The Cardinals, SRP, and Albertsons-Safeway have teamed up for the last 19 years on a program called Milk & Cookies. Each Tuesday during the regular season, a Cardinals player will travel to an elementary classroom and read to the kids as everyone enjoys milk and cookies. This week it was Justine Spitalny Elementary K-5 School in the Cartwright School District, that had Cardinals offensive lineman John Wetzel come to sit and read to them.
As Wetzel towered over the students and teachers for that matter, all eyes were glued to him in his bright red number 73 jersey along with his companion for the day the one and only Big Red.
Red also meet the Spitalny Tiger mascot and they danced and joked around the children before a reading session by John Wetzel was getting started.
Some of the kids were able to come up and ask John questions and for elementary school kids, they had some very interesting questions.
One child asked, “where did your team name come from?” leaving big John on the spot to know his Cardinals history, and he was able to answer correctly.
The KazualSports Show was on hand as the only media, so we spared big John Wetzel from having to speak about another crushing loss for him and his teammates on the previous Sunday to the Chicago Bears.
But we did get to find out that John loved these types of events as a kid himself, from his hometown of Pittsburgh as a child he had some Steelers players come to his school and that inspired his volunteering for this event.
“It’s very nice to be able to come and support the community on things like this,” said Wetzel.
Big change of pace from a rough day at the office on Sunday for the 6’7 315-pound offensive lineman, but for the children at Justine Spitalny Elementary it was a break from their everyday lessons. Getting autographs and eating milk and cookies with the local team’s famous mascot and an NFL player had to make for a very fun day.