Fisher took that seriously. He gained 91 yards on 17 carries and scored a well-deserved fourth-quarter touchdown in Green Bay's 30-20 win over the Bears Sunday at Lambeau.
Will Fisher be taking another Lambeau Leap when the Vikings visit this Sunday night? Signs are pointing in that direction, after Ahman Green had to miss practice Monday with a painful bruised kneecap. Green is listed as questionable for Sunday.
"We wanted to get Green back in there," said offensive coordinator Tom Rossley. "He went out and he just couldn't explode off of it. I just talked to him. I think he's going to be fine, he just wasn't feeling up to complete 100 percent so we stayed with Fish (Tony Fisher)."
That will be the game plan if Green's knee isn't ready to go come Sunday. With the patchwork composition of every other injury-depleted unit on this team, and with the standout performances by previous unknowns and out-of-position players, why should the running back spot be any different?
"If people didn't know who Tony Fisher was, they will now," said quarterback Brett Favre. "He did an unbelievable job under really toudgh conditions, without many reps during the Week against the Bears, in the cold.
"I told him 'you grew up today.' I think he can be a really good player in this league," Favre said.
"He's just gotten better from training camp. We always knew he had skills, ball skills and speed and change-of-direction, but the running skills and finding holes, we found that out today. He's getting better and better. We're just getting more and more confidence with him."
Before Sunday, Fisher had 79 yards on 22 carries in limited action. He moved up to No. 2 on the depth chart when Najeh Davenport was sidelined for the season two weeks ago with a fractured eye socket.
Rossley pointed to Fisher's surprise debut as an important intangible vs. the Bears:
"Where'd that come from?" Rossley said. "That was huge, that was really good. Lit up the guys too, because he's such a good guy."