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Tailgating at the Children's Hospital with the Green Bay Packers

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Tailgating at the Children's Hospital with the Green Bay Packers

Madison, Wisconsin - A children’s hospital might not be the first place you’d think of when you think of tailgating.

But, on a recent Thursday that’s just what several current and former members of the Green Bay Packers did – although grills and painted faces were definitely absent.

As part of their “Green Bay Packers Tailgate Tour”, Packers President and CEO Mark Murphy, along with Jordy Nelson, Mason Crosby, Charlie Peprah and former players Marco Rivera, William Henderson and Larry McCarren made a stop at American Family Children’s Hospital in Madison, Wisconsin.

Patients and their families had the opportunity to meet and talk with the players.

Watch a Slideshow of the Visit

Slideshow of Green Bay Packers Visit to American Family Children's Hospital

“It was a tough visit today in some respects, but very inspiring,” says Crosby, placekicker for the Packers. “ The fight in the kids and their families is unbelievable. The ability to see the hope these kids demonstrate is very moving.”

Regardless of fan allegiance (there were a few Illinois patients in the group), there was a lot of laughter and even the opportunity for play – though the action included toys and a playroom, no shoulder pads needed. And, even though there were no tackles, the time with the patients made a significant impact on everyone, including the players.

“For me, the opportunity to break up their day and put smiles on faces is among the best aspects of being a professional athlete. It’s very humbling,” concludes Crosby.

Date Published: 05/18/2012