GREEN BAY, Wisconsin (WXOW) - Rankings in college football seem to mean everything during the season. Rankings in pro football mean little. In fact, until now, there has not been any official pro football ranking.
Starting this season, the Associated Press is going to do weekly NFL rankings, voted on by 12 national writers and broadcasters. The Packers were voted number one in the inaugural poll, picking up five first place votes ahead of the Patriots, Giants and 49ers.
The news sent "shockwaves" through the Green Bay locker room.
"Good for us," said Packers Right Guard Josh Sitton. "None of that stuff really matters. It comes down to Sundays and Sundays in December. That's what we're about right now, about getting better every day."
Tramon Williams added, "I am one that likes to do the reading and read what you guys write, but it just motivates me. I love reading things, criticism and whatnot. it brings out the best in you."
The packers certainly hope it brings out the best in Williams this year. He struggled a bit last season, thanks in part, to the bruised shoulder he had to fight through after injuring it in week one.
Williams is still not 100%, and that shoulder may never fully heal. But, don't expect him to take it easy. He's focused on bouncing back.
"I'm going to attack it," Williams said. "I'm doing fine, feeling good about what I'm doing, not thinking about it out there, and I can do pretty much what I want without any pain or anything."
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