Seattle Seahawks centre Drew Nowak is relishing Sunday's clash with Green Bay after growing up in the shadow of the famous Lambeau Field.
Nowak, who is a native of Wisconsin, lived close to the home of the Packers and his grandfather even purchased stock in one of the NFL's most famous franchises.
The Seattle star made his first start last week against the Rams and is expecting a tough test in the stadium he grew up attending games in.
"It's going to be unimaginable, honestly. It's kind of a dream come true. I knew this game was on the schedule since it came out this year, and it was a goal for me to be in this opportunity to be a starter for this game. I have lots of family there. It will be a great time," he told the Bulletin:
Nowak rose up through the Seahawks' depth chart to grab the starting job at training camp, but he had a tough opening week as the Rams sacked QB Russell Wilson six times and Seattle lost 34-31 in overtime.
However, Seahawks coach Pete Carroll believes Nowak and the reworked offensive line improved steadily as the game wore on.
"He improved during the game. A little shaky early with cadence and stuff like that. It's just hard when things were moving fast, but we saw steady improvement throughout the game, which was really encouraging," Carroll said.
"It's kind of like I think this season is going to go for the young guys up front, they're going to have to struggle through some stuff and hopefully survive, and then get through and give us a chance to win games and all that. As they play they'll do that."