Packers open training camp with first practice
Photo: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
GREEN BAY - At 8:15 a.m. Thursday, "the Pack" was officially back.
The Packers took the field for their first practice of the 2012 training camp.
The team's goals include, of course, winning the Vince Lombardi Trophy, something they accomplished in 2010 but failed to do after a 15-1 regular season in 2011.
"It's the goal to be a better team this year, regardless of the record, and the goal is to win the Super Bowl." said Packers Coach Mike McCarthy.
His main goal involves the revamping of the worst defense in the National Football League in 2011.
One of the moves to do so involved the release of safety Charlie Peprah, who was part of the Packers' 2010 Super Bowl Championship team.
Packers Planet descends on Ray Nitschke Field
Green and Gold-wearing faithful lined up outside the field named after the Lombardi-era legend as daybreak came.
The young, the determined and fans from as far away as France made the trip to Green Bay.
"I was born in a little city in France, close to Germany," said Favic Heylr to TODAY'S TMJ4's Melissa McCrady.
Last time I went to (the Super Bowl), we won, so I'm going to redo the magic."
The Packers distributed face signs, including one for Aaron Rodgers to the fans that watched the first practice.
Across Oneida Street, kids on bikes prepared for the tradition of Packers players riding them between Ray Nitschke Field and the locker room.
"I'm going to get all loose riding this one," admitted Mason Crosby as he headed to the practice facility on a child's bike.