RHINELANDER - Rhinelander hosted its annual green and white day on Saturday. But this year, there was a little green and gold mixed in. Not only was it the usual scrimmage and family day, but the Hodags also welcomed a former Packer player.
"This is Hodag Country, you've got to come back here. I love it up here. I love the Northwoods of Wisconsin, I love the people up here," said former Packer, William Henderson.
After 12 years in Green Bay, he still can't stay away from Wisconsin.
"This area definitely represents the Packers very well," said Henderson.
He now lives in Virginia, but has teamed up with Rhinelander GM to make occasional trips back to the area.
Having him at the green and white scrimmage made the day a little more exciting for everyone involved.
"It's just fun knowing that someone of that capability here watching you and it's just fun having that around," said senior Cole Spaulding.
Spaulding is looking forward to his new role this season.
"This whole season is about stepping up into that leadership role," said Spaulding.
And his teammate, Senior Jared Fabich says Green and White Day is one of his favorites.
"It's really the first chance we get to play like a game. It gives us that game scenario, the game feel," said Fabich.
That's the enthusiasm Henderson comes back to see.
"Keep inspiring people to be ambassadors of the game, to keep representing football well, to enjoy the game and keep getting the community stronger," said Henderson.
Last year the Hodags started their season 2-0 and the team is looking to start this year the same way.
"We want the community to really believe in us and show that we are that team that can be a force in the Great Northern Conference and show that we mean business," said Sapulding.
Next up for the Hodags is another scrimmage next Friday with Northland Pines and then they hit the road the following Friday, August 18th, to open their season at Prescott High School.