Out of limbo, Sulak lands in Titletown, USA

Ever since Stryker Sulak was unceremoniously dismissed on July 13 by the team that drafted him, the Oakland Raiders, most people have had the same thought—it was a blessing in disguise.

Well, if Sulak's latest stop shakes out jake, those prophecies will come to be.

After tryouts with the New England Patriots and the Carolina Cougars, the 6-foot-5, 250- pound Missouri graduate was snapped up by the legendary Green Bay Packers.

Sulak, who wears No. 47 jersey, saw some limited action in the Packers' 17-0 pre-season victory over the Cleveland Browns Saturday as he actually stepped on the turf at storied Lambeau Field that housed Lombardi, Starr, Nitschke, Kramer, Favre.

The Ice Bowl was played there for cripe's sake.

The Packers are a little thin at linebacker at the moment.

Nick Barnett is still being held out as he recovers from knee surgery. Rookie Brad Jones has missed all of training camp with a hamstring injury.

And, rookie first round pick Clay Matthews has been in and out of practice with his own hamstring injury.

Sulak's there to provide depth. And he'll get a chance at actually making the final 53-man roster.

Sulak Sulak And the Packers have been up front about which position he will play: he'll be a straight up outside linebacker. No more shifting between linebacker and defensive end.

Familiarity

Rockdale has a history with the Green Bay Packers of course, as the late Lee Roy Caffey made his home here after he retired before passing away in 1994.

Caffey was an all-pro linebacker with the Packers in 1965-66, playing alongside Dave Robinson and Hall-of- Famer Ray Nitschke.

That trio was voted the sixth best linebacking corp in the history of the NFL by the NFL network.

His wife Dana still resides here.

Looking ahead at the Packers' schedule, they do face the Dallas Cowboys on Nov. 15, but it's in Green Bay for the second season in a row.

The closest game would be against the Arizona Cardinals on Jan. 3.

Tickets range from $134 to $750.

Noteworthy

Got a note from Stryker's grandparents Alvin and Marcia (Pawpa and Mimi) Sulak and all of his Rockdale family and friends and they just wanted to let everyone know "how proud they are of him and how proud his dad Timmy would be of him. We are sure he's watching him from above. All smiles."

The 5ive

(An extended version) In order to induce some precipitation, here are the top 10 songs about rain:

1. "Blue Eyes Crying In The Rain"—Willie Nelson (1975).

2. "Raining In My Heart"— Buddy Holly (1959)

3. "The Rain"—Oran "Juice' Jones (1986).

4. "Rainy Night in Georgia"— Brook Benton (1970)

5. "Sure Got Cold When The Rain Fell"—Z.Z. Top (1973)

6. "Raindrops"—Dee Clark (1961).

7. "Hear Comes That Rainy Day Feeling Again"—The Fortunes (1971).

8. "Kentucky Rain"—Elvis (1970).

9. "Have You Ever Seen The Rain/Who'll Stop The Rain"— Creedence Clearwater Revival (1971).

10. (tie) "Laughter In The Rain"—Neal Sedaka (1975) and "The Rain Song"—Led Zeppelin (1969).


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