17 famous fans of the Green Bay Packers, from Justin Timberlake to Ellen DeGeneres

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Celebrities, they're just like us! And many of them, like us, love the Green Bay Packers.

Whether it's rapper Lil Wayne dropping a Packers-praising track, or pop star Harry Styles getting the team logo inked on his arm, or Justin Timberlake and James Van Der Beek catching a game together at Lambeau Field, the Packers have loads of famous fans who bleed green and gold. Here are 17 of them. 

(From left) Harry Styles, Ellen DeGeneres, Justin Timberlake and Lil Wayne are among the Green Bay Packers most famous die-hard fans.

Justin Timberlake

Timberlake told the NFL Network in 2015 that Brett Favre was the reason he became a Packers fan. "Growing up in Memphis, we didn't have a team, and Brett sort of represented the South," Timberlake said of the Mississippi-born Favre. "He was like a superhero."  

Timberlake has caught games at Lambeau Field and is friends with Aaron Rodgers — they've vacationed together, and Timberlake called him "the best quarterback in the league … he's just a surgeon with the ball." And when Timberlake was asked if he was rooting for the Philadelphia Eagles or New England Patriots in this year's Super Bowl, Timberlake responded, "Go Pack Go."

Jodie Foster

The Oscar-winning actress and filmmaker said on "Conan" in 2016 that she watches football every weekend, and since her native Los Angeles didn't have a team for about two decades, she gravitated toward Green Bay. "I like the outfits. … My friend Karen has lots of cheeseheads and cheese memorabilia, and I have cheese beer holder. I got cheese everything." Foster even sported a cheesehead during the interview. But Foster admitted she's not the most loyal fan. "I'm kind of fickle. I kind of go from team to team, and if they're doing really badly, I abandon them and move on to somebody else." 

Lil Wayne

After Wiz Khalifa's "Black and Yellow" became the rallying cry for his hometown team the Pittsburgh Steelers when they were Super Bowl bound in 2011, Lil Wayne dropped his own with a "Green and Yellow" remix to support his favorite team, which faced the Steelers in the big game. "I'm a Cheesehead, y'all (expletive) are Cheez-Whiz," Wayne raps on the track. "Pittsburgh Steelers, that's nothing/That Super Bowl ring, that's stunting." (The Packers, of course, won, 31-25.)

So how did the New Orleans native start cheering Green Bay? When the Packers played the Super Bowl in New Orleans in 1997, "My pops went to the Super Bowl and when he came home he had a bunch of Green Bay everything: towels, cups and all that type of stuff," Lil Wayne told Deion Sanders on the NFL Network last year. "When you're from the type of neighborhoods we're from, we don't just hang those towels up and put those cups up. I had to use that cup every day and use that towel every other day, so I became a Packer fan like that."

Harry Styles

In a 2012 livestream interview, Styles showed off his Green Bay Packers logo tat on his left biceps, explaining he got it as part of a bet with an American friend and Packers fan. But Styles has gone on to become one of the Packers' most passionate celebrity fans, tweeting and hanging with past and present players like Rodgers, Clay Matthews and Donald Driver, and spotted with Packers gear across social media (including a shirt he wore inside Soldier Field). Three years ago, One Direction performed in Milwaukee for the first time, where Styles waved a Packers flag, put on a cheesehead, offered a moment of silence for newly injured then Packers player Jordy Nelson, and playfully gave the crowd permission to boo a Bears fan in the audience. "I can't tell you how good it is to be around people who understand what a good football team is," Styles said at the show.

James Van Der Beek 

Actor James Van Der Beek is from New England, but he said in an interview with Rich Eisen in 2017 that he “resented the fact that they tried to lump us into a Boston team.” So he picked the team with one of the “greatest fan bases in all of sports” (Van Der Beek’s words, not ours). He loves Favre so much that he requested they change his uniform number in the 1999 movie “Varsity Blues” from 13 to No. 4.  

Greta Van Susteren 

News anchor Greta Van Susteren is from Appleton, and although she lives in Washington now, she’s a faithful Packers fan. She even owns a share of the team. She tweeted about the Packers-Bears game last weekend, calling for Favre to sub in when Rodgers went down in the first quarter. Back in 2011, she shared her 10 favorite Packers memories with the Journal Sentinel.  

Chris Farley 

Comedy great Chris Farley was born in Madison and graduated from Marquette University. And although he played Bears superfan Bill Swerski on "Saturday Night Live," he was a Packers fan through and through. After the Packers won the 1997 Super Bowl, he performed a sketch on "The Tonight Show With Jay Leno" as Mayor Cheddar McFarley from Stitzer, Wis. Farley died in 1997, but you can still buy a Chris Farley Cheesehead T-shirt from The Chive.  


Wladziu Valentino Liberace was born in West Allis in 1919. The famed entertainer died in 1987. We don’t know for sure if he wore green and gold, but there are rumors that Liberace had a relationship with a Packers player in the late 1930s. The relationship is referenced in a biography and in the 2013 HBO movie “Behind the Candelabra.”  

Liberace loved showing off his rings, as he does in this 1987 photo. It doesn't look like any of them are Super Bowl rings, though.

Larry the Cable Guy

Larry the Cable Guy (a.k.a. Dan Whitney) certainly fits the demographic — a camouflage-wearing simple guy who has done his share of tailgating at Lambeau Field. Originally from Nebraska, the popular comedian has a lot of Wisconsin connections. His wife, Cara, is from the northern part of the state, and he’s spent a number of summers in Wisconsin with his family — he calls the state his “second home.”

Ryan Reynolds

The Canadian star of "Deadpool" attended a game in 2008 thanks to tickets from Rodgers, and he calls Favre one of his all-time heroes. 

Joan Jett

The punk rock icon has loved rock 'n' roll, and the Packers, dating back to the '60s. 

"I'm pretty sure it was a Sports Illustrated cover from what was then the Mud Bowl (Jan. 2, 1966, at Lambeau Field), and if you know about football, you should know something about the Mud Bowl," Jett told the Green Bay Press-Gazette in 2014, before she played a concert as part of festivities around the Packers' home opener. "It was before they did the Super Bowl, except it was the championship game. I believe the Packers played Cleveland."

Joan Jett once played an outdoor show for a Packers opening weekend in Green Bay.

Ellen DeGeneres

The talk-show icon and New Orleans native has professed her love for her hometown Saints as well, but she became a big Cheesehead before the Packers' Super Bowl victory in 2011, with regular visits to her show from both Rodgers and Matthews.

A video she posted after Super Bowl XLV shows her deep love for the Green and Gold.

David Ortiz

"Big Papi" was one of the key players in three Red Sox World Series titles this century, but when it comes to football, he's not an East Coast guy. Ortiz's wife, Tiffany, is a Wisconsin native (they met when he played for the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers in the Mariners organization at the time). Sports Illustrated has chronicled his pilgrimage to see Lambeau Field. 

World Team Manager David Ortiz (34) speaks with U.S. Team Manager Torrii Hunter, before the All-Star Futures baseball game, Sunday, July 15, 2018, at Nationals Park, in Washington. The the 89th MLB baseball All-Star Game will be played Tuesday. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon) ORG XMIT: DCMS114

Brad Paisley

OK, so he also cheers for the Cleveland Browns, but does that really count? The country singer from West Virginia grew up in a family of Steelers fans, switched his allegiance to the Browns as a kid and then eventually came over the Packers. “Even though I will be a lifetime Browns fan, the game I don't miss on Sundays is the Packers game,” he told the Green Bay Press-Gazette in 2014. “I wear more Packers paraphernalia than I do Browns paraphernalia.” He’s taken his sons to Lambeau, and he’s friends with Rodgers. Paisley had the Packers quarterback make a surprise appearance during his 2011 Green Bay concert, and four years later, Nelson walked out onstage as his “guitar tech.”

Tony Shalhoub

He was born and raised in Green Bay, so he has to be a Packers fan, right? You betcha. The Emmy-winning actor known for such TV series as “Monk” and “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” is a Packers season-ticket holder who still tries to get back for a game or two each season. He’s talked about growing up — in a house with nine siblings — during the Lombardi era. “We got so involved that we would cry if the Packers lost,” he said in a 2008 interview with Gannett News Service. In 2010, he promoted his movie “Feed the Fish,” shot in Door County, at Lambeau Field and introduced “Roll Out the Barrel.” 

Chuck Todd

The Packers helmet sometimes spotted on the set of “Meet the Press” should be a clue that the moderator of the longest-running show in TV history is a lifelong Packers fan. In a guest column for Sports Illustrated in 2017, he credited his late father for passing along his love of the team. The elder Todd grew up in Waterloo, Iowa, and was attracted to the small-town, Midwestern values of Green Bay and its football team. Todd grew up in Miami in the ’70s and ’80s cheering for Lynn Dickey, James Lofton and David Whitehurst. But he still has not been to Lambeau Field — something about his schedule being a little busy on Sundays.

Why I'm A Fan: Chuck Todd

Steve Miller

The Milwaukee-born rocker, who played to a huge crowd outside Lambeau Field on the eve of the Packers-Bears season opener on Sept. 8, talked about being a fan since the 1960s, when he was a student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. In a 2018 interview with the Green Bay Press-Gazette, Miller said he didn’t miss a game from 1961 to 1965. “I was a big fan of Paul Hornung, Jim Taylor, Max McGee, Ron Kramer, Jerry Kramer, Ray Nitschke, Herb Adderley. It was just amazing to watch a team coached by Vince Lombardi. I was totally absorbed in that whole time of history for the Packers, and I’ve been a Packers fan ever since.”

Steve Miller performs outside Lambeau Field on Saturday night. The free concert kicked off the start of the Green Bay Packers' 100th season.



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