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Jermichael Finley's epiphany could be great for Green Bay

Packers tight end Jermichael Finley flashed plenty of potential in his second NFL season, culminating in a wild-card performance against the Cardinals featuring six receptions for 159 yards.  He’s now committed to fulfilling his potential on a full-time basis.

According to Greg Bedard of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Finley had an epiphany in March — and he now has big goals.

I want it all,” Finley tells Bedard.  “I want to be the best tight end in the
league, and I want to be a better father, husband and teammate. . . .  I want people to
know they can look at Jermichael Finley and say, ‘That’s a Packer.’  That’s what I’m shooting for.”

He had different priorities in 2009.  Per Bedard, Finley was late for roughly six meetings last season, and he missed curfew the night before the playoff game.

“I walked on the floor, and it was like the FBI looking for me,” Finley said.  “Just being that
young buck, thinking he’s all that.”

During training camp last season, he left without permission so that he could sleep in his own bed, only three miles away.

But the bad decisions continued in the offseason, when Finley fired agent Blake Baratz and re-hired Major Adams, best known for representing Vince Young.  Finley went to Austin, Texas for the offseason, and he claims that Adams didn’t have a workout plan for Finley — and Finley says he “played hard at night” with Adams and Young.

Finley has since re-fired Adams and re-hired Baratz, who was reluctant to take Finley back.

“I want fans to feel they can trust me and believe in me,” Finley said.  “The young, immature Finley, I thought he was foolish.  And the new
Finley, I think is going to do the work, do what he’s supposed to do and
be that player the Packers know I can be and all the fans out there
too.”

Given that the “foolish” version of Finley caught 55 passes for 676 yards and five touchdowns during the 2009 regular season, the sky could be the limit for this newly-minted non-knucklehead.

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  1. funi says: May 15, 2010 11:12 PM

    I want to be a better porno star!
    Ron Jeremy

  2. ClayMath52 says: May 15, 2010 11:18 PM

    Has the potential to be the best TE in the league. Could be a huge piece of the puzzle. Nice to see a classy player wanting to be a better human and relating that to being a Packer.

  3. se18a29 says: May 15, 2010 11:33 PM

    ClayMath52 says:
    May 15, 2010 11:18 PM
    Has the potential to be the best TE in the league. Could be a huge piece of the puzzle. Nice to see a classy player wanting to be a better human and relating that to being a Packer.
    Nothing can help the pukers losers.

  4. ICEWALKER says: May 15, 2010 11:34 PM

    This is great to hear! Bring on the season!
    Just remember; words that are not backed up make you look more the fool than if you never opened your mouth in the first place.
    Put you play where your words say it’s going to go.

  5. cgc1969 says: May 15, 2010 11:37 PM

    why are the sentences on my comments chopped up

  6. Green n' Gold says: May 15, 2010 11:38 PM

    The Combination of Rodgers to Finley will be a lethal one for years to come. Finley will be an all pro next year provided he stays healthy. Put him out wide or in the slot, he’s a nightmare matchup for any safety or cornerback. Just ask the Queens and the Cardinals two playoff teams, what they think of J-Mike. Scary Good…

  7. GirthyOne says: May 15, 2010 11:47 PM

    Showing once again that Mike McCarthy doesn’t carry enough respect with players to be a head coach. Bad game coach and not respected. Not a good combination. He better hope that guys like Finley actually step up on their own like they are saying they will or his sorry ass is going to looking for a job soon.

  8. Mike Whorio says: May 15, 2010 11:51 PM

    @ClayMath52: Classy player? Did you not actually read the post? He’s scum just like the rest of ‘em.

  9. Howie Handles says: May 15, 2010 11:52 PM

    “Nice to see a classy player”
    ————
    Classy? Being late for practices, leaving to take a freaking nap, and being late the day before a playoff game? I guess you cheeseheads define classy differently that others do.

  10. CsanBoySmith says: May 15, 2010 11:58 PM

    Jermichael Finley…LIGHT IT UP LIGHT IT UP!!!

  11. Franchise says: May 16, 2010 12:01 AM

    @ Green n’ Gold
    “Just ask the Queens and the Cardinals two playoff teams, what they think of J-Mike”
    Lets see, take away a 62 yard TD in the first meeting with the Vikes, he had an average game. The second game his name wasn’t even present on the boxscore. Shank-ho on the other hand had only 4 catches in both games, 2 went for TDs, but his team won. The fact is, the Pack lost all 3 games you mentioned.
    I doubt either team cares how good a guy who refers to himself in the 3rd person is when they celebrate a win.

  12. PackersHome says: May 16, 2010 12:02 AM

    Hope he stays on the right track. He’ll be a force for a half decade easy if he does.

  13. sand0 says: May 16, 2010 12:06 AM

    Finley is a glorified WR but a good one at that. Good football player but comes off as a complete tool. You’ll get that.

  14. funi says: May 16, 2010 12:34 AM

    I was the best Packer Tight END ever! Ask 14 year old girls!
    Mark Chumura

  15. FLYBOY says: May 16, 2010 12:40 AM

    Finley left training camp to sleep in his own bed, huh? Yeah ok. The real reason, and the Packers are embarrased to admit it, is that Finley left so that he could shave his nuts bald in private. He felt the hair was a bit of a drag on his forty time.
    Word out there now is that he’s a habitual shaver. He’s going to be a monster this year…1st team All-Pro.
    Packers should rep the NFC is the SB this yr.

  16. LBPACKFAN says: May 16, 2010 12:43 AM

    se18a29 –
    Perhaps you should check out Jermichaels gamelog from the Monday night game against the Queens (soon to be LA Queens)

  17. Tinbender says: May 16, 2010 12:43 AM

    Are you listning to Jermichal JaMarcus?

  18. Grimmlock42 says: May 16, 2010 12:48 AM

    Rodgers and Finley really hit it off last year. Hard to believe he’s a TE. He had numbers that made WR’s jealous. He stays healthy, he will be a household name next year.

  19. Sarge says: May 16, 2010 12:52 AM

    lol @ “J-Mike”

  20. 49erFanLivingInDallas says: May 16, 2010 1:00 AM

    It’s gonna be a tight race for pro-bowl honors in the NFC for tight ends. With Vernon Davis in SF, Finley in GB, Witten in Dallas, Cooley in Washington, Winslow Jr in TB (lonnnngggg shot), Shockey in NO…. am I missing anyone?
    That’s a seriously talented group of players, although I’m sure everyone is going to pick apart each player and find reasons why they shouldn’t even be playing in the league (lots of people seem to enjoy doing that).
    Can’t wait for the start of the season.

  21. Contra says: May 16, 2010 1:02 AM

    He will blow his knee out in week 3.

  22. DCViking says: May 16, 2010 1:03 AM

    I want people to know they can look at Jermichael Finley and say, ‘That’s a Packer.’ That’s what I’m shooting for.”
    ———————————————-
    People already ‘That’s a Packer.’ when they see JimmySmith or Boob Nelson

  23. ☻☼CBS, FOX, ESPN, NFLN nbc says: May 16, 2010 1:13 AM

    Thats the kind of passion i want on my team.

  24. Route36West says: May 16, 2010 1:20 AM

    Right Florio.
    You tear into guys and call them divas and say there going to be a problem in the future for their team before they have done anything wrong.
    Then as soon as a guy who has acted like a diva and has been a problem for his team says hes not going to do that anymore you say ok hes all better now?
    That makes total sense.
    You will condemn some who have done nothing because they might be guilty in the future. Then you pardon someone who has been guilty and hasnt proven hes changed except saying he has.
    Once again that makes total sense you hack.

  25. shaggytoodle says: May 16, 2010 1:44 AM

    Where are all the TT bashers at?
    He will be the best TE in the division next year if he can stay healthy. Pettigrew isn’t proven, the Bears got Martz, and if Vikings will regress if the QB decides to retire (but you know mean it this time).

  26. cunn9305 says: May 16, 2010 1:50 AM

    It’s all just blowin’ smoke until he backs it up. Put it on the tape dude … put it on the tape …

  27. PackFaninPackLand says: May 16, 2010 2:13 AM

    Simply stated the last 8 games of 2009 (7 regular season + playoff game) Finley WAS the best TE in the league.
    44 catches for 575 yards and 4 TD’s in those 8 games. Imagine if he could duplicate that for a full 16 game season ?? Holy crap.
    Very Tony Gonzalez-like numbers. He still has a long ways to go to be TG, but he could be on his way. Also, Finley was a key factor in the Packers going 6-2 those final 8 games, and really they lost on the final play in the both of the 2 losses, so he and the Packers were close to closing out the season 8-0.
    Can’t wait until September !!!!!

  28. Norv Turner says: May 16, 2010 2:19 AM

    @Green n’ Gold
    Weren’t the Cardinals/Vikings 3-0 vs. the Packers?

  29. eb says: May 16, 2010 2:20 AM

    It is nice to hear in this day and time someone say it’s family first, team second rather than me, me, me. I hope he can walk the talk. Hopefully many others will follow his example & Finely can make good on these statements.
    Now, more than ever society needs more “players” to step up and be real fathers and husbands.
    The NFL will be even better if more players adopt this attitude. Good luck Finley.

  30. Benny says: May 16, 2010 2:44 AM

    Packer Fans finally get a story about them….

  31. nerd says: May 16, 2010 3:21 AM

    The Packers offense is going to be FREAKY good. Quarless (TE, 4th round pick) actually had better measurables at the combine than Finley. And with Starks catching passes out of the backfield? Damn! Everyone on the field is a weapon.
    Solidified the Oline too.

  32. wrath4771 says: May 16, 2010 3:36 AM

    If Finley gets a clue, he’ll be real tough to stop. I just don’t buy into that he has the clue yet.

  33. Manbearpig says: May 16, 2010 3:36 AM

    The Combination of Rodgers to Finley will be a lethal one for years to come. Finley will be an all pro next year provided he stays healthy. Put him out wide or in the slot, he’s a nightmare matchup for any safety or cornerback. Just ask the Queens and the Cardinals two playoff teams, what they think of J-Mike. Scary Good…
    _________________________
    What should we ask the “Queens” and the Cardinals Green n’ Gold? OK. I can think of a couple questions.
    Hey “Queens,” how many times did you beat the Packers last year with the QB they tossed aside for the wunderkind who gift-wrapped a playoff win for the Cardinals?
    “Queens” – “Oh that’s an easy one. We beat them twice. Handily. The quarterback that they cast off and we signed had multiple touchdown throws in both games.”
    Hey Cardinals, what did you think of that one time when Aaron Rodgers dropkicked the ball into Karlos Dansby’s waiting arms for a game-winning touchdown in the playoffs?
    Cardinals – “That was great. Talk about fun postseason memories.”

  34. Shalhoub66 says: May 16, 2010 3:51 AM

    jermichael is a freak of an athlete and last season proved he will be a top notch player soon. have to thank TT for taking a chance on him and developing him. i love being a packers fan we are too good.

  35. packfan4ever says: May 16, 2010 4:10 AM

    he’s a 6’5″ 255lb slot receiver who runs a 4.5 40 yd dash and has hands like randy moss. this guy is a defense’s biggest nightmare and should help make the pack offense lethal this year. he will be the best TE in the nfl this year.

  36. PatricktheDookie says: May 16, 2010 4:22 AM

    Talk is cheap.

  37. PackAttackBackMan says: May 16, 2010 5:03 AM

    Yeah that’s what I’m talking about J-Fin!!
    Anybody that can’t see whats happening to the Packers is a hater or an idiot….
    Maybe they wont go to the Superbowl this year, but there is NO DOUBT the division title is theirs….

  38. PULL&SEAL says: May 16, 2010 6:42 AM

    This guy scares the shit out of Viking fans.

  39. jimmySee says: May 16, 2010 7:22 AM

    He’s got a potential role model in the locker room in Charles Woodson.

  40. JimmySmith says: May 16, 2010 8:09 AM

    Its unfair to infer that Finley will post big numbers against the Vikes, they don’t have a secondary. How will he do against a defense that isn’t sub average, that’s the question?

  41. K-Rock says: May 16, 2010 8:52 AM

    My nephew graduated High School with Finley at my old school in Diboll, TX. He had talent then too, but he was still treated differently. He would stand to the side and catch passes while the rest of the team went through warm up before games on Friday nights. Stories about him sleeping in class and getting passing grades anyway. I know he got the little white girl pregnant because I know the girls’ family. Diboll is a small town. Kid has always had entitlement issues, but its never stopped him from performing. Hope he really has got it together. Maybe next he can stop referring to himself in the 3rd person.

  42. DDJesus says: May 16, 2010 9:14 AM

    # Howie Handles says: May 15, 2010 11:52 PM
    “Nice to see a classy player”
    ————
    Classy? Being late for practices, leaving to take a freaking nap, and being late the day before a playoff game? I guess you cheeseheads define classy differently that others do.
    _______
    LOL. Immature =/= classless. He didn’t leave to take a nap, he left training camp at night to sleep in his own bed rather than the beds they have AT training camp. It’s amazing the spin some idiots will put on a few words to demonize a person.

  43. DDJesus says: May 16, 2010 9:16 AM

    # Manbearpig says: May 16, 2010 3:36 AM
    What should we ask the “Queens” and the Cardinals Green n’ Gold? OK. I can think of a couple questions.
    Hey “Queens,” how many times did you beat the Packers last year with the QB they tossed aside for the wunderkind who gift-wrapped a playoff win for the Cardinals?
    “Queens” – “Oh that’s an easy one. We beat them twice. Handily. The quarterback that they cast off and we signed had multiple touchdown throws in both games.”
    Hey Cardinals, what did you think of that one time when Aaron Rodgers dropkicked the ball into Karlos Dansby’s waiting arms for a game-winning touchdown in the playoffs?
    Cardinals – “That was great. Talk about fun postseason memories.”
    ____
    *big eye roll*
    CLEARLY he was talking about how Jermichael Finley had huge games against the Vikings and Cardinals. CLEARLY he was stating that Jermichael is a huge mismatch for defenses. But of course you obviously don’t have a shred of reading comprehension.

  44. FootballPhil says: May 16, 2010 10:08 AM

    K-Rock says:
    May 16, 2010 8:52 AM
    My nephew graduated High School with Finley at my old school in Diboll, TX. He had talent then too, but he was still treated differently. He would stand to the side and catch passes while the rest of the team went through warm up before games on Friday nights. Stories about him sleeping in class and getting passing grades anyway. I know he got the little white girl pregnant because I know the girls’ family. Diboll is a small town. Kid has always had entitlement issues, but its never stopped him from performing. Hope he really has got it together. Maybe next he can stop referring to himself in the 3rd person.
    —————————————————
    First off you’re a racist. Are black men not allowed to get white girls pregnant?
    Even if this is true all this tells me is that your nephew sucks, couldn’t get playing time and then bitched about Finley’s alleged “entitlement issues” and special treatment. Most losers find excuses for why they suck as much as they do. Maybe if you weren’t a moron you could teach your nephew about personal responsibility. You know, stop blaming everyone else for your problems and take some responsibility for things. Maybe you guys can save up a couple of your McDonald’s paychecks and buy a Jermichael Finley jersey, then send it to him for an autograph.

  45. BigBear123 says: May 16, 2010 10:12 AM

    Was he intoxicated when he said this?
    He a lot of people at bars say similar things.

  46. 1mge says: May 16, 2010 10:21 AM

    The Vikings are great! There going to win another Superbowl this year!!

  47. GBfanForever says: May 16, 2010 10:21 AM

    JFin is a stud. I love seeing immature guys coming into teams with good locker rooms and team cohesiveness and growing up to actually be able apply their talents.

  48. BDMurrayJr says: May 16, 2010 10:44 AM

    This won’t last longer than the end of the day.

  49. SoCalSean says: May 16, 2010 11:15 AM

    I want people to know they can look at Jermichael Finley and say, ‘That’s a Packer.’ That’s what I’m shooting for.”
    Well then, knock out a few teeth, sleep with your sister and act like people outside of Wisconsin actually care about Green Bay…..Then you are a Packer!

  50. 49erFanLivingInDallas says: May 16, 2010 12:01 PM

    god, there’s a lot of hate out there today. much more than normal.

  51. TrentDilferisaDouche says: May 16, 2010 12:15 PM

    You cheeseheads are all talk until you lose to a team like tampa and then you shut up for awhile. Most of you became packer fans because of Favre and now all you have is bitterness, a case of old milwaukee, and poor hygiene.

  52. CKL says: May 16, 2010 12:19 PM

    GirthyOne says:
    May 15, 2010 11:47 PM
    Showing once again that Mike McCarthy doesn’t carry enough respect with players to be a head coach. Bad game coach and not respected. Not a good combination. He better hope that guys like Finley actually step up on their own like they are saying they will or his sorry ass is going to looking for a job soon.
    ___________________________________
    Wow is this a common Packer fan opinion of MM? I have a lot of respect for him myself. I think he’s a tough old school coach…which I like. Plus he’s had your team in the playoffs 2 of the 3 years he’s been the HC (and the 2006 squad he took over in 07 wasn’t really good) which is a helluva lot better than a lot of other HCs.

  53. Green n' Gold says: May 16, 2010 12:59 PM

    @ Franchise and Norv Turner:
    Who the hell cares if they went 0-3? Does Finley play defense? Is he a safety or cornerback? This thread is about Finley. He lit up the Queens and Cardinals, you can throw in the vaunted Steelers defense too! Let’s stay on topic guys, nice try..

  54. bonecity7 says: May 16, 2010 1:13 PM

    PackFaninPackLand says:
    May 16, 2010 2:13 AM
    Simply stated the last 8 games of 2009 (7 regular season + playoff game) Finley WAS the best TE in the league.
    44 catches for 575 yards and 4 TD’s in those 8 games
    Not as simple as you suggest, PackFan.
    Jason Witten had 45 catches for 592 yards in the last seven regular season games alone, without needing to include a big game in the playoffs to attempt to make your failed point. Add in Witten’s 4 for 27 in his first playoff game and you get 49 catches for 619 yards….would you agree that those numbers are better than Finley’s?
    Antonio Gates had 38 catches for 582 yards and 6 td’s……..Dallas Clark had 43 catches and 7td’s…
    Finley is very good……but false claims as to his place amongst NFL TE’s doesn’t help your credibility in here.

  55. HerbertJablonski says: May 16, 2010 1:14 PM

    Hopefully he’ll still slip into the late rounds of my fantasy league draft.

  56. Byrd Is The Word says: May 16, 2010 1:38 PM

    I’d like to hear that from Marshawn Lynch…

  57. Mach says: May 16, 2010 1:53 PM

    @ FootballPhil
    Really? That’s your response to K-Rock’s statement? In what way did he come across as racist? He never once said anything remotely bordering on a racial issue other than to state the fact that the pregnant girl was white. If anything, you are the bigot, making derogatory comments towards the fast-food workers of our nation. Your response is one of the most ignorant statements I’ve seen posted on this site in a long time…and there have been some pretty bad ones. All K-Rock was doing was relaying the observations of his nephew. He never once said his nephew played with Finley, was chapped about not getting playing time, or was an underachiever of any type. He just relayed what he saw…an over-entitled player getting preferential treatment at his high school, like a lot of star athletes tend to receive.
    I am a Finley fan. I think the guy is awesome, and I hope his new outlook on life translates into making him a better man. I also know of people who have large amounts of success early on and get a big head about it, only to be fueled on by those co-dependant people around them. K-Rock’s nephew’s report was not that hard to swallow, unlike your hateful response.
    K-Rock, thank you for the insight. I hope this next step in Finley’s life changes your nephew’s perception of the guy.

  58. Jack Factor says: May 16, 2010 2:41 PM

    12 World Championships – If you like it then you better put a ring on it.

  59. cunn9305 says: May 16, 2010 2:53 PM

    Given his (lack of) intelligence, (lack of) work ethic and (lack of) maturity if he couldn’t catch a football he would probably be very poor and not banging white chicks … Is that racist ???

  60. WaffleStomp says: May 16, 2010 3:21 PM

    @bonecity7
    True Witten and Gates had big numbers over that same period but you are forgetting that they are starting TEs on their respective teams.
    Finley was not.
    McCarthy has finally given Finley the starting nod for this coming season.

  61. QB or not QB says: May 16, 2010 9:39 PM

    Finley’s comments ring a little hollow. One can be a good father regardless of how well you play football. He can start that process yesterday without having to prove anything on the field.
    As for garnering respect on the field, it must first come from his teammates and coaches who will see his actions on a daily basis, not just on game day.

  62. Ambrose says: May 17, 2010 10:52 AM

    TrentDilferisaDouche says:
    May 16, 2010 12:15 PM
    You Packer fans are all humble until you beat a team like Dallas and then you perk up for awhile. Some of you became Packer fans because of Favre and now all you have is happiness, a case of champagne-in-waiting, and the brightest smiles.
    ————————————————————
    I can read between the lines…thank you for your dead-on comments.

  63. footballrulz says: May 17, 2010 11:34 AM

    Actually GB was 1-3 vs MN & AZ. That is if reality matters at all in a Pack/Vike post. Somehow I get the feeling it really doesn;t.

  64. jimicos says: May 17, 2010 11:44 AM

    Sarge says:
    May 16, 2010 12:52 AM
    lol @ “J-Mike”
    ————————-
    lol @ “T-Jack”

  65. jimicos says: May 17, 2010 11:53 AM

    footballrulz says:
    May 17, 2010 11:34 AM
    Actually GB was 1-3 vs MN & AZ. That is if reality matters at all in a Pack/Vike post. Somehow I get the feeling it really doesn;t.
    ————————-
    I believe the original reference was to the two Viking games and the AZ playoff game, not the two AZ games. He didn’t have a big game against AZ in week 17 (4 for 34 yards and 1 TD). He had a huge game in the playoffs (6 for 159, 0 TDs).

  66. footballrulz says: May 17, 2010 4:09 PM

    Just ask the Queens and the Cardinals two playoff teams, what they think of J-Mike. Scary Good…
    @Green n’ Gold
    Weren’t the Cardinals/Vikings 3-0 vs. the Packers?
    _________________________________
    @jimicos
    Don’t get your line of thinking but it’s no big deal really. Really liked some of your last comments on the Rodgers mimicing his predecessor though. Good research.

  67. jimicos says: May 17, 2010 5:29 PM

    footballrulz says:
    May 17, 2010 4:09 PM
    Don’t get your line of thinking but it’s no big deal really. Really liked some of your last comments on the Rodgers mimicing his predecessor though. Good research.
    ————————-
    You’re right. I saw “Cardinals” and “playoff” right next to each other and assumed that’s what the original poster was talking about. I was too lazy to go back and look.
    Regarding Favre’s passing attempts.. I remember seeing some of Favre’s season stats and thinking it was a hell of a lot of passing attempts. When Fan of Fellatio made his stupid comment about the Packers becoming a “pass-first team” I decided to check. Luckily, pro-football-reference.com makes it pretty easy.

  68. jimicos says: May 17, 2010 5:34 PM

    BTW, did I get about 10 comments back to back in that thread? That’s pretty pathetic. Then again, I’m very rarely on this site on the weekends. Need to catch up on Mondays.

  69. footballrulz says: May 17, 2010 6:27 PM

    Well, you do good stuff, nice read. Nice to see level headedness on PFT.

  70. chickenragnar the 3rd says: May 18, 2010 8:40 AM

    footballrulz says:
    May 17, 2010 6:27 PM
    Well, you do good stuff, nice read. Nice to see level headedness on PFT.
    ============================
    Why must you encourage him?

  71. jimicos says: May 18, 2010 10:02 AM

    chickenragnar the 3rd says:
    May 18, 2010 8:40 AM
    Why must you encourage him?
    ————————
    Why must you keep coming back? Is this your 6th or 7th userid. Take a hint.

  72. granadafan says: May 19, 2010 6:02 PM

    It’s nice to read that an athlete recognizes his faults and actually wants to change for the better. He could be blowing smoke out of his ass, but at least he recognized his immaturity. Other divas and criminals in the league think only about themselves and can do no wrong.
    Whatever motivated Finely to “change” then I hope others in the league take notice. Hopefully he’ll work his ass off for Rodgers.

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