The 26th pick and he didn’t even know he was drafted

The 26th pick and he didn’t even know he was drafted

In what turned out to be one of the NFL's strongest classes ever, my dad, Ron Kostelnik, was chosen 26th overall and, at the time, he didn't even know he'd been drafted. In December of 1960, my dad's mind was on other things. A defensive tackle for the University of Cincinnati, he had just played [...]

10 days to go and 10 reasons Jerry Kramer earned a spot in the NFL Hall of Fame

10 days to go and 10 reasons Jerry Kramer earned a spot in the NFL Hall of Fame

Yesterday, Jerry Kramer turned 82 and here's hoping 10 days from now he can finally pop some champagne to toast his spot in Canton. With 10 days to go until the announcement, here are 10 reasons Jerry Kramer deserves a spot in the NFL Hall of Fame. His legacy. As the pulling guard, Jerry Kramer [...]

The super perks of being a Super Bowl fan

The super perks of being a Super Bowl fan

Shortly after she completed five straight twice-a-day radiation treatments, my sister Kathy jumped on a plane and headed to Dallas for Super Bowl XLV. "I bonded with my nurses about it," she said. "I sent them a Super Bowl basket of fruit." That weekend, Kathy pulled on her Packers jersey (No. 77, of course) and [...]

All-weather friends and Packer fans

All-weather friends and Packer fans

We were limping to the finish line of this Packer season, cold, discouraged and disconcertingly relieved to be attending our last game at Lambeau, when we ran smack into a bunch of green and gold cheer. Our friends the Shadick family, with their matching Christmas Packer hand warmers and their contagious grins, understand that football [...]