For Packers punter, childhood dream became reality


Every kid who grows up in Green Bay dreams of becoming a Packer.

For Peter Mortell, that dream has come true.

Peter grew up in Green Bay. He has several generations of Packers connections.

As a teen, he worked for the team. Peter played football in college discovered a passion for punting. Now he has the chance to punt for the team he grew up with.

The Bleacher Report has more:

“Peter Mortell prepares for his day in his childhood bedroom. On the wall are a poster of Clay Matthews celebrating a sack and a pennant commemorating the 1996 Packers Super Bowl season.

He reaches in his closet, past the jerseys—there’s Aaron Rodgers, Eddie Lacy, B.J. Raji, Tyrone Williams, Bill Schroeder, Donald Driver and Ryan Longwell. He grabs a Packers T-shirt and Packers shorts and heads to the kitchen.

He pours a glass of chocolate milk. It’s his favorite, so his mother, Ellen, has made sure the refrigerator is well-stocked.

He makes the short drive to Lambeau Field, parks in the players’ lot and walks into football heaven.

The smile rarely leaves his face.

Eventually, he jogs onto Ray Nitschke Field for practice on a cloudless day, carrying a gold helmet with a “G” on it. “Peter, Peter!” fans yell. “Can we have an autograph?”

The other specialists who are walking with Peter smirk. “Did you pay your friends to come out and ask for your autograph?” one says. The 23-year-old laughs and testifies he does not know the fans.

During practice, Peter splits reps with veteran Tim Masthay, his competitor to be the Packers punter.

After practice ends, Peter rides a kid’s bike to the locker room. But it’s not a bike like the other players are riding. It’s a bike with training wheels.”

For more, visit, the Bleacher Report.