A Hanford family went to Green Bay, Wisc., this weekend to watch a close friend, Mark Lee , get inducted into the Packers Hall of Fame.
That would be the Lusby family, led by retired general practitioner, Richard Lusby. Lusby’s wife, his four daughters and more got the VIP treatment courtesy of Lee.
Lee, 59, played for Hanford and graduated from the school in 1975. He went on to play at Washington before getting drafted by the Green Bay Packers in the second round of the 1980 NFL Draft.
Lee, listed at 5-foot-11 and 187 pounds, played 11 seasons with the Packers from 1980-90, accumulating 31 interceptions.
The former cornerback told reporters he never thought the day would come. He was inducted along with former wide receiver Donald Driver.
“My mom always said better late than never, baby,” said Lee, who started 139 of the 157 games he played with the Packers.
“I always took with respect hearing that from her. It came and hit me by surprise, which I think is the best way. I was pretty shocked when I got that phone call.”
There smiling with Lee was his family, the Lusby family and former Hanford coach Bob Jimenez, who served as Lee’s presenter.