Coughlin takes time child before Packers’ game



EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — With his team riding a three-game losing streak and the undefeated Green Bay Packers coming to town in two days, New York Giants coach Tom Coughlin didn’t hesitate to take about five minutes for a little boy visiting from Missouri.

The child was visiting the NFL team as part of the Make-A-Wish Foundation’s program of granting wishes to children between 212 and 18 years old who have life-threatening medical conditions.

A smiling Coughlin immediately walked over to the boy when he walked on the practice field with his family, shook hands and spoke to him for a couple of minutes. The 65-year-old coach eventually had his picture taken with the boy and went back to practice.

The Giants could not identify the child because they had not been given permission by his family

Taking five minutes from practice wasn’t a problem for Coughlin with his team fighting for a playoff berth and facing the defending Super Bowl champions.