Which moments in Packers history moved you to tears?
Editor's note: Hello everyone. I hope you all had a fantastic Fourth of July. Welcome back to the work week. Outsider Inbox will run the first three days of this week, based on the overwhelming number of submissions we received over the weekend. Today's column features the responses to the first four questions I posed on Saturday. Do me a favor and please don't answer those four questions anymore. Your responses won't be posted and will only clog up my email. Want to be featured on Tuesday or Wednesday? Focus on the remaining questions that have yet to be answered. Enjoy!
Which current or former Packers would you have to invite to a party from a sheer fun standpoint?
Derek from Eau Claire, WI
You've seen David Bakhtiari at a Bucks game, right?
Eric from Park Falls, WI
Question No. 1 is an easy answer: Paul Hornung, Max McGee and Fuzzy Thurston! Have a great day!
Michael from Morrison, IL
Dave Robinson. While I'm sure quite a few would have some interesting tales from the Lombardi era, Robinson just has a way with telling compelling stories.
Scott from Duck Creek Village, UT
Insiders, the former Packers player I would invite to a party just for fun would definitely be Max McGee. Max did it all, left the Packers for the Air Force, came back and had a colorful career with the Packers, and later started several successful businesses. I'm sure he would have plenty stories to keep us entertained for days.
Grant from Hoopeston, IL
Paul Hornung, Max McGee, and Fuzzy Thurston; might end up with some fines but worth it.
Ben from Pensacola, FL
For who you'd bring to the party for a fun stand point, it would have to be Jamaal Williams or Jaire Alexander at the top. I feel like Za'Darius Smith might state his case, though. Side note: for intellectual conversation it would have to be Aaron Rodgers or Davante Adams.
Mark from Ocala, FL
John Kuhn. Need I say more?
Brady from Madison, WI
Without a doubt, it is Jamaal Williams. Putting aside the fact that he is a phenomenal athlete and teammate, that attitude and smile are infectious. Every single interview, Instagram post and comment makes me smile. One moment he's talking "Frozen II," the next he's raving about anime and cracking jokes. Oh, and he appears to be a great father atop all that. I'll FedEx him an invite if I have to. That man would be the life of any party.
Dan from Franklin, MN
No question about which Packer I would invite for the pure fun of it - the late Max McGee would be most interesting. I would want to learn about his interactions with Coach Lombardi during training camps and game days. And his night out prior to arguably being the MVP in the first NFL-AFL Championship game.
Eric from Denver, CO
I would definitely want to party with B.J. Raji, it was hilarious when he did the hip swivel against the Bears in the NFC Championship Game. It seemed like he was quite the character.
Mike from White House, TN
I would love to hang out with Za'Darius! He seems like the kind of guy who would keep everyone laughing all night!
Dean from Belmont, MI
Hearing some interviews with LeRoy Butler I have to be believe he would make it a really fun party. Who knows, we might even end up with a new celebration.
Carmen from Trimbach, Switzerland
Which Packers I'd invite to a party? Wes, Spoff and Larry. It would be so much fun to hear about all the little stories that aren't published anywhere.
If you were going to live on a secluded island, what five Packers-related items would you take with you?
Michael from Granite City, IL
Packers helmet (in case of falling coconuts), Packers hammock, Packers grill, Packers cheese grater (to grate coconuts) and packers.com app on cell phone (Editor's note: I appreciate how 85% of those who answered this question turned it into a tailgate. Wonderful).
Patrick from Hampshire, IL
Any of Cliff Christl's books. A Blu-ray documentary of their championships (with TV and BR player). A Packers trivia book. My football with the 2010 team's autographs. My Packers pillow that my wife made for me.
Kyle from West Valley, UT
My wife, my dog, my truck, a hoody and a hat. You're probably wondering how those first three are Packers related. My first date with my wife was watching the Packers shut out the Jets 9-0 on Halloween 2010. My dog is named Vince (after you-know-who), and my truck has a Packers sticker.
Kathie from Pasadena, TX
I would include a Packers cooler, bean bag toss, football, Aaron Rodgers and Lombardi. I'd love to pick their brains.
Bret from Hertel, WI
If I were on a secluded island, I would want my phone with the Packers app to keep up on Packers Insider Inbox, a cheesehead because it has been known to save lives, Ray Nitschke's helmet from the Hall of Fame to protect me collecting coconuts, Packers canopy and five-piece knife set from the Pro Shop.
Joshua from Houston, TX
I would take my cheesehead, my Josh Jackson autographed football earned from Packers Perks, my Reggie White jersey (favorite player of all time), my 1991 Stadium Club Brett "Farve" rookie card, and my replica 2010 Super Bowl ring.
Rod from Middletown, NJ
Packers Internet, 1919 restaurant, Bart Starr jersey, helmet and pillow.
Michael from Chanhassen, MN
I would take or have my Packers folding chair and Packers umbrella (I am assuming I would be in a hot or warm climate), my Packers water bottle (to catch the rain with), my Packers cards deck (lots of solitaire in my future) and (Editor's note: we stopped Michael here).
Tom from Two Rivers, WI
I only need two: All of my Packers memories. A TV to watch them make new memories.
What's the first time you remember the Packers making you cry?
Gary from Davenport, IA
The first time the Packers made me cry was right after the Super Bowl XXXI victory. I was too young to remember the Lombardi years and became a fan around 1970 and never thought I would be able to see them win a Super Bowl. I was overwhelmed with happiness and relief.
Donna from Darien, WI
When the Packers won Super Bowl XLV is when I remember being emotional. Just seeing the smile on my dad's face was priceless. He has watched the Packers as long as I can remember, including the lean years, and to be able to watch that game with him is something I'll always remember. What a great memory to have.
Dave from Lake Zurich, IL
I felt like crying good tears when Yancey Thigpen of the Steelers dropped the pass in the end zone. That gave the Packers their first division title in 23 years.
Lori from Broomfield, CO
The one time I cried was the Packers' first game against Nagy as head coach of Da Bears. I was frustrated with our performances and at one time I blurted out we just may as well have Brett Hundley in the game. The next play Aaron went down. My dad told me, "Careful what you ask for; you just got it." When Aaron came back to win the game I cried tears of joy and proclaimed I'll never say something like that again.
David from Verona, WI
My parents told me I made them Packers fans during the Lombardi years because I was a cranky baby who became quiet and content watching the Packers play. That means from ages 7 to 29 there weren't many Glory Days. The Pack brought tears to my eyes watching the NFC Championship win over the Carolina Panthers and get back to the Super Bowl. The bumper sticker was finally right, "The Pack was Back!"
John from Austin. TX
I cried sweet tears of joy after Super Bowl victory over Patriots ending very long drought of titles. I was 44 back then and a Packers fan since about 1965. The real America's team (not that we want that moniker anyway!)
Brandon from Imperial, MO
The Brett Favre Raiders game on Monday night after Big Irv passed away. My own father had passed 16 months earlier and sometimes the Packers were the only thing we could agree on (I was 26 and he was 56 when he passed). I waited for the game thinking the fans would be horrible - it is Oakland after all - but they were mostly supportive and kind. Watching him battle and celebrate made me and my sister cry as we watched together.
Bill from Maple Grove, MN
First-time Packers made me cry was Bart Starr's TD in the Ice Bowl.
Tony from Kansas City, MO
The Don Majkowski/Instant Replay game. As a child of the 80s, I felt like the Packers were never going to beat the Bears. When we won the game (no asterisk), I sobbed.
Scott from Noblesville, IN
Beating the Vikings to clinch the 1972 Central Division Championship. As a 14-year-old boy, it was so nice to be "back" in the playoffs after a very "l-o-n-g" dry spell that last four seasons. Little did I know at the time NOT to get used to being good.
If you could draft any past player to play in today's game, who would it be and why?
Jim from Tucson, AZ
Easy! Brett Favre. Although Brett was one of the best quarterbacks to play the game, he also messed up more than anybody. Other greats were either great or average on every play. Brett was either brilliant (most of the time) or Mr. How could he have done that? With him, there was never a dull moment. He made watching an adventure.
Rebecca from Madison, WI
The player I would draft now would be Ray Nitschke, for the obvious reasons of the Packers' middle linebacker situation. I know the position is a different animal today but Ray's passion and toughness would fit in any era.
Andy from Verona, WI
I agree with Wes and say "Prime Time" (Deion Sanders). In addition to his personality, swagger and ability to cut off half of the field, he would put fear in other teams as a returner on special teams.
Don from Riverton, UT
Scott from Hayward, WI
James Lofton would be a HOFer regardless of what era he played in. Sterling Sharpe, too, because it would be nice to watch him finish (what should have been) his HOF career.
Matt from Bloomington, IN
It's hard to argue with Herb Adderley. I'd love to see how his ability and smarts would work in today's game. He'd definitely have to tone down the physicality for the current rules, but I have little doubt that he'd be one of the best in the game at a premier position. And who knows, if that didn't work out for him maybe he'd be a dominant running back...
Diane from Abilene, TX
Jordy Nelson. He was a class act on the field and off and represented the team everywhere he went. I live in Texas but am from Chilton and love the Packers!
Jeff from Pinecrest, FL
Regarding the past Packers I would want on my current roster, I vote the unconventional choice and say Gale Gillingham. I'm intrigued about that size and strength in today's outside-zone blocking schemes and sealing off one (or two) defenders who are moving laterally.
Scott from Noblesville, IN
I would draft a 2020 version of Hall of Famer Henry Jordan. Perhaps the most underrated of all the Packers in Canton, he ate up a lot of blocks for Wood, Caffey, Robinson and Nitschke. At some point this season, we're going to need a run-stuffer, and if we consistently stop the run, we'll be very good. Jordan might make more difference in our team than any former Packers player.
Dale from New Holstein, WI
Forrest Gregg. I grew up with him coaching the Packers and it would be great to see him play in-person. Any of those tough guys in the 60s and 70s would be fun to watch.
Adam from Chippewa Falls, WI
Jim Thorpe. He was voted the greatest athlete of the first half of the 20th Century. I would love to see what he could have done with modern training.
Dennis from Beavercreek, OH
I would draft Walter Payton. Yes, we do not need another running back right now but Walter Payton is one of the best players to play and an upstanding individual. He could run, block, catch equally well. He did not complain or cause problems. He would run through a tackle and was seldom injured. There is a reason the NFL named a coveted award after him. Walter Payton, hands down.
Geoffrey from Rosemount, MN
Deacon Jones. I'd like to see how many flags would be thrown his way because of his violent style.
Liam from Newcastle, England
Nick Collins, if anyone deserved another shot at a lengthy career it's Nick. Pro Bowler without question.
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