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Milwaukee native, undrafted free agent Conor Sheehy looking to make Packers roster

Posted at 1:55 PM, Aug 06, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-06 14:56:06-04

GREEN BAY -- Packers Family Night turned into a family get-together for the Sheehy family. Their son Conor Sheehy is trying to make the Packers team.

Conor's father Tim discussed all the excitement of having your kid play for the Packers. His son Conor is one of several undrafted free agent rookies trying to make this Green Bay Packers team.

"He's always been there for me," said Conor, "Super supportive."

Conor's Wisconsin roots run deep. He played at Marquette High and was a starter during the Badgers' thrilling 13-1 season last year.

"His mom put him in football when he was a fourth grader," said Tim Sheehy. "Then he played for Marquette and then the Badgers, and he just seemed to make the step each level. We are just grateful he's got an opportunity to play with the Packers."

Tim Sheehy has been a big team leader in Milwaukee - helping to shape the conversation on big economic issues like Foxconn or the building of Miller Park in his job as President of the Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce.

"I think my dad has maybe missed one game my whole college career," said Conor, "So it's certainly been awesome to have him around. My mom has always been there too".

But it's not just his parents the 6'4" defensive lineman looks up to.

"He grew up with Clay Matthews on his wall - so it's a little surreal to have him as teammate," said Tim. "But I think he's really focused on, this is his opportunity and he wants to put everything he can on the field and the rest is just pushed to the side."

For now, father and son are enjoying this moment.

"We've always told Conor, football is what you do. It's not who you are," Tim says.

"I'm just trying to add value here," said Conor, "not necessarily because I'm from this state but because I want to help make this team better."