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Rattlers visit Phoenix Children's Hospital

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PHOENIX -

Between the disputed Green Bay call and the end of the NFL referee lockout, it seems like football is all anyone is thinking about, but for some local players, the game is the furthest thing from their minds.

Arizona Rattlers players took time off from Arena Football to spend it with sick kids at Phoenix Children's Hospital.

"That just means everything that the players do, those kinds of things, especially for kids here, especially ones that have been here for a long time that are going to be here, I just don't know if they all know how much this means," said Tiffani Kingsland.

One patient, a young girl named Erin, couldn't wait to meet the players, but her hospital gown just wouldn't do, so she shed the gown and changed into her favorite football jersey anticipating their arrival.

"She just couldn't wait..as soon as we heard they were going to be here, she hurried up and got out of her gown and got changed so we could come down here to meet them, said Kingsland.

The players say they too couldn't wait to meet up with the kids -- making arts and crafts, stopping by the patients' rooms to say hello.  Even the Rattlers mascot, Stryker, got into the action and playfully posed for photos with the children.

The team says they're just grateful to give back.

"At the end of the day, it's about giving back.  My mom would always tell me it's about having all pieces of the pie.  If you can tough someone and make a difference, then do it," said Rattlers Quarterback Nick Devila.

The Rattlers are the current Arena Football League champions after beating out the Philadelphia Soul earlier this year.

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