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Brad Richards a Packer-backer

by Dave Lozo / NHL.com

The NHL season starts in less than 30 days, but Brad Richards might be even more excited for the start of the NFL season.

The newest New York Ranger was born in Prince Edward Island and played his professional hockey in Tampa and Dallas. Yet Richards has always been a fan of the Green Bay Packers, who will kick off the NFL season against the New Orleans Saints on Thursday night.

But why the Packers?

"My dad was a big NFL fan, so I watched it a lot," Richards said. "When I started getting interested, I was probably 15 or 16, right when (Brett) Favre was winning MVPs. It was all him. But then I found out more about Packer tradition and Lambeau Field and I always just went with."

Even during his time in Dallas, home of the Cowboys, he never kept his love for Green Bay a secret.

"Oh no, " Richards said. "I was very open about all that."

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