Nine-year-old Merton boy has good reason to split his allegiance between the Packers & Seahawks

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MERTON (WITI) -- A big game in Seattle next Sunday, January 18th! The Green Bay Packers take on the Seattle Seahawks in a battle for the NFC Championship. It's a matchup a Waukesha County family was hoping to avoid. They're obviously Packers fans, but they have a pretty good reason to root for the Seahawks too!

It turns out, the Seattle Seahawks' twelfth man is actually from Merton, Wisconsin.

"Seahawks are number one and the Packers are number two, so it's gonna be really hard," Brayden Ramus said.

Nine-year-old Brayden is gearing up to watch his two favorite football teams battle on the gridiron.

"The first reaction when Brayden says, 'I'm a Seahawks fan,' it's 'ohhhh, how can you be a Seahawks fan and live in Wisconsin?!'" Brayden's mom, Michelle Ramus said.

It was the Make-A-Wish Foundation that introduced Brayden to the Seattle Seahawks. He was flown to CenturyLink Field last season to deliver the game ball.

After the game, he was ushered into the locker room by Seahawks QB Russell Wilson. Brayden's been a fan of Wilson's since he played for the Wisconsin Badgers.

"He asked me if I liked the game, and had fun," Brayden said.

Brayden's phone call from Russell Wilson!

Brayden's phone call from Russell Wilson!

But it was a phone call later that may have cemented Brayden's loyalty: An invitation to the Super Bowl!

"It was so much more than I could have ever imagined," Michelle Ramus said.

Brayden and his family went on a trip they'll never forget. A picture of Brayden ended up in the Seattle Seahawks' game-day program.

Earlier this season, when the Packers played the Seahawks, the Ramus family hoped for a tie.

Brayden Ramus

This time, Mom and Dad are trying to stay neutral. Brayden's loyalty is displayed in his bedroom window, but he predicts it won't be an easy win.

"Really close -- back-to-back scoring," Brayden said.

Brayden says he saw Wilson again his past summer, when he attended Wilson's passing academy in Madison. Out of 425 kids, Brayden's mom says Wilson remembered Brayden.

Brayden had leukemia when he was two to three years old, but he's been in remission ever since.

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4 comments

  • Priscilla

    I’m with you Brayden. I like Russell Wilson, but for now I have to root for the Pack! The story is still really cool. RW is a good guy all the way around.

  • Laura Thompson

    Hi Brayden, My name is Laura and I have a young man who’s very dear to me that is a HUGE Seahawk fan, he doesn’t even have your cool reason! I will tell you what I tell all of my “kids” you do you, don’t worry about what others think! I hope you continue on your road to recovery and stay in remission! Good Luck Sunday! (GO! PACK! GO!)

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