Packers hosting Lombardi-era players Sept. 20

Ryan Wood
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Green Bay Packers guards Jerry Kramer, left, and Fuzzy Thurston at picture day on the team's practice field in 1966. Press-Gazette archives Green Bay Packers guards Jerry Kramer, left, and Fuzzy Thurston at picture day on the team's practice field in 1966. Press-Gazette archives

The bus would leave at 6:30 p.m. sharp. Every night on the Green Bay Packers' summer tailgate tour, there was another event. The schedule had to be exact.

Packers president Mark Murphy said he never had to worry about former guard Jerry Kramer and linebacker Dave Robinson. Two pillars of Vince Lombardi's championship teams, Kramer and Robinson were never late.

"Every single time," Murphy said, "it was like clockwork. Dave Robinson and Jerry Kramer were there at 6:15 p.m. Every single time, it's just engrained in them. I said, 'It's unbelievable.' They said, 'Lombardi just engrained in us that you are there 15 minutes early for every event.'"

In a job full of perks, Murphy said one of his favorite is hearing stories about the Lombardi-era Packers. It's why he's looking forward to mid-September.

The Packers will host every Lombardi-era Packer able to make the trip – as well as members of the franchise's hall of fame – when the team hosts the Seattle Seahawks on Sept. 20 in a rematch of last season's NFC title game, Murphy said. That game will serve as the team's annual alumni weekend.

Players from Super Bowl I will stay in town the following week, appearing at "all kinds of events" leading up to the Packers' game against the Kansas City Chiefs on Monday night football. The game will be a rematch of Super Bowl I, 50 seasons after the Packers beat the Chiefs to win the first-ever Lombardi Trophy.

"There’ll be a fairly significant halftime event," Murphy said. "There’ll be events throughout the week, but the main, main celebration will be at halftime. Bringing out as many of those players as possible."

Murphy got a loud ovation from shareholders Tuesday when he started talking about Super Bowl L, coming up in February.

"We are committed to doing everything in our power, everything we can, to bring the Lombardi Trophy back where it belongs," Murphy said in closing. "… We won Super Bowl I. I think it would be very fitting if we also won Super Bowl 50."

The Packers have also been committed to preserving their history.

Earlier this month, the team rekindled its relationship with former quarterback Brett Favre. The summer tailgate tour also connects legends from the past with the team's modern players. Murphy said it's neat to watch them build relationships on the tailgate tour.

"Usually in the first part of the week," Murphy said, "one group's in front of the bus and another is in the back. By the end of the week, they realize they have a lot in common, and they start sharing stories.

"To be able to see our current players hear stories and have discussion with Dave Robinson and Jerry Kramer about Vince Lombardi, what it was like to play for a coach like that, it's pretty unique." and follow him on Twitter @ByRyanWood

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