GREEN BAY, WI – The Green Bay Packers front office announced today the newest addition to the team’s famed Ring of Honor that circles historic Lambeau Field by unveiling the newly mounted name of injured Chicago Bears QB Jay Cutler directly over section 415.
The Packers are keeping a spot in the ring open for Christian Ponder as well.
“Today, we honor a man who has done so much to contribute to the success of the Green Bay Packers over the last several years,” said team GM Ted Thompson. “Jay has played a crucial role in our franchise’s winning ways. We’re all truly sorry that he won’t be on that field Monday night. Beating the Bears is going to be a lot harder without Jay out there doing his part for the Pack, but we’ll just have to do our best to win even without his help. Get well soon, Jay. We all look forward to what we’re sure will be many more years of great memories and glorious highlights involving good old number six.”
Cutler, who did not attend the ceremony for reasons that were not made clear, owns a career record of 1-8 versus Green Bay, including the infamous 2010 NFC Championship Game, in which the QB took himself out of the contest much to the consternation of Bears fans.
“That game embodies everything about Jay Cutler that will always be treasured by the Packers organization,” continued Thompson. “Just the fact that he had no TDs, one interception, one fumble, and less than a hundred yards passing in the first half was huge for our guys. But then he went the extra mile by taking himself out of a game with a sore knee. That’s the kind of effort that gets you enshrined on the Ring here at Lambeau.”
(Jay Cutler’s response to this honor can be read here)