The “Forever 27 Club” brings about memories of rock stars whose flames burnt out far before their time. Names like Jimi Hendrix, Brian Jones, Janis Joplin, Kurt Cobain and Jim Morrison remind the youth of today that their legends of yesteryear made some unbelievably sweet music, but their excessive partying ways led to their eventual downfalls.
All of these aforementioned performers passed away at the ripe age of 27, leaving countless fans in wonderment of what could have been. Over the years, the number 27 has always carried this negative connotation with it, that is of course, until now.
For the Green Bay Packers, the number 27 has an entirely different meaning. For them, it’s a number of fate.
In 1961, when sterling and steady QB Bart Starr won his first NFL Championship with the Packers, he was 27 years of age. Fast forward to 36 years later, and Brett Favre won his only Super Bowl ring when he was 27 years old in 1997.
On Sunday, a pinpoint accurate Packer QB in one Aaron Rodgers will take the field and lead his Packers in the Super Bowl against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Oh yeah, and he happens to be 27 years of age.
The other great number for the Packers is 28….both Starr and Favre played for championships after the year in which they won their first one. With that in mind and barring a season-ending lockout, the Packers can expect to be back in the Super Bowl next year. The future is bright.