Before Donald Driver and his family caught a flight out of town Wednesday, number 80 made one last stop.Read more at Fox 11. And check out the video.
It was at a home in Bellevue. FOX 11 had been there Tuesday to show her salute to Driver. While we were there, the long-time Packers fan told us of her wish.
"He is my idol. I was a cancer survivor, and I just hope someday I can get a big hug from him," said Angie LeRoy, Packers fan.
LeRoy, 78 years old, decorated her door to honor Driver's career. Little did she know what would happen one day later.
One of my favorite things about living in Wisconsin and being a Packer fan is how deeply little old ladies care about football. Sadly, my wife is a Bears fan from Illinois.* She has always been amazed at Sconnie females' interest in the games.
Back in 2006, I took Laura to her first NFL game, which we went to to celebrate my birthday. It was one of those freezing cold December games, so we dropped into K-Mart outside the stadium to get some hand and foot warmers. Strolling down the aisle was an older woman decked out in green and gold face paint.
It took Laura about three days to stop laughing. In her tragic life as a Chicagoan, sports were a chance for men to watch the games while the ladies made food and chatted about...whatever it is ladies chat about. She got a pretty thorough education for our first Thanksgiving trip to see my family as husband and wife. The Packers beat up on the Lions that day, and Laura nearly went deaf sitting in between my mom and grandma, who spent the better part of three and a half hours shouting at the TV.
*Though she has more Packer clothes than Bear clothes and roots for Green Bay unless it's Packers-Bears week.