The Green Bay Packers took one last chance to say goodbye to their fans and each other.
Tuesday was a final day to publicly celebrate their Super Bowl-winning season, and the Packers did it in style in front of more than 56,000 fans who paid $5 to spend a final hour with their team for the first time in 36 days.
The last time the Packers were at Lambeau Field, they beat division rival Chicago in a must-win game that propelled them to a championship run, ending with the return of the Lombardi Trophy to Titletown after 14 years with a 31-25 win over Pittsburgh on Sunday.
In the locker room, almost everything was cleared out except for a three-deep line where players claimed their game-worn Super Bowl jerseys and Super Bowl locker nameplates before heading off.
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The trophy took a victory lap and will be placed with the other NFL championships the franchise has won going back to 1929.
SUPER BOWL BITS
The NFL has added a second option for the roughly 400 fans who had to give up their seats at the Super Bowl: They can choose to attend any future Super Bowl , including next year’s, along with round-trip airfare and hotel accommodations. If fans choose that option, they will not get the original offer of $2,400 – three times the face value of their ticket. ... Sports books in Nevada won a little more than $724,000 from Super Bowl bets.
The Minnesota Court of Appeals in Minneapolis ruled that it won’t permanently block the NFL from suspending Vikings defensive tackles Kevin Williams and Pat Williams for violating the league’s anti-doping policy in 2008. Tennessee coach Mike Munchak fired offensive coordinator Mike Heimerdinger, who is continuing cancer treatment after being diagnosed in November, along with assistants Rayna Stewart (defense) and Richie Wessman (offense) one day after taking over the top job.