Running a play are, from left, Tyler Bradley, Max Huber, Jack Schoelzel and Mason Killam.
Running a play are, from left, Tyler Bradley, Max Huber, Jack Schoelzel and Mason Killam.

   It was the experience of a lifetime for 10 Ripon youth and two coaches that represented the Green Bay Packers at the FLAG Championships during the NFL’s Pro Bowl Weekend in Orlando.

   But not the way they expected.

   Their trip was extended a couple days due to the extreme weather blasting Wisconsin and the country.

   Initially planning on returning home last week Monday, the team spent an extra day in Orlando and then the following two days in the Orlando and Denver airports, before finally arriving in Chicago last week Friday around 5 p.m.

   “They would probably shake their head,” co-head coach Mark Bradley said on what the players’ reaction to the trip would be. “There was a lot of good things with it. It was an experience of a lifetime and it was cool. There was just things that we wish would have been a little better for us, but the experience of being down there and playing these kids will remember forever.”

   Despite the travel issues and unseasonably cool temperatures for Florida, the youth had plenty of reasons to smile, including a chance to participate in the flag football championship.

Read the full story in the Feb. 7, 2019 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.