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Sandwich High School graduates Nick and Jessica (Noll) Madrigal, center, exchanged their wedding vows at Lambeau Field, home of the Green Bay Packers.
Sandwich High School graduates Nick and Jessica (Noll) Madrigal, center, exchanged their wedding vows at Lambeau Field, home of the Green Bay Packers. (PHOTO PROVIDED BY JESSICA MADRIGAL)

Jessica Madrigal has always been a big Green Bay Packers’ fan.

“I’ve been going to games with dad (at Lambeau Field) since I was 3,” the 22-year old Hinckley woman said. “I always told my dad I’m going to get married there.”

As the water girl for the Sandwich High School football team, Madrigal – whose parents are Gary and Laura Noll – met one of the players, Nick Madrigal, who was an all-conference and all-area middle linebacker and offensive lineman. The two began dating, fell in love and eventually started talking about marriage.

There was, however, a bit of an obstacle before they could marry.

After graduating from SHS in 2007, Nick Madrigal enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps, serving as a corporal mechanic with the 2nd  Battalion, 4th Marines. Stationed at Camp Pendleton in California, he served four years, eight months, which included two deployments, one to Africa and the other to Afghanistan.

Graduating a year later, in 2008, Jessica Madrigal went to Northern Illinois University where she earned a degree in nursing. She is employed at Kishwaukee Community Hospital.

“It was very hard,” Jessica Madrigal said, of keeping up their long-distance relationship. “I went out there whenever I could.”

However, distance wasn’t the problem facing them.

Nick Madrigal, you see, is a life-long Bears’ fan.

As any football fan knows, the Bears-Packers have the longest, and arguably the most bitter, rivalry of any two NFL teams, which is often reflected in their fan bases.

“She’ll be in one room and I’ll be in another one watching the game,” Nick Madrigal said, laughing.

When the couple started talking about where they wanted to exchange vows, Jessica mentioned her desire to have the nuptials at Lambeau Field, the Packers’ home field.

“I thought ‘absolutely not.’” Nick Madrigal, 23, said.

Like a good Packer running game, however, Jessica Madrigal was able to wear down her fiance’s defenses.

“Once we started talking about it more, I called and I got more information,” she said, adding that Nick wanted to look into Soldier Field, the Bears’ home field.

But like the Packers have done in their last four outings with the Bears, Jessica finally won out.

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