Fans Meet Their Heroes At Fan Fest

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Fan Fest continued Saturday with thousands of fans pouring into the Lambeau Field Atrium for the chance to get up close and personal with many of their favorite Packers players, both past and present.

The ardent supporters of the team that were on hand had the chance to meet and get autographs from about 20 different players from Packers history.

From today's favorites, such as Donald Driver and Kabeer Gbaja-Biamila, to Green Bay legends from yesteryear, including Jerry Kramer and LeRoy Butler, those in attendance Saturday eagerly seized the opportunity to meet some of their heroes.

Once again, one of the biggest draws of the day was rocket-armed quarterback Brett Favre. On this day, though, Favre was using his right arm not to zip passes past the outstretched arms of defensive backs, but to shake hands with fans and sign all kinds of memorabilia.

From footballs, caps, and photos to jerseys and even a three-foot tall bobblehead doll likeness of himself, Favre provided a signature thrill for hundreds of fans.

Steve Thompson, a Packer fanatic from Oaks, North Dakota, carried his infant son, Kyle, in one arm and a Packers helmet in the other as he stood in line to meet Favre.

"We drove 620 miles to get here," Thompson said. "This is my third trip to Lambeau, it's my little boy's first time, and it's the best thing ever. To meet Brett and shake his hand - my son will get to have this for the rest of his life now. It's been a great time.

"There's four of us in Oaks that are Green Bay Packers fans. We've been coming here once a year and it's worth every minute of that drive. Favre is a great man and a great player."

Another fan, Andy Vandehy of Sheboygan, also had a young child in tow when meeting the legendary quarterback.

"It's great," he said. "I can't believe we got to meet Brett Favre. I wasn't sure if we'd get to meet him or not, so we got lucky I guess."

This was by no means the only thrill of the weekend for his family, though.

"We're going to go through the Packer Hall of Fame and I'm really looking forward to the stadium tour," Vandehy added.

Fan Fest wraps up Sunday, but judging by the joyful expressions on the faces of the Packer fans all over the Lambeau Field Atrium Saturday, this will be an event not soon forgotten.

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