The Green Bay Packers sent a contingent to Canton, Ohio, today to celebrate the induction of Reggie White into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
The group, consisting of several front-office executives, football operations staff, Executive Committee members, quarterback Brett Favre and long-snapper Rob Davis, departed Green Bay very early Saturday morning and arrived in Canton at approximately 9:30 a.m. EDT. The Packers hosted a private brunch, where the traveling party was able to spend quality time with White's family, including his wife, Sara, and children, Jeremy and Jecolia. At Sara's request, just prior to the family's departure, Favre posed for a picture with Jeremy. Former general manager Ron Wolf and several of White's former teammates, including Sean Jones, Bruce Wilkerson and Santana Dotson, also were present at the brunch.
Unfortunately, the contingent needed to depart before Sara's induction speech because the group felt an obligation to return to Green Bay, where the team is hosting its annual Family Night intra-squad scrimmage, which has again sold every available seat in Lambeau Field. The team didn't want to disappoint nearly 70,000 fans, many of whom are children. The White family knew the early departure was a possibility.
The Packers' party, which included parts of its medical and equipment staffs, attempted to stay for as long as it could, and was disappointed it could not be present for the induction.
However, the Packers felt fortunate that they could have a presence in both Canton and Green Bay, despite the logistical challenges.