packersI’m the first to admit enjoying some good-natured (usually) fun when it comes to teasing Packers fans.

But here we have an altogether different type of Packers story. One that is … nice? Heartwarming? Touching?

Yes, all of those things.

See, the family of longtime Packers fan Bill Snyder decided against a traditional obituary when he died recently. Instead, they took out a half-page advertisement in Sunday’s Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel in which they shared stories about their dad that mostly revolved around his love of the Packers.

They specifically thanked several Packers players, including Brett Favre for “giving dad the single happiest moment of his life: 1997 Super Bowl, 54-yard pass to Andre Rison, touchdown. Our dad vaulted from his chair, fell to his knees, screamed to the heavens. In an instant, 30 years of belief were paid back in full.”

(And yes, they thanked Antonio Freeman for the “immaculate deflection,” a play that lives in infamy in Vikings lore).

More than that, it’s just a really nice tribute to a guy and his love of football. The kicker: his last text ever read: “Great Super Bowl, the pack coulda won.”

Everybody knows a fan like this. Maybe it’s even you. The family is seeking even more stories as a way to pay further tribute.

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