How can you tell your franchise is at the pinnacle of success? Everybody wants in on the action; even if it means turning down an opportunity you have been waiting for your entire life.
That is the decision Packers practice squad player Tori Gurley made this week. According to Jason Wilde of ESPNMilwaukee.com (and noted earlier this week by Zach Kruse of AllGreenBayPackers.com), Gurley turned down an offer to join the Vikings 53-man roster in order to stay with a team who has "some of the best receivers in the game."
"(Minnesota’s) season is going to be over within three weeks. We're already locked to have a playoff spot,” said Gurley of his decision. “I'm all about winning a Super Bowl, so if that's me being a practice squad player to help the defense out, or me getting out there on the field and doing whatever I have to do, I just want to be a part of something special."
The undrafted free agent wide receiver out of South Carolina did receive a pay raise from the Packers, and ultimately Gurley says his "opportunity is going to come."
For the division-rival Vikings, the rejection reflects the team's ill-fated 2011 destiny. Perhaps they would have had better luck had they sent over the trio of Jared Allen, Steve Hutchinson and Ryan Longwell to talk Gurley into crossing the border.
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