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Why I Became a Green Bay Packers Fan...

GREEN BAY, WI - DECEMBER 28: DeShawn Wynn #42 of the Green Bay Packers runs for a first down against the Detroit Lions on December 28, 2008 at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wisconsin. The Packers defeated the Lions 31-21. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
Torey ZiskaCorrespondent IIMay 8, 2009

I am a sports fanatic and I live in Arizona.

I take quite a bit of heat for only following and rooting for one Arizona team, the Diamondbacks.

I am often asked, "Why are you a Lakers fan?" and "When did you become a Packers fan?"  Every time, I give the same response, "My dad is a Lakers/Packers fan, and I just grew up rooting for whoever he was a fan of."

That's all there is to it.

Growing up, my dad was a Packers and a Raiders fan (there was two leagues back then, so he rooted for one from each). As I grew up, I was a fan of both as well, but even as young as eight or nine years old, I always seemed to be a bigger Packers fan than a Raiders fan. And once the Packers took down the Patriots in Superbowl XXXI, I was on board with them and only them.

Which turns out to be a very good choice, seeing as how the Raiders have performed the past number of years.

I can't really put my finger on exactly why I chose the Packers. Was it the beauty of the green and gold uniforms? Was it because they play in one of the greatest football stadiums of all time? Was it because they had a gun slinging quarterback, whose smile reminded everyone just how much fun he had every time he went to work on Sundays?

Or, being the young age I was, was it a sign I once saw on TV that said, "Give 'em a wedgie, Reggie!," referring to late, great Reggie White.

It could have been any of these things or any combination of them, but all I know is that I am very thankful my dad grew up as a Packers fan and passed it on to me. If not for him, I may have had to follow the Arizona Cardinals, who until this past season, really weren't worth anyone's time.

The Packers have had numerous incredible games in my lifetime, and I look forward to many more in the future. Thanks dad, I owe it all to you!

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