Chicago Bears wide receiver Brandon Marshall is comforted by Green Bay Packers cornerback Tramon Williams after the game at Soldier Field. Green Bay won 33-28. Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports photograph

Green Bay Packers: The Constant of the NFL

The time of the year has come in which many baseball fans turn their full attention to football, including fans of the Green Bay Packers.

The MLB trade deadline has come and gone, leaving many fans pulling for a “seller.” We, as Packers fans, get to take comfort when camp opens that we cheer for one of the most stable teams in all of sports.

Ted Thompson has inked a new deal which should give many fans a warm and fuzzy feeling. If Thompson has proven one thing during his tenure it’s the fact he is not only out to build a winning team but a team that is capable of winning for many years.

Baseball has adopted the art of bringing a player on board for perhaps only three months in order for a chance to win the championship, only to deplete their farm system. Free Agency in the NFL has definitely seen a rise over the years and even an increase in trades.

However, just as the fans never have to worry about the team uprooting in the middle of the night “Art Modell” style, but we can also hang our hats on our roster remaining constant and competitive.

Is it luck that over the last 60 years the Green Bay Packers have been home to the likes of Bart Starr, Brett Favre and now Aaron Rodgers? Perhaps it is luck, but it has also been the anchor of allowing the Packers to remain competitive through multiple decades and even make mediocre talent superior to that of more talented foes.

favrerodgersThe number of starting quarterbacks for teams such as the Browns, Bears, Vikings and Jaguars over the last several seasons is almost as staggering as the number of moves MLB teams make every season.

As sure as the first day of Training Camp will roll around every year in July, so is the fact that the Packers will not make a huge splash in free-agency or at the NFL trade deadline. This may make some fans anxious or even anger some.

Myself, I take a bit of pride in it.

Would it be nice for the Packers to go out and make huge splashes every season to try and secure a Super Bowl ring?

If you look around at sports today, you have to ask yourself, just how many championships can be bought? The Seahawks built through the draft, the Spurs built a great roster that stuck together for years on end and trumped a team built on the “big three.”

When we put on our cheeseheads and chant the phrase “GO! PACK! GO!” to the point of fainting, we should be thankful that we get to

cheer for players that will wear the green and gold for years on end.

Green Bay Packers helmets prior to the game against the Detroit Lions at Lambeau Field in 2013. Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports photograph

Green Bay Packers helmets prior to the game against the Detroit Lions at Lambeau Field in 2013. Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports photograph

The Ted Thompson way works.

When people open up trials or try to prove a theory correct the most important thing is proof and evidence. Super Bowl 45 just a few years back coupled with one of the best quarterbacks in the game today should seal the case pretty quickly.

Be thankful. Be thankful you are not the fan of a “seller;” be thankful you are a fan of one of the most constant teams in all of the land; be thankful you are a fan of a team willing to build a roster and not purchase one; and most of all, be thankful you get to cheer for the Green Bay Packers.

It’s training camp! The season is upon us and the Packers will be a staple in the NFL yet again, just as sure as the leaves will begin to change.




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