The Green Bay Packers may not have a star-studded roster or a slew of big name players, but they've played on an elite level and played as a team.
It's been over a decade since the team's last world championship and now they find themselves in the Super Bowl, the pinnacle of NFL success and the highest goal of every football player in America.
I think it's safe to say that the entire nation, except Steelers fans of course, is rooting for the team that had nothing going for them except for a few good guys that stuck together to complete the task that everyone thought they'd have to wait until next year to accomplish.
Today the sports world is filled with selfish, arrogant, and immoral people. It isn't uncommon for a player to be a dog-killer, a drugee, a rapist, a sexter, an adulterer or even someone stupid enough to shoot himself in the leg. In fact, these players get all the headlines and attention, while the good guys are not recognized.
I'd like to take a few slides to mention the most admirable men in Titletown.
The Packers were the only team to offer the Pro Bowl cornerback a job after his departure from Oakland. He had his doubts about the small city in chilly Wisconsin, but he is now very happy in Titletown as he prepares to play for another title for "town" of Green Bay.
He is the veteran leader and the cornerstone of a Packers defense that has remained elite despite being hammered by injuries.
Although Woodson may have his own brand of wine, you will no longer hear reports of the star getting drunk and you won't glimpse advertisements of him promoting alcohol.
He had been known to booze back when he was with the Raiders, but now that he's the Packers' playmaker he has grown up. Green Bay changed him into the role model he is today as he left his old ways in Oakland.
Woodson established the Charles Woodson Foundation for breast cancer and he has donated large amounts of money to his alma mater, the University of Michigan, to benefit pediatric research.
No other team might've wanted to deal with him, but the Packers gave him a chance, and that chance forced him to make the choice to become one of the good guys in Green Bay.
The quarterback from Cal has been a class act ever since he dropped from probable No. 1 pick to the Packers at No. 24.
Although he probably was a little miffed, you didn't seem him complaining or ranting to the media. Rodgers accepted his role behind a man who cared little for anyone else, Brett Favre, and worked hard to achieve the success he's earned despite having to wait through three years of indecision.
He might be following the old man's example on the football field, but let's hope he never does off the field. I don't expect him to because thus far he's dealt with every situation thrown his way with a commendable attitude and he puts the team before himself, all while involving himself in multiple charities.
Rodgers takes the blame when he makes a mistake and doesn't boast about his abilities. He respects his coaching staff and his teammates follow his lead.
There may be a lot of good quarterbacks in the NFL, but many are not good citizens—Vick and Vince Young for example. Aaron Rodgers constantly displays character that his Super Bowl counterpart, Ben Roethlisberger, lacks.
Because of his quarterbacking ability and morals, Rodgers is in the company of Drew Brees and one of his real mentors, Kurt Warner.
Driver grew up in a bad area and had a rough upbringing. Now he has the brightest smile in the NFL.
The fan favorite has spent all of his career, 12 years, on the Packers. That fact is a testament to his skill on and off the field. Not many players remain with the team that drafted them any more or are kicked off because of one indiscretion or another.
You won't catch his name on the news for a DUI or reckless driving, or brandishing a weapon in a club. Although, you might see him listed as one of the best Green Bay Packers wide receivers of all time.
Driver is also the the ultimate family man and the father of two kids. Prior to a home game in mid-October I caught a glimpse of him as he exited his vehicle. He hugged each member of his family that accompanied him to the game, all wearing a different "Driver" jersey, before he descended into the depths of Lambeau.
Driver was also the winner of Walter Payton Man of the Year award in 2002, the NFL award of community service, as well as other local awards for his charitable efforts. He is also the founder of the Donald Driver Foundation that assists sick children and the homeless, and also supports other charities.
Donald Driver is loved in Green Bay and even fans across the nation should find it hard to root against a man who has his priorities straight.
The Green Bay Packers organization is based on pride, respect and character.
I've named a few of the current players who've greatly contributed to the team and society. All of the guys you will see on the field in green on February 6 in the Super Bowl are examples of what all NFL players should be.
Players that put their team first, give back to the community, steer clear of distractions, and give it their all on game day.
The Green Bay Packers are one of the classiest organizations in the NFL and have been rewarded with a trip to Dallas.