Local fans give Packers player a lift from MSP

If a Minnesota Vikings player were to be stranded in Green Bay, Wis., with no rental cars available, would a Minnesota fan drive him to the Twin Cities?

It’s a trick question, of course, because no true Vikings fan would ever consent to live in Green Bay. But if the shoe were on the other foot, Packer fans would come through.

In fact, it happened last night, ESPN reports.

Packers cornerback Davon House landed at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport and his connecting flight to Green Bay was canceled. He had practice scheduled this morning and a lot of coaches frown on players missing practice, even in the off-season.

He put a call out to local Packer fans.

Check the replies on the tweet. He didn’t lack for volunteers, finally settling on Chad Johnson and his brother, Mike.

Johnson lives in Eau Claire, Wis. His brother lives in Hudson, Wis.

House’s car was at the airport in Green Bay and Johnson intended to drop him off, but House insisted on a tour

I went to bed, and I was scrolling through my Twitter and saw he needed a ride,” Chad Johnson told ESPN on Tuesday. “My brother lives in Hudson; I’m in Eau Claire. I tweeted him that, ‘I could come pick you up,’ and in the meantime I texted my brother that House needs a ride. My brother also tweeted him. He was closer, so he swung up to the airport and picked him up, and I met him on Highway 29 so my brother and I could keep each other awake.”

Johnson brought along a pillow so House could rest during the trip, all the better to be fresh for morning practice, apparently.

“It would’ve been cool just to get a picture with him there, but he was like, ‘Follow me to the stadium and I’ll sign some stuff for you,'” Johnson told ESPN. “We told him he didn’t need to do that, and he insisted. He has OTAs at 7:30, and here he is at 3:30 in the morning doing this. So he brought us over there, we got to go in the locker room. He signed some shoes and some gloves and let us take pictures with the Super Bowl trophies.”

Both brothers were at work on time this morning.