The Green Bay Packers Ninth Annual Tailgate Tour rolled out of the Lambeau Field Parking lot this morning. The goodwill tour features current and former players along with team President and CEO Mark Murphy. This year, the motor coach bus will roll north into Michigan's Upper Peninsula with stops planned for Escanaba and Iron Mountain. It will continue across Northern Wisconsin hitting Superior and Rice Lake before heading back to Titletown with a stop in Merrill on Saturday. At each stop, tailgate parties are held for fans with proceeds going toward local charities. Over 1.3 million dollars has been generated through the tours. Before boarding the bus, this year's entourage posed for a farewell picture.
From left to right, Packers President Mark Murphy, Lynn Dickey, Mason Crosby, Brad Jones, Paul Coffman, James Lofton and Jarrett Bush.
Murphy admitted it was a bit dicey bringing on board three former Packer players who all played in arguably the most memorable Monday Night game in Green Bay history, the 48-47 victory over the Washington Redskins in 1983. Murphy was a safety on the Skins that year while Dickey, Lofton and Coffman put up huge numbers that night. All of the players said they look forward to telling stories and more importantly, meeting fans and helping raise money for good causes.