The Green Bay Packers have been part of the National Football League since 1921. That's almost 100 years. That also means there have been a number of generations of Packer fans that go way back. A tradition that is passed down through the years.
My grandfather witnessed the very first time the Chicago Bears came to Green Bay in 1923. The Packers then played at Bellevue Park. The Packers lost 3-0.
My dad and grandfather were also at the very first NFL Championship game ever played in Wisconsin, when the Packers hosted the New York Giants in 1939 at State Fair Park in West Allis. The Packers won 27-0.
That history has been passed down to me, and I have in turn passed it down to my son. There are a countless amount of other fans just like my family.
Then there are others who just came to love the Packers, no matter what part of the country and the world they are from. A lot of fans got on the bandwagon of the Packers in the 1960s, when Vince Lombardi led the team to five NFL Championships in seven years, including the first two Super Bowls.
The same thing happened in the Brett Favre-era, when the Packers always seemed to be a NFL title contender.
No team has won more championships than the Packers (13) in the history of the NFL. The team recently won their last title (Super Bowl XLV) behind quarterback Aaron Rodgers, which was also the fourth Super Bowl the team has won.
According to a story in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, the waiting list for season tickets is over 80,000 people. Packer season ticket holders come from every state in the nation, and also a number of foreign countries as well.
It's an amazing tale. Green Bay is the smallest city (just over 100,000) in the NFL, and it is also the smallest television market. But the tradition lives on, even after a number of situations when the team came close to folding, especially in the early years of the franchise.
The biggest event that helped the Packers to continue to exist in the NFL, was when the owners of the league, led by Commissioner Pete Rozelle, agreed for all teams to share television revenue in 1960.
Bottom line, there are a number of reasons that point to someone being a fan of the Packers, and I'm going to name five of them.