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Speaker Ryan visits Packers camp, meets 'favorite player' Rodgers

GREEN BAY, Wis. -- Try to get Paul Ryan to talk politics on Thursday, and you'd get nowhere. Ask the speaker of the house about the Green Bay Packers, and he would gladly speak about his favorite football team.

The U.S. representative from Wisconsin visited Packers' training camp practice and afterward was invited by coach Mike McCarthy into the end-of-practice huddle, where he and his kids met quarterback Aaron Rodgers.

"Just sports questions, sports only," he said.

He'd rather talk about meeting Rodgers.

"That was something my kids will never forget for the rest of their lives," Ryan said during a short interview with reporters at practice. "That was very cool. "He's my favorite player. I've been watching this team all my life. To be a lifelong Packer fan to come out and actually watch the practice, see the Packers, this is a big moment."

The Janesville, Wisconsin, native said he asked McCarthy for an injury report on receiver Jordy Nelson, who is on the physically unable to perform list after experiencing a "hiccup" with his left knee.

"I just want to make sure a hiccup's a hiccup," Ryan said. "I was asking about injuries, checking on the health of certain people. Just want to make sure of the status. I feel really good about this team. I mean this is a very deep team. The talent, the draft was good. I feel very excited about this team. We keep ourselves healthy, I feel like we can go all the way this year, and I don't just say that every year. I feel really good about our team this year."

Ryan said even though he's used to giving speeches, he was nervous when McCarthy asked him to talk to the team.

"I just told them how much we love the Packers, how much we support them," he said. "The community loves these guys, and it's just great to be there, and I just closed with saying 'Go Pack.'"

The only political talk came when the Republican was asked whether he would watch Hillary Clinton's speech later that night at the Democratic National Convention .

"Of course I will," he said.