Packers TV voice Harlan has worlds collide in tonight's preseason game

Jay Sorgi

Packers TV voice Harlan has worlds collide in tonight's preseason game

Jay Sorgi
CREATED Aug. 29, 2013

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He lives in Kansas City and worked for the Chiefs for nine years.  His dad was the president of the Green Bay Packers, the man co-credited with restoring the franchise to its latest era of greatness.

As Kevin Harlan calls tonight's Packers-Chiefs game on TODAY'S TMJ4 and NBC26 (6:00 p.m. pregame, 6:30 p.m with Harlan and Rich Gannon), his worlds will merge.

"This team will always be my team, always in my heart," said Harlan on 620WTMJ's "Wisconsin's Morning News.  Harlan works for CBS and Turner Sports as well.

"We live in Kansas City...I grew up a Packers ballboy."

What has he observed about these Packers while calling three of their four preseason games?

For one thing, the team is massively motivated after playoff failures of the last two years.

"They still have that feel like they have something to prove," Harlan explained.  "That's always helpful to go into the season."

They also have Aaron Rodgers, whom Harlan said he would choose above Seattle's Russell Wilson and Colin Kaepernick - the quarterback the Packers will face in Week 1.

The Packers are giving Rodgers more power in playcalling decisions based on their desire to run more quick-action offense, according to Harlan.

"The Packers want to do more no-huddle...less substitutions, more of Aaron Rodgers, more quick decisions," said Harlan.

"Put less on the offensive line, and more on the fingertips of the quarterbacks and the decision makers on the sidelines."

That could mean that arguably the best offense in football will have more opportunities to make scoreboards skyrocket.

"Your're seeing quick throws, so many variations, that defenses are on their heels."