- Associated Press - Tuesday, August 30, 2011

GREEN BAY, WIS. (AP) - If Vic So'oto makes the team, the Green Bay Packers‘ personnel department will owe his wife Ashley a huge thank you.

“I live by the motto, ‘Happy wife, happy life,’” So'oto said with a grin.

That credo may also lead him to a roster spot with the defending Super Bowl champions.

After going undrafted out of Brigham Young this spring, the rookie outside linebacker had free-agent offers when the NFL lockout was lifted in late July from the Packers, Arizona Cardinals and Miami Dolphins.

The Cardinals were the only team he visited before the draft, and while Packers outside linebackers coach Kevin Greene called him during the draft, So'oto didn’t have a preference when the signing period opened.

“Going undrafted, you know that all the teams have passed you up at least seven times,” So'oto said as he prepared for Thursday’s preseason finale against the Kansas City Chiefs.

That game could make or break his bid for a spot on the team’s 53-man roster.

“I didn’t really mind where I went, so my wife made the decision, and here I am. It’s the best spot I could be in.”

Ashley’s reasoning was simple. During the lockout, her husband worked out in the San Diego area with then-Packers Brad Jones, Brandon Chillar, Brett Swain and Jarrett Bush, which she took as a sign.

“She kind of liked the whole Green Bay feel,” So'oto said. “She’s like, ‘You’ve been working out with guys, and I really have a good feeling about Green Bay.’ “

But while the small-town feel has been nice for Vic, Ashley and infant daughter Sofi, it’s the way So'oto has fit the Packers‘ 3-4 defense that could make for a perfect combination of player, family and team.

So'oto and fellow undrafted rookie Jamari Lattimore each had sacks in the Packers‘ 24-21 victory over Indianapolis on Friday night.

Both will get a long look Thursday night against the Chiefs at Lambeau Field.

So'oto’s sack came against Colts starting right tackle Ryan Diem and forced Curtis Painter’s fumble that the Packers recovered.

While neither player has the first-round pedigree of Pro Bowl outside linebacker Clay Matthews, they do fit the Packers‘ knack for unearthing undrafted talent and for finding promising outside linebackers in less prominent places.

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