Wisconsin’s Gov. Scott Walker has done at least one thing right: Last Friday he declared the day as “Mark Tauscher Day.”
The veteran Packers right tackle who has been nothing short of stellar for more than a decade, was playing at the Merrill Hills Country Club for the Greg Jennings Celebrity Golf Tournament when the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel’s Lori Nickel caught up with him to ask about his future.
“I feel good. I really do. … The rehab is going well, my shoulder is feeling a lot better,” Tauscher told Nickel.
“I haven’t really figured out what I’m going to do yet. When the lockout ends I’m sure I’ll get things figured out, one way or another, and see where we’re at.”
The former Badgers lineman who came out of nowhere to lock up the right tackle job for so many years is a Wisconsin favorite son who hails from Marshfield and has played out a lifelong dream as a member of the Green Bay Packers.
He injured his shoulder in the fourth game against Detroit last season and was one of several starters who landed on injured reserve. Needless to say, it was a bittersweet experience for him as he watched from the sidelines as the team went on to claim the Vince Lombardi Trophy.
He will be one of the players in attendance to receive his championship ring this week. No doubt, he will wear it with pride.
“Obviously I would have loved to have kept playing,” Tauscher told Nickel. “For the team to finish the season the way we did was outstanding.”
As the day dubbed “Mark Tauscher Day” continued, the always thoughtful and intelligent Tauscher joined his teammates and friends for a round of golf to raise money for Jenning’s cause.
Just as he has done for so many years for the organization, Tauscher went about his “Day” quietly and without much fanfare.
After the lockout ends, my hope is that, if able, Tauscher rejoins the team for at least one more season. Though not penciled in as a starter, how valuable would he be in the locker room, in mentoring the younger players and as a backup in the event of injury?
His presence on the team?
So, heal up Mark Tauscher … The Packers need you.
Let’s hope Ted Thompson and Mike McCarthy feel the same.