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SPECIAL REPORT: A Look Back: Pack Attack celebrates 20 years

For 20 years, WAOW-TV has offered Packers fans in Wausau an experience no other can: the chance to meet players and listen to them talk football right here in their backyard.

Pack Attack started in 1999 and now is celebrating 20 years of talking Packers football with some of the most dedicated fans in the state.

The show started at Coral Lanes in Rothschild and is now housed at Dale’s Weston Lanes every Monday night. A player guest usually joins the show to help break down the latest Packers games, and provide autographs and photos for fans.

Packers Hall of Famer Johnnie Gray has been there since the start.

“It’s been a long time, looking back at the old pictures of a young Johnnie Gray, 20 years ago,” Gray said after the show’s 20th anniversary celebration on Nov. 4.

Gray continues to make the trek from his home in the Green Bay area to Wausau to help make the experience something Packers fans won’t forget.

“It’s fun to meet the young guys that come in. And you get some of the veterans back over here as well, who want to keep coming back to the show. And then the crowd gets involved in it,” Gray said.

And he does it, because he recognizes how important it is to the fans who might not get the up close and personal Packers experience fans do in Green Bay.

“I think it means a whole lot. To see the smiles on their faces, to get a chance to be in contact with the players. Like I said, it’s only an hour and a half down the road, but still it’s a long ways, so no one can have the chance to sit down with a player one on one, or be around and not have to pay a fee to go get an autograph,” Gray said.

The show tapes most Monday nights at 6:30 at Dale’s Weston Lanes and airs Tuesday nights at the same time on News 9.

Brad Hanson

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