From Tiger Stadium to NFL glory
Matt Flynn continues to make most of long-awaited opportunities
Opportunities in life are hard to come by, and you never know when they may show up.
For Green Bay Packers quarterback Matt Flynn, 46 games passed in his professional career before he got his first opportunity to start a game, but the former BCS National Champion made it count.
Freezing temperatures in Foxborough or a defense that had allowed 10 points in its previous two games didn’t stop the Tyler, Texas native from making the most of his opportunity.
Flynn completed 15-of-26 passes for 177 yards, three touchdowns and one interception to lead the Packers to a near victory over the heavily favored Patriots Sunday night.
All in all, the Packers are having a disappointing season at 8-6 considering they were picked by many to be a strong Super Bowl contender, and although there are no moral victories in the NFL, Flynn may have done quite a bit to enhance his stock around the league with his performance.
Many former Green Bay backups have gone on to long and prosperous careers in the NFL, albeit they all played behind Brett Favre.
Mark Brunell left the Packers for the Jaguars and led Jacksonville to two AFC Championship Games in the franchise’s first five years in existence.
Aaron Brooks left Favre’s tutelage to lead the Saints to their first ever playoff victory, and Matt Hasselbeck led the Seahawks to the Super Bowl after departing from the Packers.
Could Flynn be the next former Packer quarterback to find great success elsewhere? Time will tell.
But if his college pedigree is any indication, don’t bet against the 2007 BCS Championship Game Offensive MVP who surely made the most out of his small opportunity in college.
Flynn threw for 21 touchdowns and 11 interceptions in his only year as a starter for the Tigers, after standing on the sidelines with a clipboard in his hands for his first four seasons.
If he could bring the same immediate impact to an NFL team, there may be several trade suitors this offseason.
Unfortunately for Flynn but not for Aaron Rodgers fantasy owners, it appears the Green Bay starter will be back from his concussion for this week’s game against the Giants.
If indeed Flynn is done playing for this year and the New England tape is all NFL general managers have to look at this offseason, what a highlight reel it was against a Bill Belichick defense in wintery conditions.
CLICK HERE for my previous installment highlighting WR Dwayne Bowe’s rise to NFL stardom.
CLICK HERE for my previous installment highlighting LB Bradie James’ continued stellar play for the Cowboys.
CLICK HERE for my previous installment highlighting CB Corey Webster’s Giant Super Bowl run.
CLICK HERE for my previous installment highlighting DE Glenn Dorsey overcoming a position change with the Chiefs.
CLICK HERE for my previous installment highlighting OG Alan Faneca’s continued consistency and toughness in the NFL.
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