When I first saw John Kuhn play for the Green Bay Packers, I had no idea he would someday etch his own special place in the history of one of the NFL’s most storied franchises. But that’s exactly what he did and that’s why the realization that he will never gain don the Green and Gold is a little hard to accept.
All offseason, I have advocated for the Packers to bring back Kuhn and maybe at some point, they might have considered it. But yesterday, that window was permanently closed as Kuhn agreed to terms with the New Orleans Saints Friday, for the 2016 season.
If you simply looked at Kuhn’s stats, you would wonder why he is a folk hero in Green Bay. In nine seasons, he rushed for 619 yards, caught 81 passes for 557 yards and scored 23 total touchdowns. Yet, he was also a three-time Pro Bowler and a Super Bowl champion.
Kuhn was a core special-teams player, even late in his career and there is no doubt, he was one of the best all-around fullbacks in the league for around a decade.
Kuhn wasn’t transcendent, but he was great; great at all the little things; great at getting first downs on third or fourth-and-one; great at blocking and catching short passes; great at pass protection and on special teams; great in the locker room and just a great guy.
Kuhn was easy to root for and it was easy to know when you watched him play, how much he truly loved the game. He wasn’t essential to the Packers success, but he certainly played a key part — a part much bigger than anyone ever thought he would play when he joined the team back in 2007.
It will be weird to never see Kuhn play at Lambeau Field again, at least not in Green and Gold, but I have feeling someday, we will see his name etched in those colors again, once he’s elected into the Packers’ Hall of Fame.
Kuhn was the definition of a team player and at the end of the day, he was simply a winner and that’s why the chants of Kuuuuhn by the fans, will never, ever go away.