GREEN BAY, WI (WFRV) Green Bay Packers player M.D. Jennings was just doing his job. But when he went up to defend that Hail Mary pass in Seattle, he had no idea the end result would set off a nationwide controversy.
Packers safety M.D. Jennings is a humble man, whose work has made national headlines the past four days.
"Guy doing his job - basically it," is how Jennings described this past Monday night in Seattle.
This evening he meets his admirers during an autograph session at Green Bay Distillery. They've come because of his negated interception, that ultimately led to an end of the labor dispute between the N-F-L and its referees - and in turn the dismissal of all replacement refs.
"Eventually the lockout was going to end," said Jennings."That one play didn't end it. It was going to end regardless."
One by one, Packers fans gave Jennings praise for the play - that brought the N-F-L back to its senses.
"We need to be thankful for that and he shouldn't take that personally," said Trudy Goderstad of Green Bay. "It just happened."
Emily Maloney, also of Green Bay said "obviously you can see what happened very clearly. I'm glad the refs are back."
And while some fans are concerned the controversial ending may cause problems later in the year.
"It's unfortunate it happened and I hope it doesn't come back to haunt us," said Goderstad.
Others feel it will help the team stay focused. Perhaps make them work a bit harder so there never is a next time.
Fine with M.D. Jennings. Hard work is what he's all about.
"I'm the same person - job description is still the same, " said Jennings. "I just have to go out each and every day and compete."