Grady Jackson has a lot to celebrate

Nose tackle gets start, new contract on same day

When nose tackle Grady Jackson celebrated his punishing tackle of Denver running back Quentin Griffin for no gain on third down of the Packers' successful goal line stand Sunday, it was part of a banner day for the defensive end.

Not only was Jackson celebrating putting an end to the Broncos; he was also basking in his good fortune of finding a happy hope with a playoff-bound team while the team who cut him loose two months ago can only watch.

Jackson,30, signed a new two-year contract extension Sunday, the same day the Packers won the NFC North Division title on one of the most exciting football days of the season.

The day also marked his first start for the Packers, in place of Gilbert Brown at nose tackle.

The 6-2, 350-pound Jackson arrived in Green Bay Nov. 4, claimed on waivers from the New Orleans Saints. Rumors of attitude problems followed the 7th-year pro into town, but quickly dissipated as the nose tackle has become an integral part of the Packers' pumped-up defense.

Jackson has tallied 25 tackles since playing in his first game as a Packer Nov. 10. He has 2.5 sacks and a forced fumble.

One of his biggest plays came when he sacked Chargers quarterback Drew Brees for a 19 yard loss, causing a fumble. Hannibal Navies recovered the fumble at the Chargers' 1, and Ahman Green took it in on the next play.

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