The season opener is well over three months away, but there was still plenty of Packers excitement at the Tomah Fairgrounds Friday evening. It was day four of the team's annual five day Tailgate Tour trek around the state of Wisconsin.
"It is a big state," said Packers running back Alex Green. "It's fun. It's getting to know these guys a little more, the alums, the president Mark Murphy a little more, it's been great."
"It's really for the community. Number one, it's a chance to thank our fans. Great fans. They support us so strongly and so passionately," added Murphy.
The place was packed, and it doesn't surprise wide receiver Randall Cobb anymore. "It really doesn't. It did when I first got up here but now I'm starting to understand what it really means to be a Packers fan and it's a great thing. It's special. It's a special place and I hope I can stay here for a long time."
Green agrees. "That's what Packers nation is all about. Everywhere we are, it shows. They show love and we definitley appreciate it."
When this trip ends, the team goes right to work. The first Organized Team Activity is Tuesday and Green has his work cut out for him. The Packers drafted two running backs back in April, Eddie Lacy and Johnathan Franklin.
"It's gonna be a battle. We are gonna go man for man, mano y mano. That's what it's about though. That's what you want, going into training camp, you want guys that fight for a spot and the best guy is going to play. It's a great thing for the team overall."
Event organizers say they sold 578 tickets for this event. The Packers Tailgate Tour wraps up Saturday afternoon with a tailgate party stop in Wisconsin Rapids.