Let me preface this post by letting you know that introductions may be the hardest things in the world to write. By trade, writers like to talk about other people and things; at least for me, when the tables are turned and I have to talk about myself, it's an uncomfortable feeling.
With that in mind, I'll keep this intro short and sweet:
-I'm 23 years old. Still just a baby.
-Grew up near Menomonie, WI, which is about a half hour west of Eau Claire and an hour east of the Twin Cities. Graduated from the expansive high school known as Boyceville High, with a grand total of 75 in my class. And yes, my school colors were purple and white.
-Went to UW-Madison after graduating in 2006. Studied economics and history for five years. Hated economics, loved history. Should have done journalism like I wanted to as a freshman. State Street Brats, Wando's and Church Key are just a few alternate names for heaven.
-Have been a Packers fans since I remember existing on this planet. As a seven-year-old, I was memorizing stats of those wearing green and gold. The bond between youngster and team was set in stone when my dad took me down to Dallas to watch the Packers' NFC Championship Game in 1996. Still believe the Packers were the better team that day.
-Wrote game recaps during English class in high school after almost every Packers game, which, after a while, spawned my interest in sports writing. Stumbled upon Bleacher Report in 2008 when the company was still in its infant stages, and it became my platform for writing about the Packers. I met a fellow writer there— you know him as the world renowned Jersey Al Bracco—and he offered me a spot at AllGreenBayPackers.com last spring as I was starting to pursue writing more seriously. I graciously accepted. I owe Al all the thanks in the world for the opportunity he granted me.
-I also cover prep sports for The Dunn County News, a small newspaper in Menomonie. Four high schools, nothing major.
-You can follow me on Twitter @zachkruse2. Still trying to grow my brand there.
-Let me be very clear: I have no intention of trying to fill the shoes Mr. Nagler left me here at CheeseheadTV. He's a legend, I'm a nobody. Someday, I hope to have the influence he currently holds on the wonderful community of the Packers blogosphere. That day is a long ways off. Besides, I only have size 10.5 feet.
-In conclusion: I can't wait to provide you with Packers coverage. There will be ups. There will be downs. I'll stick with you the entire way. It will be an honor to serve you.
If there's anything else you want to know, ask me in the comments. It's going to be a fun ride.
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