Super Bowl XLV alumni lead Green Bay Packers road trip this week
GREEN BAY – Nick Collins, Ryan Grant, James Jones and Morgan Burnett, all players recognized by Green Bay Packers fans of the Super Bowl XLV season, will take part in a Thursday-Sunday mini-tour in eastern Wisconsin and in the south floor.
The Packers Road Trip will make surprise stops at locations in Northeast, Southeast and Southwest Wisconsin to visit fans and support charities. It replaces the more elaborate Packers Tailgate Tour, which has not taken place for the past two years due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The Packers-themed bus will stop at hospitals, businesses, camps, event venues and community centers.
The annual hatchback tours raise money for charities along the route that have night time parties, which will not be held for this event. Instead, the Packers will donate along the way and give items to fans.
“We missed traveling for our annual Tailgate Tour and hope the Road Trip brings joy to the fans we are fortunate enough to visit,” said Cathy Dworak, director of community outreach and player / alumni relations. “We look forward to hitting the road and welcoming the Packers fans in person for the first time in a long time.”
The four alumni on the trip were members of the 2010 Packers that beat the Pittsburgh Steelers, 31-25, in Super Bowl XLV in Dallas. The team was ranked last among six NFC playoff teams and won three straight playoff games to advance to the Super Bowl.
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Collins recorded seven solo tackles in a 21-14 NFC Championship win over the Bears in Chicago, and in the Super Bowl he returned an interception for a touchdown to give the Packers a 14-0 lead in the first. quarter.
Collins suffered a serious neck injury in Game 2 of the following season, forcing his retirement from football and ending what some thought might have been a Hall of Fame career.
Jones has played eight of his nine years with Green Bay, scoring 49 touchdowns in the regular season and playoffs, and his post-football career includes work as an NFL network analyst.
In a 2007 playoff game against the Seattle Seahawks, Grant set playoff team records for the run with 201 yards and touchdowns with three. He ran over 1,000 yards in 2008 and 2009, but was injured for most of the 2010 season.
Burnett won the starting safety role as a rookie in 2010 before being sidelined after four games with an ACL injury. He played eight of his 10 seasons with Green Bay and was a regular starter.
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