What made you a Packers fan?

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Buddy brought a Nintendo or Sega Gennesis football game, to many years I don't recall which one exactly. I didn't know anything about NFL and didn't want to play it but he finally convinced me and started to explain all the different position and some basic rules of the game. He said, pick a team so I asked who are this guy is the green and he said o that's the Green Bay Packers so I said ok this is going to be my team.

We played some games and I got sucked right in. Then I wanted to watch Packers play on TV so i did and never looked back. That was the year of our lord 1996.
Talk about beginners luck.
 

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Buddy brought a Nintendo or Sega Gennesis football game, to many years I don't recall which one exactly. I didn't know anything about NFL and didn't want to play it but he finally convinced me and started to explain all the different position and some basic rules of the game. He said, pick a team so I asked who are this guy is the green and he said o that's the Green Bay Packers so I said ok this is going to be my team.

We played some games and I got sucked right in. Then I wanted to watch Packers play on TV so i did and never looked back. That was the year of our lord 1996.
Talk about beginners luck.
You’re fortunate that you didn’t pick the Bears.
 

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I get a lot of flack for this because I live and was born in Arizona. Whenever I gloat about my Pack my friends go "oh where in Wisconsin are you from again Jake"? But ya, despite living in Arizona my whole life, I've always watched the Packers. My Mom's whole side of the family is from Madison, so they got me into it when I was very young. Only in the past few years did I really become the football nerd I am today, but back in the day I would watch the team without really knowing what was going on. I have memories of watching with my family when I was little and going "where's Brett Favre? why isn't he on the field?", and my family said "because we're on defense right now", and I replied "so"?
Haha funny stuff. But I get it some people like you and me once you pick a team you can't move off it. I get it. Though I'm thinking if I lived in a state that had its owne team I mist likly adopt it and be a fan of bouth of them. Twice as many meaningfull games to watch.
 

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Indeed lol, if I did I would of died of high blood preasure leading to a heart attack or a seizure a long time ago.
AND..... Aaron Rodgers would own you! :eek:

Interesting Sidenote: The Vikings and the Bears both finished at 7-10 this season. The Vikings won the tie breaker and were seated ahead of the Bears, as the better team, in determining both draft position and the 2 teams that each team will play in 2024. Because the Vikings finished 3rd in the North, they get to go to Chicago to play the Bears and the Jets play at the Vikings. If Rodgers retires as a Jet, he will have to play in the 2026 Season to be able to own the Bears again, barring the 2 teams meeting in a Super Bowl of course.
 
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What made you a Packers fan? Were you raised in a family that are fans? Is it because of your location? Do you personally know the players?
I was born in Waupaca, in 1957, and grew up north of Stevens Point. When you grew up in rural northern Wisconsin in the 60s Packers and deer hunting were pretty much all you had. No internet, no video games, 2 TV channels out of Wausau, and sometimes channel 13 from Eau Claire. Maybe a Green Bay station on a good day. We lived for the Packers, and the 60s were a hell of a time for kid to be a Packer fan.

My dad started taking me to Lambeau in 63, when I was 7. This trip to the Big City always included a roast beef sandwich at the Arby's at Mason and Military, which was like a steak dinner to me back then. I still pick up a couple of roast beef sandwiches at the local Arby's a few minutes for the game a lot of the time, as my pre-game ritual. I feel that adhering to that tradition has resulted in a lot of winning seasons over the past 20 or 30 years, and a couple of Lombardi's, so I do not plan to give it up. If it ain't broke, don't fix it.

I still have many of the autographs I got in the parking lot after games; not sure if that's a thing anymore. It'd be a shame if it's not. Paul Hornung, Jim Taylor, Donny Anderson.... Jerry Kramer, Fuzzy Thurston... Carrol Dale, Herb Adderley... I still remember the moment I got Bart Starr's autograph, 60 years ago this year. As though it was yesterday. I remember every single thing about it; the striped polo shirt he was wearing, the muscles on is forearms and hands standing out like cables while he signed, the godlike aura the man had about him, as though he was floating above the ground. He just had this.... presence. Can't explain it, but I sure noticed it, and still remember it. I expect I always will.

Even got Ray Nitschke's autograph, which I learned years later was a bit of a surprise. Apparently he and my dad had had some unpleasant personal history a few years prior, but either he didn't recognize my dad when he was sober or he was too nice of a guy to spoil a little kid's autograph. And he was a really nice man; asked me what I thought of the game, where my seat was, what was my favorite play - probably the scariest looking human being I'd ever met, but he made that 8-year old kid feel very special.

The years went by; teams came and went... quarterbacks came and went, coaches came and went, fortunes ebbed and flowed... Phil Bengston happened... Dan Devine happened, but we survived... Forrest Gregg happened, and life was hard.... but eventually, Ron Wolf happened too, and Mike Holmgren. Brett Favre happened, and Reggie White happened... Aaron Rodgers happened.... and now Matt Lafleur and Jordan love are happening.... and they've always been my Packers, and always will be.
 

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I was born in Waupaca, in 1957, and grew up north of Stevens Point. When you grew up in rural northern Wisconsin in the 60s Packers and deer hunting were pretty much all you had. No internet, no video games, 2 TV channels out of Wausau, and sometimes channel 13 from Eau Claire. Maybe a Green Bay station on a good day. We lived for the Packers, and the 60s were a hell of a time for kid to be a Packer fan.

My dad started taking me to Lambeau in 63, when I was 7. This trip to the Big City always included a roast beef sandwich at the Arby's at Mason and Military, which was like a steak dinner to me back then. I still pick up a couple of roast beef sandwiches at the local Arby's a few minutes for the game a lot of the time, as my pre-game ritual. I feel that adhering to that tradition has resulted in a lot of winning seasons over the past 20 or 30 years, and a couple of Lombardi's, so I do not plan to give it up. If it ain't broke, don't fix it.

I still have many of the autographs I got in the parking lot after games; not sure if that's a thing anymore. It'd be a shame if it's not. Paul Hornung, Jim Taylor, Donny Anderson.... Jerry Kramer, Fuzzy Thurston... Carrol Dale, Herb Adderley... I still remember the moment I got Bart Starr's autograph, 60 years ago this year. As though it was yesterday. I remember every single thing about it; the striped polo shirt he was wearing, the muscles on is forearms and hands standing out like cables while he signed, the godlike aura the man had about him, as though he was floating above the ground. He just had this.... presence. Can't explain it, but I sure noticed it, and still remember it. I expect I always will.

Even got Ray Nitschke's autograph, which I learned years later was a bit of a surprise. Apparently he and my dad had had some unpleasant personal history a few years prior, but either he didn't recognize my dad when he was sober or he was too nice of a guy to spoil a little kid's autograph. And he was a really nice man; asked me what I thought of the game, where my seat was, what was my favorite play - probably the scariest looking human being I'd ever met, but he made that 8-year old kid feel very special.

The years went by; teams came and went... quarterbacks came and went, coaches came and went, fortunes ebbed and flowed... Phil Bengston happened... Dan Devine happened, but we survived... Forrest Gregg happened, and life was hard.... but eventually, Ron Wolf happened too, and Mike Holmgren. Brett Favre happened, and Reggie White happened... Aaron Rodgers happened.... and now Matt Lafleur and Jordan love are happening.... and they've always been my Packers, and always will be.
Ah, Ray Nitschke. My all time favorite Packer. As told by many, one of the nicest gentlemen to ever walk into the Packers locker room. On the field??? To teammates and opponents alike he was among the baddest mothers ever.
 

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Ah, Ray Nitschke. My all time favorite Packer. As told by many, one of the nicest gentlemen to ever walk into the Packers locker room. On the field??? To teammates and opponents alike he was among the baddest mothers ever.
A lot of bartenders remember as a pretty bad mother, too. He liked to throw 'em after a few beers, and he had quite a reputation in Green Bay his first few seasons. Funny thing is, he wasn't really that good at it, and had his *** handed to him a few times on Broadway.
 

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