Green Bay Packers Fan Hall of Fame

The Green Bay Packers Fan Hall of Fame (capitalized by the organization as the Green Bay Packers FAN Hall of Fame) was the first hall of fame built to honor fans of a professional football team. It was established by the Green Bay Packers and the Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame in 1998. Fans may nominate themselves or others for inductions by submitting an essay of 500 words or less, accompanied by a photo or a two-minute video, explaining why they or another person are the ultimate Packers fan and deserve recognition. Ten finalists are chosen by a selection committee composed of members of the Packer Hall of Fame board and members of the Green Bay Packers' front office, and are profiled in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, as well as on the Packers' website. Fans are then given an opportunity to vote on the 10 finalists whose stories were profiled.

The nominee who receives the most votes each year is named as the honorary fan and is inducted into the FAN Hall of Fame. The fan receives four club seats to a Packers home game (with their name announced on the Lambeau Field replay board), a $500 Packers Pro Shop gift certificate and a road trip for two to a Green Bay away game. The honoree is also introduced during the annual Packer Hall of Fame induction dinner, held each July, and has his or her name displayed on a plaque in the Packer Hall of Fame, in the atrium of Lambeau Field.[1]

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Inductees

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The entrance to the Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame
Year Name Hometown Notes
1999 Mel Knoke Appleton, Wisconsin [2]
2000 Louis Gardipee Black River Falls, Wisconsin [3]
2001 Ed Jablonski Wausau, Wisconsin [4]
2002 Paul Mazzoleni Green Bay, Wisconsin [5]
2003 Wanda Boggs Brookfield, Wisconsin [6]
2004 Sister Isaac Jogues Rousseau Milwaukee, Wisconsin [7]
2005 Dorothy Hanke Milwaukee, Wisconsin [8]
2006 Kathy Lazzaro Milwaukee, Wisconsin [9]
2007 Rich Barbera River Vale, New Jersey [10]
2008 Richard 'Ike' Eisenhauer Wauwatosa, Wisconsin [11]
2009 Allan Hale Green Bay, Wisconsin [12]
2010 Jim Becker Racine, Wisconsin [13]
2011 Tom Little Mount Sterling, Illinois [14]
2012 Rick Steele Greensburg, Pennsylvania [15]
2013 Edward Fritsch Sheboygan, Wisconsin [16]
2014 Vivian Scherf-Laabs Cedarburg, Wisconsin [17]
2015 Steve Schumer Gillette, New Jersey [18]
2016 Patricia Nevala Menomonie, Wisconsin [19]
2017 Frank Lamping Union Grove, Wisconsin [20]

References

  1. ^ "Packers.com FAN Hall of Fame". Packers.com. Archived from the original on April 8, 2008. Retrieved May 5, 2008.
  2. ^ "Appleton's Mel Knoke Named First Honoree for Packer FAN 'Hall'". Packers.com. Retrieved November 24, 2010.
  3. ^ "Louis Gardipee, 90, Named Second Honoree for Packer FAN Hall of Fame". Packers.com. Retrieved November 24, 2010.
  4. ^ "Edwin F. Jablonski, 75, Named Third Honoree for Packer FAN Hall of Fame". Packers.com. Retrieved November 24, 2010.
  5. ^ "Paul Mazzoleni Named 4th Honoree for Packer FAN Hall of Fame". Packers.com. Retrieved November 24, 2010.
  6. ^ "Wanda Boggs Named Fifth Honoree For Packer FAN Hall Of Fame". Packers.com. Retrieved November 24, 2010.
  7. ^ "Sister Isaac Jogues Rousseau Named Sixth Honoree For Packers FAN Hall Of Fame". Packers.com. Retrieved November 24, 2010.
  8. ^ "Dorothy Hanke Named Seventh Honoree For Packers FAN Hall Of Fame". Packers.com. Retrieved November 24, 2010.
  9. ^ "Kathy Lazzaro Named Eighth Member Of Packers FAN Hall Of Fame". Packers.com. Retrieved November 24, 2010.
  10. ^ "Rich Barbera Named Ninth Member of Packers Fan Hall of Fame". Packers.com. Retrieved November 24, 2010.
  11. ^ "Richard 'Ike' Eisenhauer Named 10th Member Of Packers FAN Hall Of Fame". Packers.com. Retrieved November 24, 2010.
  12. ^ "Allan Hale Named 11th Member Of Packers FAN Hall Of Fame". Packers.com. Retrieved November 24, 2010.
  13. ^ "Jim Becker Named 12th Member Of Packers Fan Hall Of Fame". Packers.com. Retrieved November 24, 2010.
  14. ^ "Tom Little Named 13th Member Of Packers Fan Hall Of Fame". Packers.com. Retrieved March 26, 2013.
  15. ^ "14th Member of Packers Fan Hall of Fame named". Packers.com. Retrieved March 26, 2013.
  16. ^ "Fritsch inducted to Packers Fan Hall of Fame". Fox11Online.com. Retrieved March 26, 2013.
  17. ^ "Vivian Scherf-Laabs named 16th member of Packers Fan Hall of Fame". Packers.com. Retrieved February 26, 2014.
  18. ^ "Steve Schumer named 17th member of Packers FAN Hall of Fame". Packers.com. Retrieved February 24, 2015.
  19. ^ "Patricia Nevala named 18th member of Packers Fan Hall of Fame". Packers.com. Retrieved February 16, 2016.
  20. ^ "Union Grove's Frank Lamping named to Packers Fan Hall of Fame". wisn.com. February 14, 2017.
Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame

The Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame was the first hall of fame built to honor a single professional American football team. William L. Brault, a Green Bay restaurateur and Packers fan, founded the Hall of Fame in 1966. According to Brault, he got the idea after visitors to Green Bay would repeatedly ask about the Packers' storied history. Sensing opportunity, Brault went to Packers head coach Vince Lombardi, suggesting a "Hall of Fame" should be made to educate tourists about the Packers and their history. Lombardi gave Brault his approval, and according to Brault, as he left, Lombardi called out to him, "Don't screw it up!"

The "Hall" started off as a series of exhibits displayed in the concourse of the Brown County Veterans Memorial Arena, although it was not a permanent residence, as the exhibits had to be removed each autumn to make room for the Green Bay Bobcats hockey team, which played its home games at the Arena. In 1967, the Packer Hall of Fame Association, a separate corporate entity from the team, was founded and annual induction banquets were subsequently launched in 1970. The Hall did not become a permanent site until 1976 when its new home, an addition to the Brown County Veterans Arena, was formally dedicated on April 3, 1976, by President Gerald R. Ford. Outside of the Hall of Fame was a 'Receiver Statue' that was dedicated to the invention of the Forward Pass.

Over the next 26 years, the Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame encountered many expansions and renovations. In 2003, renovations to Lambeau Field provided a new home within the new Lambeau Field Atrium for the Hall. Packers legends Bart Starr and Ron Wolf rededicated the Hall on September 4, 2003. The Hall contains a vast array of Packers memorabilia, a re-creation of Vince Lombardi's office, plaques representing each of the inductees and the Lombardi trophies from Green Bay's four Super Bowl wins. As of 2017, the Packers Hall of Fame has inducted 159 people, 24 of whom have been inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. The 2018 inductees were offensive tackle Mark Tauscher and kicker Ryan Longwell.

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