Saturday, April 26, 2003

Football or Bush

Football wins!

Pfc. Patrick Miller is relaxing this weekend in seclusion with his wife and two children at their home in Park City.

Tired from travel and media attention, the former prisoner of war who grew up in Valley Center has only one scheduled appearance this weekend: today in Manhattan.

He will present the game ball to team captains at Kansas State University's annual spring football scrimmage. At halftime, Miller will be honored along with other military personnel and their families.

They include James and Cynthia Butler, parents of Sgt. Jacob Lee Butler, who was stationed at Fort Riley and killed during the conflict.

Miller chose the game over an invitation to meet President Bush today in Washington, D.C.

"It was the president or the game," said Mary Pickering, Miller's mother, "and the game won out."