John Elway To Play at Vince Lombardi Golf Classic

Adam Barndt@@adambarndtContributor IMay 29, 2010

31 Jan 1999:   John Elway #7 of the Denver Broncos holds up the trophy after the Superbowl XXXIII against the Atlanta Falcons at the Pro Player Stadium in Miami, Florida. The Broncos defeated the Falcons 34-19. Mandatory Credit: Andy Lyons  /Allsport
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Every year hundreds of Packer fans flock to the North Hills Golf Course for the annual Vince Lombardi Golf Classic.  

The event, hosted for charity, by Vince Lombardi Charitable Funds Inc. brings together great athletes and sports figures from past decades to play some good-spirited golf.  

This year the list of celebrity attendees includes Packer greats Jerry Kramer, Frank Winters, Paul Hornung, Bart Starr, and John Elway.

Wait—back up.

John Elway?

Thats right, this guy.

That's the very same smug bastard who cost the Packers Super Bowl XXXII and put an abrupt end to the second coming of Title Town.

"Are you a life-long Packers fan?  Would you like to shake Bart Starr's hand?  Have you always wanted to meet John Elway?" the event description reads.

Inviting John Elway to a Packers charity event is like inviting Bill O'Reilly to a "Students for a Democratic Society" meeting.  

No one wants him there.

Who are the life-long Packers fans that have always wanted to meet John Elway?

Rewind to 1998, and John Elway was easily the most despised figure in Wisconsin.  

Say what you will about his character, performance, and sportsmanship.  In fact, throughout his career he was quite admirable in all those areas, his attendance at a charity golf match is a testament to that.  

However, once he helicoptered over LeRoy Butler and Mike Prior to gain a pivotal first down and set up a Terrell Davis touchdown, he became public enemy No. 1 in and around the Frozen Tundra.

Come on event organizers—Elway?

They say time heals all wounds, but this wound is too deep, and it has not been long enough.  

John Elway is the last person most Packer fans want to meet. 

Another player with a seat in the Packers' "Legion of Doom" is the man who stripped the late Reggie White of his sack record, Bruce Smith.

Bruce Smith will also attend.

Maybe next year they'll invite the 1995 Dallas Cowboys.

While the first goal of the Vince Lombardi golf classic is, and always has been to offer support to various charities,  the second goal, is and always has been to foster community, and preserve the Packers legacy. 

They should leave the rivals, defeats, and grudges out of the event.