Packers, former players lead toasts to celebrate 100 seasons

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GREEN BAY, Wis. (WMTV) -- The Green Bay Packers are celebrating 100 seasons and a number of communities across the state are tipping their glasses for the Pack and toasting with a Packers great.

Frank Winters made three stops in Dane County on Friday, including one in Monona at the Silver Eagle. He said it was a great honor to play for the Packers.

"The fan base in Wisconsin is known worldwide. They're very well known, I think the team being owned by the public is attributed to that. People own stocks, they really want to participate and be a part of that," Winters said. "It's truly remarkable and especially up here with the fans and, hopefully, it'll continue for the next hundred years."

Later in the evening, Winters met with fans at Headquarters in Oregon and Draft House in Verona, where he served beer to those in attendance. The stops are part of a statewide tour which includes fan giveaways.

Similar events were held with other former players in Milwaukee, Appleton and — of course — Green Bay. LeRoy Butler, Antonio Freeman, Jarrett Bush, Tony Fisher and Robert Brooks all raised glasses with fans.

The NFL season kicks off Thursday, Sept. 5, with the Green Bay Packers playing the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field. It is the league's oldest rivalry. Kick off is set for 7:20 p.m. on NBC. The game will air locally on WMTV NBC15.