Originally written on Blue Cougar Football  |  Last updated 11/18/14

MINNEAPOLIS - NOVEMBER 12: Brady Poppinga #51 of the Green Bay Packers tries to get past Marcus Johnson #72 of the Minnesota Vikings on November 12, 2006 at the Metrodome in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Packers defeated the Vikings 23-17. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
Four weeks ago, former Brigham Young Cougars linebacker Brady Poppinga was out of football. After playing six seasons for the Green Bay Packers, including the 2010 season when the Packers won the Super Bowl, Poppinga injured his knee and was not brought back for the 2011 season. He popped up in St. Louis the next year and made 51 tackles in 15 games. That wasn’t good enough to satisfy Rams’ management, and he was without a place to play in 2012. Then he got a call from the Dallas Cowboys. In an interview with Poppinga last week, he called himself a “utility knife” when asked what his role was with the Cowboys. He clarified that statement by saying, “I am used wherever a need arises.”Those needs have been many in the few short weeks that he has been with the team. His first week, Poppinga did not play. In his second week, the Cowboys found a need for Poppinga on special teams. He didn’t disappoint and made two tackles on kickoffs. By week three, Poppinga had a role in a special defen...
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