More than 170 students were standing outside Riverdale High School waiting to go back to classes after what was an ordinary fire drill when the Packers Tailgate Tour bus pulled around the corner.
The realizing looks on many faces indicated they knew what was happening: classes would wait. The students filed into the gym to hear from the players.
The message at Riverdale was about dedication. Bill Schroeder had a stat to back it up.
“It takes 10,000 hours to become really good at something, a professional,” he explained. “So think about it…you’ve got 50,000 hours here that were worked. That’s dedication, and that’s what each and every one of you should invest in what you want to achieve.”
On the same subject, Gilbert Brown spoke of how he was 14 when he decided he wanted to be a professional football player. He worked hard and focused his priorities on achieving that goal.
“Instead of chasing girls five days a week, I cut it back to two,” he explained.
Micah Hyde and Casey Hayward expressed their satisfaction at reaching the NFL, but said the source of motivation now is to forge long careers and make it past the average length.
On the lighter side, Brown continued his criticism of any student who would dare to be a fan of any team other than the Packers. Brown invited a Bears fan to the floor to explain why he would do such a thing. Just as the young man was about to speak, Brown pulled the microphone away.
“It doesn’t matter!” Brown yelled, startling everyone in the gym. “Now get back to your seat.”
After departing the school, the motor coach continued along its route toward Baraboo with a stop at Culver’s in Spring Green for lunch.
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