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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