I wish I was one of these ten people. I wish I was so bad. I mean, if you can’t enter the actual Hall of Fame this has to be the next best thing right? Being immortalized for how much you love the Packers. For the sake of fun and games take to the comments section and plead your case as to why you should be in the Packers Fan Hall of Fame. This could get interesting, looking forward to seeing how far some Pack fans go to show their Packer Pride. We’ll publish the best response from the comments section on the site.
Steve Gay bought a 27-foot motor home so he could make it look like a Packers helmet. Ronald Mihm recalls taking his pregnant wife to the Ice Bowl. Melissa Jacobs chose the Packers over her job.
They are three of the 10 finalists announced Monday for enshrinement this year in the Green Bay Packers Fan Hall of Fame — and they couldn’t be happier.
“I was just screaming when I found out I made the finals,” said Jacobs, who was raised in Casco and lives near Milwaukee. “I still can’t believe it.”
The 10 were chosen by a committee based on essays submitted by family members, friends or themselves. One will be elected to the Fan Hall of Fame through online votes cast through Feb. 22.
Jacobs’ boyfriend, Fred Hoppe, nominated her because of the way she dealt with the dilemma of having to report for her job at a Pittsburgh Steelers-themed tavern before the Packers played the Steelers in Super Bowl XLV. Like any true Packers fan facing work while watching her team in enemy territory, she quit.
The other finalists are: Dave Rickert of Freedom; Edward Fritsch of Sheboygan; Barbara Lee Mollberg of Greenfield; Eric Breuer of Yorktown; Va.; George Oudhuis of Carlisle, Ind; Kevin Taylor of Decatur, Ala.; and J. Christopher Windisch of Williston Park, N.Y.
Like Jacobs, Gay is a finalist because of a significant other. He said girlfriend Jessica Gering nominated him because he has been driving to games for 20 years in a wood stove-equipped, Packers-themed 1966 motor home known as the Big “G.” The vehicle has made a number of road trips, including to trips to the Super Bowl in 1996, 1997 and 2011.
“She’s never failed to make it,” said Gay, who lives in Dyckesville. “Thanks to my credit card, and my AAA RV package, we’ve always found a way.”
The winner, who will be announced on March 26, will become the 15th fan to be enshrined. The winner will receive four club seats to a 2013 Packers home game; a $500 Packers Pro Shop gift certificate; game tickets, airfare and hotel accommodations for two to a 2013 Packers away game; and a one-year subscription to Packers Plus. The winner’s name will be permanently displayed in the Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame.
Mihm, a retired plumber from Germantown, said being a finalist is an honor. The memory, he said, will rank with walking along the Lambeau Field sidelines before a Packers-Carolina Panthers game, and with meeting some Packers players at an Appleton restaurant in 1967 — shortly after the Ice Bowl.
“Lots of people say they were there, but we actually were,” he said. “My wife was pregnant at the time. The baby was probably the only person there who was warm.”
Voters will be entered into a random drawing to win a 2013 road trip to a Packers away game