Hermann, age 10, from
Oshkosh, Wisconsin, loved football.
all-time favorite team was the Green Bay Packers
and he loved to watch the football players in action.
Best of all, the
Green Bay Packers had made it to the championship, and they were
going to play against the Minnesota Vikings.
The game was going to start in a few minutes!
waiting for Dad, Uncle Dave, and Zach to join
him in watching the game.
The crowd in the stadium sang the
National Anthem, then gave a mighty cheer just as the game was about to
was getting sleepy.
"I've just got to stay awake for the
championship game." thought Josh as
he watched the coin toss.
was really tired, and he slowly fell into a
Then the strangest thing happened. As
if by magic, Josh suddenly found
himself at the football stadium!
The Championship was being played
right in front of his eyes!
the loudspeaker. "Attention ladies and gentlemen," the announcer called
out. "The Green Bay Packers
just asked if Joshua Hermann will join them for this game!"
couldn't believe his luck!
Aaron Rodgers came up to
him and said, "Josh, we need you on the
team. If you'll help us out for the rest of the game, we just might be able
to win the Championship!"
"I'll do the best I can,"
The players quickly got
Josh into a uniform. Maybe it was a little
big, but Josh didn't care.
He was actually in a
huddle with the Green Bay Packers.
Green Bay Packers on the line of
was facing the
saying to him, "I want you to go long and to
the right, and then I'm going to pass the ball to you."
"I sure wish
Dad, Uncle Dave, and Zach could see me
now," thought Josh to
as hard as he could. The ball seemed to sail
through the air forever. Josh caught it and
ran as fast as he could. The
Minnesota Vikings tried to tackle
The crowd went wild as
Josh scored a touchdown.
Later in the game, the score became
tied. Aaron Rodgers told
that the coach wanted to see
all know you can catch and run," the coach said. "But if you can kick a
field goal, we can win the game."
said with a big smile.
The players ran back out the field.
The crowd grew silent.
The ball was snapped.
kicked that ball with all
his strength. It flew through the air and
sailed right over the goal post!
scored the winning points! The Green Bay Packers
had won the game!
It was like a dream! The other
above their shoulders and
marched him around the football field.
heard the loudspeaker announce, "Joshua
Daniel Hermann has been chosen the Most Valuable Player today."
The crowd started cheering, "Josh,
Josh. Wake up!"
Dad, Uncle Dave, and Zach called. You must have fallen asleep. The game has already started."
"But I was just about to get my trophy
for the Most Valuable Player award,"
he rubbed the sleep out of
"You'll always be the most valuable
player around here," Dad, Uncle Dave, and Zach
replied. "Now let's make some popcorn and watch the game!"