When you think of standout Notre Dame running backs, Ryan Grant is likely not the first to come to mind.
That's ok. Grant is now blossoming in the NFL.
Thursday night, the 2005 Notre Dame grad will make his 5th start of the season for the Green Bay Packers when they face the Dallas Cowboys in a battle of 10-1 NFC teams.
Grant is averaging 4.6 yards per carry with 494 yards rushing. He also has 24 receptions so far this season.
It's quite the development for player who did not play last season and was a member of the Giants practice squad in 2005.
And while Grant is certainly a reason the Packers are having a fantastic season so far, he knows it begins with legendary QB Brett Favre.
Favre is a player Grant is still in awe of every once in a while.
"I'm lined up behind Brett and he's making a bunch of checks," Grant explains about a random play this season. "And I'm thinking 'that's Brett Favre and he's making all these checks' and then I'm like 'focus. Get back to focusing.'"
The Packers would get a delay of game penalty on the play. Not because of Grant, however.
"I'll admit every once in a while I just say, 'wow I'm taking handoffs and playing with Brett Favre and catching passes from him.'"
"I respect his competitive spirit number one and I can definitely recognize how he got to where he is and how he keeps it going. To be able to be around that and play with him has been great."
It's been quite a journey for the 24-year-old Grant. And now, the greatest chapter is just beginning.