theoldroller
The stories of Fuzzy Thurston led me to thinking about who is the most approachable Packer. I've only met a handful.

I've met Larry McCarren the most often. He used to sometimes babysit the other offensive linemen when they went out in DePere. The other guys were trying to get attention, and he was kind of trying to have a quiet time of it most of the time. I had met him one before when he'd inadvertently showed up early for a gig at a mall. I was a soph in HS. We sat and talked HS sports. He was into that even then, and he wasn't doing local sports then. He remembered me when I met him four years later. That kind of blew me away. But he talked HS sports with me again. I don't think everyone found him as approachable, though. Once he got into media, I think he turned on the charm most of the time.

Donald Driver was probably the easiest guy to talk to of all the ones I met. Sometimes it was hard to get him to stop talking! Actually, you kind of hang on everything he says. He's a natural entertainer.

I met others, but not much to say either way about them. Well, I met a few who were kind of jerks, but don't want to rip on anybody by name. I have no idea what it's like to be the guy everyone wants a piece of.


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macandcheese
theoldroller wrote:
The stories of Fuzzy Thurston led me to thinking about who is the most approachable Packer. I've only met a handful.

I've met Larry McCarren the most often. He used to sometimes babysit the other offensive linemen when they went out in DePere. The other guys were trying to get attention, and he was kind of trying to have a quiet time of it most of the time. I had met him one before when he'd inadvertently showed up early for a gig at a mall. I was a soph in HS. We sat and talked HS sports. He was into that even then, and he wasn't doing local sports then. He remembered me when I met him four years later. That kind of blew me away. But he talked HS sports with me again. I don't think everyone found him as approachable, though. Once he got into media, I think he turned on the charm most of the time.

Donald Driver was probably the easiest guy to talk to of all the ones I met. Sometimes it was hard to get him to stop talking! Actually, you kind of hang on everything he says. He's a natural entertainer.

I met others, but not much to say either way about them. Well, I met a few who were kind of jerks, but don't want to rip on anybody by name. I have no idea what it's like to be the guy everyone wants a piece of.


Mason Crosby seems to be available a bunch at least during the camp in the summer...But he is a kicker, does that count? Favorite camp memory was from 97 or 98 my five year old son got Brett favre to sign a football as he was sneaking away out the back door from practice..It was on a nerf packer football...
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safetysqueezepleezzee11
Over the years I have met a lot of the Packers - mostly those from the Lombardi era.
McGee, Fuzzy, Jerry Kramer, Hank Jordon, Nitchke were all approachable.
Bob Long wasn't - never figured that cat out. He wasn't unfriendly, just seemed distant.
Driver and Lynn Dickey were great guys.

The worst - by far it had to be Jim Carter - total d-bag!!
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wiscopetty
I have met Mason Crosby before and know others who have spent considerable time with him. It is hard to find a Packer player that loves and appreciates Green Bay more than he.
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hoopie30
We had Leroy Butler at a fundraiser. He flipped pancakes with us and told stories.

I met Mark Tauscher once briefly. He seemed like a good dude. I have heard stories of him being very nice and knowing how to have a good time.
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diener34
alandoamazing wrote:
roadkill1 wrote:
Leroy Butler is a great guy, he golfs in our outing every year.
He visits and commiserates with all of us.


And cheats on his taxes! Woo!


Everybody cheats on their taxes. He just likes going for the high score.
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roadkill1
Leroy Butler is a great guy, he golfs in our outing every year.
He visits and commiserates with all of us.

Also Randall Cobb is a very nice man.
He loves to talk football.


Both those guys are exceptional gentlemen, along with McCarren, as you stated.
"So what is big is not always the Trout nor the Deer but the chance, the being there. And what is full is not necessarily the creel nor the freezer, but the memory." ~ Aldo Leopold
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alandoamazing
roadkill1 wrote:
Leroy Butler is a great guy, he golfs in our outing every year.
He visits and commiserates with all of us.


And cheats on his taxes! Woo!
A pessimist is always alone. An optimist is always just two people away from a threesome.
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macandcheese
safetysqueezepleezzee11 wrote:
Over the years I have met a lot of the Packers - mostly those from the Lombardi era.
McGee, Fuzzy, Jerry Kramer, Hank Jordon, Nitchke were all approachable.
Bob Long wasn't - never figured that cat out. He wasn't unfriendly, just seemed distant.
Driver and Lynn Dickey were great guys.

The worst - by far it had to be Jim Carter - total d-bag!!


Jim carter = Minnesota Minnesota = dbag
Any questions.. Class dismissed
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safetysqueezepleezzee11
macandcheese wrote:
safetysqueezepleezzee11 wrote:
Over the years I have met a lot of the Packers - mostly those from the Lombardi era.
McGee, Fuzzy, Jerry Kramer, Hank Jordon, Nitchke were all approachable.
Bob Long wasn't - never figured that cat out. He wasn't unfriendly, just seemed distant.
Driver and Lynn Dickey were great guys.

The worst - by far it had to be Jim Carter - total d-bag!!


Jim carter = Minnesota Minnesota = dbag
Any questions.. Class dismissed


I doubt many on this site can recall or remember this.
Jim Carter had a show on one of the GreenBay TV stations "The Hurricane Jim Carter Show"
At least that is how I recall it. He was no hurricane by the way.
I think it was 1975 and Carter had replaced Ray Nitchke as the starting middle linebacker.
Pretty sure Ray was still active though - he retired at the end of the season if I recall right.

Anyway: Per the show

A nice looking woman in the crowd is up to ask Carter a question when they take questions.
She says this: (paraphrase but close) - to Carter "Now that you have taken over Ray Nitchke's shoes, how
long before you FILL them." The crowd laughed, the announcer tried not to laugh - pan to Jim Carter -
he was pissed and mumbled something that I don't recall. I think Carter actually gave her the F -word but
it was not heard live.

This was one of the funniest "Packer" show things I ever saw.
I actually don't think the woman was trying to be an ass, but it sure came across that way.
By the way for those who didn't see Jim Carter play - he was NO Nitchke and was only a bit better
than Nitchke in 1975, when Nitchke should have been retired for two years.

For those of you unhappy with a Packer team at 10-4 - GET A LIFE!!
Packers were horrible thru most of the 50's, late 60's, 70's, and 80's. Early 90's too.
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theoldroller
My co-coach in the junior high program the last couple years has been ice-fishing with Jordy Nelson a few times. He says he is really down to earth and "just a guy" once you get to know him, but he did point out that there were family friends in the group so Jordy was with people he already knew. I think that changes things quite a bit. I bet if he was just out at a bar or something there'd be so many people trying to get a piece of him it would be a lot harder to relax. I really don't know what that would be like.

There were so many minor Packer guys that I met going to school in De Pere during the Forrest Gregg era that were complete--to use the phrase that seems to be popping up in this thread-- Dbags. I still try not to judge them too much because I never walked a mile in their shoes. Being a Packer in GB has to be fairly insane. Even in down years the town is nuts for them.

I never talked to Tom Flynn personally, but I saw him do one thing that left a fairly positive impression on me. A group of girls, not SNC girls, figured out that there were Packers in Tommy's Pub in DePere, and they showed up in skimpy little outfits and were rounding up Packers to "come party" with us. They did pretty well, too until they approached Flynn. He looked at one of the girls and said in a voice that left no room for discussion, "I've told you girls before, I'm married." So were most of the rest of the guys who left with the girls, but Flynn stayed there with a few other well-behaved guys.

I got to introduce and interview a group of guys for a tailgate tour at my school--Kuhn, Collins, James Jones, Clifton and Mark Murphy (the one with hair[] . They were all friendly and complimented me on my announcer bit and funny intros--most of which were cropped from old Ali quotes--but that was a public appearance at a grade school. They were all on their best behavior, so that isn't quite the same.


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hueby
When Cullen Jenkins played here had a nice conversation with him about parenting & our kids education. Aaron Kampman was also a very nice guy to meet. In both cases- I never brought up football.

Heard a lot of similar wild stories about Packers players from the 70's & 80's. But for the most part, in recent years the only "negative" stories I heard about the Packers weren't about the players- but about some of the wives. Especially the wives of the assistant coaches (Demanding of those who provide services/how they treated them. Those coaches have moved on). These stories came from the people who dealt with them. Sorry I'll just leave it at that-water under the bridge now.

On the positive side, some of the Packer's wives who did a lot for the community involved Jackie Nitschke (her alcohol/drug treatment center) and Deanna Farve (breast cancer center-was behind it before everyone else jumped on the band wagon). I'm guessing they were approachable in public if they reached out like that.
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peckulease
hoopie30 wrote:
We had Leroy Butler at a fundraiser. He flipped pancakes with us and told stories.

I met Mark Tauscher once briefly. He seemed like a good dude. I have heard stories of him being very nice and knowing how to have a good time.


I was in Auburndale this summer for a softball tournament and went into a bar. I saw an autographed Jordan Zimmermann jersey but no Teacher jersey. I asked the bartender why they didnt have a Mark Tauscher one. I can't type exactly what he said on here due to the profanity, but he said he was not well like in Auburndale (his hometown). The patrons in the bar all agreed. I asked what he did and the bartender said he still owes a $1000 bar tab...he believed he should have gotten it all for free.
A Playoff will be much more fair than the BCS.
No matter what happens, Rodgers GREATER THAN Favre.
St. Louis Cardinals = Classless
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nirvanafan1
William Henderson is really quite approachable, very down to earth, and considering he was one of my favorites from the Favre/Holmgren era, that was pretty awesome.
I will not apologize for being awesome.
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