Players celebrate Super Bowl victories in a number of ways. Aaron Rodgers enjoys himself at Disney World and the Kentucky Derby. Korey Hall brands cows as he plans his destination wedding. Clay Matthews and Brady Poppinga get right back to business and workout with one of their newest teammates. And since they are the Green Bay Packers after all, a few of them tailgate.
The sixth annual "Tailgate Tour" kicked off Tuesday morning as current players and former Packers greats loaded a bus headed for Marquette, Michigan. Participants included Desmond Bishop, Matt Flynn, Josh Sitton; Packers president Mark Murphy; former players Gilbert Brown, Antonio Freeman, Dorsey Levens; and hall of famers Forest Gregg and Jim Taylor. The Tour spans five days and zigzags across northern Wisconsin and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.
As is the case with any good road trip, the Packers have already made a few stops before reaching their stated destinations. The first detour was a surprise visit to Peshtigo Middle/High School where the players talked to students about the "importance of teamwork" and then had a question and answer session. Next up was the North Woods Home Care and Hospice, where the residents and players enjoyed a game of bingo. As Packers' Public Relations Director Aaron Popkey noted on Packers.com, Gilbert Brown patrolled the room to, as he jokingly put it, "make sure no one is cheating."
A surprise visit to Escanaba Junior Middle School was canceled due to a power outage, but the road trip will motor on to Ashland, Wisconsin on Wednesday.
The celebratory tour wraps up at Green Bay East's stadium on Saturday, May 14.
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