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September

Green Bay Packers Superfans and their Stories – “The Owner” Steve Tate

Green Bay Packer Superfan Steve Tate, aka “The Owner”, is a ubiquitous presence in Green Bay. Go to just about any Packers-related event and you’ll see Steve there in full Packers uniform wearing his “The Owner” cheesehead. Here is his story:

When did you first become a Packers fans and what is the background story behind it?
I have been asked this question a number of times and I have two basic answers.
1) As long as I can remember I have been a big Green Bay Packer fan. I think it all goes back to that we were fairly poor when I was young and there was not a lot of entertainment or trips and my dad was gone working long hours. But every time the Packers were playing we would listen, or watch them. In the 60s the Packers were the NFL’s best team and they became the first and real America’s team.
2) From this background I have tracked back to when I first became a Packer fan and that goes back to April of 1957. I was born in January of 1958.

What are your earliest memories of the Green Bay Packers?
Winning, family and the guys flying with the backpacks that made them airborne in Super Bowl II!

How did your Packer fandom evolve into the persona “Steve Tate, NFL Owner”?

I have always wanted a Green Bay Packer share of stock. I did not think there would be another stock sale so I wanted to buy one that was issued to someone else for my personal Packer collection. I started my Green Bay Packer memorabilia collection when I lived in Nebraska for 3.5 years when a friend gave me two Packer rookie cards in 1992.

Therefore, when the Packers had another stock sale in 1997, I jumped at the chance to contribute to the Packers and become a shareholder. I just got my share of stock near the end of 1997. The Packers were Super Bowl XXXI champions.

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September

Green Bay Packers SuperFans and Their Stories: St. Vince

Every Green Bay Packers fan worth his/her salt knows St. Vince.  Wearing his holy garb, he can be seen in his low-level end-zone seats, along with his cheese-bra wearing wife, “Cheese Louise.”  St. Vince has become synonymous with Lambeau Field and is almost as a big a celebrity in Green Bay as the players are.

Before every home game, he is mobbed by Packer fans wanting to take pictures, get autographs and kiss his Super-Bowl ring. St. Vince truly shows the patience of a saint, obliging every request, and blessing fans with his cheerful personality. I am always fascinated by people who take their Packers fandom to a “higher” level, so I just had to get to know a little about this “Paragon of Packers Piety:”

When did you first become a Packers fans and what is the background story behind it? Also, what are your earliest memories of the Packers?

My earliest memories of the Green Bay Packers were when I was about 5 years old. The ritual with our family was like that of thousands of other families back then….You get up on Sunday, have breakfast and go to church. You then come home and watch the Green Bay Packers on TV and then have your Sunday meal. I did that for about 7-8 years from about 1957 to 1964 and learned a lot about the game. Then in 1964, my Grandfather got two very good tickets to a Packers game at Milwaukee County Stadium and took me to see my first Packers game. Since I had never seen the Packers on anything other than a black and white TV, I was momentarily surprised to see all the color when I walked thru the tunnel and saw them on the field! From that point on, I was HOOKED on watching games in-person versus watching them on TV! I did everything I could to go to games in Milwaukee and Green Bay. We lived south of Madison, Wisconsin so it was about 160 miles to Green Bay and about 80 miles to Milwaukee. So the problem wasn’t only getting tickets to the game, but figuring out how to get there as well!

How did your Packer fandom evolve into the persona “St. Vince?”

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July

Green Bay Packers Superfans and Their Stories: Adam Czech

From time to time, I plan to bring you stories about some special Green Bay Packers fans and how their lives have been affected by their love of the Green and Gold.  I’ve always been fascinated by people’s personal Packers stories. Special moments, Packer memories, childhood influences, they can be anything, as long as the Green Bay Packers are a big part of it.

The other day, I happened to mention on twitter that I had been to a wedding reception where the bride and groom were introduced to the FOX NFL Football theme. I thought that was pretty cool until Adam Czech tweeted me back about his own experience.  I encouraged him to write about it in more detail, and here it is…

Adam Czech:

You know those E-Harmony commercials on TV? Where the man and the woman stare lovingingly into each other’s eyes while explaining how E-Harmony helped them find their ideal mate? My wife and I would be perfect for one of those spots.

Problem is, I don’t think the folks at E-Harmony would go for my commercial. Instead of staring lovingly, I would open the commercial with video of my wife and I at our wedding reception. The spot would start by showing us being introduced to “Bang the Drum all Day” blaring over the PA system. I would follow with clips from our wedding recdeption, where guests had to chant Go Pack Go! if they wanted us to kiss.

The commercial would continue with the first part of our honeymoon, where we watched Brett Favre and the Vikings beat the Packers at the Metrodome two days after the wedding. This would be followed by a wide-shot of my depressed wife and I leaving the Dome in a sea of unwashed and drooling purple people. The camera would cut to us talking about how, without our love for each other, we both may have jumped off of a tall building that night.

The commercial would continue with me talking about how perfect my life has been since I met my wife, while showing us walking down the beaches of Puerto Vallerta, Mexico, the location of our second (and much happier) honeymoon.

The ending would show our Packers moments together: Our first game together at Lambeau; the snow-globe playoff win over Seattle; beating the Colts during an otherwise forgettable 2008 season; In Minnesota, video of us celebrating the Saints playoff win over the Vikings.