Just who is Larry Winsand and why have the Green Bay Packers said thanks to him?
It’s because he’s the man who traveled 30,000 miles across 11 states over the course of 16 years to gather a collection that’s one of a kind and will be available for viewing in the Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame.
Winsand did what most of us would say is a crazy chase – but his excursions started with a goal and expanded beyond even his expectations. You see, Winsand traveled the miles and spent the time collecting 96 autographs of players, coaches, trainers, and administrators who were on the two photographs he had of the 1996 Super Bowl Champion Green Bay Packers.
Today, the Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame accepted the donation of the two photographs with the autographs from Winsand.
According to the official site of the Green Bay Packers, the pictures include autographs from “President Bob Harlan, General Manager Ron Wolf, Head Coach Mike Holmgren, the entire coaching staff and 56 members of the team, as well as autographs from the Packers’ player personnel, public relations, strength and conditioning, medical and training departments.”
Originally from Mondovi, Winsand was quoted on the Packers’ site as saying,
“My original intent for this project was to capture signatures of the starting offense, defense, and coach Holmgren. So many Packers fans along the way commented on how special it would be to include the entire team, so a simple project evolved into a personal mission to include 96 members of this 1996 championship organization.
“I would like to thank the Green Bay Packers, the Hall of Fame and particularly Tom Murphy for enabling this piece of Packers History to become a permanent part of the incredible destination that is the Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame.”
Here’s what Tom Murphy, the Hall’s archivist and director, said:
“Larry has accomplished an incredible objective, and in so doing he has incurred a great amount of personal time and expense. For him to now donate his completed project to the Hall of Fame for all fans to enjoy is testament to his passion and loyalty to the Green Bay Packers.”
According to Murphy, here is how Winsand’s donation will be displayed:
The photos will be displayed in the Hall of Fame, along with replicas that contain printed names of the autographs as a reference for viewers. The copies of the photos will be mounted on a wooden plaque and will flank a dedication tile that was written by Winsand.
What a phenomenal task and donation by Winsand.
We here at Lombardiave.com salute him for going the extra mile(s) in making this happen.