Packers presence already felt at Pro Bowl

HONOLULU — As players and coaches began to arrive for the Pro Bowl on Monday, it became immediately clear that we’ll be seeing a major Packers presence throughout the week. And not just because Clay Matthews owned the pool for much of the day.

Green Bay’s coaching staff has been tabbed to coach the NFC squad, and most (if not all) of the team’s seven players are expected to attend.

Matthews and Greg Jennings already are here, and Aaron Rodgers is expected to arrive Tuesday.

“It’s not what we had planned, but we’ll take it,” Matthews said poolside Monday.

No, the Packers didn’t make the Super Bowl –- a big disappointment. But it’s nice to see them quickly overcoming any bitterness to make the most out of an honorable week in Hawaii.

This actually is Matthews’ first time getting to come to Oahu. He made the Pro Bowl in each of his other two seasons, but his first Pro Bowl took place in South Florida, and he was preparing for the Super Bowl in his second.

The other Packers named to this year’s Pro Bowl are FB John Kuhn, NT B.J. Raji, center Scott Wells and CB Charles Woodson.

— Jeff Darlington

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