Nice Ring to It

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Byline: Chris Jenkins AP Sports Writer

GREEN BAY, Wis. -- Green Bay Packers fullback John Kuhn certainly values his Super Bowl ring, keeping it in a safe at his house and only taking it out from time to time.

The next one would mean so much more, because Kuhn would feel like he'd done more to earn it.

Kuhn was a member of the Pittsburgh Steelers practice squad when they won the Super Bowl in February 2006, and the team gave him a ring even though he didn't play.

"I don't look at it all that much," Kuhn said. "I was on the practice squad. I got a lot of great experiences out of it, and it was a tremendous time, a great week. But I've always told myself I wanted to get on an active roster and win one on the field."

Since coming to Green Bay in 2007, Kuhn has evolved from special teams contributor to fullback folk hero for his unlikely touchdown-scoring exploits for the Packers this season. Now he gets a shot at another ring against his former team in Sunday's Super Bowl -- and this time, he'll surely be on the field instead of the sideline.

And when he touches the ball, expect the green and gold-clad portion of the Cowboys Stadium crowd to get loud. They won't be booing, they'll be yelling "Kuuuuuhn!"

"I'm really excited," Kuhn said. "I was secretly hoping (to play Pittsburgh) because I still have a bunch of friends over there. …