The Packers’ newest player (pictured on the left) is Tony Boyd, 31, of Hampden, Maine.
Boyd, who has no professional football experience, did play college ball at the University of South Central Maine a decade ago. What caught the attention of Green Bay’s scouts, however, was the mind boggling numbers he put up during today’s Annual Boyd Family Thanksgiving Football Game.
Check out these stats: 46 for 50 for 913 yards and 21TDs, with two of those incompletions coming on drops by Boyd’s Aunt Susan on what would have been easy touchdowns. The rocket armed passer also rushed 8 times for 73 yards and 2 TDs.
“After watching Tony’s performance and knowing how badly Matt stunk it up in Detroit, we had to pull the trigger on a deal before another team got to him,” Packers scout Lou Boyd, who happens to be Boyd’s cousin, told this Modern Philosopher. “We don’t know how long it’ll be until Aaron is ready to go again, and we can’t have another anemic offensive performance like today’s if we want to make the playoffs.”
Is this unorthodox move exactly what the Packers need, or is it too little too late? I posed the question to Jets Head Coach Rex Ryan. “I haven’t seem the films yet on this guy Boyd’s performance, but those are monster numbers. I don’t see how it can’t help.”
Other NFL execs aren’t sold on the move. “Putting up those kind of stats against family members is one thing, but can he do it when the opposing players aren’t relatives that he’s played against his whole life?” questioned one NFC East General Manager.
“I don’t think Aaron Rodgers is in danger of losing his job,” an AFC West Head Coach opined. “Conditions in Maine on Thanksgiving might be rough, but they’re nothing like how it’s going to be on Lambeau Field in the middle of December during the playoff push.”
This Modern Philosopher would love to see a fellow Mainer succeed in the NFL and wishes Mr. Boyd the best of luck. How could you not love that a Thanksgiving family tradition has led to this guy getting his big break?
Thanksgiving dreams do come true!