Citizens of Green Bay, Wisconsin have a special relationship with their team. As the smallest city to host an NFL franchise, the intensity of their team loyalty runs deep. A visitor to a church in Green Bay on a Sunday might see half the congregation sporting Packer wearables — and, that’s in the summer time. While the Packers have given their supporters plenty to cheer about in recent years, there was a dry spell. Even when the team struggled, the loyalty of its true fans never wavered.
ESPN’s Rick Reilly profiles one of these super Packer fans, Jim Becker, in the inspirational story, “Packers’ Lifeblood,” below. Becker, a father of 11 children, gave blood to help pay for his Packer season tickets. By giving blood, it helped save his life.
“Packers’ Lifeblood” ESPN & Rick Reilly