Getting just a few plays here and there, Gilbert Brown's participation at the Green Bay Packers' training camp practice Tuesday afternoon wasn't extensive, but it was landmark.
Officially re-signed by the team earlier in the day, Brown was back with the Packers for the first time since the playoff loss to Atlanta in January.
"It feels good to be home," said Brown, who sat out both of the Packers' offseason mini-camps while contract negations slowly unfolded.
"I didn't want to be nowhere else but here. Hopefully I can finish up here and ride off into the sunset."
The Packers would like nothing more. Brown has been with the team since 1993, when the Packers claimed him off waivers following his release by the Minnesota Vikings.
Except for the 2000 season, which Brown missed in its entirety, he's been the regular starter at nose tackle since the end of the 1995 campaign.
Arguably one of the NFL's best run-stoppers, the only knock on Brown has been his history of injury.
Brown played in no more than 12 regular-season games in each of the past two seasons, but he feels that labeling him injury-prone would be an unfair characterization.
"A lot of people don't recognize that my position is a very tough position," Brown said. "You've got two or three guys jumping on you at all times. Sometimes you just wish people would recognize that, but if the finger gets pointed at you, what can you do?
"I challenge anybody to get in there and do what I do and see how they do. You won't come out feeling like roses, I'll tell you that."
Brown is approaching his 10th NFL season.