A similar conversation took place later in the morning with student athletes at Prescott High School, a visit that also included a $5,000 donation to the school’s physical education program.
Neal encouraged the students to establish good habits and a strong work ethic now, as that sets the foundation for what they do when they get older.
Williams’ father was an example of work ethic for him, as the elder Williams rose every morning at 4:30 to work at the shipyard. When Tramon was 12, he started work, too.
“My mom said, ‘If you want to be talking to girls on the phone, you need to be helping with the phone bill.’ That’s when I learned the value of work,” he recalled with a laugh.
The discussion resonated strongly with Prescott senior Brady Block.
“It is amazing,” he said. “As a lifelong Packers fan, this is just super exciting for me and the great lessons like self commitment and mental toughness to help us through our careers and high school athletics.”
As the motorcoach continued south along the Wisconsin-Minnesota border, a stop was made in Pepin at Villa Bellezza winery for lunch, where winemaker Katie Kujak led the Packers on a tour of the facility.
Moll and Spitz, who with another former teammate, Daryn Colledge, started Three Fat Guys Wines, appreciated the opportunity to take a walk and look at the grounds.
“There’s so many ways to make wine, so I really enjoy seeing how others do it,” said Moll. “They’ve got a beautiful spot here and a really nice facility.”
When the Road Trip reached La Crosse, the first stop was at the Kwik Trip Bread and Bun Bakery where the group toured the location where the production of baked goods takes place for the more than 400 Wisconsin locations. The Kwik Trip logo was familiar as the company is a major partner of the Packers and has a Lambeau Field gate sponsorship.