Former Diboll Lumberjack Jermichael Finley spends time with East Texas fans

DIBOLL, TX (KTRE) - The Green Bay Packers were eliminated from the playoffs in the divisional round this year. That is a little earlier than Diboll's Jermichael Finley had hoped, but now it's the off season. With the time off comes issues like a new contract for the East Texan. But Wednesday was all about hanging out with the fans.

The former Longhorn was in Diboll Wednesday afternoon meeting with his dedicated fans who braved the bad weather at Diboll ISD's administration building. People lined up for hours just to meet with Finley, some even brought their own cheesehead hats.

Finley says he is happy to be home and that it is always great to see his loyal, local fans.

"It's just one of those things when you come home from on the road and you just think about how much people are looking at your every step," said Finley. "Coming home and everybody embraces you and look up to you, it's a great thing. It helps me to keep pushing towards my goals."

Finley's contract is up with the Packers and the Diboll native says he would not be against taking a franchise tag for next season. However, officials in Green Bay have said they are interested in signing Finley to a longer term deal, therefor freeing up the franchise tag for quarterback Matt Flynn.

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