What's not to like about a team that won the Ice Bowl, one of the greatest games ever played? It was the 1967 NFL Championship game in Green Bay, and the temperature was minus-13 degrees, with a windchill hovering around 50 below.
Rick Delacenserie, who grew up in the Green Bay area and now lives in Park City, watched the Packer practices as a boy and witnessed the Ice Bowl from the same end zone where Starr scored the game-winning touchdown.
"I spent most of the third quarter in the bathroom," he recalls. "It was packed in there. Everyone was trying to get warm. Someone brought a hacksaw and cut up the goal posts. All I got was some of the foam they wrapped around the post."
You've got to love a team that inspires fans to brave sub-zero weather.
After the Ice Bowl, the Packers went into decline for 25 years until the Favre years arrived in the early '90s, but the Packers still inspired fierce loyalty and love.
"The only thing you can see on the horizon is Lambeau Field," says Mehr, who pauses to choke back tears before continuing. "I get chills when I see it. On a beautiful clear day, omigosh."
For his part, Stimpson left home decades ago to attend BYU and settle in Utah. He doesn't follow sports as he once did, and the game has changed, and yet he says this: "(The Packers) are so much a part of you. The Packers still have a certain pull."
The Packers return to the Super Bowl today. You've got to like that.
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