Brown honored as first Super Bowl Champion
Published 12:02 am Wednesday, September 30, 2015
GREEN BAY, Wisc. — Before the Green Bay Packers and Kansas City Chiefs played Monday night, Natchez native Allen Brown, also known as “Mississippi” by Aaron Rodgers, was being honored with 21 of his former teammates as the first Super Bowl Champions.
With his former Green Bay Packer teammates, Brown made his way back to the tunnel, where the 2015 Packers were getting ready to take on the Chiefs. Brown walked by Rodgers, who would throw five touchdowns in a 38-28 win against the Chiefs, and said, “Let’s go win this one, Aaron.”
“He told me, ‘Hey Mississippi,’ and just started asking how I was doing,” Brown said. “This is five minutes before a game.”
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The 1966 Super Bowl-winning Green Bay Packers shared that welcomed feeling for the last 10 days in Green Bay. Brown and his wife, Margaret, made charity trips to hospitals, attended autograph signings, went to golf tournaments and hung around Packer players at practice.
“That was my favorite part,” Allen said. “Aaron Rodgers was super nice. A lot of the players came over, and we had great conversations with everyone. All of the players got in a semicircle with us former players, and we all put our hands in a circle.”
While the Brown family was in Green Bay, Jefferson Methodist Church wanted to show support for the Super Bowl champion from Natchez. Church member Darby Short texted the Rev. John Kramer about the possibility of doing something for Allen and Margaret. Kramer agreed something should be done, so last Sunday, members of the church wore green and gold and took a picture during the announcements portion of Sunday’s service.
“I’ve never done anything like that in the 30 years I’ve been in the ministry,” Kramer said. “But we said this is for Allen and Margaret. It’s a pretty big deal to do something for them because they are such giving people.”
The picture made Allen emotional.
“That gave me tears in my eyes,” Allen said. “We have the nicest folks at our church.”
Before playing as a tight end for the Packers, Brown was an All-American in 1964 at Ole Miss and won two South Big 8 Championships at Natchez-Adams High School. Brown never played for a losing team.
Along with his teammates, Allen was given a replica glass trophy of the Lombardi Trophy at a function held for only those who were connected with the first Super Bowl.
Funny stories amongst old teammates were shared. Respect was given and received. And admiration was felt by a Green Bay Packer fanbase, who Margaret said loves their Packers both old and new.
Truly, the trip to Green Bay was an unforgettable one for the Brown family.
“(The Packers organization) just makes you feel good,” Allen said. “They rolled out the red carpet.”