Rockford native and Green Bay Packer Dean Lowry returns home. After a rookie year where he fell just one game short of football’s biggest stage, Swedish American Hospital inviting him to visit some patients to make it a super day for them.

“I hear there is a lot of packer fans here in the hospital, just to brighten their day a little bit and just to talk football. And just to have a good time. So it’ll be a great experience here.” said the Packers’ Defensive End

But before heading up to the patients’ rooms Lowry talked about what it’s like to be a Green Bay Packer.

“I’m not sure, I know Green Bay fans are the best, or packer fans are the best.  So I think its really surprising to see how well they traveled throughout the year and just their passion for the Packers and how much they know about the Packers too really cool to see how much they know about our team, where everyone is from and our positions. So, it’s cool to interact with them and be apart of the packers team and organization.”

Patients talked to him about football – some even brought up their rival Chicago Bears, but like most sports fans – they remember wins, but also the losses.
Angel Salem, a patient at Swedish American Hospital, talked about the Packer’s season-ending loss to Atlanta.

Lowry said he’s looking forward to having an impact for the full season next year.

“I think making more of an impact especially earlier on in the season and I think just going farther.  You’re one game away from the big game and if we can just have that consistency that we had later on in the season, we’ll be fine.”

Lowry finished his NFL rookie season with eight tackles and two sacks.