As Matt Flynn left the Robert E. Lee practice field, a reporter approached and asked for an interview. Having already conducted a few in these summer elements, the quarterback requested that it be held inside.
It could’ve been a scene from nine years ago, when Flynn was an incoming senior for the Red Raiders, preparing for a run to a possible state championship. It, however, occurred at the conclusion of the Matt Flynn Tyler Red Raider Football Camp, an opportunity for him to pass on some of the knowledge that helped him succeed in high school and college, not to mention reach the NFL.
“It’s good to be able to come back to my home town and my old high school where it all started, and give back and try to share my love for the game and try to reach out to young kids and teach them some of the basics of football,” said Flynn, a veteran backup for the Green Bay Packers. “I remember when I was young and going to different football camps and trying to learn as much as I could.”
Flynn, a 2003 graduate of Lee, has been involved in multiple titles at multiple levels since his final game in the red and black of the Red Raiders.
“I’m just trying to help some kids out and get some kids to love football as much as I do,” Flynn said. “It’s taken me to a lot of great places and done a lot of great things for me. (At camps) you get to see a bunch of different coaching styles. You get to learn the game just learn about football.”
Flynn parlayed his high school success into signing a national letter of intent with LSU, getting his first taste of the spotlight as a sophomore. Starting in place of the injured JaMarcus Russell, Flynn led the Tigers to 40-3 victory against Miami in the Chick-fil-A Bowl, two seasons after watching from the sidelines his redshirt freshman year as the Tigers won their first of two national titles in the 2000s.
It wasn’t until his senior season that Russell left for the NFL ranks, but Flynn made his limited time in the regular starting lineup count in a major way, passing for 2,407 yards and 11 touchdowns in 2007. That season ended with a 38-24 win against Ohio State in the BCS championship game, held at the Super Dome in New Orleans.
This past season, Flynn got into the starting lineup and passed for 254 yards while filling in for Rodgers (injury) in the Packers’ 31-27 loss to the New England Patriots.