I’m back home and settled in. My new autographed stuff has been put away.
My brother Jon and I had a blast once again.
I’ve kissed my children and my wife and now it’s time to post some pics.
Take a look.
Some of you may know that I’m a huge Packers equipment collector. Jerseys, gloves, cleats, etc. Anything I can get my hands on. Well, above I’m pictured with the best equipment manager in all of the NFL- GORDON “Red” BATTY. I had just finished watching “Red” put on an equipment clinic for fans when we posed for this picture.
Pictured above is future NFL Hall of Famer KEVIN GREENE. Kevin is one crazy dude. He played crazy and now he gets the opportunity to coach crazy-for my Green Bay Packers. Kevin signed the Carolina Panthers mini helmet shown in the picture.
Here’s former Packers All Pro Safety LEROY BUTLER signing my 16×20 photo print. LeRoy needs some fan-player interaction training. I’ve met this guy numerous times over the years and he thinks his sheet don’t stink. I can’t dig that.
Oh well, they all can’t be nice.
What a great weekend…Go Packers!
Every year since 2004, the Green Bay Packers hold a Fan Fest in March up at Lambeau Field.
Every year since 2004, I have attended.
So, off I go in a few hours to hang out with 3,498 of my closest Green & Gold blooded friends.
It’s a pretty neat event. All kinds of autographs, interactive games, locker room tours, clinics, etc. etc.
I’ll have pics up when I return Saturday night.
Most NFL teams hold their own version of this type of event.
Here’s the information (from packers.com) in case you are curious how the best team in the NFL caters to their fans : )
Packers Fan Fest 2009
What: Fifth Annual Packers Fan Fest. A celebration of
Packers football for the whole family that will allow fans the chance
to get up close and personal with their favorite Packers players, past
and present, as well as other members of the Packers family.
When/Where: March 13-14, 2009 at the Lambeau Field Atrium
Friday, March 13
3:00 p.m. – Miller Brewing Company Gate opens.
4:00 p.m. – Event kickoff ceremony.
9:30 p.m. – Day ends.
Saturday, March 14
8:30 a.m. – Miller Brewing Company Gate opens.
9:00 a.m. – Programming begin.
7:00 p.m. – Day ends.
Packers Appearing: Mark Murphy, Ted Thompson, Mike McCarthy, Packers coaches and other members of the Packers’ staff.
Current Players: Allen Barbre, Atari Bigby, Desmond Bishop,
Brandon Chillar, Chad Clifton, Daryn Colledge, Nick Collins, Mason
Crosby, Donald Driver, Brett Goode, Ryan Grant, Korey Hall, Al Harris,
Brandon Jackson, JJ Jansen, Cullen Jenkins, James Jones, Aaron Kampman,
John Kuhn, Kregg Lumpkin, Ruvell Martin, Tony Moll, Ryan Pickett, Jason
Spitz, Scott Wells.
Packers Alumni: Donny Anderson, Edgar Bennett, LeRoy Butler,
Paul Coffman, Willie Davis, Lynn Dickey, William Henderson, Jerry
Kramer, Dorsey Levens, James Lofton, Brian Noble, Jan Stenerud, Frank
Winters, Ron Wolf.
Appearance days and times will be released at the event. Players appearing are subject to change.
Autograph Sessions: Upon entering the event, each attendee
will receive a Fan Fest program containing three autograph tickets,
with each of the three tickets listing the location and time of its
autograph session. One of the tickets is for a double autograph session
featuring a current player and an alumnus. Fans must obtain the
autographs at the assigned times. Autograph sessions will be at varying
times during the two-day event, with some attendees receiving one
ticket for a Friday night session and two tickets for Saturday
sessions, and others receiving three tickets for Saturday sessions.
Each autograph session will be open only to fans possessing the
corresponding ticket. To further enhance the timeliness of the
procedure, no posed pictures will be allowed. One item to be signed per
ticketed person, per autograph session will be allowed. Players
appearing are subject to change.
An autograph ticket “trading zone” will be available for attendees
to trade autograph tickets with other attendees who have a different
player lineup. Attendees are advised to note the times on each ticket
in order to plan accordingly if making a trade. Selling autograph
tickets is prohibited.
The procedure, developed from fan feedback, Fan Fest review and
study of other, similar fan events, makes the process more organized
and guarantees each attendee a total of four autographs as well as the
opportunity to take in more attractions at Fan Fest. In addition to the
scheduled autograph sessions, fans will have the opportunity to
interact with Fan Fest participants on Saturday when some participants
randomly will be appearing at different areas of the event..
- Question-and-answer sessions with selected Packers.
- Autograph opportunities.
of Packers coaching and football staffs will present ‘101’ sessions,
with focuses on offense, defense, special teams, strength and
conditioning, college scouting, NFL athletic training and NFL
- Tour of the Packers’ locker room. Open for a “self-guided” tour Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
prize that awards the winner, plus a guest, a 30-minute meet-and-greet
session with a player on Saturday. Participating Packers to be
announced. Photographs with the players will be welcome, as will one
autograph per person during the session. Raffle tickets (10 for $10, 20
for $15 and 30 for $20) will be available for purchase Friday and
winners will be chosen and announced Friday evening. Six winning
tickets per player will be drawn and with each winner afforded one
guest, the session with a player will total 12 people.
- Other raffle prizes: autographed footballs, helmets and jerseys, as well as additional Packers items.
tickets – 10 for $10, 20 for $15 and 30 for $20 – are available for
purchase Friday and Saturday on the 4th floor north balcony. Must be 18
years old to purchase.
- “Packers Garage Sale” special Packers items at bargain
prices. Open while supplies last during event. Located on the third
- Food and drink will be available for purchase at Curly’s Pub, Frozen in Time and Atrium eateries.
Gallery of Sports Art, featuring framed and unframed photos from the
extensive collection of Vernon and Jim Biever as well as other artists.
- The Highland Mint, featuring limited edition minted commemorative coin sets as well as framed Packers photos.
- H.J. Martin & Son, featuring custom Packers carpet.
the Moment photo booth – Stop by to get your picture taken in a variety
of different settings. Dump Gatorade on the coach, catch a pass or call
a play, be on the cover of the Game Day program – these photos get you
into the game! Photographs are complimentary.
- Open 3 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, and 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday
- Kids Zone activities, including the ever-popular inflatables.
- Kids-only autographs.
- Coloring, Sony PlayStation and other activities.