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Former Packer Greats To Attend Spartans Preseason Battle

February 17, 2010 - Indoor Football League (IFL) - La Crosse Spartans News Release

La Crosse, WI: When the La Crosse Spartans play their first game in team history this Sunday from the La Crosse Center, two former NFL greats will be on hand to cheer them on. Former Green Bay Packer legends Craig Newsome and Santana Dotson will be in the stands as the Spartans welcome the Green Bay Blizzard for an Indoor Football League pre-season tilt.

Newsome, a former first round pick out of Arizona State, played Defensive back for five seasons in the NFL, four of which were with the Packers. During the 1996 Super Bowl Season, he intercepted two passes and recovered a fumble while playing in all 16 games. Dotson, the 1992 Defensive Rookie of the Year, played for Green Bay from 1996-2001. He registered 49.0 sacks, one interception, and one forced fumble over a ten year career.

"What a way to kick off the opening to Spartans football here in La Crosse," stated General Manager and Co-Owner Chris Kokalis. "I am excited that our fans will be able to share this experience with two former Super Bowl Champions, and have the opportunity to witness the hard hitting and faced paced action that the indoor game has to provide." In addition, Newsome will be signing autographs at halftime for all fans who attend.

Following the game, fans and friends are invited to head over to Club Impulse, located at 214 Main Street in La Crosse, for the Gilbert Brown Birthday Bash. Coach Brown will be celebrating another year by giving back to community, as door receipt proceeds from the event will go to the Gilbert Brown Foundation and other Coulee Region youth organizations. There will be a $10 cover at the door, and various prizes and giveaways will be handed out throughout the evening.

Tickets are still available for Sunday's 3 p.m. kickoff, but supplies are limited. Fans interested in attending are encouraged to visit the La Crosse Center Box office located at 300 Harborview Plaza or visit ticketmaster.com. Group tickets can be purchased by calling the Spartans Office at 608-567-4299.

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