What exactly do you ask from the Packers players in return as a fan? I posed that question this morning concerning Greg Jennings, and the uproar was mighty and mighty divided. What's your asking price?
I took a lot of hell today for suggesting the Greg Jennings was just another player to me. I'm sorry but it's true. I'm not saying he sucks, I'm just saying he's not my favorite dude anymore. I don't feel a connection with Jennings. You rarely get a Jennings story that isn't some pre-fab piece, he doesn't sign autographs most of the time, and unless you want to pony up for a charity event you can't really get a piece of the guy. Now Greg Jennings has a right to do things any way he sees fit, and if I don't like it, rest assured that Greg Jennings doesn't give a rat's ass. But, I find my perspective as a fan changing and I think guys like Jennings are losing out.
The fans fuel the NFL. If you can argue that, then you need to hook up with Perry Mason and open a firm. That is fact, period. We buy the jerseys, we buy the tickets, and we buy the ads that feed the machine. The average out of town fan is going to spend $500.00 just to see a single game. Throw in the throwback jersey, a couple of beers for Ray and Nagler, and pretty soon you've almost spent a grand. In the meantime, Greg and Driver both drop a couple, Bush gets burned deep, and the Packers do exactly what the entire world knew they shouldn't do at least three times. Then, you wait around hoping for that, "Here's my Coke" moment to make it all right again and it never happens. That pisses me off.
I want access more than ever now, especially in my world. I want to know what kind of granola Greg ate for breakfast. I want to know what Greg thinks about the oil spill. I want to know what deodorant Greg rolls with after practice. That personally goes a lot farther than the next fund raising event in my twisted eyes as a fan. And for the players who give me that, it's guaranteed the next time I shell out dollars for a number it most certainly will be for a 25 or a 56 or even a 27 (highly doubtful) before an 85. That's the long and short of it.
I said Greg Jennings was just a couple of drops away from being just another guy. In my book, he is.
And that's also why I am, and always will be, just a fan.