8:55 p.m. May 12, 2011
Day Three of the Super Bowl Tailgate Tour ended in fine fashion at an enthusiastic tailgate party at the County Expo Center as more than 850 fans turned out to hear from the Packers and support Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwestern Wisconsin (www.bbbsnw.org).
While it rained on and off for most of the day, the skies held for the event as the Super Bowl Champions made their way to the stage carrying the four trophies.
The Q-and-A sessions featured familiar discussions of Antonio Freeman’s famous overtime catch against the Vikings, Matt Flynn’s performance last season against the New England Patriots and thoughts of winning Super Bowls XXXI and XLV.
A new topic did come up, though, when a fan asked when the players from XXXI were going to write a book. None of the players struck anyone as potential authors, but the query did give Gilbert Brown an idea.
“I’m going to write something about these two,” Brown said, pointing at Freeman and Dorsey Levens.
Later, inside the pavilion, attendees enjoyed the environment as they prepared to get autographs. Brandon Phelps, from Cadott, and Greg Hageness, from Fall Creek, were excited to meet players from all Super Bowl teams.
“It’s a great experience,” said Phelps. “We don’t get the opportunity to see these guys in person, so the autographs and pictures are awesome.”
“We’re so close to Minnesota here, so we often hear about the Vikings,” Hageness observed. “Good to get these guys here. Forrest Gregg and Jim Taylor were awesome, too.”
The support of the community to make the event happen was special for Craig Monson, CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwestern Wisconsin.
“We typically have great support for our organization,” he said, “but this has increased our exposure in the community in such a good way. We had 75-100 new volunteers for tonight, so that will go a long way for the future, too.” “Tonight worked out well, and the weather cooperated. It was great.”
On the bus back to the hotel, Matt Flynn and Josh Sitton reflected on what was a pleasurable day overall.
“Fans today were great,” said Flynn. “The kids at Spooner were really enthusiastic and I thought their support of their Green Week was a good cause. I was happy to see how into that they were.”
“I met some really enthusiastic fans tonight,” said Sitton. “There was a lady with several tattoos that is really into the team. She had these autographs on her leg. Wow.”
Freeman commented on her as well. One of the mentioned autographs was his.
“Yeah, that was pretty crazy,” he agreed. “I don’t know how she got mine on her leg, though.”
Day Four will see the group begin to head back east across the state.
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