GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) Twelve-year-old Rachel Hess brought in the biggest, strongest, fastest show-and-tell display ever Green Bay Packer running back Ahman Green.
Rachel won a contest sponsored by JC Penney and the NFL in cities with professional football teams throughout the nation.
She had to keep it secret for about two weeks before bringing Green to Greenville Middle School on Oct. 19.
''It wasn't that hard. I just had to bite my tongue a few times,'' Rachel said.
Green cited the Packers' problems this season as he talked to the students about why they should never give up, even when times are tough.
The Packers won their opener and then lost four games before a convincing win over the Detroit Lions.
''With our season, hopefully it's looking up,'' Green said, ''but up until then it's going rough, making bad plays here and there, but we keep working at it, chugging along.''
He also talked about growing up in Los Angeles, and realizing in junior high school that there is more to life than sports.
''My parents instilled that in me,'' Green said. ''They basically told me if I didn't get good grades I couldn't play football, couldn't play basketball, couldn't play baseball.''
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