Tomah’s Recreation Park was an electric venue Friday night for the fourth party of the Green Bay Packers Tailgate Tour.
Nearly 600 fans were on hand to welcome the players and Mark Murphy for the event to benefit Tomah Area Cancer Support, an organization dedicated to providing monetary support for local area cancer survivors and funding for local cancer research.
After a raucous introduction, the players answered questions for fans that were submitted ahead of time. Mark Murphy drew some laughs from the tour members when he said the question was for Frank Winters and it was about the nature of his nickname, “Frankie Bag of Doughnuts.”
Winters, you see, has been asked that question multiple times this week. And he’s not entirely certain of its origin, but thinks Brett Favre planted the seed to former game broadcaster John Madden, who then spoke of it on the air during a game.
“I’ve been asked that question about thirteen hundred times this week,” he said, with a laugh. “I bet Aaron Taylor $20 that I’d be asked that question tonight. He can give me 20 pushups, or the $20.”
Taylor immediately pulled out his wallet and held it over his head for the answer to Winters. Fans applauded his decision and the party soon transitioned into the autograph session.
Later, while steaming north on the bus toward Wisconsin Rapids, the group reflected on the day.
“I liked the Challenge Academy,” said Randall Cobb. “We connected well with them. The kids coming through the line had a lot of good things to say when we shook hands.”
The final day of the Tailgate Tour is on tap for Saturday, with a party in Wisconsin Rapids to support Opportunity Development Center (ODC) Inc.
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