Legendary senior writer jclombardi highlights Packers news.
Super Bowl Rings Day: Dave Robinson lived in a town in New Jersey, and his mail regularly arrived every afternoon. But in April 1967, his postal carrier was rapping at the door at 6:30 a.m. It had arrived. Robinson tore off the parcel wrapping, pulled aside the flaps and pulled out a giant gold ring. Then the mailman grabbed it – and tried it on. “Wow!” was about all the breathless postal carrier could say. The star linebacker for the Green Bay Packers and the postman talked about the ring that morning and what it stood for: great men and great moments. Robinson declared that this bejeweled token was proof the Packers were the best team in all of professional football. The mailman then turned away, reluctantly, for a mountain of mailbags and his route, leaving Robinson at his doorstep, beholding the first Super Bowl championship ring. He slipped it on, the single bold diamond refracting light, for the first time. “It was something else,” recalls Robinson.
Forty-four years later, in the atrium of Lambeau Field, the current members of the Green Bay Packers, victors of Super Bowl XLV, will get to open their Super Bowl championship rings in a private ceremony Thursday night. “I’m looking forward to it,” said receiver Greg Jennings. “Everywhere we go, people ask, ‘Do you have the ring?’ So I’m very excited.” Details of the Super Bowl XLV ring’s design and the ceremony are being kept secret by the Packers in an effort to create a special, meaningful and surprising event for the players, coaches and staff who contributed to winning the 45th Super Bowl. That ring will come to symbolize something different to each man: Sacrifice. Hope. Determination. Will. Strength. Triumph. Immortality. And while the Vince Lombardi Trophy always will rest inside Lambeau, the rings belong to individuals.
Legendary QB Favre stays retired: Brett Favre says that while his playing days are definitely over, he hasn’t decided what he’s going to do with himself in the coming years. The three-time NFL most valuable player hosted the “Brett Favre 7 on 7 at The Rock” football camp on the campus of Southern Miss, his alma mater, on Tuesday. He mingled with players and coaches in the nearly 100-degree heat, and occasionally squads would gather around the 41-year-old for a pep talk.
Commentary: Big day! Life goes on and moves on.