Fans in Fort Atkinson came out in full force Saturday afternoon as more than 600 Green and Gold supporters turned out at the high school for the tailgate party to benefit the Boys & Girls Club, a non-profit that serves youth in the Fort Atkinson area by offering programs and activities to inspire and enable all young people to reach their full potential as productive, caring and responsible citizens.
With a second consecutive tailgate party arrival by escort – this one with Harley-Davidson motorcycles in addition to a fire truck – the tour members were energized at the start.
Mark Murphy led the introductions of the players in the high school gymnasium and then served as the questioner for the Q&A session.
Sean Jones was asked about what it was like to play with Reggie White, the late Pro Football Hall of Famer who starred with the Packers during the 90s.
“I do get asked that question a lot, but I remind people that Reggie had to play with me,” said Jones, with a laugh. “As great as a football player he was, he was a better person.”
Another questioner asked about the how the group enjoyed their tour stop at Fort Atkinson’s famous Fireside Theatre. LeRoy Butler had some fun at Sean Jones’ expense as he described the show featuring rock music from the 50s, 60s and 70s.
“Sean was around then, so he was enjoying the music and the memories,” Butler said, drawing strong laughter from the crowd.
Butler was also asked about the first Lambeau Leap and if it was something that was planned.
“I wish I could say it was something that was planned, but it was a cold day and I think I just wanted to stay warm, and everyone knows the warmest place is in a man’s arms,” he said in reference to the fan who caught him.
On the subject of favorite football memories, Robert Brooks enjoyed relaying the story about his NFL-record 99-yard TD reception against the Bears.
“We used to run that play in practice all the time,” he said. “But we wouldn’t run it in a game too often. Mike Holmgren was tight, especially in that situation (with the ball on the 1-yard line). So Brett comes into a huddle with a smile and says, ‘You’re never going to believe this.’ And he calls the play.”
As fans enjoyed getting autographs from the players, Alicia Norris, the director of the Boys & Girls Club, explained how impactful the event is for the organization.
“It’s very exciting for the organization, not only because it’s a significant fund raiser, but it also brings so much awareness for us,” she said. “This helps our after school program, but so many other programs we have, too.
“Kids are our future, and we need to invest in them.”
Day Two is nearly complete, but the tour members are enjoying a meal together before the day’s final activity.
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