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Thousands Watch Packers Play Softball

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Thousands made their way to the Fox Cities Stadium Sunday to cheer on some of their favorite players.


Fans weren't there to see the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers. They watched as the Green Bay Packers offense played the defense in a Charity Softball game.

The stadium looked more like Lambeau Field than a baseball stadium. Fans packed the baseball stadium's bleachers wearing their favorite football jersey.

"It's funny to see everybody in Fox Cities Stadium with Packers jerseys on, but it's kind of fun," said Packers fan Kelly Weber.

The charity softball game was formerly hosted by Donald Driver and Brett Favre. This year, Wide Receiver Jordy Nelson took over as host.

"It's an honor to have my name a part of it and be a part of the whole thing that they do year in and year out," said Nelson.

Shortly before the game began, Nelson presented a $75,000 check to Young Life, an organization that connects adults with students. 

"Kids are obviously the future of our towns our communities," said Nelson. "I think there's a lot of peer pressure, a lot of bad influences out there, and hopefully this is something we can push and get the positive out there."

"We're just lucky to have the Packers," said Karen Broeren, who has attended every Packers charity softball game. "We support them and they turn around and do great things, like this, it's just amazing."

"It's just great to see people have fun, enjoy a good time, and obviously we have great weather, so that's obviously a bonus," Nelson said. "You hear it all the time, they want football season to start, and this is a little bit for them to see us without our helmets and see our personalities a little bit."

"It's cool to see them play a different sport other than football," said Spencer Ramussen of Oshkosh.

Some fans had more than softball on the mind. They're already giving their predictions for the fall football season.

"We're going to start off by beating the heck out of Seattle," said Gene Greening of Menasha.

"14 and 2. Super Bowl," said Weber.
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