GREEN BAY, Wis. With four weeks remaining in the 2011 NFL regular season, quarterback Graham Harrell had an important choice to make.
After spending nearly two years on the Green Bay Packers' practice squad, Harrell was offered a spot on the Buffalo Bills' active roster. When the Packers chose to match that offer, the former Texas Tech star opted to remain in Green Bay.
This offseason, the Packers had a choice of their own to make regarding Harrell. When previous No. 2 quarterback Matt Flynn signed a multiyear deal with Seattle, coach Mike McCarthy and general manager Ted Thompson had to decide whether they believed Harrell was ready to serve as Aaron Rodgers' backup.
Green Bay's front office and coaching staff gave Harrell a vote of confidence, allowing the 27-year-old QB an opportunity to fill the role Flynn had mastered in recent seasons.
"It's nice that they didn't bring in a veteran guy," Harrell said. "A-Rod is a pretty durable guy, and you don't want anything to happen, ...