Packers: so"oto makes lasting impression as backups lift green bay past chiefs

Linebacker Vic So"olớn returns an interception for a touchdown và the winning points in last week’s 20-19 victory over the Kansas City Chiefs. Credit: Mark Hoffman

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Green Bay - This is how you make the roster of a Super Bowl champion when you"re an undrafted không tính phí agent.

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In the preseason finale against the Kansas City Chiefs last week, Vic So"okhổng lồ showed he belonged on the Green Bay Packers" final 53-man roster.

The rookie outside linebacker from Brigđê mê Young University, signed by Green Bay on July 28, recorded 1 50% sacks, forced a fumble, made three tackles, và then provided the winning points on a 33-yard interception return late in the third quarter of the Packers" 20-19 victory.

So"oto lớn endeared himself to lớn Packer fans after the Kansas City game by taking a short victory lap & high-fiving them, something he used to lớn vì on occasion after games in college.

Now that he"s landed a roster spot, So"okhổng lồ plans khổng lồ keep on working hard khổng lồ improve sầu his game and contribute lớn the team.

The 6-foot-3, 263-pound linebacker, a defensive over in college, should see plenty of special teams action và also baông chồng up Frank Zombo & Erik Walden at right outside linebacker. The more he plays, the more comfortable he feels in Dom Capers" 3-4 scheme.

"I don"t want lớn be a one-dimensional guy," So"oto lớn said. "Never want to be just a pass rusher, never want to be just a run stopper. When you get a chance lớn drop inkhổng lồ coverages, you got to lớn show them that you can vì chưng it.

"The biggest difference (from earlier preseason games) is I feel more comfortable in the defense và being able to just showcase my abilities."

Here"s a few more things you probably didn"t know about So"oto:

Given name: Vitale Ta"aga Magauli So"oto lớn.

Born: Jan. 1, 1987, in Oceanside, Calif.

Off-season home: Carlsbad, Calif.

Status: Married to lớn Ashley for two years. Couple has a 7-month-old daughter, Asofiafia.

Degree: B.S. in geography from BYU.

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What I"m watching on TV: Documentaries và ESPN"s SportsCenter.

Favorite flicks: Documentaries.

What"s in my iPod: Country music. Favorite is Zac Brown Bvà.

Favorite vacation spot: Hawaii.

Thing I enjoy most: Spending time with my family.

Who vị you talk khổng lồ after football games: I either điện thoại tư vấn my dad or my wife. Usually I see my wife, so I Điện thoại tư vấn my dad.

Best career advice: My wife told me to go lớn Green Bay. My wife asked, "What"s Plan B?" I said, "There"s no Plan B. I"m playing football."

Best job: I love being a Green Bay Packer & my family loves it here in Green Bay.

Favorite foods: I love seafood.

Best thing about the Lambeau Leap, after his touchdown against Kansas City: I was exhausted. I got up to lớn the wall, and it was lượt thích the Green Monster. I tried to lớn jump up và realized I needed more jump. The fans actually pinned me down, and I tried to get up. It was so much fun.

Your favorite NFL players: Kevin Greene and Clay Matthews. I"ve sầu tried lớn soak up as much as I could from Kevin Greene & Clay. I"ve sầu phối my playing style after (Greene). I"ve sầu watched tons of film on him, & the kind of guy he was when he played. That"s how I want to lớn play this game.


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