Amy Nelson of Fence, Wisconsin, was named the 21st member of the Green Bay Packers FAN Hall of Fame on Wednesday at Lambeau Field.
A lifelong Packers fan, Nelson was selected by fans from 10 finalists during a voting period that ran from Jan. 1 to Jan. 31 on Packers.com. More than 13,500 votes were cast from throughout the United States and countries around the world.
Nelson is well known in her community for her unwavering enthusiasm, positive attitude and faithful support of the Packers each year. As an adult with Down syndrome, she enjoys the excitement of gameday and the bonds it creates with friends and family, and she aims to spread her team spirit throughout the community.
Each year, she memorizes the schedule and the players’ jersey numbers, and often checks in with family members to see who will be joining her to watch each game, recruiting anyone who doesn’t immediately commit to joining the party. Gameday is a weekly highlight for Nelson, with her planned wardrobe, snacks and seating arrangements helping set the stage for her to offer words of encouragement to the team throughout the game.
At her workplace, Wausaukee Enterprises, Nelson is known for her infectious love of the team and never misses an opportunity to show off her Packers apparel, jewelry and accessories, including green and gold nail polish.
An excerpt of the letter nominating Nelson reads: “Perhaps most importantly, Amy is a great example of true team spirit by supporting the team through the ups and downs of each season and through the passing years. Amy’s faithful and positive outlook at all times is an example all Packers fans should follow.”
Regarding her nomination, Nelson said: “Thank you. I am very excited and want to win! No. 52, Clay Matthews, is my favorite player and it would be an honor to be in the Packers Fan Hall of Fame.”
This year’s other finalists included: Dennis Willey from Houston; Li Hu from Oshkosh, Wisconsin; Scott Cagle from Green Bay; Steve Sexmith from Appleton, Wisconsin; Charlie Younkle from Green Bay; Chuck Bromley from Middleton, Idaho; Brent Perzentka from Madison, Wisconsin; Ron Colbo from De Pere, Wisconsin; Paul Pagnozzi from Hawthorne, New Jersey.
In honor of her selection, Nelson will receive four club seats to a 2019 Packers home game; a $500 Packers Pro Shop gift certificate; a road trip for two to a 2019 Packers away game, including game tickets, air fare and hotel accommodations; and a one-year subscription to Packer Plus.
Nelson also will have her name permanently displayed in a place of honor in the Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame.
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About the Packers FAN Hall of Fame
The first professional football team to have a hall of fame, the Green Bay Packers enhanced that distinction in 1998 by establishing a Packers Fan Hall of Fame. It was founded for the purpose of annually honoring a devout and longtime Packers fan.
The nominee who receives the most votes each year is named as the honorary fan and is inducted into the FAN Hall of Fame. In recognition of being selected to the FAN Hall of the Fame, the winner receives four club seats to a Packers home game; a $500 Packers Pro Shop gift certificate; a road trip for two to a Packers away game, including game tickets, air fare and hotel accommodations; and a one-year subscription to Packers Plus.
The honoree also will have his or her name permanently displayed in a place of honor in the Green Bay Packers Hall of Fame.
Packers FAN Hall of Fame Inductees
- 2019 - Amy Nelson, Fence, WI
- 2018 - Marguerite "Mugs" Bachhuber, Green Bay, WI
- 2017 - Frank Lamping, Union Grove, WI
- 2016 - Patricia Nevala, Menomonie, WI
- 2015 - Steve Schumer, Gillette, NJ
- 2014 - Vivian Scherf-Laabs, Cedarburg, WI
- 2013 - Edward Fritsch, Sheboygan, WI
- 2012 - Rick Steele, Greensburg, PA
- 2011 - Tom Little, Mount Sterling, IL
- 2010 - Jim Becker, Racine, WI
- 2009 - Allan Hale, Green Bay, WI
- 2008 - Richard "Ike" Eisenhauer, Wauwatosa, WI
- 2007 - Rich Barbera, River Vale, NJ
- 2006 - Kathy Lazzaro, Milwaukee, WI
- 2005 - Dorothy Hanke, Milwaukee, WI
- 2004 - Sister Isaac Jogues Rousseau, Milwaukee, WI
- 2003 - Wanda Boggs, Brookfield, WI
- 2002 - Paul Mazzoleni, Green Bay, WI
- 2001 - Ed Jablonski, Wausau, WI
- 2000 - Louis Gardipee, Black River Falls, WI
- 1999 - Mel Knoke, Appleton, WI