The first day of the ninth annual Packers Tailgate Tour culminated with an energized atmosphere as more than 1,100 fans at the Ruth Butler Building in Escanaba, Mich., experienced a tailgate party to benefit Lakestate Industries. The party began with the bus pulling inside of the facility led by a marching band.
The attendees had the opportunity to hear from the players during a question-and-answer session that featured topics that included Brad Jones’ plans for after football. He earned a degree in economics and is four classes shy of an astrophysics degree.
When asked about the latter, Jones said “It’s just a physics major with a specialty.”
Ultimately, he isn’t sure what he’ll do, but has former classmates that are working in various industries, including private businesses that are developing programs for manned space flight.
Lynn Dickey told the crowd one of his favorite football moments, in addition to the Packers-Redskins Monday Night Football 1983 classic, was walking around Lambeau Field in advance of the Jan. 8, 1983, playoff game against the St. Louis Cardinals.
“It was 10 degrees, it was January, it was playoff football and it was Lambeau Field,” Dickey recalled. “And I took an early pregame lap around the field in a t-shirt and thought it was just awesome.”
As the party wound down, Lakestate Industries’ Cheryl Ohman looked on the picture and autograph scene with a smile.
“This was awesome,” she said. “Everyone had a great time. We raised some good money and the exposure will help, too.”
On the bus ride back to the hotel, the tour group reflected on the first day.
“I had fun,” said Jones. “It’s like a one ongoing fan event, but taking place in different cities along the way. I didn’t know what to expect, but it came out very active. I was appreciative of these Michigan fans knowing I’m from this state.”
Mason Crosby enjoyed spending time with his teammates, but has noted some competiveness.
“It’s seems like the Hunger Games,” he said. “Only one of us is going to make it back to Green Bay. We’ll see who is the most resilient. It’s a competitive group, as if who’s going to be the best signer. Brad is pretty good. I’m worried with his technique.”
Day two awaits.
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