A franchise used to celebrating championship athletes, The Green Bay Packers recently honored a different type of champion.
On December 9th in the Lambeau Field Atrium, members of the Green Bay Packers organization assisted the HearStrong Foundation in honoring former Packer Blaise Winter as a HearStrong Champion.
The foundation, a non-profit organization, works to further hearing loss awareness by honoring those who have overcome hearing loss to achieve their goals and inspire others to do the same. These individuals are known as HearStrong Champions.
Blaise first experienced hearing loss as a child, possibly the result of several tumors in his ears when he was born. Though he didn’t utilize hearing devices until he began his professional football career in 1984, Blaise developed an extremely positive attitude and had the determination to overcome his challenges and succeed.
After being named MVP of the Syracuse University football team in 1983, Blaise achieved his dream of playing professionally. During his 11-year career, Blaise played with the Indianapolis Colts, the San Diego Chargers and the Green Bay Packers.
About HearStrong: The HearStrong Foundation strives to recognize the accomplishments of those who have overcome hearing loss and live their lives to the fullest. Headquartered in Syracuse, NY, the foundation is a world-wide advocate for hearing loss awareness, education and support. For more information about the foundation, or to nominate a HearStrong Champion, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Here’s what others are saying about Blaise Winter:
“If there is a person you want to model yourself after, Blaise Winter is the one you want to choose.” – Joe Theismann, Sports Commentator – ESPN, Former Quarterback – Washington Redskins
“Blaise gives his audience goose bumbs. He’s named adter St. Blaise, healer of throats. Kind of makes you wonder if speaking to others was God’s plan for Blaise.” – Randy Edsall, Head Coach – University of Connecticut
“If everyone prepared themselves the way Blaise does, I don’t think we’d ever lose.” – Bobby Beathard, Former General Manager – San Diego Chargers & Washington Redskins
“I keep telling people who are intrinsically motivated that Blaise is the prototype. He is the epitome of perseverance. I admire him greatly.” – Marv Levy , Sports Commentator – Fox Former Head Coach – Buffalo Bills
“Blaise Winter is a solid example of what hard work, belief in himself and perseverance are all about.” – Bobby Ross, Former Head Coach – Detroit Lions, San Diego Chargers & Nat’l Champs Georgia Tech.
“Blaise Winter is a living example that hard work and determination can get you anywhere in life. Be sure to take away from Blaise that same message that I have been able to take away from Blaise’s life — always believe in yourself!” – George O Leary, Former Head Coach – Georgia Tech.
“One great journey, I enjoyed Blaise Winter and his words.” – Bill Walsh, San Francisco 49ers.
“Blaise Winter delivers an extremely meaningful presentation. Blaise does an outstanding job of relating to people’s needs. He is a very dynamic individual.” – Paul Pasqualoni, Head Coach – Syracuse University.
“Blaise makes a great case for perseverance and a case for more than just football but for real life — keeping it going.” – Chris Berman, ESPN Sports.
“Blaise Winter has a powerful moving message. He is unique individual and a dynamic speaker. He really cares about people.” – Bill Jartz, WBAY Channel 2, Green Bay, WI.
“As an interviewer, I was extremely impressed by his dedication and faith, my producer wanted to drop the rest of the show so we could let him talk away.” – Julie Gaier, Reporter – Fox 11 News, Green Bay, WI.