Thanks to Operation Fan Mail, a soldier injured in Afghanistan will be honored before the Packers NFC Divisional Playoff game Sunday.
It’s the second time U.S. Army Spc. Christopher Haley will see the Green Bay Packers play in person, but Sunday’s game at Lambeau Field will bring a whole new level of excitement.
Haley, 22, of San Antonio, will be honored before Sunday’s divisional playoff game between the Packers and New York Giants, as part of Operation Fan Mail. The partnership between the Packers and WPS Health Insurance recognizes military families at each Packers home game.
“It’s hard to say,” Haley said of how he feels about his trip to Green Bay. “It’s sort of surreal. It’s not something you’d ever think would happen.”
Haley was injured Sept. 28 in Afghanistan when a bomb went off while he was helping a fellow soldier. The explosion resulted in the loss of Haley’s right leg and damaged his left leg and arm. He also received numerous shrapnel wounds. He since has been treated at Brooke Army Medical Center at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio.
Kudos to the Packers. An already high level of energy among the fans is sure to increase tenfold as a result of honoring this true American hero.
The two sides have been engaged in talks over the past week and are still ironing the details of McKenzie’s role and his powers within the organization, the source said.
McKenzie has had the support of former Raiders executives Ron Wolf, Ken Herock and John Madden, who were assisting the team in its search for a new general manager.
“Reggie’s a tremendous evaluator,” Wolf told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel on Wednesday. “He can tell you who can play and who can’t play. That’s what it’s all about. Some can write reports but can’t tell you who can play. Whatever that is, he has that. He has a feel.”
McKenzie, who played linebacker for the Raiders from 1985-88, officially interviewed with the team Wednesday, a source told Schefter.
Owner Al Davis, who died in October, had effectively served as the team’s general manager until his death.
A well-deserved promotion that should have happen before now. A big loss for the Green Bay Packers, but that is the price of being a successful team.