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Gilbert Brown had the best combination of nickname and celebration

Former Packers DE Willie Davis
Former Packers DE Willie Davis

7. Name three Packers players/coaches/personnel executives, present or past, with whom you'd like to have dinner.

Brian from Twain Harte, CA

My three to invite to dinner would be Curly Lambeau, Vince Lombardi, and Matt LaFleur. I would love to discuss how the game has evolved from the head coach's perspective.

Tim from Greensboro, NC

I would love to have dinner with Curly Lambeau because he laid the foundation, Vince Lombardi because he cemented the legacy (and we share a birthday), and Paul Hornung because I also like to party.

Dar from Mansfield, TX

The three former Packers with whom I'd love to have dinner are Max McGee, Paul Hornung, and Vince Lombardi, if only to know exactly what transpired in the all-night partying prior to Super Bowl I, and just how many details Vince was aware of prior to McGee's championship hangover performance for the ages.

Nathan from Preston, ID

From long ago: Curly Lambeau, Vince Lombardi and Jack Vainisi. From the recent past: LeRoy Butler, William Henderson and Charles Woodson.

Margeaux from Tallahassee, FL

My ideal would be to sit at the table with Max McGee, Paul Hornung and Fuzzy Thurston without them knowing I was there. Especially if it was a night on the town, possibly when sneaking out after curfew. I promise I would abide by what is said or done at the table stays at the table.

Tom from Palatine, IL

Andrew Turnbull to get a better understanding of the early days, Jack Vainisi to understand how the championship teams were built, Ron Wolf to see how he resurrected the franchise after the lean years. If I were to choose three players, they would be Bart Starr (QB when I first became a fan), Sterling Sharpe (favorite player during the lean years), Donald Driver (pure enjoyment with which he played) and all three players were such high character individuals.

Wayne from Lake Hallie, WI

Name three Packers players/coaches/personnel executives, present or past, with whom you'd like to have dinner.

1.) Brett Favre

2.) Max McGee

3.) Lynn Dickey

I think that listening to stories from these guys would be hilarious and keep me entertained for hours.

Kurt from Traverse City, MI

Donny Anderson, Ken Bowman, Carroll Dale. All were on the field for the Ice Bowl TD sneak. All were on the field on Nov. 15, 1970, as an ailing Bart Starr, playing one of his last games, led another end-of-game drive, including a fourth-down TD sneak, to beat the Bears, 20-19. Bone-weary field general resurrected, memories of the Ice Bowl: What must these three have felt in that huddle, on that drive? The Ice Bowl TD thrills me; the Bears TD brings tears to my eyes. Dinner…and a toast to Starr.

Paul from Ledgeview, WI

Vince Lombardi, Bart Starr, Willie Davis. They were all great Packers and great men.

Carl from Saginaw, MI

Three guys I have a lot of respect for - Ron Wolf, Fritz Shurmur, and Kevin Greene.

Tim from St Louis, MO

So many ways to go with this and none would be wrong. I'll (hopefully) go in a different direction and select three that had a big impact but short careers with the Packers and NFL, as well. Cecil Isbell, Sterling Sharpe and Nick Collins. All would be in the HOF if they continued the stats and performance they had when the retired/got injured. Isbell and Sharpe should be. Isbell was doing things with Hutson that wouldn't be replicated until around 30 years later.

Mike from Lake Villa, IL

It would be neat to have dinner with so many past-or-present Packers, but I'll say three former players that turned into coaches: Curly Lambeau, Bart Starr and Forrest Gregg.

Jerry from Des Moines, IA

I'd go with three who had careers in broadcasting: Max McGee, Larry McCarren and Jerry Kramer. Max and Jerry are Lombardi legends known for having a good time and being able to tell great stories. It would be like having dinner with Coach Lombardi and team. Plus, both have had success in the business world. I have so much respect for Larry. He's a great Packers ambassador, broadcaster and genuine nice guy!

Andy from Verona, WI

Brett Favre, Frank Winters, and Mark Chmura. It would be fascinating to hear each of their versions of stories from their playing days and times together.

Ken from Arvada, CO

Brett Favre, Frank Winters, and Mark Chmura. I think the three amigos would be an absolute hoot to just sit at a table with and listen to.

George from North Mankato, MN

I would have to go with Vince Lombardi, Reggie White and David Bakhtiari. I think Vince would be amazed at the size, speed and athleticism of players today. I'd love to listen to the 'Minister of Defense' explain what he sees pre snap and let him toss me, WWE-style, with his swim move. Lastly, I would love a chance to try to chug a cold one with No. 69. I hope I'd give him a run for his money!

Dave from Huntsville, AL

Vince Lombardi, for his Inbox-level of information on the Ice Bowl. Tramon Williams, for his insight into the game. Larry McCarren for his wit, stories, and a closer look at that pinkie.

Rick from Scottsdale, AZ

The three Packers I would've chosen to have dinner with are: Vince Lombardi, Reggie White and Charles Woodson.

Jason from Austin, TX

Am I hosting/providing the food? If so, that eliminates the big man group of Mark Tauscher, Bak and Sitton. Do I need to be motivated? If so, I'm inviting Woodson, White and Driver (or Marcedes Lewis). Or maybe I just want to talk about laser goal posts and soccer and will invite Wes, Mike and Vic.

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Jeffery from Brooklyn, WI

Ted Thompson, David Bakhtiari and Jeff Janis.

Scott from Sheboygan, WI

Johnny Blood, Vince Lombardi and Cliff Christl (if he counts because his knowledge of the Packers is off the charts).

Derek from Eau Claire, WI

I can't think of anything cooler than having dinner with Bart Starr, Brett Favre and Aaron Rodgers. Three all-time greats and all with a great ability to tell stories. I'd order dessert just to keep the conversation going.

Eric from Stramproy, Netherlands

Russ Ball. Of course…though I don't think he'll disclose any secrets. Larry McCarren (The "Real" Rock!): player, executive, reporter, radioman, analyst and seemingly a genuinely kind dude. Mark Murphy, because he was kind enough to provide me with a sideline game pass for the Chicago game in 2019. That as a result of a personal mail conversation with him in which I expressed my dismay about how uncivilized some people address him. Steady as a rock.

John from Wausau, WI

Dinner: Ray Nitschke, tough player, looked like a professor when we shared a plane, wear his jersey every game for intercession of "The Glory Years" for the win; underappreciated Dave Robinson, to hear his take on the turbulent times we both lived through; Brett Favre, an everyman in spite of his success. Fourth of July, USA! Freedom! Fireworks, Insider Inbox, Outsider Inbox, GBP, II community. What incredible luck we have to live in this great country! Thanks, Spoff and Wes, for all you do.

Ben from Pensacola, FL

If I were at a dinner with Davante Adams, I'd ask him about a lot of different plays and what he was processing (plus ask him to help my footwork to get an advantage in my ultimate frisbee game). But the other two I would love to sit down with would be Vince Lombardi and Ted Thompson to pick their brains about leadership and interpersonal relationships.

Steve from Wabasha, MN

Don Hutson, James Lofton, and Davante Adams at dinner would be fun to listen to their different perspectives on the receiver/end position. I would just sit there and listen, and Adams would pick up the check.

Joshua from Houston, TX

I'd want to do dinner with Reggie White because he's my favorite Packer of all time, and also Ted Thompson and Brett Favre. Reggie was the exact person that I'd want to be. I'd love to hear the reasoning and though process behind all of Ted Thompson's moves to bring the team to where we have been the last 15 or so years. Brett is one of the best personalities and probably the reason I became a Packers fan growing up in Houston.

Doug from Neenah, WI

Three Packers for dinner? There is only one answer: Bart Starr. He was my answer when asked the same question about anyone, ever, living or dead. Bart embodied so many good things in football and life. He's my all-time hero, sports or otherwise. I'd give honorable mentions to Jordy Nelson so we could talk about Kansas farming and Josh Myers because I heard him say he wanted to catch a Wisconsin walleye and I can help him achieve that goal.

Linwood from Travelers Rest, SC

I'm a student and teacher of leadership and communication. I'd love to have at my dinner table, at an exclusive Green Bay restaurant, Bart Starr, Vince Lombardi and Matt LaFleur. Bart would provide a gentlemen's demeanor and player insight. Vince would provide the "color" and grittiness of a leader. Matt would provide the stability and resourcefulness of a modern communicator and leader. From all three, I would desire to glean their insight and understanding of helping people win.

Sue from Tomah, WI

My picks? Jerry Kramer, Ray Nitschke, Paul Horning at a cookout with beer, brat and all the sides! Priceless!

Paul from Ellensburg, WA

I would choose OL. My dinner guests would be Cal Hubbard. He was supposed to be a hoot, unique perspective on football and we can talk baseball and being multi-sport. Jerry Kramer to add to the shenanigans and great storyteller, plus a special time in team history. Finally, David Bakhtiari, because the shenanigans must keep rolling and I think the trio would be great entertainment.

David from Verona, WI

While traveling through the Fox Cities I heard an ad for a motivational speaker, which I was seeking for a group I was in. Not only was Blaise Winter an excellent speaker but we also met twice for lunch to discuss the event and at the conference he spent the entire day mingling and visiting with everyone. He was fun, told great stories, and genuine as all outdoors - most of all it was cool to get to really know him during that time. GPG!

Bruce from Jackson, WI

My first selection would be Coach Lombardi. He brought such knowledge and drive to the game and Green Bay. Next would be "The Minister of Defense" Reggie White. I would tell him thank you for listening to your dreams and coming to Green Bay. The last seat would be for the gunslinger Brett Favre. No one ever played any game with as much enthusiasm, joy and determination than Brett did. Packers legends all!

Matt from Waunakee, WI

I'd have dinner with Vince, Brett and Aaron. It would be interesting to see the constructive criticism Vince would give the QBs. The cross generational conversations would be fascinating.

Greg from Conway, SC

Vincent, Bart and Ron.

Scott from Norwalk, CT

Vince Lombardi, Bart Starr, Reggie White. I'd get a table for five and invite Charles Woodson too. That would span a lot of eras.

Ron from Broken Arrow, OK

I'd like to have dinner with Eric Torkelson, Barty Smith and Steve Odom. The 1977 Packers were the first Packers team I followed religiously, and they were the offensive stars of that team to me. I'd love to discuss their views of how the game has changed in 45 years, as well as hear their thoughts on Bart Starr as a man and as a coach.

Stephen from Winchester, VA

Jack Vainisi, Ted Thompson, and Aaron Kampman. The first died before I was born and created the legendary teams that my dad grew up loving, the second assembled our last Super Bowl winning team, and the third is from Iowa and played well for both of my favorite teams.

Allen from Fairhope, AL

Bart Starr, the consummate gentleman. Vince Lombardi, just because. Randall Cobb, because my granddaughter crushes on his beautiful eyes and I could tell her the story endlessly.

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8. What is your all-time favorite nickname for a Packers player?

James from Ottawa, Canada

The best nickname, hands down, is "The Minister of Defense." This holds true NFL wide, not just limited to Green Bay. I mean, wow. The name is as iconic as the player. Reggie White was every inch as dominant and authoritative in the trenches as his nickname suggested!

Al from Spearfish, SD

Favorite nickname? Without a doubt, "Blood."

Tom from Lisbon, WI

I'll go with Johnny "Blood," mostly as a proxy for all the men of his era. Being a member of the same generation as Wes, I didn't have too much knowledge of the early days, but after picking up Cliff Christl's exceptional book (at the II's recommendation), I've learned a lot. That the Packers in large part survived the '20s because of Green Bay's disregard for prohibition, and "Blood" being every bit indulgent in those excesses as his nickname name suggests, makes him a fascinating character.

Carlo from Canton, OH

My favorite nickname needs to be taken from a current WWE wrestler who is likely retired from in-ring performing anyway. Hopefully Wes gets a kick out of this. I know it's probably trademarked, but wouldn't "The cerebral assassin" fit Aaron Rodgers just perfectly? Just sayin... (Editor's note: That's a good one, Carlo. "Cerebral" is a word I've often used myself to describe Rodgers' quarterback play).

Marc from Holmen, WI

Gilbert Brown, "The Grave Digger." When he was at his peak, few were his equal at the nose position. Also, he had the best combination of nickname and celebration.

Matt from Bloomington, IN

It's a bit clunky, and recency bias for sure, but the "Mayor of Door County" is a fun nickname for AJ Dillon.

Stephen from Menomonee Falls, WI

It's gotta be the undrafted Ed "The Toolbox" West.

Jon from Rockland, WI

My favorite nickname would have to be Frank "Baggadonuts" Winters.

Bob from Grand Rapids, MI

My favorite nickname is Frank "Bag o' donuts" Winters. I enjoy it especially because John Madden just made it up, asked Frank if he could use it, and then made it something I would hear at least once every time he would call a Packers game.

Mitch from Madison, VA

Not a nickname but I sure do miss the Kuhhhhhhhnnnn cheer. I also loved KGB.

Bob from Green Bay, WI

My favorite nickname for a Packers player was Mitchell Henry: "Catfish," which leads me to answer my favorite Packers Book....Well, it wasn't exactly a was the Mitchell Henry story...I have read that story many, many times and end up teary eyed every time...great piece of writing!! (Editor's note: Thank you, Bob. Not for complimenting the story but for keeping Mitchell's memory alive and well).

Alex from Chicago, IL

I can't help but smile every time I think of Giorgio "Don't Call Me Sergio" Tavecchio (Editor's note: To Giorgio's credit, he never actually said: "Don't call me Sergio." He's a wonderfully kind person. By the way, Giorgio is still playing. He kicks for the Barcelona Dragons of the European League of Football.

Rex from Chetek, WI

"Buckets" Goldenberg, but it also ties int the most interesting place to watch the Packers. We were in a bar on Sanibel Island, Florida, watching the "Was that a catch?" playoff against Dallas. Only a few Packers fans in the place, but we got talking, and cheering, with a couple at an adjacent table. It turns out he grew up in the Chicago area, and "Buckets" was his uncle! Given that I am a distant relative of Packer HOF member Milt Gantenbein. It was great!

Joshua from Milwaukee, WI

I've got a sneaky pick for best Packers player nickname: Christian "Instant Pot" Watson. It hasn't caught on nationally, but Watson picked up the nickname among the NDSU community for his ability to quickly heat up and get the offense cooking.

Rob from Prospect, KY

My favorite all-time Packers player nickname has got to be the one, the only Travis "The Roadrunner" Williams. My first in-person Packers game was against the Browns in County Stadium. The Browns kicked off twice that game in a 55-7 Green Bay win, and "The Roadrunner" ran them both back for touchdowns. Great memory.

Jan from Flat Rock, NC

My favorite all-time nickname is Travis "The Roadrunner" Williams! We grew up in the late '60s/early '70s, and no player could perfectly embody our favorite cartoon character than No. 23. When he got his hands on the ball for a kick-off or punt return, it was "Beep-Beep!" See you in the end zone for six, Mr. Coyote! What a talent! :)

Keith from La Pine, OR

"The Rock" Larry McCarren; a solid player and base of the offense, during a period of change and difficulty.

Tim from St Louis, MO

I never got to see him play, way before my time, but always liked the "Golden Boy." Pretty much sums up Paul Hornung. He could run, catch, pass and kick the football. There was no one else really like him.