The Green Bay Packers are the greatest professional franchise in the history of sports.
They have one of the oldest stadiums in sports. They have the most world championships in NFL history.
A lot of the league’s great players and coaches have come through the halls at 1265 Lombardi Ave. from Curly Lambeau, Don Hutson, Bart Starr, and Vince Lombardi, to Brett Favre, Reggie White, Charles Woodson, and Aaron Rodgers.
But the Green Bay Packers are unique because they are the smallest market in professional sports, yet they have the best and strongest fan base in the world.
What separates the Packers and their fans from the rest of the pack is that the team is owned publicly by the fans. It has been that way since August 23, 1923. No other team in professional sports is owned by the fans.
No other team gives their fans a piece of paper that tells them that they are officially an owner of that franchise. This team has been kept viable by those many unselfish fans all over the world. It is a tremendous business story. But it all goes back to what happens on the field.
The Packers have been arguably the most successful football team ever. Their fans get behind them like you would not believe. Every Sunday, Monday night or Thursday night, those little houses across the street from the house that Curly built are filled with lights, cars, camp fires, food, and powerful football fandom.
Every single game is a sellout. Whether it’s 80 degrees in early September or -5 degrees in January, those benches have “Cheeseheads” jumping on them.
That’s another thing too. Green Bay fans have really taken the “Cheesehead” mantra to heart over this team’s 100+ years. On gameday, thousands of fans wear custom hats designed in the way of a piece of cheese. It’s a special, special tradition. One of many (see: Lambeau Leap).
Packers fans know what they have in their team. They are truly appreciative of what they have.
The bond between Packers fans and their team is what football and sports is all about. Fans being appreciative of the hard work that their team puts in to try to win as much as they can. It’s all about the love of the game.
The Green Bay Packers and their fans are gearing up for yet another tremendous season filled with a lot of ups and maybe a few small downs. Regardless, those “Cheeseheads” will always be there supporting the Green and Gold. You can take that to the bank.