Posted by Jim Oxley on July 6, 2010 Jump To Comments
Aaron Rodgers is Jonathon Moxon from Varsity Blues
Moxon was forced to ride the pines for three years while Lance Harbor called the shots for the Coyotes. After Harbor went down with an injury, Moxon showed great leadership at the toughest position in football and carried his team to victory.
When our friend Brent parted ways with the Packers, Rodgers became the most scrutinized player in the NFL. Despite being compared to Favre in everything from stats to shoe size for two straight seasons, Rodgers has ignored the drama from the media and produced results that exceeded expectations.
Clay Matthews and Nick Barnett are Julius Campbell and Gerry Bertier from Remember the Titans
Newcomer Campbell gelled with Bertier to become a dominant defensive force for the T.C. Williams Titans. Campbell’s pass rush and Bertier’s leadership helped the Titans win the state championship.
Similarly, rookie Clay Matthews and veteran Nick Barnett were a troublesome duo for offensive lines this past season. Matthews was a force off the edge on his way to a 10-sack season and Barnett handled the switch to the 3-4 defense and managed his 6th career season with 100+ tackles.
Jermichael Finley is Deacon Moss from The Longest Yard
In The Longest Yard, Deacon Moss joined the Mean Machine and quickly became Paul Crewe’s favorite target. With a giant frame, soft hands, and incredible athletic ability, Moss aided the inmates in their upset win over the prison guards.
Finley came back from injury in 2009 and has become a force to reckon with for the Pack. He developed a connection with Aaron Rodgers and became the go-to target in the red zone.
Greg Jennings is Vince Papale from Invincible
Papale was the lone walk-on to the Eagles when Philly held open tryouts. He had played no college football and was undersized (as far as NFL players go). He did, however, have incredible speed and miles upon miles of heart on his side.
Jennings, at 5’11”, is relatively small for a wide receiver. His Alma Mater, Western Michigan, is not necessarily a football powerhouse. Nevertheless, Jennings has developed into a premiere receiver in the NFL, using his speed, athleticism, and route-running precision to burn defenders all over the league.
Cullen Jenkins is Ivory Christian from Friday Night Lights
Christian made big plays when they counted for Permian High. His versatility allowed him to play any position on the defensive line as well as drop into coverage when necessary.
Jenkins took the transition to the 3-4 defense in stride, and lined up in many different positions over the 2009 season. He caused four turnovers this past season, several coming at crucial times.
A.J. Hawk is Bobby Boucher from The Waterboy
Boucher joined the Mud Dogs and immediately had an impact. His bull-rush attacks drove fear into opposing quarterbacks as they anticipated bone-crushing hits.
Hawk has had an instant and lasting effect on the Packers since he first took the field as a rookie. He has been among the team leaders in tackles every year and has been the producer of numerous big hits.
Bryan Bulaga is Jumbo Fumiko from The Replacements
Fumiko, a former sumo wrestler, earned a spot on the offensive line of the Washington Sentinels during the player strike in The Replacements. Fumiko used his enormous figure and sumo-agility to protect quarterback Shane Falco.
Bulaga, like Fumiko, simply stated, is a beast. He stands a solid 6’5½” and weighs in at a whopping 314 pounds. The 2009 Big Ten Offensive Lineman of the Year will hopefully use his Fumiko-like qualities to help solidify the Packer offensive line in 2010.
Atari Bigby is Brian Chavez from Friday Night Lights
Chavez is the high-energy, hammerhead safety from the Permian Panthers. His fast-paced style of play often leads to momentum-changing turnovers and head-throbbing hits. He plays on the edge and wears his heart out on his sleeve.
Bigby, similarly, has the potential to crack skulls with his aggressive play at safety, and has been the cause of numerous turnovers. His strength doesn’t rest in pass coverage, but in his hard-hitting, attack-oriented actions.
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