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They were great tales, too. Woodson lost a Super Bowl in Oakland and saw another chance (arguably) robbed from him when he sacked Tom Brady late in that snowy playoff game in Foxboro. Yes, the Tuck Rule incident.

Nearly a decade later, Woodson led the Pack on the field and in the locker room, and no one cherished that trophy more when they beat the Steelers, even with an arm in a sling.

Meanwhile, Driver, Green Bay's all-time leading receiver (no mean feat, given the likes of Don Hutson, Sterling Sharpe and Antonio Freeman), served as another guiding hand, helping Green Bay through the Favre-Rodgers transition and accepting Aaron early. Another long-time Packer stalwart, Chad Clifton, anchored the offensive line and is finally getting a ring.

Upstate New York has a reason to feel proud. Just as Dorsey Levens, proud Nottingham High School graduate, led Green Bay's running attack in its last championship run, James Starks, he of Niagara Falls and the University at Buffalo, did the same here, filling a void after numerous Packer backs got sidelined.

Also, how great was it that the Matthews clan finally has an NFL championship got to celebrate, thanks to big-play Clay at linebacker?

Clay's grandfather toiled in the NFL without a title. His father logged nearly two decades at linebacker, mostly in Cleveland, without a title. His uncle Bruce went to the Hall of Fame as a dominant lineman, but also never won a title. That drought is over.

The coaches also have reason to be proud. There's linebackers coach Kevin Greene, who played in a Super Bowl for the Steelers that lost to the Dallas Cowboys 15 years ago, now beating the Steelers in the Cowboys' home stadium.

Dom Capers is a terrific story, too. Green Bay's defensive coordinator toured seven colleges and eight different NFL franchises (plus one USFL stop) in his 38-year coaching odyssey, including the Steelers, but had never won it all until now. Will anyone enjoy the ring more?

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