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Nominee's Name:  John O’Neill
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John O’Neill attended his first Packers game with his grandfather 46 years ago. He had the privilege watching Vince Lombardi coach the Packers. In 1997 when the Packers advanced to the Super Bowl, I said to my husband John, “Vince Lombardi has got to be smiling from heaven!” This was the inspiration of “Saint Vince”, who has become a fan favorite icon and ambassador of the Green Bay Packers.
“Saint Vince” first appeared in Kiln, Mississippi the Friday before the Super Bowl in January 1997. We did not know how the fans would respond…..and to our surprise, “St. Vince” was an instant hit . People wanted to pose for pictures, touch his robe and kiss his ring. Many fans said “You ought to charge for this!” We started accepting donations, and on our drive back to Wisconsin, we stopped at the office of Brett’s agent, and donated the money to the Brett Favre Foundation.
Since Vince Lombardi died of cancer, we now donate all money to various cancer charities.
“St. Vince” drives from Cross Plains to Green Bay for all home games. Weather permitting, he drives his 1957 Chevy Stationwagon Packer Mobile. The car is all Packerized—helmets hold the speakers, Packer carpeting covers the floor. “God Bless Green Bay” is lettered on the back gate. From the instant he steps out of his car hours before the game to the minute he sits back in it for the drive home, “St. Vince” talks and poses for pictures with hundreds of fans. He is the most recognized Packers fan, probably because he has posed with morefans than Lambeau Field could hold at one time!!
John attended his first Packers game in 1964. He recalls this special moment with children attending their first game. He crouches down with youngsters and tells them how special it is to go to a Packers game, and to be a good fan. He tells the kids, “ Even when you are as old as I am ,you will remember this day, because it is very special. I remember my first game as if it was just last year.” Each game, he gives three kids a commemorative “St. Vince” statue on which he writes, “To ___________, on your first Packers game”. He then signs and dates it. This ritual has become well known with fans, and it is a touching moment for the kids and their parents.
“Saint Vince” is great fan and has been featured on national TV, international and local press. He was inducted into the NFL Hall of Fans in 2000.
John is constantly reminded by fans that what he does as “St. Vince” adds to the total experience of being at Lambeau Field.
It is only fitting that he be inducted into the Packers Fan Hall of Fame.
Submitted by John’s wife, MBJ
 
City:  Cross Plains
State:  WI
 
 
 
 
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gpemerson Missed the show with you, but enjoyed the game....
Sun, Feb 13 2011 10:02 AM
damulrich Lookin good in Dallas St. Vince! Saw you on ESPN with Snoop Dog! Thanks for being so accomodating with all the fans. Go Pack Go!
Sun, Feb 06 2011 9:40 PM
kmeastvan Go Packers! And Go St. Vince!
Sun, Feb 06 2011 8:38 PM
Disizit Awsome Job St. Vince!! Enjoy the Super Bowl
Sun, Feb 06 2011 1:35 PM
zig~zag It's the BIG Day, time to bring home the trophy again, GO PACK GO !!!! :)
Sun, Feb 06 2011 5:02 AM
zig~zag It's the BIG Day...GOOOO PACKERS, WooHoo !!! :) Bring home the trophy where it belongs, Guys !!!
Sun, Feb 06 2011 5:00 AM
lefeber54 Voted again, St. Vince! You should be a shoo in...good luck and GO PACK!!
Sat, Feb 05 2011 4:34 PM
BarbSc Great guy
Sat, Feb 05 2011 10:42 AM
cheezqueen Way to Go St. Vince!!! Good Luck!!! The CheezQueen
Thu, Feb 03 2011 1:24 AM
sinykin Love St Vince. Saw him in New Orleans in 97 and expect to see him in a few days in Dallas. He has my vote
Wed, Feb 02 2011 6:17 PM
fatguywi I'll give the guy that he's a great self-promoter!
Wed, Feb 02 2011 3:05 PM
fatguywi I'll give the guy that he's a great self-promoter!
Wed, Feb 02 2011 2:20 PM
Knobloch Best impersonator I've seen since Father Guido Sarducci on SNL. Bless you!
Wed, Feb 02 2011 12:06 PM
nmpackfan Good Luck St. Vince, you deserve to win!!
Tue, Feb 01 2011 6:50 AM
randy21671 You go Vince! Go Pack Go
Tue, Feb 01 2011 12:24 AM
ssridge Good luck John "St. Vince." Go Pack Go!!!
Mon, Jan 31 2011 6:59 PM
loveschaos PACKER NATION!!! WE DID IT!!! NOW A SB WIN AND YOU INTO THE HALL OF FAME!!!!! GO PACK
Mon, Jan 31 2011 9:35 AM
JoeBzura Way to go St Vince!!!!!!!!!! GO PACK GO!
Sat, Jan 29 2011 2:12 PM
traumaben poiseup................. maybe you need to find a new seat like in minnesota.................... Season tickets galore available no waiting list........be gratful your in the stadium................St Vince is a stand up guy, have you every talked with him? Sounds like you should get your posse up and get out of Wisconsin and go looking for some bad dudes in Minnesota like the fuzzy old vikings mascot, he wil listen to you I am sure. Bye Bye
Fri, Jan 28 2011 4:22 PM
CAL3BGR1 We moved here from California and after 3 years traded up to GREEN and GOLD! Saint Vince heard about my niece who helps my autistic daughter and he provided her with a Saint Vince Bobblehead! Her great grandfather was a huge Vince Lombardi fan - the torch has passed to this generation.....SAINT VINCE'S surprise to her recognizing her work will be proudly displayed - as John represents the deep fan to fan appreciation no matter what football team. The Passion Saint Vince has brought to the Packers - inspiration and charitable efforts he keeps as a priority! Good Luck! Amy & Angela & Bella Packer Backers!
Fri, Jan 28 2011 10:21 AM
sodbuster Hey Poiseup! Fess up! You're a Bears or Vikings fan aren't you! Fact is, I sit by St. Vince and he always takes his hat off so people behind him can see! Since that's all bs, seems to me you have some anger issues you should deal with!
Thu, Jan 27 2011 2:40 PM
CAL3BGR1 We moved here from California and after 3 years traded up from Silver Black Red Gold to GREEN and GOLD! Saint Vince heard about my niece who helps my autistic daughter and he provided her with a Saint Vince Bobblehead! Not only is this young lady a charming therapist to my daughter - but she is a Packer Backer from a Bear Family! Her great grandfather was a huge Vince Lombardi fan and it the torch has passed.....This surprise for her will be proudly displayed as fan to fan appreciation no matter what team - it's all about the Passion Saint Vince has brought to the Packers! Amy & Angela & Bella Packer Backers!
Thu, Jan 27 2011 1:52 PM
CAL3BGR1 We moved here from California and after 3 years traded up from Silver Black Red Gold to GREEN and GOLD! Saint Vince heard about my niece who helps my autistic daughter and he provided her with a Saint Vince Bobblehead! Not only is this young lady a charming therapist to my daughter - but she is a Packer Backer from a Bear Family! Her great grandfather was a huge Vince Lombardi fan and it the torch has passed.....This surprise for her will be proudly displayed as fan to fan appreciation no matter what team - it's all about the Passion Saint Vince has brought to the Packers! Amy & Angela & Bella Packer Backers!
Thu, Jan 27 2011 1:49 PM
CAL3BGR1 We moved here from California and after 3 years upgraded from Silver Black - Red Gold GREEN and GOLD! Saint Vince heard about my niece who helps my autistic daughter and he provided her with a Saint Vince Bobblehead! Not only is this young lady a charming therapist to my daughter - but she is a Packer Backer from a Bear Family! Her great grandfather was a huge Vince Lombardi fan and it the torch has passed.....This surprise for her will be proudly displayed as fan to fan appreciation no matter what team - it's all about the Passion Saint Vince has brought to the Packers! Amy & Angela & Bella Packer Backers!
Thu, Jan 27 2011 1:47 PM
mamaroo Hey, Good Luck to you. I see you at all the home games, great job.
Thu, Jan 27 2011 12:59 PM
 
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