Tommorow's Packers Family Night at Lambeau Field will be the first opportunity of the 2011 season for the players to play to a stadium-sized audience and experience the adrenaline rush that goes along with it.
For the rookies, especially, it provides a nice introduction to the game-like atmosphere in Green Bay unlike anywhere else in the National Football League.
Whereas most first-year NFL players will experience the nerves and butterflies that accompany their first preseason game, the Packers will have a leg up on the rest of the league by having already made an appearance in front of tens of thousands of fans at Lambeau Field.
"The Family Night scrimmage is going to be real fun," said veteran defensive back Jarrett Bush. "It's probably going to be sold out, like usual. It's going to be loud.
"But it's like a practice, so it's going to be casual, because we're not in uniform and the coaches are out on the field. The refs saying we can't hit, it's not live. But it's just a chance for the young rookies out there to show what you can do before a preseason game."
For the rookies trying to make an NFL roster for the first time of their professional careers, they'll be trying to make an impression in front of not only the ticket holders, but also a state-wide television audience and a national one tape-delayed on the NFL Network.
Bush passed along some advice for the rookies to make an impact.
"I guess you could say take it seriously, but go out there and have fun," said Bush. "I feel that when you do take it too seriously, that's when you kind of get tense and you're not really showing what you're capable of.
"Just go have fun, show what you can do, and if you get a chance to make a play, make a play. If you mess up, just let it go. Everybody's going to make a mistake. The starters even make a mistake. I'm sure Charles (Woodson) and Tramon (Williams) and (Chad) Clifton, they say they can make mistakes too. And just go lay it out there."
Rookie running back Alex Green, a third-round draft choice out of the University of Hawaii, said he's looking forward to the experience but was also aware he needed to balance the work and play aspects as it applies to professional football.
"I'm having fun, the guys are joking around, playing around, but at the same time we get to work too," said Green. "It's kind of both. It feels good to be out there."
According to a recent report, 42,000 tickets have been sold for the event already, and tickets will continue to be sold online, over the phone, at the Packers ticket office and at Ticketmaster locations throughout the state, making it possible to reach sellout status.
"It's going to be an exciting feeling for me," said Green. "I'm looking forward to it."
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