- Associated Press - Friday, February 4, 2011

DALLAS (AP) - When Daryn Colledge was a rookie for the Packers, the offensive lineman found out just how unique it was to live in Green Bay. The community is full of not only fans, but shareholders.

“It’s one of the few places that fans, and not to put players on a pedestal, but they literally can touch you,” Colledge said. “These people walk up and they sit down at your table at dinner and they tell you how you’re doing, how the season is going, what you guys need to do better.”

Neighbors would knock on his door after he arrived in 2006. The second-round pick out of Boise State found that didn’t necessarily mean they wanted his signature.

“I knew I was a small peon when my rookie year somebody asked me for a jersey autographed for Christmas,” he said. Colledge was more than happy to oblige and told the neighbor from down the street just to deliver the jersey to his house.


He soon got a call from his wife, who told him there was a jersey waiting for him.

“I said, ‘Oh, great, I will sign it. No problem,’” he said. “She said, it’s not your jersey. It’s Brett Favre’s.”

As he promised, Colledge got the autograph on the No. 4 jersey: “I actually asked for Brett Favre’s autograph for somebody else before I got my own.”

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NO LEGACY YET: Derrick Brooks and Mike Tomlin shared in a Super Bowl title eight years ago with Tampa Bay.

That was when Brooks was the NFL defensive player of the year and Tomlin was a defensive backs coach for the Buccaneers. Tomlin was there from 2002-05, then spent a season as Minnesota’s defensive coordinator before becoming Pittsburgh’s coach.

The 37-year-old Brooks, an 11-time Pro Bowl linebacker-turned-broadcaster, is only a year younger than Tomlin, who has already won a Super Bowl as a coach. The Steelers are going for their third title in six years, creating some conversation about whether they are a dynasty.

“I think the conversation is warranted, but with Mike T’s age being so young as a head coach, I think there’s still room to add to that legacy,” Brooks said. “When I think of the word dynasty, I think of ending, and I know that that’s not him. He’s continuing to build.”

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YOUTH BENEFITS: NFL Charities donated $1 million Thursday to fund expansion and renovations of a Salvation Army site in Arlington, Texas _ the home of Cowboys Stadium. That donation was matched by another $1 million from the Gene and Jerry Jones Family Arlington Youth Foundation.

The establishment of the North Texas Youth Education Town at the Salvation Army site is the continuation of a 17-year effort for such projects in each Super Bowl host city.

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