Matt Flynn will likely not find it funny, but his presence on Sunday in Seattle will surely be mentioned as a rather odd coincidence made possible by the NFL, Russell Wilson and Pete Carroll.
By the standard definition, the former QB from LSU and Robert E. Lee in Tyler, Texas has had a good NFL career. Players selected in the seventh round of the NFL draft don’t make it this far.
“This is my seventh year,” he told me when I caught up with him last week in Green Bay.
An NFL agent once told me, if someone is paying you guaranteed money to play football, that means you are good. Flynn, who was the second pick of the final round of the ‘08 draft, has been paid to play football for seven years.
Of the many players involved in the NFC title game between the Seahawks and Packers, there is no more bizarre tie than Matt Flynn.
Flynn was originally drafted by the Packers to backup Aaron Rodgers, and then he was supposed to be the starter for the Seattle Seahawks. One happened, the other did not, but he will be in the NFC title game between these two teams.
If all goes according to the Packers’ plan, he will never actually play.
If all goes according to the Packers’ plan, he will win his second Super Bowl ring with this team.
In case you do not recall, Flynn started one game in 2011 - the finale when the Packers rested starters. It was Flynn’s second career NFL start. In that game, he threw for 480 yards and six touchdowns. It was a Packers record. It has been called The $14.5 Million Game.
In that offseason, Flynn became a free agent and signed a three-year, $26 million deal with the Seahawks that included $10 million guaranteed. Flynn was beaten out for the starting job by then rookie Russell Wilson, and Flynn never did start for the Seahawks. Flynn spent one season in Seattle before he was dealt to the Raiders, started once, and was cut. He signed with the Bills, but they eventually cut him, too.
He returned to Green Bay in 2013, and to the same role he had when the team drafted him back in 2008.
“I never thought I’d be back once I left,” he said.
He actually played last season when Rodgers went down, and went 2-2 as a starter. Dallas Cowboys fans surely remember one of those starts. On Dec. 15, 2013, the Cowboys led 26-3 at the half before Flynn led the Packers to 34 second-half points and the win.
Flynn returned for 2014, and appeared in seven games with 16 passing attempts. He would rather be playing somewhere, but he has a job.
“I feel like I deserve to be in the league,” he said. “It’s tough to make it, especially when you go through some years and experiences like I did. Things that happen like I did. Unfortunate situation for Aaron and the whole team (last season), but personally it got me back here.”
As for the rest ... “I try not to think about it to be honest with you,” he said. “I feel very blessed to have all of the opportunities I have gotten. A lot of things went right for me to make it that first year and lot of things happened to get back here.”
A lot of things did go right for Matt Flynn, and a few things went wrong, too.
But after seven years he is still here, being paid to play football. Not many guys can say that.
Mac Engel, 817-390-7760