TYLER, TX (KLTV) - Since his days in Tyler, nothing in football has come easy for Matt Flynn.
"We have been watching him since junior high and sometimes it's on the sidelines waiting for that moment to go in," said Flynn's mother Ruth. "At LSU he sat 4 years in the that backup role. He always prepared for it."
As a fifth year senior, Flynn finally became LSU's starting quarterback. He led the Tigers to the BCS National Championship.
It's time for another big game. This time it's the Super Bowl in his home state. Flynn will be watching from the Packers sideline.
"This is the pinnacle of football," said Matt's father Alvin. "This is where everyone strives to be whether you're a starter or not."
Alvin and Beth Flynn say they are proud of how their son carries himself, win or lose. Playing or on the bench.
"He (Matt) knows how close he is to playing and prepares accordingly," said Alvin. "But he's real excited about this opportunity."
Flynn made the most of his first start earlier in the season on his dad's birthday in New England. Flynn threw three touchdown passes, nearly leading the Packers to a big road win.
"I know some people were surprised he played so well," said Alvin. "We weren't. He (Matt) was validated as someone who could play at that level."
Now the Packers are one win from a Super Bowl ring. Flynn is one play away from taking the field.
"Do we want him (Matt) to play? Sure," said Alvin. "I'd love to see him out there. But this is Aaron's (Rodgers) team and we want him to have all the success in the world."