GREEN BAY --
The Northeast corner of Washington and Cherry Streets is the newest gathering point in downtown Green Bay. It's where Packers history comes alive with a newly unveiled monument to the Green and Gold.
"Our city is rich with history, it's rich with talent and it's rich with community pride," said Green Bay Mayor Jim Schmitt.
The Packers Heritage Trail Plaza includes a large recognition wall highlighting community donors and Packers history. Three bronze statues were also unveiled--paying tribute to Hall of Fame Halfback Johnny Blood McNally, a key player in the Lambeau era; George Whitney Calhoun, co-founder of the Packers; and Hall of Fame Running Back Paul Hornung, a star of the Lombardi Super Bowl victories.
Hornung was a friend of the late McNally.
"I know he would be very, very happy and honored if he were here to tell you how much he appreciated that statue right there, just like me I appreciate that," said Hornung, Packers running back from 1957-1966. "Bart Starr would be pissed off," he added that had the crowd laughing.
Not to worry though. Statues showcasing Hall of Famers Starr and Clarke Hinkle will be added soon. The entire endeavor is the result of community support that continues to grow with each new football season.
"You build something like this you want to share it with people in the community and that's part of the theme with our whole program--the community saved the Packers," said Cliff Christl, president of the Packers Heritage Trail Foundation.
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