Stan Maddux

ROLLING MEADOW– He lives much closer to Chicago, however George Oudhuis has a shot at entering what he considers as paradise for a fan of the Green Bay Packers.

The lifelong LaPorte County local is one of 10 individuals chosen for induction into the Green Bay Packers Fan Hall of Popularity.

The 64-year old Oudhuis stated he feels it’s time for his name to be called after having been chosen on 3 previous celebrations.

” I would drop to my knees and thank God. It would be a dream,” he said.

He wants it not just for himself however for his 1-year-old granddaughter, Lily, to delight in on trips he expects her to make to Lambeau Field.

Oudhuis stated his induction would likewise be for his mom, Eleanor, and friends who’ve passed away considering that he was very first nominated in 2016.

” I think they’re pulling for me up there and it’s going to happen this year,” he said.

Just one person is inducted each year into the Hall of Popularity, which was developed in 1999. Ballot runs until completion of January at www.packers.com/fans/fan-hall-of-fame.

Oudhuis stated he was 9-years-old enjoying the safeguarding Super Bowl champs and Chicago Bears on TV when the green and yellow of the hallowed franchise started pumping through his veins.

He didn’t make it to his very first video game in Green Bay until 13 years later, but going back is a religious experience now for the very long time season ticket holder.

Over a dozen relative and pals join him for each video game on TELEVISION in his basement, which features a Packers themed bar and wealth of Green Bay souvenirs.

His wall-to-wall collection ranges from team jerseys, lamp shades and photos of him with players to a portion of the home playing field nicknamed “The Frozen Tundra.”

Every inch of his guy cave flooring is covered by Packers carpeting.

For many years, Oudhuis has fulfilled many players, consisting of Hall of Fame quarterbacks Bart Starr and Brett Favre. He even became good friends with Fred “Fuzzy” Thurston, an offending lineman throughout the 1960s dynasty years.

Green Bay resembles a second home for Oudhuis, who’s not just a popular figure at tailgating sessions and in bars near the stadium. He’s carried out volunteer operate in the community, and as soon as was provided a key to the city.

In 2013, Oudhuis was offered the honor of revealing a street named after Donald Motorist, the team record holder for many lawns gotten by a receiver.

Oudhuis and the other nominees will be at the stadium when this year’s conscript is revealed in mid-February. His name would go on a plaque listing the other fan members outside the Packers team Hall of Popularity at the stadium.

” I simply hope it’s my time. I have relatives in the Netherlands and they’re choosing me over there. Pals in Germany, pals in France and good friends in England voting for me. My sibling remains in Sweden. Hopefully, they’re all electing me there also. I need all of the votes I can get,” he said.

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