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Jermichael Finley

Although no one has ever said the word “retired,” that’s what former Green Bay Packers tight end Jermichael Finley is. That became reality when no team wanted to take a chance on Finley and his injured neck last season.

Finley, who had hopes of returning to the Packers, sat out the entire year after undergoing spinal fusion surgery in the offseason.

And in the NFL, when you sit out an entire season and you’re not on a team’s roster, that means you’re retired. Whether you like it or not.

Just ask Nick Collins.

That point was hammered home for Finley this past weekend.

The Packers opened their rookie camp and Finley was quick notice that they gave his old number away.

No. 88 now belongs to third-round pick Ty Montgomery and that makes Big Fin sad.

What Montgomery has doesn’t really matter in our estimation. The Packers have approximately 739 receivers, so we imagine one or two of them are bound to be able to catch a football.

What the Packers haven’t had since Finley’s injury is a tight end who can do anything of note.

Andrew Quarless thinks he Rob Gronkowski, but most certainly is not. Brandon Bostick has been cut and relegated to the purgatory known as Minnesota. Richard Rodgers, AKA DickRodge, was an unaccountable suckbag as a rookie. And now there’s sixth-round pick Kennard Backman, who we know next to nothing about.

Fortunately, the Packers proved they don’t need a tight end to win, last season.

Monty McMahon

Monty McMahon is one of the founders of Total Packers. He is probably the most famous graduate of UW-Oshkosh next to Jim Gantner.



  1. JMALLABER May 11, 2015

    Richard Rodgers was an “Unaccountable Suckbag?” We must have been watching different games last year. But I guess that’s what you get when a comedian tries to talk football. Stick to the comedy Hollywood, you never listen to me.

    1. Harry Hood May 12, 2015

      Yet you come to read his site…

  2. Fat Albert Einstain May 11, 2015

    Other things that make Germ-Mickey sad: birth control, written language, humility, Riemann Curvature Tensors

    1. icebowl May 12, 2015

      Now that is funny !
      To see Riemann Tensors cited on this site….
      Truly brogdingnabian !
      Thanks for making my day….

  3. BZ in BA May 11, 2015

    I didn’t think that Rodgers was AMAZING, but I didn’t think he was horrible either, and for a rookie second stringer he seemed to make several nice catches over the course of the season. That said, I do think it would be great to have a big, dominating guy that could catch those tough 3rd downs over the middle just by being the biggest guy with the biggest hands that can also jump the highest. But as we all know, AR doesn’t have any problem getting the job done without it. GO PACK!!!!

    1. Phatgzus May 11, 2015

      “…it would be great to have a big, dominating guy that could catch those tough 3rd downs over the middle just by being the biggest guy with the biggest hands.”

      Like his catch in the Playoff game vs. Dallas?

  4. PF4L May 11, 2015

    Is anyone curious if Finley ever collected his 10 million? As far as iv’e researched, no one has said boo about it.

    It’s been 7 months, He was eligible to collect Oct 20th 2014.

    My guess is, it’s being tied up in litigation.

  5. Fritz fm WI May 11, 2015

    didn’t need a TE to win last year? what about using Julius Peppers as the tight end a la J.J.Watt? they would’ve beat N.O. if they had practiced that play a few times before they tried it in a real end zone? they win that saints game, they get the shehawks at home in the nfc game last postseason.

  6. InFact May 12, 2015

    How is R. Rodgers a $#@!%?….? — given his huge TD catches vs. New England and Dallas?

    More wagging, less barking.

  7. Abe Frohman May 12, 2015

    Exactly how much did Finley contribute his rookie year? Hint: not nearly as much as DickRodge. To compare Finley at the end of his career to DickRodge at the beginning is not fair to either player. Is there any reason to expect that Rodgers won’t make that leap going from the first to second year?

  8. vj May 12, 2015

    Jermichael Finley > Larry Sanders