Packers Family Night: Rookies get first taste of Lambeau Field
GREEN BAY, Wis. (CBS 58) -- It's starting to feel like football season in Green Bay with Packers Family Night Friday, Aug. 5.
It's the calm before the storm at Lambeau Field but pretty soon the stands will be completely packed for what is essentially a glorified practice. That's how much fans love their Packers.
Family night has changed over the years. It used to be much more of a scrimmage between the offense and defense. Now, we'll see a lot more individual drills with some half-hearted contact in 11-on-11 sessions at the end. But a few things haven't changed, the fan support and the importance for rookies. They get to run through the tunnel for the first time and get used to game day atmosphere in one of the most special stadiums in the world.
"It's one of those things where you've seen that stadium and you know it's an iconic stadium and you never really think that you're going to be running out there so it's gonna be like one of those things that's like a dream," said Zach Tom, Packers rookie offensive lineman.
"Family night is a lot of fun and just like the soccer game the other day is usually weather is a wild card," said Aaron Rodgers, Packers quarterback.
Rodgers always puts on a show for fans at family night with one of the highlights being his long tosses into small nets, but one thing he won't do today is take any contact. The Packers obviously won't risk anything happening to the four time MVP a month before the season.