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Which Packers Will Be Household Names One Year From Now?

February 23, 2011

At the conclusion of the 2009 NFL season, Packers players were cleaning out their lockers after a dejecting 51-45 loss in Glendale, Arizona. Little did they know that the sour taste in their mouths was simply the appetizer for next season’s glory. A few tweaks to the roster and this team would be ready to compete for the Lombardi Trophy. Or so that’s what they thought.

As is usually the case under general manager Ted Thompson, the team did not go out and sign any big-name free agents. Whereas their NFC North counterparts were spending large amounts of cash to bring in new players and fresh faces, the Packers chose to re-sign their own players and add a few new faces through the draft.

Players came and went throughout the 2010 season, but the final 53 that were immortalized in Arlington, Texas included 18 names that the previous year were virtually unknown to even the most dedicated fan.

Diyral Briggs Bryan Bulaga Tom Crabtree
Robert Francois Brett Goode Josh Gordy
Howard Green Graham Harrell Tim Masthay
Nick McDonald Dmitri Nance Sam Shields
Andrew Quarless James Starks Erik Walden
Matt Wilhelm C.J. Wilson Frank Zombo

 

Looking over that list, a few names stick out. The team would have been lost without the outstanding play of rookies Sam Shields, Tim Masthay, and Bryan Bulaga. In the Super Bowl, Howard Green forced an interception that Nick Collins cashed in for six points, and Frank Zombo had the game’s lone sack.

Each player contributed in their own way, but the overall theme of this list points to solid coaching and excellent scouting. The Packers’ staff had the leadership, ability, and wherewithal to leave no stone unturned in their search for the players who best fit the needs of this team.

For a team that needed a tweak here or there, the Packers’ roster went through the sort of change one would expect from a rebuilding team. The fresh faces just add to the lore of the truly remarkable Packers Super Bowl season.

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