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Norwalk Woman Is Banking on Green Bay

Kelley Hefferan’s enthusiasm for the Super Bowl is little diminished because the Giants won’t be in it. The Norwalker rearranged her wedding 20 years ago so she wouldn't miss the Giants in football’s biggest game. Today she say proudly that football is in her blood.

Now she's been declared an honorary Cheese Head because she's rooting for the Green Bay Packers.

Hefferan said that when she and her husband Steve got married they had to do it before or after Lent. They picked a date in the dead of winter. Then she had to rearrange it so it wouldn't conflict with the Giants meeting the Buffalo Bills in the Super Bowl.

It was great because the Giants won. "I bleed blue and red," Hefferan said.

Her late father, Jack Donahue, refereed for the Eastern Collegiate Football Conference and the Fairfield County Interscholastic Athletic Conference . From the time they were little, his children went to the football stadium on Saturdays. They also watched the games on television on Sundays. "You stood in front of the TV," she said. "Your goal was to call the penalty before the ref did, give the proper signal, assess the penalty and my dad would grade us on it."

Hefferan's favorite book is "I am Third" by Gale Sayers . And in the course of her career in banking, Hefferan, the branch manager and vice president of the Westport Avenue Webster Bank, met and became friends with former Giant Pete Gogolak . Her 15-year-old son Jack has an autographed photo of the place-kicking great.

Jack and his older sister will honor a family tradition today, going to a Super Bowl party at "the Ameer household" in Weston with their parents. Her husband is also rooting for the Packers.

Tom Calzone, a Norwalk High gym teacher and  "longstanding cheese head,” will be at the party. He made her an honorary Cheese Head last week. "I'm really a New York Giants fan, but if they're out then I have to root for Green Bay," she said.

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