Packer fans come in all shapes and sizes, but the one thing they all have in common is that they just can't get enough of their team.
At Packerpedia, we are no different. The genesis of this site is that two brothers that live hundreds of miles from each other would call each other on the phone and talk about the Packers for hours on end. We would ignore calls from our wives to talk Packers. We would forego household chores to talk Packers. We would spend our breaks at work talking Packers. You know how it goes.
During one of our many conversations, we said something to the effect of, "We should record these conversations. Other people would probably like to hear this stuff too. There are a lot of great Packers podcasts out there, but ours could be good too." Well, the podcast thing never materialized (yet), but over time we decided to start a Packers site to share our thoughts and points of view.
Like many fans, we had a daily routine. As soon as we got home from work we would find ourselves cruising all the different Packers websites, trying to devour every morsel of information we could find. We would check on Twitter during our free moments to see if any of the Packers beat reporters had anything new to share. We would download any podcasts we could find so we could listen on the way to work. We'd check the Packers official website to see if any new videos of locker room interviews had been loaded.
We know we're not alone. We know there are countless other fans whose veins would drip green and gold if you sliced them open. And as much great Packers coverage as there is out there...how could there ever be enough? (After all, remember the word "fan" comes from "fanatic.")
So even though there are so many other great Packers-centric websites out there, we figured there had to be room for one more. After all, if we can't get enough, and we know there are others like us, then it could only be a good thing to put some more Packers features and commentary out there.
Mike Conklin: Mike is a lifelong Packer fan who was born and raised in the heart of Bear country in Illinois. When he was a boy he had a dartboard in his room that he would surround with pictures of Bears players he cut out of the newspaper. Somehow, the darts kept missing the dartboard and ended up hitting the pictures of the Bears players. His parents weren't amused by the hundreds of little holes in the wall all around the dartboard.
Mike's degree was in broadcasting, but he ended up pursuing a career in banking. He always retained his love for language, and Packerpedia gives him a creative outlet to share his passion.
Dan Conklin: A few years older than Mike, Dan's formative years as a boy were during Lombardi's era. Despite the fact that he was raised in southern Illinois, he gravitated to the Packers during that decade of dominance and never looked back. He and his family currently live in North Carolina.
Dan has pursued a variety of interests, including spending time in the ministry. He has degrees in both management and finance, and currently works for a government agency. His love for the Packers runs deep, and he enjoys his role as co-founder of Packerpedia.
Since there is no community in sports greater than Packer Nation, we encourage you to reach out with any ideas or comments. We can be reached in any of the usual ways...e-mail, Twitter, Facebook, etc. We'd love to hear from you!