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Green Bay gives champion Packers thunderous welcome home

GREEN BAY, Wisconsin (Reuters) - The victorious Packers football team came home to Green Bay, Wis. on Monday to a thunderous welcome from thousands of screaming fans, who lined the streets chanting "Go Pack Go" to the Super Bowl champions.

Green Bay schools closed early Monday to allow families, dressed in the team colors of green and gold, to line the streets as the team traveled from the airport to its home stadium, Lambeau Field

Team members leaned out of bus windows to wave to the crowd and make their own recordings of the event with cameras on their phones.

Some team members got off the bus to shake hands and exchange high-fives with fans before getting into their cars in the Lambeau Field parking lot. This included cornerback Charles Woodson, who broke his collarbone and had to sit out the second half of the game.

Packers president Mark Murphy showed the Vince Lombardi trophy, named after the legendary Green Bay coach, to the roaring crowd.

Packers quarterback and Super Bowl Most Valuable Player Aaron Rodgers was not among the players in Green Bay Monday, as he had gone to Disney World to take part in a parade at Disney's park in Florida.

The "Return To Titletown" celebration will be held Tuesday at Lambeau Field from 4 to 5 p.m. local time, with tickets priced at $5. A portion of the proceeds will benefit charity through the Green Bay Packers Foundation, according to the team's web site.

The Super Bowl victory on Sunday over the Pittsburgh Steelers was the fourth Super Bowl title and the 13th championship for the Green Bay franchise, which is based in the smallest city of any NFL team and is community owned.

Fans showed up early Monday morning at Lambeau Field to shovel snow off stadium seating to get ready for Tuesday's event.

(Writing by Mary Wisniewski, with reporting by Darren Hauck. Editing by Greg McCune)

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