings to NFL Champions.
Then the lockout came and now there was a threat of not winning a second Super Bowl because of not playing at all.
So naturally you can imagine how relieved I was when they said there will be football.
I know teams are going to be gunning for us and that is understandable. I mean we are the Super Bowl Champions after all.
It is only natural to want to play the best with a desire to beat them.
I am counting on seeing the Packers take to the field at Indianapolis ready to battle for another championship this year.
It is going to be a long hard road, but at least the Packers and 31 other NFL teams have the chance to travel that road.