OC Nathaniel Hackett Reveals How Austin Powers Movie Series Has Helped the Packers Grow as an Offense

November 20, 2020 7:52 pm

Matt LaFleur has led the Green Bay Packers to another NFC North (potential) title-winning season in 2020. Aaron Rodgers and Co. sit comfortably at the summit of their division table above Matt Nagy’s Chicago Bears.

The 36-year-old Rodgers is having an MVP caliber season with his beloved Packers. The 2-time NFL MVP has already thrown for 2,500+yard with 26 touchdowns against just 3 interceptions.

Apart from A-Rod, the likes of WR Davante Adams, RB Aaron Jones, OT David Bakhtiari, TE Robert Tonyan, and WR Marquez Valdes-Scantling have been impressive over the course of the recent weeks.

But what’s the secret behind the Packers’ success and consistency over the years? Here’s an inside source.

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Green Bay Packers OC Nathaniel Hackett reveals Austin Powers inspiration

Packers offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett shared an interesting ‘inside story’ at the pre-game press meet. Hackett spoke about how cult Hollywood character ‘Austin Powers’ (played by Mike Myers) has had an unlikely impact on the Wisconsin-based NFL franchise.

“Um, yeah, there’s this guy. He’s, he’s a villain. His name is Goldmember…It’s an Austin Powers movie, I’m a big fan of Austin Powers, really enjoyed those and Goldmember’s one of those guys that loves gold.

“And I think you got to respect somebody that really loves gold. For us, when you get into the inside of the 20-yard line, you have a chance to score touchdowns, more touchdowns we score, everybody gets gold, it kind of is something that we’ve kind of built on.

Nov 5, 2020; Santa Clara, California, USA; Green Bay Packers wide receiver Marquez Valdes-Scantling (83) celebrates with quarterback Aaron Rodgers (12) after catching a pass to score a touchdown against the San Francisco 49ers during the second quarter at Levi’s Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

“And it’s just kind of evolved into this fun and exciting experience so that once everybody gets into the gold area, they’re thinking about getting the gold and I mean, the whole idea is to score touchdowns and for those guys that celebrate together, I think that’s so, so important,” Hackett said.

What an interesting piece of Packers trivia indeed. We knew Aaron Rodgers was a die-hard fan of Game Of Thrones and The Office, let’s add Austin Powers to that list as well.

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Daniel Arambur

Daniel Arambur is an NFL writer and content strategist for EssentiallySports.With more than 1,000 articles, he is one of the senior writers in the NFL cohort at ES. A mass media graduate from the University of Mumbai, Daniel has found the perfect blend of vocation and passion in the sports content niche. He has previously written for Sportscafe and Republic World. In addition to that, Daniel has completed his first level in Spanish linguistic training with Hispanic Horizons. With respect to the NFL, Daniel is a keen admirer of the old guard in Green Bay Packers' Aaron Rodgers, while also closely following the career trajectory of the effervescent Tom Brady. The Mass Media graduate backs Patrick Mahomes to go on and make his mark as the ‘greatest to ever do it’ in the National Football League.

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