You cannot mention magic in Green Bay and not be reminded of Don Majikowski and that magical year in 1989. It had me believing in magic and much of Packers Nation as well.
But the magic did not stop there …
There are several members of this Packers team who perform magic on a regular basis, but it goes largely unnoticed … until now that is
1. Jermicheal Finley - The disappearing act
Jermicheal Finley has a combination of size and speed that is rarely seen in the NFL. He flashed his potential in the 2009 playoffs against Arizona. He had 6 catches for 159 yards in what seemed to be the birth of a star, or at the very least a preview of things to come.
However that was not the case and as a result he turned to magic. The last five games he has performed a disappearing act like no other.
So how can someone with so much talent completely disappear in games? A true magician never reveals his secrets.
2. Tom Crabtree – Pulling a rabbit out of his hat
Tom Crabtree has only caught 6 passes this year, but he has made them count. He has the two longest touchdowns for the Packers this season and averages 30.5 yards per catch.
It seems like whenever the packers need a boost, Tom is there when you least expect it. Whether it be during a punt, a 3rd and long, or a busted play, it doesn’t matter.
3. B.J. Raji – the old cutting a woman in half trick
B.J. is a great defensive lineman, thus naturally he thought he would be a great magician as well.
However a magician is only as good as the props he works with. Since there was no lady available, Raji decided to cut his stats in half. In 2010 he had 41 tackles and 6.5 sacks. Then in 2011 he only had 22 tackles and 3 sacks.
The only problem is, in order to complete the trick you are supposed to return the prop back to its original state and Raji’s stats are actually worse this year than last. This act is still a work in progress.
4. Clay Matthews – The great escape
Not since Harry Houdini has there been someone who has had such sensational escape acts.
However his acts do not involve handcuffs, water torture devices, or milk cans, they involve 300-pound linemen, constant double teams, and illegal holding.
Yet, Clay still manages to find a way to escape every game and have an impact. He is among the leaders in tackles for a loss, QB pressures, and sacks.
5. Aaron Rodgers – Pick a card, any card
Nobody is better against the blitz than Aaron Rodgers. It often seems like he knows what the opposing defense is going to do before they do it.
The same would be true for his card trick. He would study your habits of picking cards, watch any film he could on you, then tell you to simply pick a card, any card.
While you were picking that card, he would instantly fire a rocket pass to Jordy Nelson for a touchdown, then proceed to tell you the card in your hand, which was…
The ace of spades!