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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Now that the lockout is over, millions of NFL fans are ready for some football, and players are getting ready to go back to work.

New Hanover High grad and Green Bay Packer defensive lineman Jay Ross is one of hundreds of players getting ready to go back to work.

“I got a call from my coach not too long ago telling me it’s time to go back to work,” Ross said.

Monday the NFL Players Association and owners reached a new labor deal ending the 4.5-month-long lockout.

“To our fans, I know that you love this game as much as I do, and I know that it’s been a very long process since that day that we stood here back in March,” NFLPA Executive Director DeMaurice Smith said. “But our guys stood together when nobody thought we would and football is back because of it.”

Ross, who is part of Packers practice squad says he’s just eager to get back to work and hopefully earn a spot on the game day roster for the the Super Bowl champions.

“My coach said depending on what time I get in tomorrow he wants to go ahead and get into the book,” Ross said. “I know a lot of guys are getting in tomorrow, so he wants to meet with us tomorrow night and give us our playbook so we can be ready to go.”

With bags and suitcases ready to go, Ross says he has a few more goodbyes before leaving wilmington tuesday morning and back to his team.

“My mind set is just to go out and get it,” Ross said. “It’s been a long summer. I’ve done a lot of off-season training. I’ve done a lot of things for my community and its just time to get back to work. It’s time to go.”

We were unable to reach Hoggard alum and Tampa Bay Buccaneers kicker Connor Barth this afternoon, he did send out a tweet after the players and owners reached an agreement: “It is official… I now have a job again! Football is back!”


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