Bill Port, a lifelong Green Bay Packers fan and 23-year fantasy football veteran, believed he was well-equipped for the Packers’ defensive coordinator position. Port felt confident contributing to an NFL roster with three regular-season titles and three playoff championships.
Alongside his fantasy football achievements, Port noted his brief experience playing varsity football during his junior year of high school. He added a lighthearted note at the bottom, expressing hope that his application would provide some amusement.
Port’s cover letter took a straightforward and humorous approach. It simply stated his awareness of the job opening for defensive coordinator and his decision to give it a shot.
He cheekily mentioned his preference for weekends off and concluded with a spirited “Go Pack Go.” Port did not get the job. What he did get, however, was a hilarious handwritten reply from Packers president and CEO Mark Murphy.
“Bill, Thanks so much for your cover letter and resume regarding our Defensive Coordinator position,” Murphy wrote.
“While your fantasy football experience is impressive, I regret to inform you that we have decided to go in a different direction. I hear the Bears have an opening — you look to be a perfect fit for them. Thanks again. Sincerely — Mark.”
The note gained widespread attention after Port’s wife’s cousin shared it on X, previously known as Twitter. It garnered over 1,000 reposts and more than 5,000 likes. Port expressed his surprise upon realizing the viral response to his application.
“I was surprised that it was handwritten; it was on his cardstock and everything like that,” he adds. “I sent the resume and cover letter obviously as a joke, and I was telling people if he has someone to open it, you know, his secretary opens it for him, gets a laugh, and shows it to him, and he gets a laugh, then that’s great.
“But I was like, it’d be really cool to get some sort of rejection letter back, like Packer’s letterhead or something like that. So when he sent this back, I was like: ‘Wow, that’s kind of above and beyond that. This is pretty cool.'”
Among his most cherished possessions are a signed photograph of former Packers head coach Mike Holmgren and a letter from Desmond Howard before he was named Super Bowl MVP for the 1996 season.
Port recalls sending a letter to Howard, which initially went unanswered. However, he eventually received a personal, typed note from Howard apologizing for the delay, explaining his move to the Raiders, and including an autographed card.
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