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Packers spend time visiting patients at Bellin Hospital

By Heather Graves

GREEN BAY – She doesn’t know it yet, but little Emery Lee Walsh will have one heck of a story to tell when she gets older about special visitors she had just two days after entering the world.

On Tuesday, Dec. 17, Emery, along with her mom Danielle and dad Andrew, met four Green Bay Packers players – running back Aaron Jones, center Corey Linsley, guard Lucas Patrick and fullback Danny Vitale.

“Emery waited (to be born) until after the win against the Bears on Sunday,” Danielle Walsh said proudly. “Don’t worry, we watched the game.”

The four pros visited with patients at Bellin Hospital on Tuesday to help spread holiday cheer to those being treated at the hospital this holiday season.

The players visited patients throughout Bellin Hospital, including those in inpatient and maternity.

Jones, whose is used to securely holding the football on Sundays, jumped at the chance to hold little Emery.

Mom Danielle stressed practice, as Jones and his girlfriend are expecting their own bundle of joy this spring.

“You’ll get the hang of it in no time,” Danielle said to Jones smiling as she watched the Pack’s leading scorer hold her newborn daughter.

Jones said giving back to those who support him and the team helps him appreciate what he has.

“Giving back our time to people who support us and have been supporting us for many years, it helps you not take things for granted, puts things into perspective,” Jones said. “You could be in a lot worse situation, so God’s blessed me to be able to play football and this is my way of giving back, a small token of my appreciation.”

Vitale said he and his teammates take pride in getting out into the community, giving back and seeing the impact the Packers have on the people of Titletown.

“When we were just in inpatient it was pretty cool,” Vitale said. “You know people come basically to tears just seeing us, which to me is completely eye-opening, how much people love our team, love our guys and to see the impact that we have on people’s lives is just pretty incredible to me. It’s something that I wasn’t really expecting today, so it was pretty cool.”

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