Monday, May 2, 2011

Character Monday: Interview with former Green Bay Pack Matt McCallum

Elaine Cantrell is hanging with us over at the blog today and she's brought Matt McCallum a former Green Bay Packer who is in her book A New Dream. Check out the book then check out Matt


After an auto accident destroys his pro-football career, Matt McCallum struggles to find a new dream for his life, but nothing engages him the way football did. After a stint in rehab, he takes a job managing a grocery store where he meets Violet Emerson.
Violet works in the bakery department, but her dreams carry her far beyond the doors of Chef’s Pantry. As soon as she can save the money, she plans to open a catering business. And she thinks the new manager’s broad shoulders and blue eyes are simply divine.
Thrown together at work, Matt and Violet find a common dream for their lives, but a loose end from Matt’s past returns to jeopardize their future. Will love be enough to save their new dream before it turns into a nightmare?


Good evening.  Welcome to Saturday Night Roundup where you’ll be the first to know what’s worth knowing in the sports world.  My name is Henry Ross, and this is my co-host Chris Alexander.  Chris, we have a sad story to report tonight.
We sure do, Henry, and I can’t think of anything I’ve hated more to announce.
Before we get to our feature story, I’d like to replay an interview we did just a few weeks ago with Matt McCallum, a kicker for the Green Bay Packers. 
He turns in his chair and watches the interview on a monitor behind him.
Welcome to Saturday Night Roundup.  Chris, who’s our guest for this evening’s interview?
Henry, we got lucky.  Matt McCallum is in the studio to do an interview for us.
They stand up and shake hands as Matt enters the set.
Henry: Matt thanks for taking time to talk to us.  Did you always dream of playing pro-football?
Matt: Yeah, I did.  From the time I was a kid, all I thought about was football.
Chris: In other interviews you’ve commented on how much your father supported you.
Matt:  He did.  Dad saw every football game I ever played.
Chris: Did you pick the Packers, or did they pick you?
Matt: They picked me.  I was their first round draft pick, and I’m sure glad of it.  Coach McCarthy is great to play for.
Henry: Do you ever take off that Super Bowl ring?  If any sports fan in the country doesn’t know, Matt kicked the winning field goal in the Super Bowl to win the game for the Packers.
Matt: (grins)  No, I haven’t taken it off yet. 
Chris: (points to a picture on a monitor) This picture was taken as the team left the field after their Super Bowl victory.  That’s a mighty pretty girl you’re hugging.
Matt: (laughs)  Yeah, that’s Stacey.  We got engaged a few weeks ago.
Henry:  Congratulations.  She is a beautiful woman. 
Matt: Thank you.
The monitor goes blank and both Henry and Chris shake their heads.
Henry: Football fans, last night Matt and his fiancĂ©e were in a car crash.  Stacey is fine, but Matt was hurt pretty bad.  His right leg was amputated right above his knee according to coach Mike McCarthy.  In a statement released this morning, McCarthy said, “We’re going to miss Matt.  He was a great athlete with a wonderful future in front of him.  Along with the team, I wish him the best.”
Chris: I’m sure Matt would appreciate all of your thoughts and prayers.  Cards can be sent to the Packers who’ll forward them to Matt.  

That's some pretty crazy things that happened to Matt! Boy Elaine sounds slightly sadistic. LOL She's not really. She's a great writer. Thanks for coming Matt and Elaine. 


  1. My husband got mad when I let Matt loose his career. He still hasn't forgiven me!

  2. Sometimes it takes losing something to find something wonderful - like Violet ;-)