Packers tradition creates special bond

By: Jenn Chapman Email
By: Jenn Chapman Email

"I kind of knew he was going to pick me because I asked him last year," says second grader, Madison McMurdie.

7 year old Madison and Green Bay corner Casey Hayward are both veterans this year at Packers camp after meeting each other last summer.

"I walked up to him because he was a rookie and I wanted to try and get a rookie," says Madison.

The two became permanent partners and Hayward even made a surprise visit to Madison's school.

"That was cool too because I wasn't expecting it, my teacher came and got me from lunch," says Madison

What did your classmates say?

"Cool, how did you get him to come into the classroom?," replies Madison.

While some reporters were wondering why Hayward wasn't practicing today...his pint size friend showed her concern.

"What happened when you were practicing? Why weren't you playing that much?"

But that will stay between them...Their time and conversations together equally valued.

"Not right now, I'll get you later," says Hayward to fans requesting his autograph.

So what trick does Madison suggest to catching a players eye?

"You could make a sign and put it on the front of your bike," she says.

Just like she did. Her license plate has been upgraded this year, and she's looking to add more to her bike.

"I'm trying to find pegs that will fit on my bike."

In his rookie season, Hayward pulled in 6 interceptions, Madison's advice to him.

"Um, try and play good."

And as the ride comes to an end, Hayward knows Madison will be there for him, tomorrow.

"Thank you, I'll see you tomorrow."

"See you tomorrow, see you tomorrow Casey."


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