Why I Love the 1996 Green Bay Packer Super Bowl Team

James CampbellContributor IMay 8, 2009

26 Jan 1997:  Quarterback Brett Favre of the Green Bay Packers celebrates after Super Bowl XXXI against the New England Patriots at the Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana.  The Packers won the game, 35-21. Mandatory Credit: Al Bello  /Allsport

Super Bowl XXXI

Louisiana Superdome, New Orleans

Green Bay Packers 35, New England Patriots 21.

I remember watching this game over 12 years ago.  I was twelve and a half years old, and was watching the game with my Grandfather, a life-long Packer fan.  He had watched the Packers for many years, even during the years of mediocrity.

I, on the other hand, had recently just become a fan of the Green Bay Packers.

For most of my life before the Super Bowl XXXI victory, I had not really cared about sports at all.  I remember days where we would go to my Grandparent's house to watch football, and I was always bored.  I didn't care about sports, and always asked to use the computer to alleviate my boredom.

However, about nine games into the 1996 season, I started to want to spend more time with my Grandpa.  He suggested hanging out, watching a Packer game, and having dinner.  The first time we did that, the Packers lost to the Kansas City Chiefs.

However, we started making it a tradition.  My Dad and I would go to my Grandpa's house to watch Packer games, and we cheered them on.  Every Packer victory that season was sweet.

My first season of watching football turned out to be a good one.  That was the year that my team, the Green Bay Packers, with my all-time favorite athlete, Brett Favre, won the Super Bowl.

Not only was it great to see Favre win it, but also to see Reggie White having finally won a championship.  I think that my Grandfather also enjoyed seeing Jim McMahon, a former Chicago Bear, getting a Super Bowl ring for the Packers.

After this, I absolutely loved sports.  I loved not only football and the Green Bay Packers, but also basketball.  I also later played football and basketball.

That is why the 1996 Green Bay Packers are my favorite sports team of all-time.  Since then, sports has been a part of my daily life.