Crosby Headed To Green Bay

The wait took a little longer than many had expected, but Colorado placekicker Mason Crosby got a phone call Sunday afternoon telling him he had been drafted by the Green Bay Packers in the sixth round.

Mason Crosby spent much of Saturday on the golf course. Though many prognosticators had Crosby going in the third round of the NFL Draft Saturday, it didn't happen. Today, Crosby stayed closer to the television, and the two-time All-American was rewarded by being the 193rd overall pick. He's headed north to Green Bay.

"There's so much tradition up there," Crosby said from his parents' home in Georgetown, Texas, Sunday. "That's what I'm really excited about, just being part of a franchise like that. It feels right, like it's where I'm supposed to be going. I'm happy about it."

The Green Bay Packers had spoken to Crosby a few times earlier in the spring, he said, but had indicated they probably weren't going to draft a placekicker. Last year, Dave Rayner hit 26 of 35 field goals for the Packers, and connected on 31 of 32 point after attempts. Crosby will likely compete with Rayner — a third-year pro from Michigan State — in training camp. That's fine with Crosby, who left CU after having scored more points than anyone in school history.

"I'm just planning on going up and competing for a job, doing my best to earn it," he said. "I think that's the only way I can look it. I think that would be the situation most places – you just have to earn a spot."

Crosby had a strong junior season and considered leaving school early, until deciding to return for 2006, his senior year. While the draft call didn't come as early as he'd hoped, Crosby said he's looking ahead rather than dwelling on what could've transpired.

"I was just trying to be patient, enjoy my family," he said of Sunday's activities. "But now that it's happened I'm not worried about when it happened or how long it took. It's what I want to do. I want to play football."

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