As a rookie out of Arkansas in 2007, Brett Goode’s first shot in the NFL was with Jacksonville.
He was released.
In 2008, he got another chance with the Jaguars.
He didn’t even make it to training camp.
A couple months later, the Packers were in dire straits. The man who was supposed to replace longtime snapper Rob Davis, J.J. Jansen, injured his knee in the preseason. The Packers called Goode, who was working construction in his native Fort Smith, Ark.
For the next 123 games (including playoffs), Goode handled the Packers’ snapping duties. That streak was snapped when Goode tore his ACL at Oakland on Dec. 20.
Now, Goode is back. Officially re-signed by the Packers on Monday, he’ll handle the snapping duties at, of all places, Jacksonville on Sunday.
“You know, I had an opportunity to make the team there; I didn’t,” Goode said. “It’s a very fortunate thing the way God handles things. I was able to come here and win a Super Bowl. Now, I’m back. I’m just excited to have the opportunity to play another football season.”
The timing of the injury could hardly have been worse. A 31-year-old with a torn ACL and no contract — that’s hardly the right recipe for a comeback. That he was injured in late December only complicated matters. It was possible, Goode conceded for a moment, that his career was over.
“I think it’s probably the anesthesia,” Goode said. “When you’re laying there fixing to get surgery, you never know. I’ve always heard it puts you through weird thoughts, and it does, but it’s nothing out of the ordinary to think those things heading into surgery for anything.”
Goode attacked his recovery with vigor. If nothing else, he wanted to be sure he could be an active and fit parent for his son, who’s 14 months old. He started snapping footballs in March. He was only eight-and-a-half months removed from the injury when the Packers brought him in for a workout on Friday.
On Monday, he was at his old locker. And just like old times, he’ll be wearing No. 61.
“It’s very good to be back,” Goode said. “It was a long process but it was fun because, just as a competitor, you’re always hoping that you’re going to get signed somewhere and have an opportunity to work out. That’s what pushed me to work hard.”
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