The Green Bay Packers kick off the 2014 NFL season with a challenge playing on the road against the defending Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks.
Mike Holmgren will be watching. He knows a thing or two about both franchises and also about quarterbacks. He was head coach of the Packers for seven seasons and the Seahawks for ten. He coached Hall of Famers Joe Montana, Steve Young and Brett Favre.
He thinks he might be watching two future Hall of Famers Thursday night.
"They are two of the best. I have become a tremendous fan of Russell Wilson. For a young guy, he is as together and as good a player at that position, for a young man, than I think I have ever seen. Today, I was talking about Green Bay's quarterback, he's fabulous. I'm a big fan of his and he has proven what he can do. As a QB coach, to be able to see those two guys in a game, it's really fun," Holmgren told us.
As you'd expect, a lot of people are asking Holmgren who he thinks will come out of the game with a 1-0 record. "They asked me today if I was going to be like a mother who has a kid playing on each team and wear the different jerseys cut down the middle. I said, Seattle is my home right now, but I have a lot of tremendous friends in Green Bay; so I didn't answer the question, I avoided the question."
Holmgren, as he said, still lives in Seattle and is a regular guest on some of the radio stations there. He's enjoying retirement but admitted in a Sports Illustrated article that he does miss the game.
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