Despite the Packers loss yesterday fans still showed up by the hundreds to snag an autograph from quarterback Aaron Rodgers.
Fans came from everywhere from across the state Kentucky and New Jersey to meet number 12.
Melissa Sewer who made the journey from New Jersey, was one of the lucky 200 people who were able to meet the quarterback.
“We were the cut-off, we were 201 and the guy in front of us heard our story that we came all the way from New Jersey for this and he turned around and gave us his ticket.”
It seems like the Packers’ signing continues to grow each year and organizers weren’t expecting fans to be so eager.
Social services director for the Salvation Army, Nan Pahl, says, “We were expecting this kind of turnout, but definitely not as early as it happened we heard the first person in line as early as last night and I talked with some people at the back of the line and they said they were here by 7 AM this morning. That’s different than when Aaron signed last year, so clearly we have diehard Packer fans.”
While the crowd of 200 seem most excited to meet Rodgers, they’re just as happy to give back to a good cause.
Packer fan from Appleton, Art Hoelzel, says, “I think it’s a great thing that the Packers do and especially Aaron Rodgers with him matching. I’ve been a donator pretty much all my life and it’s a great thing.”
“”We certainly support the cause of the Salvation Army, especially during this holiday season and all that they give back to the community,” says Milwaukee fan Peter Pierce. “As well as the rare opportunity to meet Aaron Rodgers. “He really is a cornerstone of this community as well as the Packers.”
And Melissa says not only does she feel like she’s giving back, she says she’s gotten a gift in return.
“I think it’s amazing, I mean the holidays to me it’s about spending time with family, doing great things and actually what happened to me today was really like the best Christmas present we ever could’ve gotten.”