Two former Packers meet with fans ahead of hall of fame induction

By: Chris Baylor Email
By: Chris Baylor Email

Two former Packers took the evening to sit down and watch with fans highlights of a Super Bowl victory. William Henderson and Marco Rivera will be inducted into the Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame a week from Saturday. The two are touring the state ahead of their induction to help raise money for charity and meet with fans.

Walking into the small bar in the little town of Ettrick Friday night you would have thought the green and gold were about to take to the field. Old and young fans had wore jerseys from every era with pride. With dozens of fans decked out in their Sunday football best, the two former NFL stars were about to call Super Bowl XXXI from 1997.

“That's going to be awesome to hear them talk about the game what it was like to be there,” says Packers Fan, Bob Dahl.

“I think they win,” says a young Packers fan.

Marco Rivera and William Henderson will be inducted into the Packers Hall of Fame in a week and while the fans say it's great to meet the players the football stars say they like getting out and seeing the fans just as much.

“This is why the Packers and the fans are so special. They're in the rain storms, the bad weather, we’re an hour late and they're still hanging strong. The fans are just the best,” say former offensive linemen Marco Rivera.

“I'm very humble for the award were about to receive. It’s an honor to be in the Packer Hall of Fame,” says former fullback William Henderson.

The money raised Friday and this week will go to fund the Gilbert Brown Foundation which helps about 150 different groups across the state. As far as which team the group thinks is better, the 1996 Super Bowl team or the 2010 Super Bowl team, there’s no question in their minds.

“This year’s team had an awesome QB but there was no running game, 96’ had a running game,” says Rivera.

“Probably the 96’ team,” says Dahl.

“Wouldn't stand a chance, I love the young guys, but we had some very established veteran talent on that 96’ team,” says Henderson.

The guys will be traveling around the area this weekend making stops in West Salem, Alma and Independence.


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