An Open Letter To Packers Fans
Dear Green and Gold Faithful,
It’s been a magical season, and now the Green Bay Packers are headed to Arlington, Texas to face the Pittsburgh Steelers in Super Bowl XLV. It has been an amazing journey through thick and thin with all of you this season. From the preseason hype, to the multitude of injuries, to the improbable playoff run, it’s been great. My only advice is, enjoy it.
Don’t take it from me, listen to the words of Packers running back John Kuhn:
“Embrace every moment because the week goes by fast. It’s not a typical moment so embrace it and take it in.”
Kuhn is one of the few players on this young team to have Super Bowl experience and the only player with a championship ring to his name. The other two players on this team with Super Bowl appearances are defensive end Ryan Pickett and cornerback Charles Woodson.
Fourteen years removed from the Packers’ last Super Bowl victory, many of us are fortunate enough to have lasting mental-images of quarterback Brett Favre running down the field raising his helmet high over his head as he celebrated Andre Rison‘s lone touchdown catch of the season.
Since that championship in 1996, the Packers have had some pretty amazing teams. Despite being stocked with talent, the pieces failed to fall into place for these squads. Age and experience allows for heartbreak and disappointment over many squandered opportunities, but it also provides the ability to look back and realize that it takes talent, discipline, and a few lucky bounces to make it to the Super Bowl. The 2010 Green Bay Packers are certainly talented, their coach has instilled discipline, and despite all the injuries, the team has experienced its fair share of luck this season.
Given all this, I come back to the same idea I began this letter with: Enjoy it.
Enjoy the extra media attention and exposure your team receives. Enjoy the plethora of coverage and heart-warming stories of your team’s favorite players. Enjoy the “off week” in between the NFC Championship game and the Super Bowl. And if you can, enjoy the game.
Enjoy watching the Packers come out of the locker room and take the field. Soak in the cameras flashing as the ball is kicked off to start the game. Enjoy the fast start of the offense, but don’t worry when they fizzle in the second quarter. Enjoy this defense because it’s the best I have seen in quite a while.
But most of all, enjoy the whole experience. Sit back, relax, and watch your team battle for the biggest prize in all of football. Football games can be an anxious and stressful experience for many fans, but just this once, try and enjoy it because we all know that Super Bowls don’t come around that often.
Yours in Green and Gold,