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McMillian intent on proving doubters wrong

Nov. 6, 2013
 
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The only scholarship offer Jerron McMillian received coming out of high school was from Maine. “Coming out of high school you always want to prove people wrong,” said McMillian, the Packers’ fourth-round draft pick who is participating in this weekend’s rookie orientation camp. The 5-11, 203-pound McMillian didn’t start thinking about playing in the NFL until after his sophomore redshirt season. “I took the starting role and after that my coaches (said), ‘If you want to be somebody, if you want to go somewhere, this is what you’ve got to do,’ ” McMillian said. He did enough at Maine to get the attention of Packers General Manager Ted Thompson, who drafted McMillian with the 133rd overall choice last month. Some draft experts suggested that pick was a reach, which means McMillian must start all over again in proving people wrong. “You’ve always got to try to prove that small school guys can play just as well as everybody else,” said McMillian. “Football is football.” The Packers are a little thin at safety after they released veteran Nick Collins last month. “Coming into Green Bay is just a good opportunity,” said McMillian. “To contribute right away, that’s even better. So I’m just going to work as hard as I can and take advantage of that opportunity.” When I asked McMillian if his goal was to start as a rookie, he replied: “It’s not a goal. I just let the pieces fall into place. If I work hard enough to get that spot, then I’m doing something right.” McMillian, along with the rest of the rookies, had dinner Thursday night at Lambeau Field and watched a video about Packers history. “It was real informational,” said McMillian. “There’s so much history in Green Bay that you wouldn’t even realize.”

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