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Packers’ Ha Ha Clinton-Dix calls Pro Bowl ‘dream come true,’ eyes more for 2017

February 1st, 2017

ORLANDO, Fla. — The Green Bay Packers didn’t make it as far as they wanted to this year, falling short to the Atlanta Falcons in the NFC Championship Game 44-21, but for third-year safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, getting selected to his first Pro Bowl and playing it in his hometown of Orlando was special.

“It’s an unbelievable feeling,” said Clinton-Dix, who played at Dr. Phillips High School, 15 minutes from Camping World Stadium where the Pro Bowl was played Sunday night.

“To have it in my hometown is amazing,” he said. “It’s actually a dream come true just to play in the Pro Bowl and it being in my backyard — that made it extra special.”

His whole family was in attendance. He got to visit his mother, Nicole, after practices. He bought her a house when he signed his first NFL contract and she lives just a few minutes from Disney and ESPN’s Wide World of Sports.

“It was amazing having my family behind me,” he said. He

Clinton-Dix admitted to the disappointment of not making the Super Bowl, but he sees positives from this season that can be taken into next year.

“[We’ve] just got to continue believing in ourselves. Anything is possible as long as we believe in each other, always stick together. We made a tough run this year coming from 4-6 and running the table like A-Rod [Aaron Rodgers] said, but it was an amazing year.”

They lost four straight games before going on an eight-game winning streak extending from the regular season into the postseason that ended with the loss to Atlanta.

“We had an amazing year,” he said. “We [came] up short but the bad thing about it, man, is that the two teams playing in the Super Bowl, somebody has to lose. Only one person can win, but it was an amazing shot that we took.”

Clinton-Dix led the Packers with five interceptions and played every single defensive snap for a team ravaged by injuries. He also finished second on the team with 62 solo tackles. His five interceptions were tied for fifth in the league among defensive backs and were second among safeties.

“We’ve just got to continue playing ball, continue winning on third down and continue having fun and we’ll be fine,” he said. And then, of course, continue counting on the play of star quarterback Aaron Rodgers.

Clinton-Dix said it was “unbelievable” witnessing the season he had up close.

“He’s the best quarterback in the game, one of the best players, one of the best [people] I’ve been around my entire life. It’s unbelievable … his character, on the field, off the field, just a great guy, a great person to be around, just the leadership he carries off the field — it’s unbelievable.”

Courtesy of ESPN

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