Though Brandon Jackson may not be in the team's future plans, he was a significant contributor to the Super Bowl champion team of 2011.

Rings and things ...

The announcement this week that the NFL had granted an exemption to the Packers to gather together June 16 for a celebration and to receive their world championship rings earned with their Super Bowl win back in February was good news to all in Packers Nation.

While all other 31 teams in the league have been forbidden to mingle coaches and players, this special exemption was a wise move by the league. With not much of any news coming from NFL teams these days, at least this one nugget of news is well received.

The rings, as well as the gathering are somewhat of a mystery to Packers fans. Yes, we know the gathering will take place; no, we have no idea what the ring looks like. Yes, we know that Packers players, coaches and administrators will most likely all be in attendance; no, we have no idea at this point whether it’s going to be an event that’s open to the public or even the press. Yes, we know that even Al Harris will be in attendance because the team president said he would receive one; no, we don’t know if the president will take the time to congratulate each and every player – though we certainly hope so!

This gathering might seem insignificant among all other teams and their fans … to Packers fans, this is the top of the mountain … this is something we want the team to continue each and every year. Though we know that’s not possible, at least we can hope. In the meantime, enjoy the moment.

This is something that only happens for a team (if they’re lucky or unless you’re the Minnesota Vikings!) once every decade or so. Number 4 is a digit that many have come to love in Packers Nation. This is Super Bowl win number 4.

When the team meets June 16, let’s hope their goal for 2012 is number 5!

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