Kuhn
Kuhn

It's hard to imagine what it might be like to be a Super Bowl winner, especially when you consider an actual NFL champion has difficulty realizing the extent of the accomplishment.

"I think that first week after, it was kind of like a shock factor," Dover High School graduate John Kuhn said Sunday.

Kuhn was a fullback for the Green Bay Packers when the team beat the Pittsburgh Steelers last month to win Super Bowl XLV.

"We didn't really get it sinking in with what we just accomplished," he said. "I think with a little bit more time we've had a chance to really look back. And it's pretty cool. It's great to be able to look back and reflect on it. And I know we're all proud of it."

Kuhn was the last of four pro football players to sign autographs over the weekend at the Harrisburg Mall -- Steelers' wideouts Hines Ward and Mike Wallace, and Ravens' offensive lineman Michael Oher also signed autographs.

Kuhn, 28, said he's made several other appearances elsewhere so far this offseason. But he's making sure to not let the success go to his head.

"It's great to really experience what it's like to win a Super Bowl and bask in it a little bit," he said. "But when it gets back to training camp and we finally get back in there and practicing again, it's gonna be another season."

When the 6-foot, 250-pounder will get back into training camp remains to be seen. The NFL is in a lockout. The players' union and league owners are still working to craft a new collective bargaining agreement.

If the sides can't reach an agreement, the NFL may experience its first missed games because of a work stoppage since 1987.

The lockout is also having a direct effect on Kuhn's contract status with Green Bay.

The Packers offered Kuhn the lowest restricted free-agent tender on March 3, but Kuhn and the Packers couldn't reach a deal before the lockout began.

Now, player contracts can't be signed until the lockout is over. Still, Kuhn said he expects to return to Green Bay.

"It's just dead time right now," he said. "We're all sitting back waiting for this deal to get done so we can talk with our teams again."

Kuhn is optimistic something will get done, at least in time for him to be playing football this fall.

"I think both sides are working pretty hard to try and get this taken care of," he said. "I'm pretty confident that we'll be playing football in the fall. We just gotta wait for that deal to get done."

Having seen and heard several opinions to the contrary, here's hoping Kuhn's optimism isn't unwarranted ... because not having any football on Sundays this fall would be very unfortunate.

-- Reach John Walk at 505-5406 or at jwalk@york dispatch.com.