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Packers Surprise School on Tailgate Tour

Posted Tuesday, May 14, 2013 --- 5:52 p.m.

From our news partner, WLUK in Green Bay:

DENMARK - Rarely do you see Vikings cheer for Packers.

"It's special, I mean, you don't see that very often,” said Denmark High School senior Jeff Rukamp. “You always see them going to bigger schools. For them coming to a smaller town school, it takes a lot. "

“Them,” in this case, refers to the Packers, traveling around their annual Tailgate Tour. The Vikings are not from Minnesota, but Denmark High School – the first stop on the 5-day trip.

"Being here in Green Bay, we see a lot of our fans on the daily,” said Packers wide receiver Randall Cobb. “In the grocery stores and different areas. Going to different places, seeing different fans, just being able to interact with them I think is always cool."

The first stop was a surprise for the school. Kids as young as pre-school all the way through seniors in high school assembled at Denmark High School’s football stadium.

The current and former Packers, plus the team’s president and CEO Mark Murphy addressed the crowd, took questions and had some fun. One student even challenged Cobb, a noted speedster, to a race.

"I decided to ask him [to race],” said Denmark High School junior Nicolau Carnaval. “I thought it would be cool to race a fast guy like him."

The Tailgate Tour raises money for different charities at each stop along the way, but also makes quite a few surprise stops at places like schools and hospitals. The players say those, specifically working with kids, are expected to be highlights of the trip.

"Try to give that encouragement, give that inspiration,” said Packers defensive back Jarrett Bush. “Help them develop that plan to do what they want to do, whether it be playing football, being a lawyer, being in the medical field. Whatever, whatever the profession they want to be in."


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