Green Bay Packer A.J. Dillon Is Mayor of This Small Community

A.J. Dillon is affectionately known to football fans by the nickname of “Quadzilla” for his enormous quads. But, he’s known by another nickname in a small Wisconsin community: Mayor.

Here’s how that happened . . .

side by side photos of Green Bay Packers A.J. Dillon and a lighthouse in Door County, Wisconsin
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A.J. Dillon is a Running Back for the Green Bay Packers

A.J. Dillon is a running back for the Green Bay Packers. He is known for his strong, up-the-middle runs. He has been one of the most important offensive players for the Green Bay Packers for the 2021-2022 and 2022-2023 season.

A.J. Dillon in Green Bay Packers Uniform. Mayor of Door County.
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A.J. Dillon Grew Up By the Water in Connecticut

A.J. Dillon reports that he grew up near the water in Connecticut. He learned to love the beach, enjoyed fishing with his grandfather, and even appreciated birdwatching.

A.J. Dillon Played for Boston College

A.J. Dillon played football for Boston College. Boston is another seaside location, furthering Dillon’s love for the water.

Dillon Introduced to Gabrielle Toonen

While in Green Bay, a mutual friend introduced A.J. Dillon to local resident Gabrielle Toonen. Eventually, Dillon and Toonen married.

Toonen’s Family Owns a Second Home in Door County, Wisconsin

A popular retreat for many people in Green Bay is nearby Door County. Door County sits on a rugged peninsula jutting into Lake Michigan, separating the bay of Green Bay from the larger body of Lake Michigan. It is known for its captivating scenery, stunning waterscapes, and quaint yet quirky culture.

Door County fulfilled Dillon’s love for the water and nature.

sturgeon bay ship canal pierhead lighthouse in door county wisconsin
Via Hello Door County.

Dillon Became an Unofficial Ambassador for Door County

A.J. Dillon made no secret about his love for Door County, even saying that he prefers swimming in Green Bay over swimming in the ocean. He makes frequent trips to Door County and has become a regular at several Door County restaurants and attractions.

Dillon Recognized as Honorary Mayor of Door County

Recognizing Dillon’s advocacy for the county, the area’s tourism board awarded Dillon the key to the county and gave him the title of Honorary Mayor.

About the author
Mark Stoneman
Hi! My name is Mark! I have been a resident of Door County for almost ten years now, and I'm glad to help you say "Hello" to Door County. I believe that travel helps to change lives, and because of that, I want to help you improve your life through travel.

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