Four players from Green Bay's Super Bowl XLV team will lead the Packers Road Trip
GREEN BAY – Nick Collins, Ryan Grant, James Jones and Morgan Burnett, all players that Green Bay Packers fans recognize from the Super Bowl XLV season, will participate in a mini-tour Thursday through Sunday down the east side of Wisconsin and across the southern tier.
The Packers Road Trip will make surprise stops at locations throughout northeastern, southeastern and southwestern Wisconsin to visit with fans and support charities. It fills in for the more elaborate Packers Tailgate Tour, which was not held the last two years because of the coronavirus pandemic.
The Packers-themed bus will stop at hospitals, businesses, camps, event venues and community centers.
The annual tailgate tours raise money for charities along the route that host nightly tailgate parties, which will not happen for this event. The Packers will instead make donations along the way and give away items to fans.
"We've missed traveling for our annual Tailgate Tour and we hope the Road Trip will bring joy to the fans we have a chance to visit," said Cathy Dworak, director of community outreach and player/alumni relations. "We're looking forward to getting on the road and greeting Packers fans in person for the first time in a long time."
The four alumni on the trip were members of the Packers 2010 team that defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers, 31-25, in Super Bowl XLV in Dallas. The team was seeded last among the NFC's six playoff teams and won three straight road playoff games to advance to the Super Bowl.
Collins recorded seven solo tackles in a 21-14 NFC championship victory over the Bears in Chicago, and in the Super Bowl he returned an interception for a touchdown to put the Packers up 14-0 in the first quarter.
Collins suffered a severe neck injury in the second game of the following season, forcing his retirement from football and ending what some believed could have been a Hall of Fame career.
Jones played eight of his nine years with Green Bay, scoring 49 touchdowns in the regular season and playoffs, and his post-football career includes work as an NFL Network analyst.
In a 2007 playoff game against the Seattle Seahawks, Grant established team playoff records for rushing with 201 yards and touchdowns with three. He rushed for more than 1,000 yards in 2008 and 2009, but was injured for most of the 2010 season.
Burnett won the starting strong safety role as a rookie in 2010 before being sidelined after four games with an ACL injury. He played eight of his 10 seasons with Green Bay and was a regular starter.
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