Packers' long snapper Brett Goode is perhaps least known player
GREEN BAY -- Brett Goode is probably the least known Green Bay Packers' player. He's the team's first player specially acquired by the Pack to serve as a long snapper.
27-year-old Goode was on the field 87 times in 2011 -- for every punt and every field goal. However, because his foot doesn't kick the punts or the points, the Packers' long snapper still goes almost completely unnoticed, even at the Packers' office!
"It's fine by me. I don't know why it worked out that way, but it's really nice," Goode said.
Goode has been honing his craft for five years in the NFL.
"Speed, consistency, accuracy -- being able to block, being able to cover. Staying healthy is a huge part as well," Goode said.
In a league where everyone seems to seek the spotlight, Goode enjoys one of the few positions that offers almost complete anonymity.
"Personally, I'd like to get to know more people. I don't think anybody's missing out by not recognizing me. I'm happy with that," Goode said.
On a trip to the grocery store, Goode roams the aisles for nearly an hour, unnoticed. An avid chef, it's a place he frequents.
"I enjoy cooking back home for big groups of people. I enjoy cooking for myself," Goode said.
Goode picks out his ingredients at the store with not a single second glance, no picture requests and not even a conversation from a stranger.
"I can just kinda be myself. I don't have to worry that somebody else is watching," Goode said.
When he's not working or cooking, Goode can be found strumming his guitar. A fan of country music, he jokes he picked up the guitar a few years ago.
"It's just something to pass the time. I'm not trying to be a rock star or anything. I know I can't sing, but it's something I have a lot of fun with," Goode said.
Goode has played small gigs back in his hometown in Arkansas.
Goode is a simple guy -- friendly and kind, and unaffected by the bright lights of the league. Goode says he knows he's in elite company -- especially when he's reminded there are only 31 other guys playing his position, and he keeps it that way by telling himself he can always be better.
"I think it's always in jeopardy. It's like a way for me to push myself to be better," Goode said.
Goode, a converted offensive lineman doesn't miss the trenches, but still carries one of their mottos: "if they're not talking about you, you're doing something right."
Goode says when his NFL career is over, he would like to be on the radio or coach youth football.