*In his 10th NFL season and fifth with the Packers, cornerback Al Harris received a long-awaited Pro Bowl invitation this year. He had been a Pro Bowl alternate each of the past three seasons, but had never made the trip to Hawaii.
But Harris is there this year, joined by teammates Donald Driver, Chad Clifton and Aaron Kampman (quarterback Brett Favre declined), along with the entire Green Bay coaching staff. The NFC squad takes on the AFC on Sunday. Kickoff is slated for 3:30 p.m. CT on FOX.
Harris is chronicling parts of his trip in this online diary for Packers.com. Here is the second installment: *
Everything here has been great, just the whole experience. Everybody has their family here, so guys are spending time with their family. My wife and boys got here Wednesday night, a little delayed but they got here around 11 at night.
Yesterday we went surfing, and I went to take lessons. I stood up a couple times. It was fun, man. We got rained out, though. It ended up raining really hard, so my lesson got cut short. It's harder than it looks, much harder than it looks. I've got a new respect for surfing. It's a workout, just to get out there. But it was fun. I know I'll try it again.
On Saturday, we'll probably go to Pearl Harbor, but other than that between now and the game we'll probably just sit by the beach and hang out. We're just going to relax.
Practice is real laid-back. Guys are just trying to get their timing down. A lot of guys that you study all year and end up playing against, you're practicing against them now. So with guys that I spent days studying during the season, you see them out here running their routes, and I know when he's going to break here or break there. And vice versa. They probably know what I'm going to do, too. Everybody is just taking care of each other, making sure nobody gets hurt in practice.
It's just a great experience to be out here. The fact that you get the recognition from your peers, I think it's important to every guy that's out here, that plays in the league. It's hard work paying off, and God has been good to every guy that's out here.
As far as the game, do I want to get a pick? Of course. You want to play well and do things the right way. That's the goal.