Giorgio Tavecchio speaks with Italian writer Giovanni (John) Marino of the LaRepubblica.It ”Playbook” blog, where he talks about his Family Night performance and his outlook on competing with Mason Crosby.
Evidently, he’s a real class act.
Here’s the interview, translated from Italian by yours truly because, as I’ve discovered, most online translators just do a bad job. If you can read Italian and wish to see the original (and test my translation abilities), you can find it here.
NFL, Green Bay, crazy about Tavecchio but he shows class and asks fans to “Respect Crosby”
In this summer where Italy and Italians look more foolish than usual (see the chronicles of the pseudo political happenings in Italy) you can find in Wisconsin a pure breath of fresh air and Italian pride. A boy from Milan, regardless of how the story finishes, is conquering the skeptical (to say the least…) great American football audience with some NFL-level performances. But, above all, and this really makes us proud, with an attitude and sportsmanship that are difficult to find.
We’re talking about Giorgio Tavecchio who in his first experience at Lambeau Field, the Temple of american football, has done well, very well. And better, much better than his direct rival for a place in the NFL: Mason Crosby. His performance triggered, on the one hand, the enthusiasm of the people of Green Bay for him and, on the other hand, fierce criticism of Packers fans against the veteran.
Giovanni: Hi George, you won the challenge with Crosby in the family night event that saw about 65 thousand spectators, yes, I said 65 thousand at Lambeau Field.
Giorgio: “It was the first time I played a match in that field and I have enjoyed every single moment. The crowd. The extraordinary cheering. The atmosphere. I’m a lucky guy to be able to experience those sensations. Thank you all, of course. ”
Giovanni: Explain what this match was.
Giorgio: “Basically a friendly competition between all players currently on the roster of the Packers. It works like this: the offense plays against the second team of defense and vice versa, so that everyone has an opportunity to play. ”
Giovanni: And for the kickers? ”
Giorgio: We were divided into two teams but they have planned some kick offs and field goals during the game, allowing us kickers to alternate.