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Rodgers, Ross revisit last year's Family Night pick-six

Nov. 6, 2013
 
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Aaron Rodgers and Brandian Ross each have very different recollections of last year's Family Night. An undrafted rookie out of Youngstown State, the 6-foot, 191-pound cornerback made a name for himself after intercepting Rodgers on the first offensive play of the night and returning it for about a 20-yard touchdown. It turned out to be the biggest bang of the rain-shortened practice at Lambeau Field that was called off after only 20 minutes due to storms. Ross didn't make the team, but wound up on the practice squad for the entire season while Rodgers went on to capture his first NFL MVP award after commanding the Packers to a 15-1 regular season. With the team's annual Family Night right around the corner, Ross still has fond memories from last year's brief affair. "I remember Coach Whitt saying in the previous meeting, 'Someone needs to make a play,'" Ross said. "That's all I was trying to do and it just happened to come my way on the very first play. It's pretty much the same feeling right now, someone has to come out and make a big play." In terms of weather, the Packers haven't always had the greatest luck with Family Night. In 2008, there was a lightning delay that ironically enough came the same day as Brett Favre flying into Green Bay to express his desire to come out of retirement. The following year, a storm wiped out the entire night before 2010 went off without a hitch. Based on the current forecast, weather doesn't look like it will be a factor on Friday. In a playful jab at himself, Rodgers joked about his performance at the annual event that's already sold out. "I think everybodyís a little optimistic about the weather," said Rodgers with a smile. "Itís been an issue the last couple years. Family night is not something Iíve ever played very well in. Maybe this will be the year?Ē  

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