Jermichael Finley: I’m working as hard as I can to get back to Packer Nation

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The wait for tight end Jermichael Finley’s return to football after last year’s neck injury and surgery has lasted throughout the offseason and there haven’t been many signs that the end is in sight.

When it does end, though, Finley hopes that there’s a Packers uniform waiting for him. Finley told Jason Wilde of ESPN Wisconsin that he’s feeling as good as he’s felt since getting hurt and that he remains hopeful that he’ll be back in familiar surroundings soon.

“This is the best I’ve felt in this entire crazy process,” Finley said. “Tell everybody I’m working as hard as I can to get back to Packer Nation.”

Finley was cleared by his doctor several weeks ago, but that hasn’t done much to heat up his market outside of a visit with the Patriots that ended without a contract. The Packers have maintained an open door to a Finley return, but it would take their own medical clearance and it doesn’t appear that they or anyone else is satisfied Finley can make a return in 2014.

36 responses to “Jermichael Finley: I’m working as hard as I can to get back to Packer Nation

  1. Translation: I want out of this pathetic franchise as fast as possible.

    The Minnesota Vikings are 100x the franchise the Packers are.

  2. Are the Packer doctors even interested in giving him a physical? What is the process (holdup?)

  3. thepftpoet says:
    Jul 9, 2014 3:39 PM
    Translation: I want out of this pathetic franchise as fast as possible.

    The Minnesota Vikings are 100x the franchise the Packers are.
    worst. troll. ever.
    It’s like you’re not even trying.

  4. He really seemed like he had finally put it all together right before his injury, the drops were being cut out. Seemed like he was finally putting the work in and making good on all that natural skill and athleticism.

    Personally, I hope he doesn’t come back to Green Bay if he’s back to 100%. That’s just because I’m a Bears fan and GB doesn’t need too much help, haha.

  5. Hate to see someone go out that way but if he does I hope he has a prosperous life. If he ends up back on the field he wants Green Bay because he obviously values the greatness of the franchise and Aaron Rodgers.

  6. AND NOTHING OF VALUE WOULD BE GAINED!!!! Come to Minnesota, we would let you play on the practice squad and maybe even let you dress a time or two on Sundays!!!!

  7. Do the right thing Jermichael, whatever that might be. No one wants to see you laying motionless on the turf again, especially your wife and kids. From the Packers perspective, we seem to be in good shape at TE. Even without JF, it appears we will have the strongest TE position we have had in quite a few years. Note to Packers fans, in my opinion we should ignore the queen trolls from now on. Like the bully in grade school, ignoring them is the one thing they can’t stand, since they get no recognition during the season. As was said by another poster, the Bears are our real rival, and this year the Lions may be our best competition. Let the games begin! Go Packers!!!!!!!

  8. thepftpoet says:
    Jul 9, 2014 3:39 PM
    Translation: I want out of this pathetic franchise as fast as possible.

    The Minnesota Vikings are 100x the franchise the Packers are.


    Some would say the Packers are 13x the franchise the Vikings are.

  9. Really don’t know why this dude wants to try to play again. Very few people get a message written ten feet tall saying “If you keep going, you’re going to be a cripple.” Just walk away happy and enjoy your health.

  10. If I was a Viking fan, and I know some normal ones, I would be ashamed of the trash ones on here.

    JMike- If the Packers doctors clear you, which they are always cautious, I would welcome you back with open arms.

  11. Translation: This time I want to be able to earn my Super Bowl ring by playing in it. And I want to stay in the division so I can keep destroying the Vikings and Bears horrible defenses like I’ve done my entire career.

  12. The Pats really need another tight end. Wonder what they saw on his doctor visit with them.

  13. I dont know….there is a reason he has not been signed by the Pack.
    But looking at the roster I dont know if there is a spot for him

  14. I wish he’d retire. I don’t want to see him paralyzed or dead, it’s just not worth it.

  15. Finley just needs to accept he’s done. No one is going to take the risk. Cash in the 10 million tax free insurance policy he has and enjoy life retired at 27 and rich and spend it having fun with the family.

  16. Is it just me or do the Viking fans found an enormous amount of time Worrying about the Packers here? Why don’t they concentrate on their own franchise and they may not be 27th in the power rankings! They might even sniff the championship someday???

  17. Finley was a heck of a football player. It must be hard for him to walk away, or to be forced away from something he was so good at and that netted him such riches.

    Vertebrae fusions are no joke. I hope they are very careful about clearing him. I can’t imagine anyone playing in the NFL having had the procedure done. One wrong hit and his neck will hurt everyday for the rest of his life, or worse.

    I hate the Packers. Seriously, I look forward to the day when they don’t have a HOF passer. Rodgers days are limited, and the Don Majkowski days are coming again. Meanwhile Teddy Bridgewater’s era is just beginning. Muwhaha!

    Best of luck to Finley though. For his own sake I wish he would retire. Dude could seriously be in pain for the rest of his life. It’s not worth it man.

  18. Oh retire already Finley!! Take your $10 million insurance policy and invest it wisely….

  19. If he’s gonna risk it and play, the Pack is the best situation, the less he’s on the field the better. He’ll be guaranteed to play no more than 17 games, and the defense is on the field most of the time anyway.

  20. If he is ready to play, Green Bay has said they will bring him back. There are a lot of TE’s on the roster but most of them are untried or subpar. I am thinking that if things are looking bad at the start of training camp with the TE’s you will see Green Bay bring him in for his physical and see where it goes from there.

    But, I do hope he just retires like Nick Collins did with a similar injury.

  21. Actually, using the 13 championships of the Packers vs the O championships of the Vikings to say the Packers are 13 times better than the Vikings is flawed. Try dividing 0 into 13, the answer is infinite. The Packers are infinitely better than the Vikings, and that is a mathematical fact.

  22. thepftpoet
    The Minnesota Vikings are 100x the franchise the Packers are?

    Super Bowl records

    Packers 4-1
    Vikings 0-4

    By what terms are you assessing the teams? I’d be interested to know your though process.

  23. I am frankly terrified that the next time we hear about him will be an announcement that he’s been paralyzed. I just wish he’d listen to his son and hang ’em before it’s too late.

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