By AARON POPKEY
IRON MOUNTAIN - The Green Bay Packers Tailgate Tour members experienced a humbling visit at the Oscar G. Johnson VA Medical Center as they spent time with about 40 veterans, including some men and women who served in World War II.
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Six current and former players for the Green Bay Packers along with team president and CEO Mark Murphy made surprise visits Wednesday morning to the Norway-Vulcan School District and the Oscar G. Johnson Veterans Administration Medical Center in Iron Mountain. Pictured here, James Lofton, a wide receiver in the Packers and Pro Football Halls of Fame, hands out footballs to youngsters in the Norway High School gym.
Also appearing were Packer Hall of Famers’ Paul Coffman (82) and Lynn Dickey (12) plus linebacker Brad Jones (59), defensive back Jarrett Bush (24) and kicker Mason Crosby (2).
"It was an honor to be able to spend time with them," said Brad Jones. "I tried to say thank you and let them know how much we appreciate everything they did and their sacrifice for me and others to have the freedoms we enjoy.
The players had a chance to mingle, share stories, sign autographs and pose for pictures with those in attendance.
"I enjoyed making a connection with the veterans," said James Lofton. "My father was a World War II veteran and one of the guys I spoke with was drafted 71 years ago and served in World War II. If my father was still alive today, he'd be the same age. It was great to visit with him.
"The other connection is that they are our fans, too. So it was nice to say thanks for that as well."