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Aaron Rodgers and his Packers teammates will start the offseason program on Tuesday.

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GREEN BAY — Justin McCray would have been one of the lucky ones. Already in town working out for most of the past week, the Green Bay Packers second-year offensive lineman would’ve avoided the travel issues many of his teammates encountered because of the second-worst snow storm in Green Bay history.

Except McCray left late in the week for Atlanta, where he stood up in his cousin’s wedding on Saturday night. As a result, while he was able to celebrate with the newly minted Mr. and Mrs. Earnest and Annette Gaines, he wasn’t able to make it back in time for what was supposed to be the kickoff of the team’s official offseason program Monday.

“I’m giving (the groom) a hard time about it,” McCray said from his hotel room near Hartsfield International Airport, where he spent Sunday night hoping to make it to snowy Green Bay sometime today. “But it’s all jokes.”

The storm, however, was no joke. Because of the travel challenges it created for his players, Packers coach Mike McCarthy pushed the start of the offseason workouts back a day to Tuesday — weather permitting.

Among the players who weren’t able to get into town as planned was quarterback Aaron Rodgers, who said in a text message his flight wouldn’t be able to get in on Sunday night as scheduled.

But he was hardly alone.

The workouts are technically voluntary, although the Packers have historically had extremely high attendance for the offseason program, in part due to the money they invest in workout bonuses to incentivize the sessions for players.

Those players already in town can work out on their own at the team facility today, per NFL rules, but Tuesday will now be the first day of official workouts.

The bizarre April storm won’t cost the Packers any sessions, a club spokesperson said, as they weren’t required to begin today.

According to the National Weather Service’s Green Bay office, the storm had dumped 23.2 inches in Green Bay as of 4 p.m. Sunday — making it the area’s largest snowstorm in 130 years, or dating back to before the Packers came into existence in 1919.

The only time more snow fell on Green Bay during a single storm was on March 1-2, 1888, when the area received 29 inches. (The biggest April snowstorm recorded in Green Bay before this was in 1977, when 11 inches fell.)

While McCray was spending an unexpected extra night in Atlanta, he got off easy compared to fellow offensive linemen Lucas Patrick and Kyle Murphy, who got stuck at the Minneapolis-St. Paul airport on Friday night and had quite the odyssey from there.

Patrick, who was connecting from Portland, Oregon, and Murphy, who was coming back from California, were in the Delta Airlines airport lounge at 2 a.m. Saturday morning and caught a few hours of sleep there.

After getting rebooked on a Sunday flight into Appleton, they headed to the nearby Mall of America later Saturday morning where Patrick realized — about the same time that the mall was closing due to the weather in the Twin Cities — that he had a bit of a wardrobe emergency.

“I was out of clean undergarments,” Patrick said. “So we kind of ran around the mall to find only Sears was open — so (at least) I could get some fresh socks and underwear.”

The pair stayed at an airport hotel Saturday night and then endured a bumpy ride into Appleton on Sunday morning – “It was rough, and we almost had to turn around in mid-air (before) we were cleared to land,” Patrick said — and another one once they got on the ground.

After landing in Appleton, Patrick, Murphy and practice-squad wide receiver DeAngelo Yancey, who was also on their flight, rented a minivan to drive up Interstate 41 to Green Bay.

The ice-covered highway was bad enough — Murphy said the fastest he was able to drive was 35 miles per hour — but when Patrick went to drop Murphy off first, the minivan got stuck in the snow and the threesome had to push the vehicle out.

The drive to Yancey’s hotel and his own apartment were no picnic either, Patrick said.

“Worst weather I’ve ever driven in, and the first time I was actually scared of the weather,” Patrick said.

So was it worth it?

“It’s always worth it,” Patrick said. “You never know where life can take you — especially in the job I’m in. So it’s fun to do these things. Plus, being miserable with another person makes everything better — (even) with all the crazy travel.”

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