Rashan Gary working overtime to put Packers back on historic path

GREEN BAY – On Thursday afternoon, Rashan Gary will pack his bags and head out of Green Bay. With the Packers’ offseason workouts wrapped up and nothing on the calendar until July 27, the edge rusher will officially be on vacation … for four days.

“I’ll be back to work on Monday,” Gary said during open locker room this week.

These weeks between the end of OTAs and the start of training camp (veterans report July 26) are a final opportunity for players to relax in the absence of schedules and practices and tiring workouts. While many will maintain a workout and training regimen so as not to return out of shape, there’s also an understanding that this is summer break.

But not for Rashan Gary.

“People talk about wanting to be great, want to be the best,” Gary said. “There’s certain things you got to do. It’s a lifestyle. You can’t just say, ‘oh, I want to be good’ and don’t put in the work. Hard work pays off and I put in the work.”

Packers outside linebacker Rashan Gary (52) celebrates his sack of San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo during their January playoff game.

It’s a lesson Gary learned from birth, as his mom and sister sacrificed to raise him. He only ever wanted to thank them for providing, so staying for an extra week of practices as the heat ramps up is a small price to pay.

“I’m just so thankful the organization just gave me a chance because all I wanted was to provide for them,” he said. “So I got that. I got that opportunity and chance and that’s all I wanted.”

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