Subs to snaps: Rick Lovato, from sandwich shop to Packers' long-snapper

Dec 26, 2015 860

by Rob Demovsky

Rick Lovato can tell you everything that belongs on a No. 15 at Joyce's Subs and Pizza in Lincroft, New Jersey. "That's our Italian sub," Lovato said. "Five bucks at most for a half sub." A week ago, Lovato was putting together boiled ham, genoa salami, capicola and provolone for customers at the shop owned by his father and uncle. On Sunday, he'll play in his first NFL game as the Green Bay Packers' new long-snapper. A rookie from Old Dominion, Lovato signed Tuesday after the Packers learned veteran Brett Goode tore his ACL in Sunday's win over the Raiders.

It's not the first time the Packers have tabbed someone from the working world. Running back DuJuan Harris was selling cars in Florida when the Packers signed him in 2012, and punter Tim Masthay was working as a tutor at the University of Kentucky when he got the call in 2010. They even signed a bartender once, Ryan Flinn, to punt for the final two games of the 2005 season. "I was doing everything," Lovato said. "When you work there, you work as the cashier, make food. I make breakfast sandwiches, pizzas, anything you could name."

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