Green Bay Packers Win Super Bowl XLV: They Did It!

Michael AkelsonCorrespondent IFebruary 7, 2011

ARLINGTON, TX - FEBRUARY 06:  MVP Aaron Rodgers #12 of the Green Bay Packers celebrates with the Lombardi Trophy after winning Super Bowl XLV against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Cowboys Stadium on February 6, 2011 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
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They (the Green Bay Packers) did it!

They did it with 16 players on IR.

They did it with the quarterback who wasn't good enough. 

They did it with the guy who wasn't as good as Alex Smith, a guy who wasn't Brett Favre. Little did we know, that wasn't such a bad thing.

They did it with the "stupid" GM who didn't think he needed Marshawn Lynch or DeAngelo Williams. The same "idiotic" GM who told Brett Favre that he didn't want him anymore. The guy whose biggest free agent signing not named Charles Woodson was a backup middle linebacker named Brandon Chillar, who ironically was on IR for this game.

They did it with James Starks, who didn't decide to start running until the playoffs started.

They did it without Ryan Grant and Jermichael Finley, you know, the two guys whose absences turned the Packers from contenders to pretenders according to everybody outside of Green Bay.

They did it with Greg Jennings, who is more known for a YouTube video which features him breaking his leg in Madden than he is for his outstanding career.

They did it with James "Dropsies" Jones and Jordy "Dropsies Jr." Nelson. 

They did it with an offensive line who most said couldn't protect a Twinkie from an anorexic person.

They did it without Johnny Jolly, who was probably too busy drinking cough syrup somewhere to care. 

They did it with The Raj Mahal, who a lot of people said would never live up to his potential as the ninth overall pick. Why don't you ask Caleb Hanie if he was a bust?

They did it with two of the most underrated players in the league filling out the defensive line in Ryan Pickett and Cullen Jenkins.

They did it without Nick Barnett, their signal-caller and heart on defense. They did it without Al Harris, who I would have loved to see win a Super Bowl in Green Bay.

They did it with Mr. Preseason Desmond Bishop, who finally has turned himself into a good linebacker when it counts.

They did it with AJ Hawk, who will always be labeled a disappointment, but let me tell you, he's one hell of a disappointment. 

They did it with Frank Zombo, who was playing his first game in six weeks.

They did it with Clay Matthews, who made the play of the game and can officially be labeled as the man.

They did it with Tramon Williams, who has the most underrated hair in the league. I would say the same about him as a player, but he's finally getting his respect.

They did it with undrafted Sam Shields, and no, I can't tell you why he wasn't drafted either.

They did it with Nick "Pick-Six" Collins and Charlie "Salt and" Peprah playing safety. Neither is perfect, but they're both solid, Nick more so than Charlie. The Pack would be smart to re-sign Peprah.

They did it with two men who couldn't finish the game, but two men who deserved a ring more than anybody in the league, Donald Driver and Charles Woodson. Two of the best people you will find in all of professional sports, and two men who I assure you had something to say at halftime.

They did it with Mike McCarthy, the most underrated coach in football and one of the league's best play-callers.

They did it when nobody thought they could, when players were going down like it was in style. 

They did it in a year that they shouldn't have, a year that any other team would have given up on. A year where most teams would have played the, "Well we're getting a lot of players back next season" card, but not the Packers.

They did it when they were being doubted by anybody who owned a TV set and an interest in football.

So next time somebody doubts you, I have three words you can spit right in their face: THEY DID IT!


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