Anyone who knows me personally knows that I am a diehard Green Bay Packers fan. I have been a fan of the team since I was a little kid and a lot of the credit goes to my father. He grew up a Packers fan and has lived through the fantastic Lombardi Era Packers while suffering through the tough years in Green Bay during the 70s and 80s.
He has seen the Packers win a lot and lose a lot, and has seen great quarterbacks play such as Bart Starr, Brett Favre and Aaron Rodgers. He brought me up a Packers fan and I was lucky enough to travel with him and my brother-in-law (along with his father) to Lambeau Field this past weekend for the second time in my life.
I was extremely excited when we received the tickets in September and was pumped to see the team battle the Philadelphia Eagles. Unfortunately, I didn’t get a chance to see Rodgers play due to injury and it took a little bit of the wind out of the sails. However, I knew the Packers fans would be in full force no matter who was at quarterback and they would make sure they show their love for Seneca Wallace.
We arrived on Saturday and decided to take the tour of Lambeau. We got to the stadium around 1 p.m., but we were told that all field tours were sold out until 6:45 p.m. We decided to stay around and go through the Hall of Fame and walk through the atrium as the clock ticked.
The hall of fame was in great shape and a lot of great memories came back to me from my first trip nine years ago. The hall of fame takes you through the years of the Packers’ organization. You walk through the decades and learn many great things about the team. The walk gives any true Packers fan chills and makes you realize the great tradition and history that goes along with this team.
After going through the hall of fame, we waited for our tour. There were thousands of people walking through the atrium and visiting the pro-shop. We too took a stroll through the pro shop and found a lot of great outdoor gear to wear and, of course, I made sure to buy a cheesehead. Once we got our fill of everything, the tour began. This is where the magic began.
The tour took us through the stadium and we were given a ton of stats by our guides. We were able to sit in a booth and look into Lambeau at night before heading down into the tunnel and getting a chance to walk through the same spot that the team walks through before the games. We were then allowed to go along the side of the field and take pictures. It was simply amazing.
Saturday was great, but nothing beat game day. I figured going in that the fans would back Wallace, but I did not expect the ovation they gave him during introductions. Wallace was announced as the quarterback and the entire stadium erupted. It showed that the fan base believes in this organization no matter what and even through rough times, they are there to support.
This may sound very biased coming from me, but there is no doubt in my mind that the Packers have the best fans in football. The support they show before and on game day is spectacular and they show the upmost respect to visiting teams no matter what.
My trip could be summed up by something my brother-in-law told me once we left. He said, “Being a neutral fan (he is a San Diego Chargers fan) in Green Bay is amazing. There is a game going on during Sunday, but this isn’t just a game; it’s a religion. It makes you want to become a Packers fan.”
If you don’t want to take my word for it, then take his. The Packers and their fans believe in history, tradition, respect and excellence, and they abide by all four. I am proud to call myself a Packer fanatic and I will forever show my loyalty to Packers Nation!