Former Green Bay Packers safety Nick Collins (36) greets fans as he rides a bike to training camp practice outside Lambeau Field. The tradition during training camp is carried out year after year. Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

What sets Packers Fans apart from the rest?


Dec 23, 2012; Green Bay, WI, USA; What defines a true Packer Fan? Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports photograph

Having recently attended the draft party at Lambeau Field, it made me wonder just what exactly defines a Green Bay Packers fan. It’s difficult to pinpoint one particular attribute yet it seems as if all my time observing fans of other teams, there’s just something truly unique about Packers Nation.

I recently moved to Green Bay from Minnesota so I’ve seen the very best (and worst) of what Vikings Nation had to offer. One thing I should make clear is while I am the furthest thing from a Vikings fan you’ll find, this is no knock on them (or any other team for that matter).

Anyway, since the Favre drama (and I’ll leave it at that) Vikings fans have always seemed to have hope. I will give them credit for being as resilient as they have been, (especially with Christian Ponder) yet for the most part I’ve observed fair-weather fans. A number of fans even admitted this as well. This is a HUGE difference from the Green and Gold as Lord knows we’ve endured our tough seasons. But regardless, we’ve stuck with the team through thick and thin.

Green Bay Packers running back James Starks (44) greets a fan while riding a children’s bike at training camp.

Having served in the military, I was stationed in San Diego and let me tell you Chargers Nation is truly unique indeed. It’s a different type of fan altogether in Southern California as the Chargers have a tough time selling out home games resulting in numerous blackouts. Having attended a Packers/Chargers game in San Diego a few years back, I really got the impression that the outcome of the game really didn’t matter to Chargers fans as the game itself almost seemed like more of a social event than anything. If I know Packers fans as well as I hope I do, the week after a loss, we’re searching for whatever else might be on TV aside from ESPN.

We always hear the term “die-hard fan.” But what exactly IS a die-hard fan? Never have I seen more fans live or die by the outcome on Sunday. I believe football has a direct impact on many of the lives of Packers fans around the world. There always seems to be a discussion on the number of fans a given team has as well.

I could certainly dive into the whole “America’s Team” discussion here, but we’ll spare Jerry-land for now. The one fan base I can draw the most similarities with would probably be Steelers Nation. Blue-collared, hard working fans that expect the same type of effort on the field, Steelers fans are very similar to that of our people. All championships aside, Steelers fans are every bit as loyal to their team as Packers fans are.

So have your say, Lombardiave faithful … what exactly defines a true Packers fan?

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  • Kevin

    Well Luke I’d have to say it’s their below average IQ level. I can contest to this I live very near GreenBay, WI but fortunately I’m a Vikings fan so my IQ is just fine thanks. Skol Vikes!

    • JaKa

      Okay buddy, you misspelled when you described your IQ. It should have read ” I’m a Vikings fan so my IQ is just five (5).
      We know, but we don’t like to rub it in, ol’ buddy.

  • Jake

    Not sure what you’re talking about when you say Packer fans have endured tough times. The Packers have been pretty consistent winners since the early 90′s when Favre started coming into his own. They have haven’t had a stretch of bad seasons in probably two decades. It’s easy to be a Packers fan, there are no tough times to endure. You don’t have to struggle to watch them week after week. The Packers have one of the biggest bandwagons in football. It’s much tougher being a Vikings fan, it takes real commitment. Let the Packers go 5 or 6 consecutive seasons playing like garbage and then see how many fair-weather Packer fans there are. But if you want to know who the ultimate fans are, you need to look in Cleveland. There aren’t many of them I’m sure but the guys who show up every week to watch the Brown’s lose, those are the real die-hard fans. It’s much to easy to be a Packer fan, Packer fans are not die-hards, they have it too good to be considered die-hard fans

    • JaKa

      True Packers fan went through every game after Lombardi left, with something like only 4 winning seasons in 26 years before Wolf & Holmgren came along changing things. You kids wouldn’t have had to suffer through those tough times. You are right about being a Minn. fan. After a true taste of what Green Bay is all about, we’d never stoop so low to be on the bandwagon of a bunch of baroom brawlers, drunk drivers, and dirty football players. They lead the lead in all those catagories. Being a Packer means clean hits and beating your opponent one on one, with pride. If you do get knocked on your can, at least you were man enough to play clean. Some of us still believe in the Lombardi way. The game of football is just like the game of life. It’s okay to have heros, like Vince Lombardi. I still do, at near 60 years old. It’s amazing how it works, and his legend does work if you follow it.

      • Jake

        I’ll tell you what really sets Packer fans apart; they are the most arrogant, self gratifying, irritating, self centered bunch of people. Only a Packer fan would write an article simply to say how great they are. What an arrogant, douche bag thing to do.

        • RyansDad

          I’m an owner. What does that mean? I laid down a little cash with no prospect of financial reward just to contribute to the team. We don’t have to deal with arrogant owners like other fans.

          • Jake

            You know what I’m an owner of Facebook, Google and Microsoft and I have no power and make no more contributions to those companies than you do with the Packers. No one cares if you own shares in the team, it’s no different than owning shares in any other company.

          • JaKa

            Now Jake, we”ve talked about this before, when I was giving you the shock treatments… the little purple men do not own everything and give it to you when you want it. The little purple men are not for real. Take your medications and they will go away, and don’t forget any more, so you can be happy. Take the happy pills. You’ll be fine Jake. And no more banging your head on the stairs Jake. And be a nice boy. No more smearing your poopers on the walls and throwing them at the nurses.

          • Jake

            Yeah we get it, you’re making a joke about medications, you redundant turd. Oh, redundant means you repeat yourself, just so you know.

          • JaKa

            Don’t worry about Jake, RyansDad, he forgets to take his medicaions at the Phyciatric Hospitol for Slow Learners of MN. and when he does, he talks like this. Take your meds Jake.

        • JaKa

          Thats right, Packer fans are the best of the NFL. Jake Wanna Be. Yo’ mama’s callin’ Time for little punks to go home.

          • Jake

            Shouldn’t you be home polishing your mountain of Packer junk? Go back to jerkin it to Aaron Rogers pictures.

          • JaKa

            Now calm down and take your medications Jake. You have to take your meds or you get this way: not knowing what is real. Coke is the real thing. And the Psych hospital is real as the Packers rule the North division. Take your meds and take a nap. You’ll feel better when you wake up. You’ve got to deal with reality, Jake. Hang in there and take your meds. The little purple men are not really there Jake. Take your meds and they will go away. Just get on I-94 West and keep driving until you see the stadium with a hole in the dome, like the one we drilled in your head, and get back in the Psychialtric Hospital for Slow Learners & Deviants. They will take good care of you, or the men in those nice white coats will be coming to take you away.

          • Jake

            Oooooooh, truly you have a dizzying intellect. You think you could say the word “meds” a few more times? Not sure we get what you’re driving at. Moron.

      • http://www.facebook.com/tot.bom Tot Bom

        I’ve lived in Wisconsin all my life and I remember the 70′s and 80′s. Packer fans were hiding under rocks. You can toot your own horn all you want, but I remember how Packer fans acted when they weren’t winning. Go back and look at film of the games from the losing years and you’ll see half empty stadiums. But go ahead….keep telling yourself you’re the best fans. At least you think highly of your sanctimonious selves even if everyone else in the country thinks you’re fat, beer guzzling, brat eating drags on society.

        • JaKa

          Every Packer game has been sold out for over 45 years pal. Your crazy, jealous, and a fool to say things you know nothing about. Go screw up the Vikings website and stay off here.

  • Vern

    What a lame article!!! Had to be written by a packer fan.

  • JaKa

    With Aaron Rogers appearing on a prime time TV show, you will find “TRUE PACKERS FANS” who will do things like take off of work to see the TV show. True Pac Fans take things to the limit. Insttead of having a shelf in the den with Green Bay Packers memoribelia, they will have the whole den or the whole room filled with every kind of object you can turn the green & gold to, or guys like me. I never missed a Packers game on TV from when I was in 2nd grade, 7 years old, until I was 52, with crippling spinal damage, getting divorced, & packing to sell my house. The math on that is like 45 years including pre-season games, it’s somewhere around 720 games straight I saw on TV. That’s some kind of record, but I never bothered to look it up or file with Guinness Book. Those are the types of crazy, far out things real Packers fans do. It’s a fanatic & a fan, & a hyper-pscyhco-fixation on the team and it’s heros. Some people might saw we are immature the way we walk around and act, but you have to keep the vigor of your youth to stay young at heart. It gives the fan another good reason to carry on.

    • Jake

      So what you’re saying is that you have no life, a house full of Packer junk and your wife left you because you refused to ever miss a single game.

  • Rob

    What sets them apart? For one thing, their team has no cheerleaders. Probably a good thing. I’ve seen the women in Wisconsin. If they were standing on the sideline near the players, the coaches might confuse them with offensive linemen and try sending them into the game. That, and their brothers wouldn’t have anyone to make out with at halftime.

  • http://www.facebook.com/tot.bom Tot Bom

    Sorry but Packer fans are just as fair weather as everyone else. They’ve had 20 good years due to their unprecedented luck with QB health, but I remember the 70′s and 80′s when it was hard to find a Packer fan HERE IN WISCONSIN where I’ve lived all my life. You might be able to sell the loyal fan thing to the under 30 age group but you’re not fooling the rest of us.

    • RyansDad

      Bull. I’ve been a Packer fan since moving back to Wisconsin in 10th grade (1951) – yeah, I’m 76. We had a lot of lean years both before and after Lombardi, but the Packer faithful never quit. I don’t know where you had your head in the 70′s & 80′s (apparently in a dark, smelly place), but I spent a career in the military, following the Packers all the way …… And my friends & family remained loyal & hopeful too.
      I hope you’re ready for the double ass-kicking the “Viqueens” will receive from the Packers this year!

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1402082894 Cheryl Rodgers

        Its the true loyal fans that stand out.. It didn’t matter if they were 12-3 or 3-12. A true fan is always a packer fan no matter .That’s a fact. I have been one since 1966. I’m 57 and have always been a packer fan. Not ones that jump on a band wagon when they are doing great..

  • http://www.facebook.com/ray.rivard.963 Ray Rivard

    What I’m wondering is why there are so many anti-Packers fans on here? … I mean, it’s a fact that this is one of the best fan websites on the Internet (that makes me one of those “self gratifying, irritating, self centered bunch of people” described by Jake below), but don’t these guys have Vikings sites where they can lurk and build up their confidence? Why do they have to come here and leave lame, “self gratifying, irritating, and self centered” comments?

    As the editor of this site, I’m glad you’re reading, but not pleased with your comments. If you can’t leave intelligent and non-condescending comments, then please go back to your Vikings sites.

    As for the Packers fans … GO! PACK! GO!

    • Rob

      We come here because for some reason, CNN/SI links this Packer site to the Vikings’ team page on their website.

      • http://www.facebook.com/ray.rivard.963 Ray Rivard

        At least CNN/SI knows a good site when they see it.

    • Jake

      Try writing intelligent articles and we will leave intelligent comments.

      • http://www.facebook.com/ray.rivard.963 Ray Rivard

        Go away, Jake. Go away and don’t come back.

        • Jake

          If you guys are going to have the balls to call your selves the best fans in all of sport then I’m going to come here and tell you you’re wrong. Try toning down the arrogance and showing a bit of humility.

          • http://www.facebook.com/ray.rivard.963 Ray Rivard

            Humility? Really? Try showing some respect for others. The comments I’ve seen on here (by both sides, actually) are deplorable. As Packers fans, we’re allowed to say what we want on our site. If this was written on a Vikings site, that might be a bit different. If you disagree, fine. Cut the name-calling. It gives us all a bad name and makes everyone look like buffoons.

    • JaKa

      Don’t worry about Jake or the rest of them. But you should know: They do too have the internet in the Minnesota Psychiatric Center for Low Intellegence Or Brain Dead.

      • Jake

        You’re a moron dude, maybe you should have spent more time paying attention in school and less time collecting Packer junk; this “Minnesota Psychiatric Center for Low Intellegence Or Brain Dead” is not a real thing. What is real is that you’re a dumbass.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000225427416 J Christian Larsen

    I can’t prove it, but having been raised in a small town in west-central Wisconsin, I’m sure it is their missing-link DNA…

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000225427416 J Christian Larsen

    Seriously? I was born and raised in Wisconsin, leaving for the military after high school. I have been a Viking fan for 47 years no matter what happened each season. If we are 2 – 14 each season but beat the Packers twice, it is a good year. I have hated the Packers since Bart Starr was the head coach. FYI, back in the 70s, most of my cheese-head classmates loved the Cowboys and Steelers, not the Packers who where usually 4 – 12 each season while the VIkes ruled the Central Division. I have remained a passionate Viking even though I haven’t watched them in a Super Bowl since the last 1970s! Viking Nation has millions of loyal fans who have waited their entire lives for a Superbowl… that is true passion.

    • http://www.facebook.com/ray.rivard.963 Ray Rivard

      Good luck with that, J. Christian … glad you’re so passionate, but until the Vikes actually get a QB, it could be a long wait for you guys.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1649511981 Dan Dahlke

    Packers fans are the best fans to write for. These Vikings fans must be bored to come on here and post comments like this. Hey, I love a good banter, but keep it respectful, guys. You’re not representing your team across the Mississippi very well.

    • http://www.facebook.com/ray.rivard.963 Ray Rivard

      Touché, Dan.

  • Bwob

    Wiki-leaks is about to release the government report on the typical Packer fan.
    Most noticeable characteristics will include the expanded pre-orbital ridge over the eyes accentuated by an unusually bushy uni-brow. Males typically walk leaving streaks from dragging knuckles and frequently discarded Stroh’s cans. Females are harder to follow as they have slightly shorter arms and fingers aproaching only 1.5 inches. While walking, females usually have one hand protecting the genital area and the other hand holding a broken strap of its bib overalls.

  • Bwob

    I have a friend that lives a stone’s throw from Lombardi Ave. He reports that domestic violence in Green Bay skyrockets after a Packers loss…That explains the extended preorbital brow of the typical male packer fan. Corresponding females have evolved with wide-flat noses and thick lips that can take sporting abuse. Stale beer is used to spark the mating urge.