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Packers fans turn out to salute their Super Bowl champions

posted 9 Feb 2011, 02:28 by Mpelembe Admin   [ updated 9 Feb 2011, 02:31 ]

Green Bay Packers fans sell out Lambeau Field to celebrate their team's Super Bowl victory.

Over 50,000 cheering Green Bay Packers fans gathered in in sub-zero temperatures at Lambeau Field on Tuesday (February 8) to celebrate their team's win in the Super Bowl.

Some of the biggest cheers came when coach Mike McCarthy emerged from the tunnel onto the snow-covered field, holding aloft the silver trophy named for legendary Packers coach Vince Lombardi, letting fans in the stands touch it as he passed.

"It all started here," wide receiver Donald Driver told fans from a stage in the center of the field. "The Lombardi trophy is back where it belongs."

Driver, a 12-year Packers veteran, had been knocked out of Sunday's game by an injury in the first half. He received the biggest ovation of the afternoon. Quarterback Aaron Rodgers, named Super Bowl Most Valuable Player, admitted to being tired after a busy couple of days that included a parade at Disney World in Florida, and an appearance on the David Letterman show in New York.

"It's been a great journey this year," Rodgers said. "We've got the greatest fans in the world."

Green Bay Mayor Jim Schmitt promised a street in town would be renamed "McCarthy's Way" after the coach. Green Bay already has streets called "Holmgren Way" and "Lombardi Avenue" after previous Super Bowl coaches Lombardi and Mike Holmgren.

Despite an 8 below zero fahrenheit (-22 Celsius) wind chill, Packer fans were grilling bratwurst and hot dogs and drinking beer in the parking lot. Fans were dressed in the team colors of green and gold, but also in whatever was warm -- face masks, orange hunting coveralls and fur-lined caps.

The Super Bowl victory on Sunday over the Pittsburgh Steelers was the fourth Super Bowl title and the 13th championship for the Green Bay franchise, which is based in the smallest city of any NFL team and is community owned. Fans showed up early Monday morning at Lambeau Field to shovel snow off stadium seating to get ready for Tuesday's event. Fans paid 5 dollars each to attend the rally with a portion of the proceeds going to charity.