In football years, Mark Tauscher felt like his career read like a tombstone.
"Whenever people talk about it, it's like a death. Mark Tauscher, 2000-2010," Tauscher said.
Sadly, when the cheering fades, it's not easy.
"You have to accept the fact that you're not going to run out in front of 78,000 people every Sunday," said Tauscher. "And that's when you get in trouble, and players have most of their issues."
After 11 seasons and 134 NFL games, even this Wisconsin legend had a difficult time retiring. I had to ask Mark if he had a tough time initially.
"Absolutely," Tauscher said without hesitation. "But it gets easier. You wonder what's next?"
Tauscher's smarts helped him find his way in life. But his Hall of Fame day will be emotional, missing his dad Denny who passed away in 2013.
"He was always so proud. He was always so proud. He will still be a big part of the day. For me, it will be bittersweet because it's something I'd love for him to be at."
Still his dad will be with him in spirit, as he joins the select fraternity of the Packers Hall of Fame.
Tauscher said "I get the chills thinking about it. I just wish my dad could be there. I know he'd be proud that day."