Hundreds of fans filled the Crawford Center Tuesday evening in Shawano to hear from the Packers, take selfies and get autographs, all in support of Red River Riders Therapeutic Riding Program for the Disabled.
The tour members again enjoyed a special entrance as a fire truck escort led the way and the bus pulled entirely inside the pavilion and served as a backdrop for the stage.
On stage, Mark Murphy introduced all the players and helped direct questions from the audience. Before the Q&A began, though, Murphy paid special tribute to one of Shawano’s own, Lee Remmel, the late, longtime Packers PR man and team historian. Lee grew up in Shawano and is well respected in his hometown, and the audience confirmed it with an enthusiastic hand.
The session with fans featured Mean Gene, a memorable Packers fan who has made appearances at other Tailgate Tour parties in previous years. Murphy and Packers staffers on the trip were appreciative of Mean Gene’s repeat attendance and enthusiastic question-asking.
Murphy was asked about the chances of a Super Bowl being played in Green Bay, a question often asked in recent years after MetLife Stadium in the New York area hosted after the 2013 season. After explaining that the game would not be coming to Lambeau Field due to the community’s lack of support facilities, Murphy did make a pledge, though.
“We will host as many NFC Championship Games as possible,” he said, to great delight from the fans.