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The Green Bay Packers non-parade celebration on Tuesday was a day for the fans to enjoy the Super Bowl XLV victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers. Fans came in, paying $5 apiece, and watched as various players and Packers front office members speak.
They also saw WR Jordy Nelson on crutches.
One surprise from the event was the sight of WR Jordy Nelson on crutches. While they had been dealing with many injuries this season, they had been relatively healthy over the past few weeks. That certainly played a part in their six game winning streak to end the season. But with Nelson, WR Donald Driver, CB Charles Woodson, and CB Sam Shields also suffering injuries during the Super Bowl, it's a good thing the season's over.
Not a big deal, no, considering we're seven months from the season but interesting nonetheless for Packers fans. I saw Nelson after the game and didn't notice a limp or any sort of injury. Nelson ditched the crutches later in the celebration so it's a minor injury and certainly not a big enough injury to ruin the joy Packers fans were feeling at Lambeau Field on Tuesday.
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The Green Bay Packers celebrated their win in Super Bowl XLV Monday afternoon with their fans at Lambeau Field. Billed as the "Return to Titletown" ceremony, the event took place in a stationary facility instead of the more traditional victory parade. How far could a victory parade in Green Bay really travel, anyway?
Front office personnel, the coaching staff, ownership, local politicians, and of course players got to say a few words about their experiences this season. It was nice, but you just want to see a shirtless offensive lineman giddily romping through the snow. So here's that.
Jason Spitz is a man who lets nothing come between himself and victory:
Aaron Rodgers' entrance was a pretty crowd-pleasing moment, believe it or not:
Clay Matthews never stops looking like a pro wrestler, and at this point I don't really think he's even trying:
B.J. Raji, NFC Championship Game hero, works his way through the crowd:
Mike McCarthy gives Packers fans a chance to touch the Lombardi Trophy:
Donald Driver got one of the biggest ovations of the entire event, appearing on stage in a walking boot and blowing kisses to the crowd:
Charles Woodson is injured, but Dom Capers appears to be the one in pain:
Nick Collins, who returned an interception for a touchdown early in the Super Bowl, waves a Packers towel to the crowd:
And of course the quarterback gets the last word:
Aaron Rodgers, Super Bowl MVP, addressed the Lambeau Field crowd at the Green Bay Packers Super Bowl celebration, which remains still entirely not a parade. While other players were herded on in groups, Rodgers got the stage all to himself.
Hey I just want you to know, for the next year you guys can steal my belt celebration because we’re the champions of the world. Put that on whenever you want. Until two days ago, the greatest day of my sporting career was when this organization picked me in the draft.
It’s been a great journey, the last six years with you guys. We got the greatest fans in the world. Nothing better than Philadelphia, Atlanta, Chicago, and Dallas hearing that “Go Pack go!” at the end of the game.
Rodgers also big-up’d the entire organization, including the many players who were brought on to replace injured players.
Before he left the stage, Rodgers described the team’s core as remaining in place for next year and predicted a return to the Super Bowl again next year.
Greg Jennings, clearly feeling the freezing weather, said “the fans deserved” the Super Bowl win and described the receiving corps’ trip to Jordy Nelson’s farm, where “strange things” happened — talk about raising more questions than you answer! Jennings also insisted on James Jones being included onstage.
Longtime Packers WR Donad Driver got the biggest cheer of the night so far while walking around with protective gear on his foot. Blowing kisses to the crowd, he said the Lombardi Trophy was now home.
Nelson answered a question about how it feels to be a Super Bowl champion while wearing a purple and yellow hoodie and beanie, ordinarily a no-no in Lambeau Field.
Offensive line representative Scott Wells talked about his lack of sleep and how handsome centers tend to be.
Touchdown specialist John Kuhn sounds like the team’s most likely future politician, emphatically proclaiming the team’s blue-collar nature.
Before the offense took the stage, special teamers got some love. Best moment: Jarrett Bush said, “I tip my hat” to Packers special teams teammates, but did not in fact remove his huge black, green, and yellow beanie.
Also, Mason Crosby claimed the team imported Green Bay weather down to Dallas and then nerded out on some kicker jargon, critiquing himself for compressing the Super Bowl’s opening kickoff.
The Green Bay Packers non-parade Super Bowl celebration at Lambeau Field continued with defensive stars being brought on stage.
Charles Woodson, injured during Super Bowl XLV, said he never plans to come down from his Super Bowl high. He also says the week after the team’s game against the New England Patriots was the critical moment in the season.
Clay Matthews spoke quickly and forcefully about his teammates and fans, showing he still has some things to work on before he can begin his professional wrestling career. Matthews talked about Woodson’s passionate halftime speech, when the injured defensive back urged the team to keep fighting despite being down so many players.
Nick Collins, whose pick six of Ben Roethlisberger gave the Packers an early 14-0 lead, praised Green Bay’s poise and resolve. Collins mentioned how special it was to see Packers fans waiting for the team’s arrival after the game.
Defensive coordinator Dom Capers claimed the best defensive players and fans in the NFL.
The world’s fastest Super Bowl celebration continued, with the Green Bay Packers bringing Mike McCarthy, Ted Thompson, and Mark Murphy on stage for some remarks. McCarthy, clad in a dark coat and newsboy hat, got the most mic time:
It’s great to be here. I just want to thank the fans. You’re clearly an energy force for our football team. Keep [something about bringing energy and passion] and we’ll keep bringing them trophies back to you … After we lost the Arizona game last year, in the exit interviews the players felt very strongly that we could win a championship. Unbelievable support from Packer Nation, and we’re gonna do it again next year.
General manager Thompson made a flub that few Packers fans likely minded all that much:
Thank you. Thank you. It’s a great day to be a Packer, isn’t it? This is a great group of guys. It took everybody on the team to win this thing. But the Lambeau — Lombardi Trophy is back in Green Bay. Thank you.
And owner Murphy is already on his coach’s behind about next year:
We’ve gotta start winning some more to catch up with Lombardi.
More to come from Lambeau Field.
The Green Bay Packers are your 2011 Super Bowl winners which means this is going to be a good week for their fans. Many schools let out early to prepare for the Packers Super Bowl celebration at Lambeau Field on Tuesday.
The celebration (not a parade) goes on from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. (ET) and the early word is that the team sold 50,000 $5 tickets. The celebration will be broadcast on NFL Network.
If you're taking off work or school and heading to this event, then I call that dedication. Temperatures are expected to be around seven degrees this afternoon and dropping to -4 by this evening. As you can see in the photo below (via Twitter), the field is covered in snow:
Fans have already celebrated some with the team when they returned from Dallas. There were an estimated 35,000 people who came out to welcome the Packers home.
The name of the celebration is "Return To Titletown".
And we’re immediately off to the second segment of the Green Bay Packers Super Bowl celebration at Lambeau Field. Technically it’s now a parade, as defensive coordinator Dom Capers led the coaching staff on a wade through the Wisconsin snow as the higher-ups listed their names. It looks horrifyingly cold — all parkas everything.
Some camera shots resulted in coaches halfway disappearing behind mounds of snow.
Next up, the offensive and defensive lines got to make the rounds. Much bigger applause for the D-line than any other introductee so far. Tight ends followed, along with a conspicuous amount of security personnel.
Kevin Greene’s linebacker unit entered next, and yes, of course one Packers ’backer whipped another with a white towel. Greg Jennings and his fellow wide receivers got the next call, followed by the banged-up secondary. Both were well-received.
The biggest cheers, of course, came for quarterbacks, of whom Aaron Rodgers was the last one out of the tunnel. Somewhere in there running backs must’ve been introduced, but I missed it.
Coach Mike McCarthy was introduced last, bearing the Lombardi Trophy. As he circled the field, he extended the trophy into the crowd so fans could touch it.
The Green Bay Packers "Return To Titletown" Super Bowl celebration, which is definitely not a parade, kicked off at Lambeau Field extremely promptly at 5 pm EST. It's being shown live on NFL Network, and the broadcast started up so abruptly it looked at first like they were showing a vintage celebration as a lead-in. The celebration isn't a parade, and is therefore stagnant, but clearly they still intend to keep it movin'.
Team chairman Mark Murphy shouted out general manager Ted Thompson, noting the team won a Super Bowl despite suffering a run of injuries that would've crippled a "lesser team." He also grunted in approval of head coach Mike McCarthy.
Green Bay mayor Jim Schmidt took the podium next, and good Lord this thing is just hauling along. Wearing a bright green and yellow scarf, Schmidt darted his way onto an announcement of the renaming of a Green Bay street as McCarthy's Way. He then let out a loud "Wooo!" and turned it over to Wisconsin's governor, whose mic cut off as he started handing out plaques.
You think Green Bay Packers fans are excited about beating the Pittsburgh Steelers in Super Bowl XLV? The latest figures on their Super Bowl celebration at Lambeau Field planned for Tuesday have come out and they're big.
The Packers are expecting a full house at Lambeau after selling 50,000 tickets to the event.
Each ticket costs $5 so that's $250,000 they've made on the post-Super Bowl celebration. A portion of the proceeds are going to Packers Foundation charities.
Green Bay's first Super Bowl in 14 years brought an estimated 35,000 fans onto the streets to welcome them home on Monday. It must be good to be a Packers fan today.
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The Green Bay Packers will be hosting a Super Bowl parade -- err, non-parade celebration -- on Tuesday. Packers fans were able to celebrate with the team when they arrived in Green Bay on Monday but this is the formal celebration for their Super Bowl XLV victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Here are the basics on the celebration including TV schedule, time, location and tickets.
What: It's being tabbed "Return To Titletown" and it's a non-parade celebration.
Who: Mark Murphy, president and CEO of the Packers, general manager Ted Thompson, head coach Mike McCarthy and some of the Packers.
Tickets: They're five bucks a pop but don't worry this isn't a total money grab. A portion of the proceeds will be going to Packers Foundation charities.
TV Schedule: The celebration will be broadcast locally on the following stations: WFRV, Green Bay; WTMJ, Milwaukee; WKOW, Madison; WAOW, Wausau/Rhinelander; WXOW, La Crosse; WQOW, Eau Claire; WYOW, Eagle River; and WJMN, Marquette, Mich.
Time: It is scheduled to be from 4:00-5:00 p.m. (CT) on Tuesday. Some schools are letting out early on Tuesday so that kids can attend the event.
Location: The event will be taking place at Lambeau Field. If you're planning on attending, bundle up, The temperature is expected to be seven degrees at Lambeau Field on Tuesday and -4 degrees by Tuesday night.
The Green Bay Packers, winners of Super Bowl XLV, have announced their plans for the official victory celebration, set for Tuesday afternoon. Appropriately, it is called "Return to Titletown."
The champions opted not to do a traditional Super Bowl parade and instead will host a celebration, set to take place at Lambeau Field, from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. local time Tuesday evening. The team is selling tickets for the event, which are $5 each -- they go on sale at 10 a.m. EST Monday morning, through Ticketmaster outlets , either in person, over the phone at (800) 745-3000 or online. (Parking is free.)
A portion of the Super Bowl celebration proceeds are going to the Packers Foundation charities.
The stadium gates will open at 2 p.m. If you are unable to attend in person, or can't purchase a ticket, "Return to Titletown" will be broadcast live locally on the following TV stations: WFRV, Green Bay; WTMJ, Milwaukee; WKOW, Madison; WAOW, Wausau/Rhinelander; WXOW, La Crosse; WQOW, Eau Claire; WYOW, Eagle River; and WJMN, Marquette, Mich. It will also be re-aired primetime Tuesday night.
The "Return to Titletown" event will feature Mark Murphy, president and CEO of the Packers, general manager Ted Thompson, head coach Mike McCarthy and some of the Packers. No word yet on QB Aaron Rodgers, who will spend Monday afternoon at the Super Bowl MVP parade at at Disney's Magic Kingdom in Orlando, Florida.
The Packers stayed in Dallas Sunday night, with plans to return home to Green Bay some point Monday morning. The Super Bowl winners will touch down at Austin Straubel airport and then proceed in a motorcade to Lambeau Field (road closures start around 1:15 p.m. local time), with thousands of fans expected to greet them upon their arrival.
When the Super Bowl champion Green Bay Packers touchdown at the airport early Monday afternoon, they'll likely have thousands of fans waiting to greet then at Austin Straubel airport. But that's not it. The Super Bowl parade route has the Packers going right from the airport to Lambeau Field, and that's where Packers fans have been already been celebrating since late Sunday night.
Shortly after the conclusion of Super Bowl XLV, and after the Packers had clinched their fourth Lombardi Trophy, thousands of fans immediately flocked to Lambeau Field.
From Lombardi Avenue, to the gates at Lambeau, more than a thousand fans chose to celebrate the Super Bowl win at Lambeau Field.
For most, the experience was hard to describe.
"This is crazy! Aaron Rogers is the best player in the NFL and now we're the best team in the NFL," said Green Bay resident, Blair Markowski. "This is the best thing that's happened to me in my life!"ind.
Most of the fans said they were planning on returning to the parade Monday afternoon, even after partying all night long.
In America, the education of our youth is paramount. Except when our local football teams wins the Super Bowl. Then ... education can wait, especially in favor of of the Green Bay Packers parade.
There will be no afternoon 4-year-old kindergarten, early childhood, Head Start, or Chance for Change. After-school programs are canceled. Elementary and middle school after-school activities and scheduled competitions are canceled. High school practices will be held at the coach’s discretion, and any high school games will be held as scheduled.
The move makes sense from a personnel aspect, as well as the fact that many of those kids will probably be distracted or pulled out of school by Packer fan parents anyway. Still, it's a cause for concern among working parents who wonder what they're supposed to do with their kids in the afternoon.
Classes will even end early on Tuesday for a couple schools in the celebration traffic area.
The school district recommends "that all students attend school until they need to leave for the celebration." Considering this is Green Bay, I'm fairly certain leaving for the Packers' Super Bowl celebration is more mandatory than math class.
For the fourth time in the franchise's history, and the first time since 1996, the Green Bay Packers will bring the Lombari Trophy back to Titletown, USA. The Super Bowl XLV winners are schedule to return home early Monday afternoon, and the city of Green Bay is ready to welcome home their Packers.
When the Packers touchdown after their flight from Dallas, they'll travel in a motorcade from Austin Straubel airport to Lambeau Field. The route is expected to take them on 172 Eastbound from the airport to Packerland Drive, North on Packerland to Hazelwood, East ondraft Hazelwood/Lombardi to Lambeau Field, with road closures starting around 1:15 p.m. local time.
With large crowds expected, officials have designated three different zones in which fans can gather: "It is the recommendation of the Green Bay Police Department that fans gather at Lambeau Field or in the vicinity."
This plan goes against what the city's mayor and other leaders were pushing for, which was for the Packers to hold a parade as part of the homecoming, but the team opted instead to travel straight to Lambeau Field, taking a route that intentionally bypasses downtown, something that hasn't sat well with fans.
"We haven't had the Super Bowl in how many years? It's just, it's a letdown," caller Paula said.
"I'd rather have them called the 'Ashwaubenon Packers,' because I just don't feel they support the city like they should," caller Joe said.
But Mayor Jim Schmitt remains supportive, saying, "The route that's planned is the best thing for the Packers and for everybody else."
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