For the second time in three years, members of the Menomonie high school football program will be headed to the NFL's 7-on-7 national tournament which is being held this year in Cleveland, Ohio. The Menomonie players captured the regional two weeks ago that was held at the Don Hutson Center in Green Bay.
Menomonie got in one final practice session Wednesday evening at Simpson Field on the campus of UW-Eau Claire. The Mustangs leave early Thursday for the event that lasts four days and three nights. They will compete in the non-contact 7-on-7 tournament against other top players from around the country. The all-expense paid trip includes character development sessions, although perhaps the best part of the experience, getting the chance to wear the Packers colors, green and gold on and off the field.
Menomonie coach Joe La Buda says the kids will feel like the pros, "Treated like NFL players there, they wear Packers dark and whites when they play, and it's an awesome opportunity for them to play against such great athletes."
The Mustang players are excited about this once in a lifetime opportunity. A.J. Naatz says, "To represent the Packers is just unbelievable, you watch them on TV and you get to be them for a couple of days, it's going to be awesome."
Luke Stanley agrees, "Well, I'm actually a Bears fan so it's going to be a little tough but you know it's a great honor to represent the Packers and our home state, to get to play for the Packers is a pretty cool experience."