It was announced yesterday that former Green Bay Packers kicker Ryan Longwell will be retiring with the same team that he spent the first nine years of his career with. There is no question he is thrilled to finally be able to return to the Packers and end his career with the classy organization.
“It’s great to be back and be a Green Bay Packer again,” Longwell said, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
Longwell played for the Packers from 1997-2005. He currently holds the franchise records for field goals attempted (277), field goal percentage (81.6 percent) and most points (1,054).
After the 2005 season, Green Bay allowed Longwell to leave via free agency because they were not willing to give him the money he was looking for and clearly deserved. Longwell then turned to the Minnesota Vikings, or also known as Green Bay Packers North, to continue his career. It was a move that disappointed Packers fans.
“I’m proud of what I accomplished here,” Longwell told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. “I felt I had a great run in Minnesota. I was blessed to live the Packers experience for nine years. This my first team and Sara (his wife) and I grew up here. We were so blessed to see this whole operation from the other side, the other sideline, the other locker room, from across the border. We saw how special this place was.”
There is no question there is nothing quite like Green Bay tradition. The organization is a magical place that is dedicated to fulfilling coach Vince Lombardi’s ways by continuing to win championships. For Longwell to realize how great of an organization the Packers truly are, he certainly deserves to come back to open arms, as long as he does not criticize Green Bay or Applebee’s ever again.