So, too, are the Green Bay Packers.
It was 2008. With longtime long snapper Rob Davis having retired and accepted a job in the Packers' front office, the team had settled on J.J. Jansen. Then, during the preseason finale, Jansen's bad snap led to punter Jon Ryan taking off on a 34-yard run. Jansen injured his knee trying to make a block.
Just like that, one of the league's elite teams needed a snapper. They called on Goode, who was working a construction job in the 98-degree heat of his hometown, Fort Smith, Ark.
"Construction's not doing good right now so I'm glad I got out of it," Goode joked on Friday, when word finally leaked of the three-year contract extension he signed two weeks ago.
"I was doing that to go finish my degree and hopefully one day I was going to be able to get into coaching at a high school. I'm in no rush to do that," Goode continued.
Goode's story isn't all that unusual, especially among special-teams players, but it's inspirational, nonetheless.
Goode snapped for 49 games at Arkansas but was anything but a hot prospect. Entering the 2007 NFL Draft, he was the sixth-ranked long snapper, according to Scott Wright's DraftCountdown.com. There was no record of Goode's existence in SportsIllustrated.com's draft preview.
Goode went undrafted and got a shot with the Jaguars but was released halfway through training camp. Goode got another chance in Jacksonville in 2008 but didn't even make it to training camp.
At that point, Goode saw the writing on the wall.
But he didn't quit. He worked long days in the hot Arkansas sun but kept honing his craft, just in case he got another chance.
"The second time you get cut, it's tough," Goode said. "It's tough to stay positive. Just talking to my agent (Kevin Gold), we said we were going to stay with it until he told me, ‘No.' Things work out for a reason."
The timing of Jansen's injury left the Packers with little time to find a replacement. They settled on Goode and the results have been great. He'll play in his 72nd regular-season game against Jacksonville on Sunday. He's been practically flawless, with no catastrophic snaps. The holder on kicks hasn't had to pick up a ground ball. The punter hasn't had to make any leaping grabs. Goode, again and again and again, has put the snap right on the money.
"I think that you always just need to look at the situation when you don't have someone like Brett Goode," coach Mike McCarthy said. "There was a time where our specialists weren't quite where they needed to be, and it definitely affects your special teams. You're happy for Brett because he comes here every day, he's the same guy every day, he performs all of the time. So, it's always good to see your guys earn the next contract. I'm very happy for him and his family."
Goode will be the team's special teams captain against the Jaguars on Sunday. He wasn't good enough for Jacksonville four or five years ago but he's been good enough to win a Super Bowl, good enough to help kicker Mason Crosby set a scoring record for most points in the first five seasons of a career, good enough to help Tim Masthay to the best punting season in franchise history, good enough to be signed through 2015.
"Living the dream, that's what it is," he said. "It's an honor to able to be a part of such a great organization and being around this group of guys. I don't think there's a better group of guys in the NFL. It's an honor to be a part of that."
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