It might not be the most significant signing in the NFL. It probably is not even the biggest signing for the Green Bay Packers. But, the Packers resigning fullback John Kuhn sure makes a lot of fans of the green and gold very happy. Kuhn was signed to a one year deal worth a little more than $1 million on Thursday, keeping one of the best fullback’s in the league in Green Bay.
Kuhn entered the league as an undrafted free agent. He was signed by the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2005, and was a member of their Super Bowl XL victory against the Seattle Seahawks. After being cut by the Steelers, he was signed by the Packers in 2007. He took over the starting fullback job in 2008, the same year that Aaron Rodgers became the team’s starting quarterback. Kuhn stepped up his play during the Packers’ Super Bowl run in 2010. Along with two receiving touchdowns, Kuhn also rushed for a career high four touchdowns.
Probably Kuhn’s greatest moments as a Packer came in the season finale last season against the Chicago Bears. Trailing by one late in the fourth quarter, the Packers were faced with at fourth and one at their own 22 yard line. The Packers went for it, and Kuhn was given the ball on a fullback dive. Appearing to be stopped short, Kuhn made a second effort and barely got the first down.
With under a minute to go, the Packers faced another fourth down, this time have to gain eight yards instead of one. The Bears came with the blitz, and defensive end Julius Peppers came unguarded with a free chance to sack Aaron Rodgers. At the last second, Kuhn came in and blocked Peppers, allowing Rodgers to throw the game winning touchdown to Randall Cobb to send the Packers to the playoffs.
Even though that play will be remembered for Rodgers escaping and throwing the touchdown, Kuhn’s block on Peppers should not go unlooked. If Kuhn doesn’t get to Peppers, the Bears win the NFC North. John Kuhn is a fan favorite in Green Bay. Hopefully, this season isn’t the last year the chants of “Kuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuhhhhnnnn” are heard throughout Lambeau Field.