Plano East's Peprah seizes chance with Packers

ARLINGTON, Texas -- Charlie Peprah's NFL career was in jeopardy last season.

A year later, the Plano East product will be the Packers' starting strong safety in Super Bowl XLV.

The Packers cut Peprah in the summer of 2009 after he suffered an injury. The Falcons picked him up, but he appeared in only two games for Atlanta.

He was a four-year veteran who had never been a starter and was coming off an injury-plagued season. That didn't exactly make him an attractive commodity in the free agency market.

"The way the league goes, I could have been done," Peprah said. "It is easy to get phased out of the league. It is easy to be forgotten because there are so many players coming in every year. It is something that you can’t take for granted and you have to take advantage of each opportunity."

Peprah, who returned to the Packers on a one-year deal, has certainly done that.

A season-ending injury to rookie Morgan Burnett, the Packers' second-round pick, opened up a starting job for Peprah. He played well enough to keep the job after former starter Atari Bigby came off the physically unable to perform list, establishing himself as a valuable part of the NFL's No. 2 scoring defense.