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Awesome Training Camp Tradition In The NFL For Green Bay

Story By: Larry Stine

 

 

 
 
 
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  Original Published: 8/10/2014

In an annual tradition at the Green Bay Packer's training camp, players choose a bike and a local kid to ride to the stadium. Some players even pick the same 'bike bud' for the whole summer. That's exactly what one rookie is doing but his genorisity has gone beyond expectations. "When I met him, I was surprised when he picked. Since day two of camp, 10-year-old Travis Kohlbeck and offensive lineman Corey Linsley have been bike buddies even if there was a little confusion at the end of that first practice together. "And when I was riding back here, I went out to him and he was like oh, I already have a rider," says Linsley. "Do you know where Corey Linsley is? I was like I'm Corey. And he goes, he was like oh, okay." Since then, all good. "Buddy selling you lemonade?" asks Linsley. "Yeah, he gave me some for free," Travis says. "It wasn't that good." They talk on the ride about their day, football, he weather and... "My son Travis, he's a big talker so I'm guessing he told Corey the whole story, what's going on and..." says John Kohlbeck, Travis' father. What Travis told linsley about was his mom, Alicia, How persistent headaches led to her spending a week in the hospital. She had a brain hemorage. "i's gonna be a long road but it helps having a ray of sunshine there," Alicia Kohbeck says. The ray of sunshine came from what Linsley did next. he got the Colebeck's family phone number gave them a call and asked he could buy Travis a brand new bike. "“My heart just burst wide open,” said Alicia Kohlbeck. “To have someone do that for your child that they hardly even know, the generosity of their own heart, it’s heart-warming.” Travis says he was “happy that [Linsley] cares for our family.” He was also excited, as 10-year-olds tend to be, about shopping for a new bike. He and Linsley went on Sunday, Linsley’s day off from practice, to two stores, settling on a new Schwinn from Toys’R’Us. “He was thrilled,” said Linsley. “You should’ve seen the smile on his face. It was awesome.” A photo of Linsley, Travis and the new bike was posted on Facebook and Twitter on Sunday and went viral, landing Travis on plenty of national sports websites. Travis said the whole experience left him feeling “awesome, cool and very excited.” His football-playing bike rider says he’s just happy to help a family in any way he could. “Anybody who lent out a helping hand to me [when I was younger], it was the greatest thing in the world,” said Linsley. “I figured he was the same way, he was a lot like I was, a ball of energy, couldn’t control me. I knew he’d appreciate that. That’s why I did that.” Travis says he hopes Linsley is a Packer for years to come, and is making sure his friends are aware just what makes Green Bay’s rookie center special. His family is thankful for the gesture, too. “Literally took my breath away,” said John Kohlbeck. “I didn’t have enough words to praise or thank you when I talked to him. It was unreal.”

   
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