This year's lesson was made sweeter by Macie's win - she's the first student from Ruthlawn to go so far in the competition. She finished 15th in the competition at Heinz Field.
Macie had never taken an interest in football before they started to work on punting, passing and kicking at school.
"Because she's a girl and she has two older sisters, we don't have footballs in the house," said her mother, Kristen Musich. "But I think she's just an innately strong kid."
After she had a couple wins, she's been "glowing from ear to ear all the time," Musich said. More than anything else, all the winning did wonders for her self-esteem.
Macie isn't shy about her success. She'll easily talk about how good she is at passing, and how much better she's gotten at punting since she started practicing with her dad and stepdad.
The thing she likes best about the whole thing, Macie says, is making her parents happy.
"They said they were really proud of me," she said. "I really like that."
The best moment seems to have been at Heinz field, when the family got to see little Macie projected up onto the Jumbotron screen during half-time of a Steelers game.
Macie lights up just at the mention of it and Garber is still passing around his cellphone to show people photos.
"Mommy was crying happy tears," Macie said.
Contact writer Shay Maunz at shay.ma...@dailymail.com or 304-348-4886.